Today was lesson 04 in the Soul Food kitchen...making a journal with Grace Howes. Her idea was to make a journal to record her personal journey through the Soul Food art course.
I am happy to share a little of mine with you :D
I have made many journals before, so sharing more pics doesn't bother me this time.
I made 4 signatures, and pre cut a piece of watercolour paper to use as a cover(300gsm for the cover cos I like slapping on the paint) The pages are a mixture of surfaces and weights.
As I was just mashing paint, I used these small tubes of cheap acrylic(£2.99).
Personalising the cover by starting with a layer of things I want to gain from doing this course(and life generally)...
It may read a bit "dark", but it is about "firing up" my passion for life again.
Next layer...stencils of course lol...and btw I won some more this week!!! Lovely new whimsy designs by Tam at Artistcellar. Will share when they arrive(figuratively speaking), but for now you can get a look at them here on Guada's blog
Random stencilling with sponges and paint...
then smashing that paint!!!!!
I know it looks a bit muddy here(colours are much more vibrant in real life), but I wanted to represent the "earthier" side of my nature.
I stitched the signatures in using different coloured threads, to add a bit of joy :D
and the inside covers are neutral but bright. The skulls represent mortality.
Now to add more personal stuff!!!
Rather than just a snapshot (smiley face etc) I chose to use some photos of my tattoos. Using "My Craft Studio" graphics programme, I altered the photos to look like stone carvings(tattoos are permanent after all so choose carefully)...
I glued the images to the cover and "worked" round them with inktense pencils and ink pens.
I love the effect of this spiral hare on the back cover!!!
then it was just a matter of adding a piece of chenille ribbon to use as a closer.
Enjoy :D XXX