Wednesday, February 29, 2012

What are you up to Wednesday - part 40 (woyww 143)

Can you believe that this is my 200th blogpost? I know, I can't believe it either! I can't believe I've kept it up and even feel like keeping it up for at least 2000 more. When I first started this blog I was so apprehensive about it and now I can't imagine my life without it. So here's my 200th post and my 40th Wednesday post, which is pretty cool all in itself ;-)

Here's my desk as I left it last night:

Yes, that's another ribbon and circle drawing in my Studio Book. I can't seem to get enough of them. They are so relaxing and it's interesting to see how even such a simple concept can be executed in so many different ways.

I did the drawing as a little relaxing celebration, because I just finished a very long term work, namely the prepping of my second altered atlas! I'm so happy it's finally ready for use. It took so long and it became a bit of drag really. But now it's ready to go as soon as my In Between Book is filled up which should be within the next two weeks.  Here's how my next journal looks now:

I have called it The Moon Journal and not the Second Altered Atlas, even though that is what it is. ;-) I've named it after the images on the cover which come from inside the atlas. When prepping an existing book for a journal I take out about half the pages and this family atlas had some wonderful images and maps in it.
The front cover has an image of a view of the Earth as seen from the Moon's surface. I decorated the black sky with metallic pencils.

The back has a map of the Moon on it where I colored in the sections with the same pencils. The pictures are bordered with duct tape and then the tape is decorated with paint markers and a glaze pen. The markers in themselves write well on the duct tape, but the color does come of when it's scratched so I decided to cover the whole thing in sticky back plastic. That way the journal is fully protected.

On the back there's also a quote from the song "Orange Moon" by Erykah Badu, which is such a sweet little song and it seemed to fit the theme of my journal cover perfectly.

I enjoyed working on the cover, but the really big job of course was the inside of the journal. About 70 spreads were left after I took out half the paper and all needed to be covered in gesso first and then given some color with acrylic paint. I chose simple craft paints this time.

Most of the spreads were done with baby wipes (a technique I think I first saw done by Traci Bunkers and that leaves your hands very dirty indeed), but some also have been done with a brush or with credit cards or a combination of all three. Not one spread looks the same. Here's a sample of the inside of the Moon Journal.

I'm happy with it and I look forward to journaling in it, but for now just the idea of having ever to prep another book this way makes me want to run and hide. It's. A. Lot. Of. Work. ;-) It will be worth it though, I remember how much I enjoyed using the Altered Atlas and I'm sure I will love this baby too.

I hope you enjoyed this peek in my next journal and I hope you are all having an artsy Wednesday!


  1. Ooh Catjee it's a day of good stuff, the Moon book is marvellous, I say how great all the pages are...worth the effort, for sure! And well done on your 200th post, it goes by so fast!

  2. Congrats on your posts. THe book is awesome and does in fact look like a lot of work. TFS Norma/Lizzy

  3. Gefeliciteerd!!!
    En wat een prachtig boek is dit al geworden en het is vast nog veeeeeeel mooier tegen de tijd dat jij ermee klaar bent!!

  4. I can't imagine all the work that goes into prepping a book. I get tired just reading about it. It is totally wonderful though. I recognized it as duct tape right off the bat. There is so much you can do with duct tape! Your circles and ribbons are indeed very relaxing!

  5. Oh Caatje... love your moon journal... the cover is gorgeous... looks so good with the duct tape... and yes wow... huge undertaking... but now the fun begins... and your circle and ribbon page is beautiful...

    Jenny x

  6. A lot of gorgeous crafting to see - love your workspace too (Hazel, WOYWW #5) x

  7. Oh Lord, I am just now starting an altered book and already not looking forward to the prepping part and after reading your post, I am really not looking forward to that process! lol waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

    1. LOL, it IS a lot of work, but it's worth it!

  8. fab moon book,and your desk looks great,x

  9. I just LoVe the cover of your book but then got confused when I saw your inside pages and thought that was your book finished! Now I realise you will journal on each page it all makes sense ... what a lot of work but what a FaBuLoUs book you will have and what a joy it will be to work on. Debbie #89

  10. Love how you alter your journals. Happy Thursday to you, hope you enjoy this week's snoop around the oh so creative spaces & take care. Zo xx 83

  11. love your altered journals.. a bit late but trying to make the rounds! have a good one

  12. Congratulations on your 200+ posts (since I'm a couple posts late in reading this!). I'm so glad you are here, posting your creative life for us!


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