dc96: WillowThis one I am sending to you Carole! Thank you for being the host this week and allowing all of us to have such a great time spent on this wonderful theme you have chosen of 'willow.' I've lately been dreaming of little books [again.] It seems they are on my mind in one way [closer to consciousness at times] or the other. I think they might always be on my mind. I've been wanting to try out a Japanese hand sewn binding; and doing a little journal; and using my beloved Saint-Armond paper (I ruined a painting last challenge as you will remember)...by trying a selection of differing mediums on it...; and just sketching a small scale bird which if I don't do on a semi-regular basis makes me a bit crazed [that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it]. This drawing challenge gave me the chance to do all of these things. What evolved is a little journal which has a small bird perched on a willow branch on the front cover. This is done in pigment ink, watercolor, conte pencil, and pencil crayon. The inside pages are an assortment of quality art papers which can allow many different treatments, like drawing, painting, charcoal, inks, acrylics, etc. so that you can dabble at your heart's content. The paper does not have a direction per se, as it is all hand made. Other papers include 50 lb. sketch paper for pencil, pen, pastel, crayon, felt marker or watercolor pencil, wet or dry. One page inside has a small collage with an image transfer and a few words of encouragement. In this journal it says: All it takes is intention and practice. I think this would apply to anything life throws at us. I mean if we want to learn how to do something, or change our behaviour, or attitude, and that sort of thing.
I had such a completely wonderful time making this little journal that I am going to make more of them. I'll make them until I run out of ideas. So I'll be selling them on my etsy shop for $8.00 USD, plus shipping. This is my intention for the next while. Hopefully they will be available soon, and I'll let you know by doing a blog post.Here's a few more shots of this little journal for Carole. It measures 2 3/8" w X 1 1/8" h when closed. And a real close up!! Thank you everyone for dropping by today. I hope to see you again, soon, To see all of the participants for this WILLOW theme challenge, pop in to Carole's blog (highlighted above) where you will be linked. There's some eye candy to see here folks! Ciao.