Over the Xmas break I joined a very cool online class called Remains of the Day by Mary Ann Moss - see here. It is something completely different - making journals out of scrap paper and sewing them together - and I signed up because I have been wanting to include more collage in my sketchbooks.
The class turned out to be the most fun I have had in ages - can't tell you how much of a buzz I got out of the sewing the scraps together and now I am filling it up, it is just as much fun.
So finally... here are some images of it....
My Remains of the Day Journal Cover - the first bit of sewing I have done in probably a decade. There are lots of things that I would do differently next time.
My finished journal - I was in a rush to finish it before going away to the beach for a week so took a few photos before I left.
Some of my pages from the journal. I put them all together in one afternoon so didn't have time to think too much - just went for it! Every second spread uses blank watercolour paper as its base but generally there is not much left - so I will have to sketch small!
I put the journal together without any thought as to how the spreads would go together - this could have been better - but oh well....
BTW my do-dads are mainly tickets from my overseas trips which I have not known what to do with.
My first attempts at actually using the journal when I was on holidays....
Wow. It is a real adventure to fill in my remains of the day journal.
It is nice to have some blank spaces - if not I have lots of postcard
wc paper to sketch on.
I wish I had had time to print off some labels before I left for
holidays. I was still using my normal sketchbook so shuffling between two journals was a challenge - my ROTD was just a selection of small random events/ objects.
This journal is so much fun to work in... I either have to sketch small and constrained to fit within the white space left on the watercolour pages... or I sketch on postcard size WC paper and stick in.
My first attempt of free motion stitching on paper wasn't quite as successful as I had hoped - but did I think of doing a practice run...no, not me!
I know this is long and skinny - click on image and then on flickr hit the all sizes to see full size..but I am trying to explain the sequence of one page - so much fun to work with. BTW I was on holiday and watching the cricket (I hardly ever sit down and watch it so it was a treat and my journal is full of score updates as a result!)
So much fun... and I haven't even finished this page yet!
... All this was done in the first week in Jan and on Thursday night I decided to have a look at it again...
I got the orange thread back in my sewing machine and did a few bits and pieces in my Remains of the Day journal. This is just a total random way to work - but I love it!
I have decided to use it on a part time basis and not chronologically either - so it will be a collage of the trivia in my life!
And then last night I took it out with me instead of my usual sketchbook.
A quick sketch of a cruise ship departing Circular Quay, Sydney this evening – stuck into my Remains of the Day journal. I have turned the page around so you can see the sketch the right way. Ticket from a visit to Norway in Sept 09 has been folded out.
Had a fun evening with two friends tonight and did a few quick sketches to fill up a spread in my Remains of the Day journal...it is hard to explain in scans what an adventure it is to fill this up!
I am away at the Urban Sketchers Symposium in Brazil for a few weeks!
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