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Journal week 2

Groan.  Where do the days fly to?   I finished last week’s journal on Thursday but have only just got round to downloading the pics from my camera.  I went to Bristol on Saturday and saw a cool Gocco exhibition in the Here Gallery – called Even Dwarves Started Small.  The weather was glorious.  I had tea in a fantastic cafe called the Boston Tea Party and was sitting out in the garden at the back.

This week’s journal was a coptic bound one, and I decided to cover the outside boards with some sticky foil stuff which I have.  I then decorated it with various layers to knock back the shine – some black gesso, stamping, 3D painty stuff, more 3D metallic painty stuff and more 3D painty stuff on top of that!!    Very precise today, aren’t I?!

Here is the top ready to be bound:

coptic bound journal

And the spine all done:

coptic journal binding

Outside each signature I have used this vellum with flowers on it that I got from Lakeland Limited.  (The journal, by the way, is very small – only about 3″ by 4″).

inside back cover

And this is inside the front cover:

inside front cover

Here it is standing up on my ironing board!

journal

It is quite a different style for me but I enjoyed playing around with the various layers.

House journal

As I said in yesterday’s blog post, the first journal was made in preparation for making a house journal in the same style.  I didn’t have any suitable fabric for this, so I decided to print some.  I had a number of gocco screens based on bricks and houses – it seems to be a particular theme of mine at the moment.

I used some rust dyed fabric again (silk dupion) and overprinted the bottom part of this fabric with a gocco screen made from a photo of Beaumaris Prison in Anglesey and the top from a screen of a close up of the bricks on a building.

house fabric

As usual, I couldn’t just stop there, could I?  I also printed these fabrics:

brick fabric

gocco printed brick fabric

I also printed some paper (previously decorated with paints and other screens) to go inside the journal.    This is A4 size, by the way, although the pink fabric above is about a metre long – this illustrates the problems of showing the scale of photos on blogs!

paper overprinted with brick design

Here is the journal cover before the signatures were added:

house journal cover 

  house

And with the pages inside:

house journal front

More Journalmaking

Remember I did an online course in making journals with Sue Bleiweiss a few months ago?  Well, I’m now doing her follow on course.  And it is great fun.  I’m finding that it is inspiring me to use my screenprinted fabric rather than feeling it is too precious to cut into it.    And it is making me want to get on and screenprint more! 

This week we made a zigzag book folded in three – well, we made one to practise getting the technique right and another in the shape of a house. 

I decided to use this fabric which I gocco printed a few months ago, mainly because it was the right length for the project!

gocco printed fabric with image of a girl on

The only problem was, for it to be long enough, I had to do something with that splodge at the left hand side where I dropped some paint on the fabric!  So I got the same screen and printed it over the splodge in black.  I thought it came out quite well…

printed fabric

That’s the back page of the journal.  I actually printed it after making the cover, which was a bit rash!  But it worked okay.  I thought it made it look a bit mysterious.

Trouble was, once I started printing I had to keep going and use up all the paint, didn’t I?!

printed rust dyed fabric

This is some rust dyed fabric which I overprinted.  I also printed on this watercolour paper on which I’d previously printed Rouen Cathedral!

person plus rouen cathedral

Here is the book cover finished:

book cover          inside of book cover

And here it is with the signatures sewn in.  I haven’t put any fancy pockets, tags or closures yet.  I probably will, but today the second lesson comes out!! 

journal

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I made the house journal too – more pics to come in the next post!

A little printing (on fabric this time!)

I put away the Gocco machine on Friday and did some printing on fabric for a change. 

First of all, inspired by Rayna Gillman’s book, Create Your own Hand Printed Cloth, which by the way is gorgeous, I did some printing with the base of some of those plastic meat trays which supermarkets feel it is necessary to send with any meat (don’t get me started on overpackaging, but now I’ve found a way to recycle it I don’t feel so guilty!).  I then overprinted this with a couple of gocco screens. 

I space dyed this fabric in a cat litter tray last year.

printed fabric 

The fabric is not quite so vivid as it seems and the colours are mixed together a bit more but you get the idea.  The background printing was done in red fabric paint from Trapsuutjies.  The gocco print of the people was based on a photo taken at the chateau de Blois last year in France and the other is of a brick wall.

I also overprinted this fabric which I discharged earlier this year:

people printed on fabric

And this blue fabric with the ‘bricks’ screen:

bricks fabric 

I’m also going to join in Maggie Grey’s Grand Catalogue Distressing Ritual.  For the mystified, Maggie has a new book out soon and she is offering free online classes for anyone who buys the book.    To prepare for one of the classes, she asks us to take an Argos catalogue or telephone directory or similar, slash the cover deeply and put it out in the garden to await its fate by any passing wildlife or weather.  Like several other people, I decided to help it along by soaking it first:

Argos catalogue soaking

And ever since Maggie told us to do that, the summer has started!  No rain in sight…. long may it continue.

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