28 August 2017

The Remains of the Day journal

I finally finished this one. I bought the class for it almost 2 years ago, worked on it for months and then got stuck. Couldn't decide whether I should sew in the 2 signatures the class called for or the 3 I had made and just let it ride.
Well, it finally is done - with 2 signatures which simply felt better.
Lots of pictures, few words, I hope. And I did not take pictures of every page, we'd all be here for hours and I'd tear my hair out uploading and editing.
The cover, fully closed and tied.
With the tie undone.
Still the front, with the flap open.
The back of the journal cover.
I limited myself to fabric in my scrap baskets only. Nothing out of the big stash upstairs, no yardage, no new purchases.
The inside of the journal withe the first signature, I used gift wrap I found at my favorite re-use center in Berkeley/Oakland. Quite a lot of other papers came from the same place.
More re-used paper plus a pocket made from a sheet protector. There is a lot of sewing involved in this journal, papers that wrap around the edges of the pages, papers to fill in gaps, papers to close open edges of the sheet protectors. That was a big part of the class - sewing together papers to make a full page and took me quite a bit of time.
The journal includes quite a few security envelopes, both whole - opened up - and repurposed as shown above.
A page from an old Sears catalog and a page from a notebook from the re-use center with some decorative bits sewn on.
The interesting paper on the bottom is actually from a salami wrapper. My husband had won the salami in some contest and I held on to the wrapper for ages, long before I had ever heard of junk journals. On the right is another sheet protector pocket. The blue dotty paper is from a gelli print I made, copied and cut into strips. There are quite a few of those included in the journal.
Another re-used security envelope with a heart sewn on top.
A guest check, a real one, I usually use blanks, but this one came from a visit to a favorite pizza restaurant from a visit to central Oregon to see our grandchildren.
More old Sears catalog and another Target envelope, plus map paper.
The beginning of the second signature. Ledger paper and a heart doily.
Another spliced together page, more ledger paper.
Here I used a petty cash receipt as a pocket/tuck spot.
Pages decorated with paper, fabric and a doily.
Another pocket made from a page protector with a map page showing behind. I took pages from an old road atlas.

Map with a goose from a children's book.
A fabric doily.
Some vintage ephemera sewn to a page. I did not have much when I started this journal. Much better supplied these days.
Map and dictionary page sewn together.
Another page decorated with both paper and fabric. On the left is yet another page protector pocket.
An old bingo card.
The spine. I used 5 hole pamphlet stitch to bind the journal.
The view from the top. Two signatures with the threads left showing.
The class, BTW, is called "Remains of the Day" by Mary Ann Moss. It's an older class, I am late to the party, as usual. It was a great learning experience. I knew very little about journals, junk journals, collecting papers, sewing papers together, ephemera etc. etc. when I started this class. Maybe that's why it took me so long? I know I agonized over the cover for weeks, finally came up with something I liked. I made many more pages than I needed, that's why there is a whole signature left over. Who knows, maybe I'll make more pages and another cover, now that I know what to do. But, then again, there are plenty of other classes to take and more things to learn. I find I like learning bookbinding techniques, the various stitches involved in holding papers together and Mary Ann Moss teaches more of those.
Here is a link to Mary Ann Moss' blog, the links to her classes are easy to find.
Whew, apologies for the length of this post, obviously not few words. Sorry!

27 August 2017

I made a book

A tiny book, really small: 1" x 1-1/4" to be exact. I learned how to in an online class with Leslie Marsh through Artful Gatherings. The class was excellent. If I hadn't procrastinated so much to get started, things might have gone more smoothly. But, in my defense, I took another class during the same time period and thought I should start with that and working on two such different projects doesn't really work for me.
So, anyway, it is almost finished, just needs a chain. And I definitely need to make at least one more because I made mistakes on this one. I won't even tell you about that.
So, here are the pictures:
The front of the book, brass with solder and a small filigree soldered on.
The spine. The pages are sewn in using coptic stitch which was new to me and which I actually really enjoy. Leslie did an excellent job of demonstrating and explaining.
These are for size comparison. And, BTW, the papers inside are coffee dyed paper and an old book page.
Just another look with the book open.
The book pages came from an old German book, obviously, it's old writing. What surprised me, when I took out the pages, was that they weren't sewn in with thread but held in with a thin wire. Strange!

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.