Chapter Next: Mirage


Some the pages in my altered book are already conveniently titled. The book began as an orphaned volume of short stories, and some of the tales' titles just appealed too much to cover up. Doesn't Mirage just conjure such magic? I haven't embarked on any of these pages with a plan. Planning just isn't in … Continue reading Chapter Next: Mirage

week by week 1/52


There's something so deliciously enlivening about the start of a new thing ...a new year ...a new book ...a new project In past years I've played with different art journaling projects, from page a day to a page a month.  This time around it's a page a week. So, 2015, here we go! Week 1 … Continue reading week by week 1/52

for the love of paper


Isn't there something irresistable about paper? this page is centred around play with handmade paper. Not made by me I hasten to add - that's a game I haven't played (yet)! It lends itself so well to roughly torn edgery, and as I discovered this week, tearing it when wet makes for even fluffier edges. … Continue reading for the love of paper

Moments in the process


There is often a stage in the process where I look at the page and think WTF? What is going on? It might fly off on a tanget, or it might develop recognizably from here. But until it does, I have no way of telling... Pushing on from this point gets easier every time. Like … Continue reading Moments in the process

scrap-driven pages


Working in the way I do generates a lot of scraps and offcuts. There are days (most of them) when I have no idea where to begin or how the page will look. The scraps often decide this for me, and Day 33 is pure 100% scrap driven! Along with the scraps I make there … Continue reading scrap-driven pages

a day in a page


me and the inner kid had some chores this morning, but we tempered this by including a 'raid the stationery drawer' moment in the office (old sticky labels... MINE! semi-dryed up highlighter pens...MINE!. We got nice fresh walnut bread and bananas on the market, we got chocolate... Back home to play! Now! Texture demands IK. … Continue reading a day in a page

dripping with extra texture


Another part of the process with the now familiar printer manual: Scrumpling! Both before and after the inky stage, scrumpling the paper helps it dry unevenly Uneven drying makes for gorgeous textural effects. With sharp folds the fibres of the paper is damaged just enough to make it super absorbant, and make for darker lines … Continue reading dripping with extra texture

Reds n Ripples


For quite a shiny page, the close up shots don't do the colors real justice, but I've included them to show you the lumpy bumpy textures. I really like the way paper goes into ripples when it gets wet (glue-y), and on this page I've highlighted the waves - although not sure it came out … Continue reading Reds n Ripples

new things old things


this was Monday's page, recycling techniques in a new order, mostly acrylic with a bit of ink spray. Very much into stenciling just now. I've ordered some Frisket paper (and waiting on delivery as I type) and giddy with anticipation!!

liberating discoveries


Through the pages of the recent weeks I've made some unexpected discoveries: Everyday I look forward to my bit of time set aside for play, there are similarities, sure, but everyday is individually distinct from it's neighbours. The 'no rules' rule liberates any planning, expectations, or regrets. By photographing the interim stages they are captured, … Continue reading liberating discoveries