Altering Moleskine journals

Last year I traced part of a medieval woodcut print of a cityscape using one of the Dover books, and made it into a Gocco screen.  I’m not sure that the screen I made was very successful because I didn’t shade it enough to give it dimension and the resultant prints just weren’t very clear.   I printed several Moleskine journals with it and put them in my Etsy shop.  Here is one so you can see what I mean:

medieval city moleskine

Actually this one is even more unclear because I used white ink and gold embossing powder!   But I did do some with white ink on black which wasn’t much better.

Anyway, they’re not like that anymore!  This afternoon I got the watercolour paints out and highlighted a few of the features, I hope more successfully:

medieval city

Here’s a close up of that last picture:

medieval city painted 

I also tried a different sort of highlighting on the black one:

black and white medieval city

I did this one with a silver pen.

medieval city moleskine journal with angel stamp 

I stamped this one with my angel stamp as I think she looks pretty medieval too!   

These are all for sale in my shop on Etsy, by the way.  What do you think? Does my colouring improve them or spoil them?

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8 Responses to Altering Moleskine journals

  1. Vicki W October 6, 2009 at 7:07 pm #

    I think they look awesome!

  2. Judy Nolan October 6, 2009 at 9:53 pm #

    Liz, I like your new versions a lot. It’s amazing what a little color will do, although…there is still something to be said for monoprints!

  3. julie October 6, 2009 at 10:13 pm #

    Difficult to be sure without seeing them in real life but I think the colouring does improve them. I think the silver on black is just gorgeous.

  4. Stephanie October 6, 2009 at 10:37 pm #

    Good, good, good, I really like the addition of paint.

  5. Karoda October 7, 2009 at 1:04 am #

    digging these!

  6. Holly October 11, 2009 at 4:16 pm #

    Liz- you share my ethos! I ADORE dying and stitching fabrics- not to mention machine felting and painting fabrics! I wonder whether you would be interested to hear that have been involved in the making of Talking Threads- a TV show dedicated to those very things! check out the website http://www.talkingthreads.co.uk I hope you like it. I would be over the moon if you were to spread the word of Talking Threads x

  7. Mags October 11, 2009 at 8:59 pm #

    I think they look great Liz.

  8. Anonymous October 17, 2009 at 7:55 am #

    What can i say simply awesome man i love your all designs your art and print work is awesome .