mostly what i've been doing these last few days is making a book for my collaborative journal project with karin bartimole of beyond words. below is a book that she sent a while back as a sort of 'sample' for an idea she had.
she made it, of course, and every teeny tiny part of it is completely perfect. precisely perfect. i love to make books but this kind of precision is absolutely beyond me, so in choosing to work with this genius of a talented soul, i either a.) have no pride b.) have a very small ego c.) am crazy d.) totally love journal art and don't care how bad my own book looks. well, of course a and b are out (!!!), so it's c and d all the way... i'm sooo delighted to be doing this with karin.
this is my book about halfway through. we're using 140# hot press watercolor paper. this met both our criteria for a paper that we like to work on.
a little further...
the finished book minus the covers. this is karin's design and we chose it for several reasons, most of which have to do with the fact that it gives us lots of room to mess around. we can add lots of stuff to it without the spine busting loose, pocket pages will be easy, and cut out 'window pages' will also be easy. our basic guidelines are that we each do three pages before sending it off; we can alter each other's pages and the covers in any way, at any time; and there's no timeline. if one of us is done with our pages we'll hold onto the book until the other is ready.
the covers are a work in progress and will stay that way so that we can each add to them, paint on them, whatever...
this is the journal page i'm working on now. i've since drawn in the back of a torso (left handed) between the wings. i started to paint a lotus here and got about halfway through before i said 'enough of this precise painting!!'. out came the acrylic! precise is striking me as very boring right now!
i'm going to take a break from blogging for a while -- i don't know for how long. in less than two weeks i'm leaving to visit a friend in dallas, texas, so i may pop up from there. in the meantime, may we all