Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Latest journal

I've just completed my latest journal, this one was another commission. The next one I make will go into my Etsy shop. We had lovely weather today, a nice sunny 21deg C, roll on summer. The parrots were in a frenzy when I put seed in the bird feeder, see the last photo.


the cover - it's a piece of my felt with stitching added


I use wooden coffee stirrers to mix my paints then I can't bear to throw them out, so they end up in my journals. I'm amazed my Bernina actually stitched through them, (I found that out by accident, but that's another story), previously I've laboriously drilled holes in them then stitched them together by hand.


I stitched some off cuts of my decorated papers together to make a page.


hand made paper from India with a fabric page opposite.


paint, stamps and doodling


painted paper towel on the left, blossoms painted on brown paper on the right


I set up a collection of buttons onto my scanner bed, scanned them in then took the image into Photoshop and added filters, this was the result. I've used it in so many projects, I often change the colour with hue and saturation.


an old book spine and clothing label on the left page, a flower made from a disposable plastic plate, which had been my paint palette, on the right page


more paper off cuts stitched together.


the bird on the left is a king parrot, the one on the right, waiting his turn is a crimson rosella, there were at least half a dozen more in the camellia bush waiting in the pecking order.

Thanks again for visiting and your lovely comments. 

I hope to have some more stamps and some necklaces in my Etsy over the weekend.


19 comments:

Caterina Giglio said...

saw your journal on FB but had to pop over for real proper look see... just amazing work, love the cover and the spine, fabulous texture and your birds are just spectacular... oh my!

Lucy said...

FABULOUS Ro! Love your use of colours & other mundane objects that you turn into art!!!
Hugs Lucy

Judys Fabrications said...

That cover and spine..they must look stunning in real life.Lovely colourful pages in your book.
Those parrots- how gorgeous!
We have tame ring-necked doves, but just not the same as those splendid parrots!!

jinxxxygirl said...

Wow! I cannot imagine having wild parrots at my bird feeders. Those colors are amazing!

Your book is lovely. Thank you so much for walking us through it.I never did learn how to convert Fahrenheit to Celsius lol. Hugs! deb

Heather said...

A lovely fat journal full of gorgeousness and such innovative ways of creating decoration. Love the scanned buttons and coffee stirrers.
The birds on your feeder are as colourful as your journals. We sometimes have bullfinches and goldfinches on ours but that's about as colourful as we get.

Kathy, PaperPumpkin said...

Your journals always make my day. I want to hold them, turn their pages, feel the textures....love! Enjoy your day, kathy

Kimberly said...

What a color riot! Every page an explosion. Brilliant with the scanned and filtered buttons. I love that you used your mixing sticks too. The cover alone is amazing.
xoxo

Fuzzie Fingers said...

Your journal is fantastic. Every page is so interesting. I love the button page.

Hoola Tallulah said...

Your journals are so beautiful, just mesmerising, how delighted the recipient will be. It also seems completely mad and exotic that you have parrots visiting you bird table, WOW!

Elizabeth said...

This journal is so incredibly yummy!!! Some of your additions are really inspired ! Stitching through stir sticks HMMMMMMM! that must have been exciting the first time thru! I have been stitching paper scraps together lately as well, no tiny bit can ever be thrown away!!! I would be over the moon to have such amazing birds at my feeder!! The colors that surround you are amazing and so saturated and obviously inspire you!! thank you so , Dear Ro , for sharing!!!

Purly Wendy said...

The very fortunate recipient of this commissioned journal - ME!!!- cannot wait to have it in her hot little hands!
Thank you sooo much Ro, it's AMAZING!

Laura said...

Loving it!

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Could your journals be any better, each one is more wonderful than the last, love the spine buttons and trim. xox

Lorraine said...

great journal pages love all the colours and as for those parrots..lol! no wonder you like to use colour as you can see them everyday:)

sharon young said...

Wow! Stunning journal, I love your button page, what a great idea. The parrots are wonderful what a treat to have them in your garden.

violette said...

Wow - this is such an incredibly gorgeous book - i gasped when i saw it! Oh my gosh - i love it!

Love, Violette

ArtPropelled said...

Amazing colours .... from your journal to the parrots in your garden. Beautiful!

Stephanie said...

oh my! to have such exotic birds at my feeder!

The journal is beautiful...would be hard pressed to put another mark in it.

Judy said...

Ro, Truly a delicious journal, thanks for sharing some of your techniques. Lovely birds, my sister lives at Sunbury and they had a King Parrot in their garden recently, she's never seen them there before.