Monday, 5 July 2010

Epic journal workshop

I sent off my postcard today to Sophie Munns, for her homage to the seed exhibition in Brisbane. I used watercolour paper and my hand cut pomegranate stencil. There's also some sari silk ribbon and a dictionary definition of pomegranate. It was fun to make. The exhibition starts on the 12th July.


On Saturday the 24th July I'm holding another Junk Journal workshop at my home.
There are still a few vacancies. If you'd like to attend, just email me and I'll send you the details. 
This journal is made from all recycled materials eg junk mail, envelopes, brochures, paper bags, scrap papers, gift wrap, packaging anything that can be stitched into a fabric spine. I use my journal everyday, partly as a diary and also as a place to experiment and let go. It sits on the bench in my studio waiting patiently for it's turn to be noticed. I paint lots of the pages then go back and add to them when I find something to suit. It's a great place to add those special cards and postcards that take your eye.

Here's some of the pages that are in varying stages of completion, but then what does completion mean.



I was very inspired today when I received LK Ludwig's latest book in the mail. It's fabulous, featuring all of these wonderful artists and their journals. I was thrilled to see my buddies Judy and Karen in there as well as many other wonderful blogging acquaintances. Misty, Katie and Seth are in there too. 
There's a bonus too, a wonderful journal in the back made from the printer's leftovers, what a fabulous idea.



26 comments:

Chris Gray said...

..what an absolute feast for the eyes!!!!

Thanks for showing :-)

PaperPumpkin said...

I ordered this book last week and am anxiously and excitedly waiting for it to arrive! Maybe tomorrow?! I just love looking at your journal page artwork with the incredible way you create layers. Thank you so much for sharing these!

ArtPropelled said...

Great to see your Homage to the Seed postcard Ro and your journal is a feast for the eyes. Must be amazing to page through it.

Rebecca Anthony said...

What an awesome post, it's chock full of eye candy(O: Oh how I love to look at other peoples journal pages!!

Heather said...

That book sounds fantastic Ro and I love your postcard and journal pages. I couldn't bring myself to write on them - it would be like a wonderful picture book, just to be looked at.

Karen Turner said...

Your journal pages are fabulous as ever! What kind of pen do you use for journalling on this decorative surface? I sometimes make journals/sketchbooks too and often use gesso and acrylic paint, but I find most pens don't write well on the decorated pages.

Jan said...

These are so fabulous I can hardly stand it. Thanks for sharing.

Sophie Munns said...

What a beautiful post Ro!
I love the pomegranate... its a favourite ... I am so delighted you are sending this... it sings!
Would be wonderful to sit and pour over every page!
Clever you!
Sophie

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

Love your postcard to Sophie!
I could easily spend a lot of time going through your journal...so alive and vital! Thank you for sharing these and hope your class will be great!

Terri Kahrs said...

Love your postcard and your journals, Ro. Food for the creative soul!!! How I wish I were geographically closer so that I could take your class. Your journals inspire me.

Glad you enjoyed my pics of Maine. The pottery studio is beyond description. They've got about 6 artists on staff who paint all day. The showroom is attached to the studio - awesome place. Would love to hear and see more about your Brunswick!!! Hugs, Terri xoxo

Seth said...

Incredible journal as always Ro. Wish I were on your side of the world to attend the workshop!

oneartistjournal said...

AWesome Awesome Awesome lush and rich pages...Love the junk journal concept...So much FUN here at your place...
XOXOrly

Sophie Munns said...

Yeah....it arrived today Ro!
Was delighted to see it in real life...now to photograph it and put it up on Monday...
glorious colour... Much appeciated!
S

Robyn said...

I love the postcard... it's almost good enough to eat.

The journals are rich and inviting too.

a wealth of wonderful work... thanks for sharing.

Trudi Sissons - Two Dresses Studio said...

Ah - Always a treat and a feast of color on your blog - and your latest work is beautiful!!! Wonderful layering.

Trudi Sissons - Two Dresses Studio said...

Ah - Always a treat and a feast of color on your blog - and your latest work is beautiful!!! Wonderful layering.

grrl + dog said...

the journals are so full of life already and there's not even an entry...

gorgeous work.

rivergardenstudio said...

I have this book and it is fantastic. As I know your nest class will be... filled with amazing people and pages of art... roxanne

Samantha Marshall said...

Your journal is fantastic!!

sharon young said...

Just popped over after a long absence, and as usual you have a wonderful inspiring post, I really have no idea how you think of all these amazing images to include in your pages.
I love the look of the new book, maybe I'll have to treat myself, I wonder if it'll be on sale at the FOQ in Birmingham next month.

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

I so wish I could get to your junk journal workshop. It would be heaps of fun, i just know it! Good luck with it Ro. I adore your pomegranite postcard. Your rubber stamps are gorgeous. I'm really pleased with mine. Now, I'm off to investigate where I can get that book over here :o)

Thank you
Carolyn

Deborah said...

What a great project. I love the photos of the journal.

Julia said...

Hi Ro, Thanks for the lovely comments re my new collaging and catching up at Patsys, It was great to see you there, would love to catch up with you more often!...Loved your pomegranate postcard for Sophies Exhibition...so rich and vibrant and perfect in design!!!...I sent one, but forgot to take a pic of it before sending it...xx..julia

Stephanie said...

Fabulous journal pages! I love the seed pods that look so architectural and then the buildings that look so natural...

peggy aplSEEDS said...

i am fascinated with your junk journal. i need to start one because i have a LOT of junk!

Christine said...

Dear Ro,
a big compliment from Germany for your fantastic paste paper!
I also make paste paper and work with it in my collages and I look for interesting sites everywhere. I'm looking foreward to following your blog.
Christine at
www.christine-wenger.de