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My Surfaces: Life Drawing Journal

Posted in ART, MY SURFACES with tags , , on January 31, 2009 by echostains
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life-drawing-journal-one-of-many

This is a life drawing journal I have decorated.  The first thing I do when I get a new journal is embellish it!  This one is painted with acrylic paint and felt tips.

life-drawing-journal-detail

life-drawing-journal-detail

 

The first journal I ever ‘decorated’ was this one: –

 

architecture-journal

architecture-journal

 

All I did was stick two pieces of plaster over it!  I can’t remember why I did that though…..

Scratching the Surface and other Crevices

Posted in ART, MY SURFACES with tags , , , , , , on January 18, 2009 by echostains

Ceramic journal cover

 

Ceramic journal cover

I managed to get a new scanner today, so we’ll see how these images come out……  Given that its one that also prints and photocopies, I’m not expecting great things.

Ceramics Journal back view

 

Ceramics Journal back view

Mmmm, thought so, as I expected, not a good result.  This image is very large though, I may have to shrink it or try to remove the Moire…

 

I love surfaces!  I love to decorate them!  I can work for hour upon hour building surface upon surface.  I hadn’t been in Uni long before I started t decorate my journals.  The first one just had a big sticking plaster in the shape of a cross over it!  This is one of my Ceramics journals.  I used a variety of inks and acrylics: I also liked to mixed a little Polyfiller powder too….

Altered book: in the beginning

Posted in MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 5, 2008 by echostains

Just getting started

Just getting started

 

I have been interested in altered books for a few years now.  I even contemplated making one as part of a project at University, but I never got round to it.  There is something magical about transforming the written word into a work of art.  The making of such a book incorporates the use of collage, mixed media, paper, fabric and all the media I like working in.  I started this book about 3 years ago.  I did one page and then forgot all about it until I found it again recently. 

 In one day I managed to do 4 pages: the next day I did 2.  Work on it was very sporadic and I hadn’t been going long before I realised that the print was quite small and was being overwhelmed by the images.  It was important to me that some of the original text was retained.  This could be a word or a sentence of my own choosing.  So I went through the first few pages choosing the text.

  I had absolutely no idea of how the page would look in advance, I responded in an instinctual way: the way the words spoke to me!  After I had chosen my words, I then went through the book adding colour to pages (including those I hadn’t chosen the text of yet) and employed different media, like oil pastel, acrylics, pen and ink.  I ripped, punched and clipped pages wherever I wanted with no thought to how the end product would look, I just knew that I didn’t want it to be ‘pretty’ or like a scrapbook.