The completed books. I absolutely love making books and I try to make them as perfect as possible. I used waxed Irish linen thread to stitch the pine and have a huge array of colors. On one of the books , I chose a thread which turned out to look wimpy and pathetic. That will be my new plant journal.
Front and back of journal. You can chose which.
This seems to be the most popular. The white paint had mica in it and the book just glows. I have another half sheet so I can make another one just like it.
This book was made with the "chrysanthemum" tool made by Marcella's brother.
That horrible looking stitching (DON"T LOOK!!) made it mine. I sell these sketchbooks for $45. and believe me when I tell you it's the best mixed media paper you can get. I do a lot of watercolors in these sketchbooks. If you are interested in one, use the contact form below.
All year while I have been so busy I have been seeing fabulous pictures artists are making on Instagram. One is a woman named Louise Watson. She is a superb embroidered and makes a lot of landscapes (which I love). She also has a perpetual flower journal and everytime I looked at a new sketch, I wanted to join in but no time during the summer. Well, the workshops are done and now maybe I can squeeze in a few remaining plants before the frost takes them all away. Oh no! No blank sketchbooks!!! I had to make one. I ended up make four covers and stitching three books to completion. Here are the papers from a previous paste paper session.
Each half sheet which will cover the front and back book board
I had a fourth set of book boards so while all the supplies were out I thought I'd cover them in case I wanted to do another book
Book board covers cut
Cover and end paper glued in place
then wrapped in waxed paper to dry flat under a mountain of heavy books
The corners that were cut off the papste paper. I always save these little gems because I can't bear to throw them away.