First rule of Book Club is…. no wait that’s something else. HERE, book club is a twice a month “meeting” at my local scrapbook store, Soul Sentiments. We ladies chose a book and then learn techniques and assemble art books, journals, altered books, ring books… well creative fabulous stuff. Our last book was “Nature Inspired” Mixed Media Techniques for Gathering, Sketching, Painting, Journaling and Assemblage by Tracie Lyn Huskamp. 112 pages of inspiration, how-to’s and step by step instructions for the mixed media geek in us.
With over a dozen women, it was inspiring to see what each of us created over the two month span. We’d share, we’d learn a new technique or perfect an old one. Mostly we shared and spit ball ideas off one another and share our different knowledges. We have artists, art majors, art teachers, and creative souls in this mixed group, so you can image what some of these ladies created!
Mine is nearly finished… I have some pages to add and tweak but I finally have a show and tell for everyone.
We each chose different formats to bind our creations. I chose a simple chipboard cover, with book binding tape and my spin on a travel journal and signatures. The outside, I used dried flowers, tulle, paper flowers, chipboard, broken jewelry and a paint technique from Finnebair and Finnebair products. I stepped outside my comfort zone and built a very soft feminine look.
We played with transfer techniques, vintage fibers, doilies, lace, trim, painting on different mediums, faux painting and sewing. Many of the ladies quilt and sew, so their pages were outstanding! My sewing machine is still packed away, so I improvised a bit.
Little touches here and there made some interesting pages. Alcohol inks, vellum, chipboard, gel press… lots of playing.
And fabric… oh the fabric incorporated into the ladies books…upcycling, repurposing, tea dying.. I left with more ideas than when I walked in!
This was a fun journey for me. I still have more techniques to explore. Still some blank pages to fill. But it’s actually “finished” for now. This month we started a new “book” and we will be exploring junk journals/altered books. One of the ladies already inspired me with her re-purposed “trash”, another has already built her signatures for “junking up”. I’ve been pulling out my stashes of papers, collections and mementos. Can’t wait to see what it all turns into!
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