Monday, September 03, 2012
Turquoise and Rust Journal
I made a new journal today. I have a head-full of ideas again--lots of scenes I want to set up, lots of "stock" photos I want to capture, lots of quotes I want to file away to use with images ... Time to set them down in a journal before they get lost along the way. So here it is ...
The fabric is from my stash : A piece of Complex Cloth that was dyed, rust-dyed, dyed turquoise, then treated with a flour-paste resist and covered with purple paint to seep into the cracks. After sitting in the stash for a year, it finally feels done. So far, I haven't used my hand-dyed fabric on my journals (except for the rust-dyes). I guess I've been saving them for something special ... like this!
Here's a detail shot of the closure and some of the rust and crackle texture on the surface design. The button is made from black polymer clay, rolled into a ball, and pressed into a texture sheet. Then baked according to the package instructions and painted. Since I pressed it into shape with my thumb, it's a custom fit for my own hand.
For the paper signatures, I like to use an antique laid paper in the stationary aisle of the local office supply store. It's about $28 for a box of 500 sheets, but it feels so nice! It's worth it to me! Makes me want to run my hand over it and fill the pages ... Now -- to fill these pages!