I'll be filling journals with collages, prints, water colours, ink drawings and more...and I've decided to theme mes journals pour Paris (my journals for Paris) around the 5 Senses of Taste, Sight, Hearing, Touch and Smell. This will give me scope to develop my journals.......and capture much of what Paris is about.
I've always loved keeping journals and notebooks...even as a child....I would buy little notebooks from a local newsagent and fill them with scribbles, lists, drawings, pressed leaves and wildflowers. So keeping journals is not a new thing for me.....it's not expensive and a wonderful creative outlet.
I'll be taking my collection of journals and notebooks to Paris.......some consisting of beautiful watercolour papers, 100% cotton French etching papers, calendar eco/brown papers (which I love), and others with textured plant/fibre papers.
|My collection of journals|
|Sandra's beautiful journal|
Rachel Hazell, based in the United Kingdom www.hazelldesignsbooks.co.uk, is the most divine bookbinder and I bought her limited edition bound journal at Spoons on the Isle of Skye last year www.thespoonsonskye.com. I'm hoping to do a workshop with Rachel either in Paris or another spot in Europe.
|Rachel's exquisite little "Spoons" journal.|
I took home number 3 of an edition of 10.
|Cute chooks at Spoons!|
|I loved this little red roofed cottage......maybe the subject for a future etching.|
|Dramatic, glorious scenery surrounds you everywhere on the Isle of Skye.|
|Pierre (better known as Peter - he's not French by the way) tramping in the Highlands.|
|Thistle...one of my favourite plants and a favourite etching subject.|
Glen Skien, one of my favourite Australian artists www.silentparrotpress.com, led the workshop and I've posted a few images of Glen showing us the various techniques.
|Glen made it look easy.........|
|I used a little 'gold leaf' to embellish the cover.|
|Thought some vintage elements would also work - 1920's buckle and French grosgrain belting.|
|Voila - mon journal, L'Art de la Dégustation, with its little French belt!|
I'll be making this in Paris....so let's see if I can improve on my first attempt.
A bientot mes amis.
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