Sunday, 15 August 2010

More journals

I've been so busy getting ready for an Art Fest in Beaumaris, where I've had the proud honour, along with some very talented artists, to give a demonstration of decorated papers and jewellery making. I'm also able to sell my wares, hence the rush making journals and jewellery. Today was necklace making but I'll post the photos next week. The Festival in on the 4th and 5th of September. I'll be there on the 5th.


This is the cover of my latest journal, it has my felt stitched circles turned into 'lollipop trees'. These trees seem to appear in all of my art from painting to stitching. I started using this shape, years ago when I began painting in pastel, it seems to have progressed to my collage work and journals. 



This is the journal side on showing the pages, there's lots of fabric and decorated papers inside. This has the most pages to date. They just keep getting bigger.





These two photos are details showing the felt and stitched trees.


This is the first fabric page of my next journal, the photo doesn't really show the depth of colour, it's vibrant with lots of beading, stitching and my favourite sari silks.



The heart was cut out from a plastic cup that I'd used to mix a variety of blue and metallic paints when I made my decorated papers last week. The colours just shone on the side of the cup, so out came the scissors and there you have it.


Another close up, the lace doilies to the left were from my hand dyed collection.


Not all of my op shop broken jewellery finds end up in my necklaces, they've started to appear in my journals of late.


I've hand stitched lots of beads to this side of the page.


One of my favourite fabrics, sari silk, they are so luscious and vibrant.

More to come later.

36 comments:

Heloise said...

Your journal is stunning! Good luck with Art Festival.

ju-north said...

Good enough to eat!

Emma said...

Completely scrumtious! I kept an inner tube for that storage idea of yours & the dog chewed one end, so it's a little shorter than I'd like ;)

Rebecca Anthony said...

This is unbelievably gorgeous!! The details are outstanding!

Heather said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous fat journal! It's interesting how ideas evolve and elements worm their way into our work - I love the felt lollipop trees and as ever your colours and textures are glorious. Best of luck for the Art Festival.

PaperPumpkin said...

Such a gorgeous work of art this journal is! I want to hold it, feel it...

Svetlana said...

Another great journal, Ro. Have fun at the Art Festival.

Elizabeth said...

Oh My lord Woman, your work just ooze's with luciousness!!! Thisis such an increible example of art luciousness I wish that I could touch it!!!
The felt touches add yet another layer of texture and depth!!
You do inspire me so!! Will you be able to hold on to this journal until the show in September??? I am sure that there willbe many clamboring to purchase it!!!

Simply stunning!!!

ArtPropelled said...

The lollipop trees are gorgeous and my hands are itching to hold that wonderful chunky journal.

Gaby Bee said...

Your journals are outstanding! Each one is quite unique and wonderfully detailed as always.
Best of luck for the Art Festival!!!

Terri Kahrs said...

Ohhhh, Ro! I am absolutely swooning and drooling all over my keyboard! Your journal is scrumptious!!! And soooo many gorgeous details to admire. Stunning!!! Hugs, Terri oxoxo

Julie said...

I got really excited then and thought you were coming to Beaumaris in Wales! Have fun at the Festival. Your journal is gorgeous!

Jan said...

As usual you create such beauty out of so many things and inspire me.

Judy said...

Thanks so much for the lovely comment on my Blog. I am an admirer of your work, and Just LOVE your journal.I hope you'll come back again to visit!!
I've added you to my ever-growing list of fabulous sites!!

Robyn said...

Best of luck at the art festival.... hope you have lots of fun and sell loads of those magnificent journals of yours.

Judy Wise said...

ohhhh, I love the texture of the felted trees! and the colors!! and everything about the journal.

azirca said...

Such a beautiful collision of colours. I love how you have incorporated the jewellery into your journal, and the cut out from the cups is very creative.

Dot said...

Goodness - this is stunning Ro!

suziqu's thread works said...

Stunning work Ro - like you I have a huge appetite for rich fabrics, textures inc. saris and braids which I use in my work and you have now inspired me to move into a journal -can't wait. What a very clever artist you are!

The Itsy Bitsy Spill said...

Such stunning wonderful brilliant colors. Love color color and you are amazing at it. lovely I love your wonderful so inspiring full of rich treasures to take in.

hello Ro!

Carol said...

I got all excited for a moment and then realised you don't mean the Beaumaris, Anglesey, North Wales :)

beautiful journal

Seth said...

Incredible. These shots are just bursting with color. I absolutely love the second picture with the edges of the pages highlighted!

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

This journal is high energy...colors and those wonderful felt circle trees...love the addition of beads and such. Fine piece!

grrl + dog said...

wow.

that is one rich book!

It must take you ages...

the felt is gorgeous.
Package sending today!

Janette Kearns Wilson said...

Thank you for visiting Ro. I love the fabric books, did you use the embellisher on the lollipop trees, thanks for the idea of the piano hinges...the book I begin today is MARK 3!!!!!!

sharon young said...

Great eye candy as ever, I love the journal cover, sooo.... much colour, you could never be miserable when you opened this book. Brilliant!
good luck with the Artfest

suziqu's thread works said...

Hi Ro - Thanks for visiting my blog and lovely comment. Yes I have been
a follower of Magnolia Pearl for quite some time now and am addicted to her sensational rich fabrics. Love the gypsy pages in your journal!Right up my alley!Good luck with the Art Festival - in my old state before moving here.

Julia said...

STunning!!! journal, the colours and the textiles and jewellery used.yummy..will definately diary to see you at Beaumaris on the Sunday!........xxx...julia

oneartistjournal said...

Beautiful and luscious, and rich and yummy, and...
XOXOrly

cathsheard said...

I keep coming back and looking at this post - I don't know how many times I have been back now. I can't begin to describe the feeling it creates for me with all the textures and colours and depth. Awesome...

Parabolic Muse said...

Ro, I am printing out some of these incredible images and putting them on my inspiration wall. They are beyond description. YUM!

HeartFire said...

So colorful and inspiring, I love the pix of your books, wish I could see them in person! Am adding you to my blogroll... you have quite an eclectic array of interest, as I do...

Cory said...

Love your journal...a festival of color for sure.

Gunnels blog said...

Your art journals are wonderful !!! And you have a very nice blog. Thank you for nice comment! Have a nice wekeend !

Jackie said...

I looooove these. So bright.

Jenn said...

Hello Ro,
Beautiful work! I would like to chat with you about submitting art for our next Cloth Paper Scissors Gifts and our July/August issue. If you're interested, please email me at jmason@interweave.com
Thanks!
Jenn Mason
Cloth Paper Scissors Editor