Friday, 5 July 2013

Hand made journal

I have been itching to have a go at an idea that started brewing in my head a few weeks ago but because of my inability to stamp for any length of time, this little handmade journal took three days to make!!!! I can manage a little bit of stamping but my shoulder soon tells me when it's time to stop so I had to dig deep to find some patience and take my time over it.

My journal is made from two pieces of calico that I painted with watered down Beach Hut and Hey Pesto Fresco Finish paint. When it was dry, I used Honey Dew to stamp some leaves and flower heads from my Electica stamps. These pieces of fabric were placed back to back to create both the outside cover and the inside lining of my journal.

I stamped one of my favourite Lynne Perrella images on a piece of Egyptian cotton, using Jet Black Archival ink. Egyptian cotton has a finer weave than calico and gives a more detailed print. Before painting the image with watered down Fresco paint, it is important to remember to heat set the ink otherwise it will smudge when it gets wet.

I then started to lay some lace to the edges of my journal and realised that my background was definitely missing something, it was way too bland so I decided to add a small amount of stencilling around the edges.

You can see from this close up picture that I took much later that the chicken wire detail just adds that extra little bit of interest.

I thought that this phrase from  Sara Nauman's ESN01 was perfect for a journal so I made a little tab that I stitched to the journal cover. In fact there were quite a few of Sara's stamps that were perfect for this project, I used five in total, see if you can spot them!!!

This was such a nice project to make and although it took a long time, I really enjoyed making it and there is something to be said for taking your time, it allows you to think ahead and plan the next step more thoroughly.

Now that summer has finally arrived here in the UK, I hope that you all have a fabulous weekend.


Sarah Dunkley said...

Absolutely gorgeous! xxx

Helen said...

Glad you are able to get some crafting done again, Lin - hope the shoulder continues to improve!! I love love love this!!

sam21ski said...

Oooh this is lovely Lin

Glad you're getting back into it

Sam xxx

Carol Q said...

ooh absolutely gorgeous Lin. right up my street! these images stamp and stitch so well. I've been having a play myself the past couple of days.

Rebecca said...

Gorgeous love it. I'm getting the shakes as haven't crafted all week life keeps getting in the way! Super colours too :)
Happy craftin

craftimamma said...

Oh Lin this is beautiful! Three days is nothing in my book ...... that would take me a lot longer and wouldn't look half as gorgeous. Glad the shoulder is gradually improving.

Lesley Xx

Lin said...

Wow Lin this is gorgeous!!! so glad to see you're enjoying yourself again!! slowly does it :)

finnella03 said...

Lovely Lin and such a great idea.

Linda Cain said...

Gorgeous piece, Lin. LOVE the chickenwire stamp as well. The colors are perfect together. Glad to hear you're on the mend.


Brenda Brown said...

Lovely to see your work again Lin and this is a beautiful journal. Glad that your shoulder is allowing you some playtime too. Take care.
Have a great weekend.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Pearl Maple said...

nice work, all those textures and colors are so beautifully blended

Kyla said...

So pleased you are able to stamp again.
Loving the fabric book and especially the colours.

PeggyR said...

I love how this turned out!

coco said...

Hi Lin, this is a great made as usuals, I love it !!!!! thank you for sharing it and many other wonderful creations with us.
Just also wanted to inform you also that you are at the heart of my post today on my blog here: as well as on Tando's challenge blog !... So inspirful works (and stamps !!), I'm very grateful to you. Have a lovely day, Coco xxx

Anonymous said...

That is so beautiful & it must feel wonderful too. Love it. I'm glad your shoulder continues to heal.