Here's the cover. I applied super heavy gesso to both the front and back covers and let it dry. Then I rubbed several colors of acrylic paint over the gesso. After that, the fun really began! I glued scraps of ribbon, fiber, jewelry and gold paper embellishments to the cover. Most of the pages are still incomplete, but I thought you would enjoy seeing what I've done so far.
Here's what I started out with: 45 records and record holders, and accompanying information pages and study guides. I pulled everything out of the binder and had loads of fun smearing acrylic paint over all the pages. I put myself in "intuitive mode", and painted the pages at random and in no particular order. Once both the fronts and backs of the pages dried, I reassembled them into what felt cohesive, and began adding tags, embellishments, magazine images, photocopies of old ATCs I made, and other ephemera. Enjoy the tour! CLICK ON ANY PHOTO TO ENLARGE.
|An old Master key fits nicely into a pocket made by folding one of the pages|
|Shards of a broken record flank the image|
|My old name tag from my days as a medical receptionist|
|This record is permanently glued into it's holder. The title of the record is appropriate for the page.|
|Acknowledging my inner child|
|The spirit of the community of WOMAN|
|The last page and inside cover. I think they are possibly my favorite part of this journal!|
Although I began adding items intuitively, as I flipped back through my pages, I realized that they are somewhat autobiographical and represent the journey of my life. The subconscious is a mysterious thing indeed!
When you're looking at items, whether in a store or in your own stash, I hope you see the possibility of transformation. This physical life is but a moment, dear friends, and I hope you remember always to "Celebrate, LOVE, and Create!"