Friday, 4 September 2009

Dreams & Amour

It's been one of those weeks, I've not had a lot of time to devote to any artwork, but I have at least managed to finish the front and back covers for the Journal of Dreams round robin swap that I mentioned I was involved with.  My journal is about 5" x 7" (give or take half an inch each way) and I'm quite happy with the way it's turned out.  The front cover has embossed chipboard letters to form the "Dream" word - I sprinkled two different embossing powders on them (red and orange) in varying proportions to create a graduated colour effect.
I've added some beads to the top of the dreamcatcher (earring) too and more on the inside cover, along with feathers and some brass "bits" I found in one of my boxes - the moon face was just perfect for the dreamcatcher circle.  I embossed the word "dream" along one side of the page and added a few lines about the meaning of the Dreamcatcher.  I've kept the back page fairly simple - decorative, collagey paper; metal corner pieces, ribbon, stamped words and a layered paper flower, stamped with text, and finished with a button centrepiece.  The inside cover has the names of all the participating artists.  I may well add more embellishments or words to these covers once the journal has finished its travels and come home again, but I don't want to make them any heavier as they've a long journey ahead of them (there are 16 of us)!  I've still got to create my own "dream" page for my journal before I can send it on its way, so I'm going to have to get cracking on that over the weekend.

Well, I had a lovely post this morning as my Amour et Romance tag book arrived.  All the tags I made have been added to the books sent out to others who joined this swap, but doesn't mine look gorgeous - I just love the delicate colours in it and all the dangly beads?  Each tag was created by a different artist, including the hostess, Alison, who did a great job of putting all the tag books together and adding wonderful fibres and charms to each one.  I'm really pleased with it; well, wouldn't you be too?

Tomorrow (well, actually it's today now!) I'm having a day out and going along to the craft & stitch show at Manchester Central (the old G-Mex).  I need to pick up a few crafty supplies (tape, glue, brads, that sort of thing) but I'll keep a lookout for anything a bit more unusual (not that I really NEED anything at all, my crafting space (ie the spare room) is pretty well jam-packed already - still, it won't stop me being tempted)!  I'll just enjoy having a bit of time out for myself, if nothing else.

1 comment:

  1. WOW your tag book looks brill, something to cherrish. Hope you have had a great day at the Craft Show.