Tuesday, January 26, 2010

New journals

Hello everyone!  I spent my day making new journals.  It has been over a year since I made journals, I think.  Can you believe it?  It was fun, and I got to try out some of my new transfers.  I have two journals listed for sale in my etsy store, as well as a number of the new fabric transfers.  I don't know when I will have a chance to make journals again, but I will try to get them all listed on etsy this week.  If you need a pretty little book to put your dreams, poems, sketches or recipes in, you just might need one of these journals.  I am almost out of the fabric I used for these journals, so I guess it's time to hunt the thrift stores again.  Most of the things I use to make these journals are re-purposed.  The fabric is all leftover from projects long past, as are the buttons and ribbon.  The paper is computer paper that was used to test the printer, so a few pages have colored printout on the edges.  They have a lot of character, these little journals.  The last time I made them, I had intended to save one for myself, but somehow that did not happen!  No one knows why.  So I might have to save one of these new ones, as a little gift to myself.

It has been awhile since I used my sewing machine, and boy do I really love it.  I am so glad I pulled it out and made use of it.  I do use it for regular jobs like hemming pants, patching holes, etc., but to get a chance to use it for fun was what today was all about.  I have decided that this year I will be making an effort to add more fun in my life.  This was inspired by my friend, Tina Bluefield.  (Hi Tina!)

Another thing I am doing for myself this year for adding fun will be to attend the Las Vegas Art and Soul Retreat.  It is next month, and I have signed up for two classes.  This retreat is way outside of my usual way of thinking about art, and that is why I wanted to do it.  Also, my good friend, Carla Sonheim, is teaching a couple of classes, and I wanted to see her.  I am even taking one of her classes!!!  I think it will be a great new adventure, and I am excited.

I am planning to get back to oil paint and canvas tomorrow, so new images will be posted shortly, I hope.   Thank you for stopping by, blog readers!


pRiyA said...

Those journals are lovely. Used paper adds a lot of character. I had a student who collected used photocopy and computer paper and bound them together. He'd then stick a picture on the cover like you have done here. Instant Art! How neatly you've stitched the covers for these journals. I love the button touch. The bird transfer is nice too. All the very best for the art retreat that you are attending.

Tina Bluefield said...

Karine, these journals are beautiful! And thanks for turning me on to Carla, I just checked out her blog, what a delight! Have a great time at those workshops in Vegas! wow!

bigBANG studio said...

HEAVENS TO BETSY THESE ARE GORGEOUS! And the monotypes below are really truly beautiful, K! The top one especially...really airy and different...you are SUCH a creative soul and my are you making a lot of work right now!

AND SERIOUSLY, can you come to Bakersfield for the show? That would be a BLAST. Let's talk before I leave for Austin. xoxo.

Melissa and Emmitt said...

hi karine!
oh my gosh!
i love your journals! i am so excited about your art retreat!
you are going to have so much fun! i cannot wait to see what you create!

Red Fish Circle said...

Love these journals!!
Just went on your etsy site and bought your two watercolors - love 'em, so excited.