I have been keeping diaries and journals since I was 7 years old.
I used to just write in them with an occasional sketch but find myself doing more and more art in them.
They no longer sit neatly on the shelf but instead creak and groan with crinkled pages and fat collage elements.
A wonderful quotation. Dreamsickle colors.
I've always loved to dance.
We made hula skirts at Day Camp when I was in the 3rd grade.
I thought I'd tell a few stories about myself that I had never told anyone before.
I had done 5 paintings of houses. Printed out digital photos of them and put them all in one big house.
Put myself in houses. Acrylic paint and digital photos.
One of those days when everything is uphill.
This is the cover of my altered book; a new project I started to try out some techniques that combine reverse painting on mylar with journalling and collaging.
The cover is caulking compound with a window covered with sheer fabric. Lots of juicy glazing and scrafitto.
The heart image is a reverse painting on mylar attached with grommets.
These portraits are reverse painted on mylar and then attached onto the altered page.
I made the paste paper in a workshop then I got the instructions for making a coptic journal off the internet.
I stamped a copper plate for inside the cover that says "My House".
This view shows the stitching and the various colors of paste papers that bind the signatures.
I used a variety of paper in the book with and without the original deckles and some so thin that it is transparent.
The pages are not the same size.
I love paper mache. There is nothing you cannot make out of it. I have made couches, cats, birthday cakes and godzillas.
This is a picture I made that hangs in my oh-so-formal dining room.
The frame is made out of paper mache. My house is a fancy place. You can imagine.
This is my one-a-day challenge. To do a painting each day showing something memorable about what I did that day. I lasted all of three days - ha.
On the left is a keyhole journal. It has an open spine with a join at the top and bottom and modelling gel that looks like plaster on the cover.
On the right is the same book opened showing the tropical watercolor and some "writing" in white ink. The iridescence in the paste paper is reflecting the light.