Monday, May 07, 2007

Journal Making



I’ve had this book ‘Collage Unleashed’ by Mixed Media Artist Traci Bautista for some time and thanks to a link sent to me by my friend Carol (Textile Tales) I now have the video by Traci, ‘Retro Rags’. It came the other day and I have been glued to it!
It is amazing. Traci Bautista starts off by showing different techniques to prepare signature papers ready for doodling, journaling or whatever using kitchen towels, stamps and stencils. Then she takes you through making the journal covers and the retro rag-rug spine.
I was so inspired that I decided to have a go. And here is the first one I made and now that I know what I’m doing I am in the process of making another one.
The cover is made from the kitchen towels used to colour the signature papers. The central pattern is cut from the A3 size paper I was using as a table cover which already had old doodlings on from a previous project. Traci does make a point of saying that nothing is wasted!
The spine is strips of torn fabric and yarns.



Back cover is once again kitchen towel.

The signature papers are all different weights of paper.



The inside covers are made from some really old fabric I had lying around. I did some scribbling on the front piece but copied some of the designs in the book as I can’t seem to doodle to order.



I fixed the little label holder on the front cover but haven’t given the journal a title as yet.
These are just some close ups of the journal.




The book and the DVD are both well worth having, they complement each other. Details of the book can be found here at Amazon and the DVD can be purchased here at Creative Catalyst Productions.

Traci Bautista has a website here giving you details of her blog, workshops, publications etc. and lots of pictures of her artwork. A really good site. A very talented lady.

21 comments:

Vicki W said...

Wow! That's a great book and it looks like it was a lot of fun to make. What will you do with it?

Barbara said...

Wow too!!
I can learn so many different things from you!!

Sarah said...

Your journal is AWESOME! I have the book, but I didn't know she had a video too! Thanks for the info!

Leanne Hurren said...

Amazing book Lynda- absolutely gorgeous and now you have a lovely book to sketch / doodle in. I am off to look at the DVDs although I am meant to be on a strict budget! Love your work and have been meaning to email you back!

Waltraud said...

This journal is so bautiful! I like these crazy things.

Susan D said...

WOW that is amazing, you have been busy.

Micki said...

Wow, this is amazing. I've had the DVD for months and have done nothing. You just jump right in get things done so quickly.

Carol said...

Absolutely Fantastic, so that's what you were up to this bank holiday, I LOVE it, Traci's book on its own had me excited but now I can't wait to have a play.

++ Witchypoos ++ said...

Your journal is AWESOME .... Gee another book to add to my wish list !

Zoe

Pat said...

In response to a tag from Gunnel I have purely tagged you to say thank you for the pleasure your blog gives me, (this post is a good example)as I am sure this has happened to you many times before there is no need to respond.

Helen in the UK said...

The book is FAB. Sounds like you had a lot of fun making it too :)

Alis said...

You are very talented too. This is such a great journal. You will have great fun using it.
Hugs, Alis

MargaretR said...

This is one of the most inspiring things I have ever seen on any blog Lynda and that's saying a lot, because I'm inspired by someone every day. Please carry on inspiring me.

Sue B said...

Fanastic! I LOVE what you've done here. Really Lynda this is really very very cool. I am going to order this book and dvd today.

Debbi B said...

Fantastic stuff! So colourful - you really are very inspiring and I'd say you just increased sales for the TB book/DVD dramatically! Debbi B

neki desu said...

wow! a cockadoodledoo journal!
sounds like a fun journey you had :)
if you're interested in adding text check my blog today and follow the link.there are lots of cool things on that web page

neki desu

Peggy said...

Very nice, interesting book. Great work.
Peggy

StegArt said...

Fabulous! I love it. The colors, the stitching, everything. I have the book, but now I wanna go order the DVD. Can't wait to see what else you make!

Carol said...

I have this book and my C+G sketchbook is so much better this term as a result. You got inspired girl - this is totally lovely well done.

Annica said...

Wow! Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

Traci Bautista said...

Lynda...BEAUTIFUL journal!! Thank you for sharing my book & DVD. I found you through Carol's site, what an AWESOME gift!! Your work and blog is very inspiring!
Live artfully...
Traci