Wednesday, September 14, 2011

What are you up to wednesday - part 24

Another Wednesday, another worktable view. Look! As you can see my current project involves butterflies, lots and lots of butterflies. What you are looking at are parts of an upcoming selfmade book/journal. Let me tell you what's going on.

Last Friday I was off work early and found myself with a whole wonderful afternoon in the studio. And all I wanted to do was play with paint. Not make anything specific mind you, I just wanted to get my hands dirty. Luck had it that I am currently reading the wonderful book Painted paper by Alisa J. Golden and that inspired me to just make pretty papers and not think about what to do with them yet. So I got my paints and I got out these babies:

They are pattern rollers that I got at a bargain at an art supply company. I hadn't used them yet and figured this would be a good day to test drive them. First I painted two dozen sheets of paper in just about all the colors I have in my stash. Not one color has been used twice. I painted both sides of the pages. Then I took out my gesso and started rolling away with the pattern rollers. And here's the result after two studio sessions of painting and rolling:

Yup, 24 sheets of unique patterned paper! Isn't it gorgeous? Above is one side of all the papers and below is the backside of all those papers. I love how they turned out and I love how colorful they all look together.

Now you may wonder why I did 24 sheets. Well, painting away like that gives you a lot of thinking time and while I was working on them I decided to make a book with them. A variation on the ROD style journal. Another book fully of my own making. Fun fun fun. Since I like the three signature format I did for the last ROD I made I figured I would do the same here. And lo and behold, here are three signatures that are folded of 8 sheets each, that's 96 pages for a book.

Of course every journal needs a cover and that's what I've been working on the past two nights. I had already decided to add butterflies and journaling questions to the inside of the journal (I still have to do this part by the way) so I figured the outside needed butterflies too. This was a good opportunity to try out the fabric transfer paper I got at a very cheap store my Dutch readers will know called Action. Because the paper was so cheap I was a little scared it might be rubbish, but it worked like a charm. I spent part of an evening ironing butterflies to white cotton so I could sew them on the cover.

Anyway, here's how the cover turned out:

Outside cover

Inside cover

I think it's awfully cute! I even added some lace to the top and bottom for extra cuteness. ;-)

Now all I have to do is cut out about 160 butterflies that I copied onto sticker paper (saves a lot of gluing later on) and then I have to collect journaling prompts/questions and ad those to the book (artsy stuff is hard work sometimes). I may also ad some stitching to the papers. I am going to call it the Butterfly Book of Questions (I know, another true find of a title). And when it's done (drums please)....there will be a giveaway! Yay! Don't know yet exactly when, but just know that this book will be coming towards one of you in the not so distant future. Just stay posted!

Hope you're all having an artsy Wednesday too!


  1. You have been very busy! I love those textured paint rollers - you can cover a lot of territory very quickly.

  2. wow those textured rollers are amazing... i have painted five spreads in my art journal using your techniques in Easy Peasy Journalling part one and can hardly wait for Friday to come now... see u then..

  3. Yummy! I LOVE days like that...when you just play for playings sake and don't expect a finished product or certain results. These papers are wonderful and the book cover is fantastic.

  4. Wat ontzettend leuk, die rollers! Jaaaa, daar zou ik ook wel een hele middag mee kunnen/willen spelen! Inspirerende post! Ik heb meteen zin om de verfpotten op tafel te zetten!

  5. Okay, had me at the gorgeous painted papers! Then, you add the amazing covers, with butterflies, no less! And THEN you mention a giveaway!?! I will definitely be waiting to hear more about it...that journal is amazing!!

  6. What fun! I love the playful papers and your butterflies!

  7. Wow! Beautiful papers that will make an even more beautiful book! I like the rollers, one could make them with a foam cover, but I would much rather buy them already done and ready to use. Your cover is beautiful, too.

  8. Die rollers zijn wel heeeeel errug leuk! Ik herken die 'flow' als je eenmaal bezig bent met dingen te maken, dat je maar door blijft gaan. En het is altijd leuk om je 'stash' aan te vullen met je eigengemaakte decopapieren!

  9. Heel mooi allemaal Caatje ook de rollers leuk om mee te werken. Helemaal TOP je boek.


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