16 July 2017

Ribbon Dyeing

While waiting for my Artful Gathering classes to open and before the day gets too hot, I decided to do a bit of dyeing. I used coffee for papers of various kinds (no pictures of those, too boring) and Dylusion sprays for ribbon. Knowing that the Dylusion sprays are not waterproof on their own, I decided to experiment a little. Learned real quick that none of the methods that work for other dyes work with these sprays. Heat setting - nope; vinegar water - another no.
But, since the ribbons will be used for journals, it doesn't really matter. I doubt they will be immersed in water, so they should be safe.
So, here are a few pictures:
 Ribbon laid out on aluminum foil (the reason for that later) and sprayed with color randomly.
 
On both of the above, I laid the ribbon out fairly neatly and sprayed the dye on in straight lines.
And here are the results:
 
The ribbon in the top pictures is brighter, the other one more muted. I don't think I used as much color for it.
And here are a few experiments that did not quite work out:
Just a short length of ribbon, sprayed with vinegar water and the same colors as above. I obviously used too much liquid. I also scrunched the ribbon and the colors ran together and made ....... well ....... mud, green mud.
Same set up, less liquid, less scrunching, still a bit muddy. I think I'll stay away from scrunching in future.
And this is yesterday's experiment and the reason I work on aluminum foil now:
This time, I used Daler Rowney inks, beautiful bright colors, but ................ On the right is experiment 1: too much liquid, the colors ran together and I got .... yes ... mud, not terribly ugly mud, but still mud.
On the left, experiment 2: much less liquid, so the colors stayed pretty much true. BUT they faded a lot, nowhere near as bright as the color in the bottle (and I used quite a bit of ink). AND, what's even worse ............ I had worked in a plastic pan (the lid that comes with disposable foil containers) and, when I left the ribbon to dry outside in the sun (and yesterday was a very hot day), some of the plastic transferred to the ribbon. So, now there are sections of plastic coated ribbon.
On the plus side, though: Daler Rowney inks are waterproof. Something to be happy about, I suppose.



10 July 2017

A Beginner's Junk Journal

One of the administrator's of a FB group I belong to issued a challenge to all the beginners to make a simple junk journal and she was kind enough to make videos of the process. I am just barely sliding in under the deadline, actually, my little journal (and its sisters) were finished quite a while ago, I just never took pictures. Here are pictures, finally, just of the first one I made:
The cover, it's constructed of a 9x6 envelope. I glued a pretty print-out to the front and left it at that. I'm a bit of a minimalist.
A stamped page, coffee-dyed with the corners rounded.

 A pretty glassine envelope to hold extra paper or tags.
A corner flip pocket, this one holds a tag and a journaling card.
Coffee-dyed ledger paper with a doily and a book page cut-out meant as a tuck spot for tags and journaling cards. And a coffee-dyed guest check.
A belly band holding more cards and cut-outs.
A small glassine envelope holding more tags and other pretties. Behind it is a book page.
Another corner pocket in the center of the journal. The ends of the thread have been covered with tiny cut out hearts.
More ledger paper and, on the opposite page, another doily serving as another tuck spot.
A gusseted bag I made following a tutorial on YouTube (I used a Chinese book page) holding another tag.
And another belly band and the other side of the glassine envelope. All holding tags, journaling cards and other pretties.
It was a fun project and the instructional videos were excellent.
Here is the first of the videos and the group I belong to is here.

31 May 2017

A Flowish Journal

One of the women in the FB group I belong to sent me a flowish journal (photos still to be taken and blogged about). So, I thought I'd make one for her and here is what I came up with:
The outside, I used a file folder I really like.

This is what it looks like with all the papers etc. inside. The top one is how I had originally arranged it. I took everything out to photograph the individual papers/pages and couldn't get it back into the same order. Oh well ................ Everything is easily removable and being held in by a stretchy head band.

There is a glassine envelope from the post office taped to the inside and a recycled envelope inside the journal. Both contain cut outs, ephemera, small envelopes, office forms, book pages etc. etc.
From left to right: gift wrap, music paper, a funky magazine page and in the front a gelli print I made.
Assorted office papers, time sheets, sports score sheets, and the page in front, I believe, is meant for a gardener.

An antique ledger page, an architectural drawing and a chart I found in an older astrology book.
A cross stitch graph from an old German magazine, more music paper, pages from an old Sears catalog, various book pages - from a Chinese study book, an old children's book (the stories are German stories, the ones I grew up with) and a Chinese children's book.
Assorted scrap booking papers.
A craft catalog, various napkins (they can be decoupaged) and a couple of menus from favorite restaurants.
Maps from an older road atlas.
And finally some digital images I printed on vellum and a recycled security envelope.

I hope the recipient of this flowish journal likes what I put together. I love what she chose for me (and, as I said before, there will be pictures)


28 May 2017

Swap Journal

It's been a long time since I've posted something/anything. Partially it's because the muse had left me, partially because I've been making, but not finishing anything, partially because I just don't like all that photo editing. And this post and all the pictures to follow reminded me just how much I don't like it. But, it had to be done.
I joined a couple of junk journal groups of Facebook and after lots of YouTube video watching and playing with paper, I finally took a big breath and signed up for my first swap. Not a completed journal, but a "flowish" journal. These are based on Flow Magazine/Book - something for paper lovers, meant to be taken apart and reused in a handmade journal.
The swap is for a "baby" journal which refers to the size (4.5 - 5" square) and I opted to have an international partner which meant only 15 sheets and even that is a lot in such a small journal. I agonized over the cover, but had a lot of fun with the inside, going through my embarrassingly large stash of papers all over the house.
Apologies in advance for the many, many photos. Most of the women in my group do videos, but that's something I haven't learned (yet), not sure I will. 
So, here is what I came up with:



I used a vintage fabric for the outside of the cover and while I originally wanted to quilt it in a rather contemporary style, the fabric let me know otherwise. So, I appliqued a bit of lace to it and used some sari ribbon for the tie. This cover is loose, so it can be used for something else, not really part of the requirements for the swap.
This is the real cover, a file folder cut down to size, a bit of lace to hold the pages in - they are meant to be removable - and a lot of seam binding - coffee dyed - to hold the folder closed.

The inside pages - scrap booking paper.
More scrap booking paper, this one cut up into small sizes.
From left to right: scrap booking paper, guest checks (I have a mild obsession with office forms) and some folded up gift wrap.
Gift wrap on left, some digital images printed on vellum.
Again from left to right: more digital images on Vellum and a menu from my favorite Indian restaurant.
An envelope folded in half (pink) and more office forms.
A folded up page from a very old Sears catalog and a folded up form for a gardener - I think.
On the left a page from a Chinese language learning book and more images on Vellum.

A page, folded up, from a Chinese children's book.
A rather old page of scrap booking paper.
And in the very center - a folded up glassine envelope.
I did not photograph the other half of the journal pages, pretty much the same as the first side. I also cheated a bit when putting all this together. I simply could not bring myself to cut a lot of the pages to size and just folded them to the correct dimensions.

Some of the things I included in the journal are small bags and envelopes (here is a selection) filled with cut outs, ephemera etc. And some mini file folders I made. There's a little bit more, a sheet of handmade paper, coffee dyed doilies etc. that I did not take pictures of. I might, but at this point I am all photographed out and, besides, it's time to get started on dinner and celebrating my wedding anniversary. Many, many years today.