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Thursday, June 21, 2012


A couple of years ago, I handmade and bound myself a book. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it, but in the end, decided to use it as an art journal and I really liked the Rusty Pickle paper I'd used to cover it. I did about 2 pages and then forgot all about it.

This last week, I decided to take up journaling again but now, I really didn't think the cover was suitable as styles have changed so much. So...I altered it.

Front Cover.

Back Cover.

Now, I love it, lol. I so enjoyed doing the cover, that I've also done a couple more pages as well. All my backgrounds were done with acrylic paints (have yet to try spray inks) I used brushes and my fingers to blend it. Paint has also been flicked and thrown on to make some of the marks. I took the bull by the horns when I decided to doodle and hand write things too, lol. I'm not sure if I like that part, but hey! it seems to work OK. :o) Images by Dyan Reavely and Ten Two Studios. I also used some background stamps by Andy Skinner.

This 2nd page has Sylvia Plath's Mirror poem written on it. My fave all time poem and I'm sure one that many of, as we get older, can relate to, lol.

Entering into:
JACKSON'S DIGITAL EXPRESSIONS #9 - Anything or Altering.
CRAFTS AND ME #89 - Anything goes.

SIMON SAYS STAMP - Anything but a card.
TANDA STAMPS #198 - Splish,Splash,Splat. (plenty of that here, lol).

ART WITH NO BOUNDARIES - Anything goes and/or Performing Arts.
MAKE IT MONDAY #94 - Anything goes.


Elly said...

Looks very professionel in my eyes (:o)

gina g said...

Gorgeous creation. Thanks for joining us at Crafts and Me this week. luv gina xx

Sheila H said...

Making your own book and then altering it - you really did it all! I like the pages you shared, they are lovely. I was intrigued by your mention of Sylvia Plath's mirror poem so I searched online and read it. It really spoke to me. Thanks for sharing your beautiful journal and that mystical poem with Jackson's Digital Expressions.

catherine said...

These are absolutely fantastic Lorainne and so glad you decided to pick this book up and restart it. I use Dylusions sprays and have to say they are fab for colour and great sprays to use.
Love the images you have chosen
x catherine

Chana said...

Your work always looks professionsl and relevant! Thanks so much for joining us again at Jackson's Digital Expressions!

Bonnie Irvine said...

I love your new cover. It's a wonderful and inviting start to your journal. The colours are beautiful and the message you've chosen sums up art journalling for me. Great first two pages...they are so different but both so cool. You'll love the spray inks. You've inspired me to play more with my acrylics. Thanks so much for joining us at Art With No Boundaries. Congrats on restarting your art journalling.

Chrissy said...

Fabulous project Lorraine, what a great journal...now dont forget to write in it this time..lol..love all your other creations too..

Thanks for sharing with us at ‘Make it Monday’


Don’t forget. .if you leave a comment on another entrant, mention that you saw their card on ‘Make it Monday’ for a chance at second prize.. the more you comment on and mention MIM, the more chances at winning second prize.

Mema's Crafts said...

Thanks for sharing your talent and participating at Jackson's Digital Expressions.

inkypinkycraft said...

Wow , now that cover is fab!!! I love it...and the pages are looking fab too!!! Looks like it's time to finish this book with all your wonderful ideas!!! Hugs trace x

Star said...

This looks great Lorraine. Love that poem. Hope you get to use it more now
Eileen x

sue law said...

Looks like you had a lot of fun with this. Great cover and two great pages!

thanks for joining in with the Tanda Teaser this month.


Joyce Owens said...

These are very creative projects, thank you for sharing your talents with us at JDE; good luck.

Vicky F. AKA Crafting Vicky said...

How wonderful and creative! It will surely inspire you more now as we saw with the fabulous pages you did!

Thanks for joining us as Jackson’s Digital Expressions this week. Hope to see you again next week. DT Vicky

Lisa S. said...

I love mixed media and your art journal is fabulous. You've combined two faves of mine and inspired me to get going in my art journal. (Seriously, what am I waiting for. LOL!)
I saw this on MIM and was compelled to take a closer look. :)

Confiseries Papier said...

Nice journal,love the sentiment, Thanks for joining us at Jackson's Digital Expressions.

Kathi Silvia said...

Hi Lorraine~ LOVE the remake! And that saying made me chuckle out loud :) I really should do an art journal...but there really should be 50 hours in a day too!! LOL!! I don't remember many novels I read in college but Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar ( I think that's right) anyway that definitely stands out in my mind! Thanks for joining us this week at Jackson's Digital Expressions!

DT Member

Berni Cuttino said...

Very creative, beautiful. Thanks for joining in on the fun at JDE,
DT CAS Leader,

SpoiledGirl said...

Thanks for playing along over at Jackson's Digital Expressions.


Lori said...

Yep, love the new cover! The saying is so perfect and the guy you created is so cool... Great couple of pages, too. So glad you linked up at Art With No Boundaries!

Marcea said...

What a wonderful creation. So nice to see you enter our challenge this week on Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog

Ellis said...

Fantastic new cover and backcover, love what you made and the words you've used! The pages are also wonderful! =)
Thanks for joining us at Art With No Boundaries!
Hugs, Elenor DT

xxxtglxxx said...

Awesome project! :)

I would be interested in reading that poem too!

My fave poems are believe it or not The Ancient Mariner, The Lady of Shallot (I like the long ones!) and Stevie Smiths 'Waving, not Drowning'.

Keep up the journal its fab!



Chris / CS Designs said...

Lorraine, I love all your pages, but my favorite is the cover with the little funky art doll, very cool. Thanks for sharing this with us on Art With No Boundaries.
:) Chris / CS Designs

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