Monday, January 16, 2012

Journal Pages With An Asian Twist

One of my favorite collaborative journals is turning out to be the one with the Asian theme.  Something about it has made everyone in the group create the most beautiful books for us to work in.  Every one I've received so far has been hand made and they are all just lovely.  The other day I received two in the mail from my pal Lee in Australia.  Yesterday I was housebound and worked on them all day long (well, with a few breaks in between to watch a White Collar marathon on tv).

First up, Daisy's book.  All her pages have a white border and black to work on.  Very dramatic.  Daisy also requested that we use no bulky embellishements or dangly things, so for interest I turned to texture.


Above, the two facing pages.  I started out by embossing black cardstock with Provo's Asian set.  The first page has the bamboo, the second the cherry blossoms.


I then swiped the embossed parts with clear ink and sprinkled some of Ranger's antique gold powder over top.  Sure, some of the powder went to the unembossed areas, but I didn't let that worry me, as I knew I'd be adding other bits to the page.  The gold strips are from torn up joss paper, which you can find online or in many shops in any Chinatown.  The flowers and bird are from a decorative napkin.  The chinese characters are stamped with clear ink and embossed with black powder.

Now, I know I'm mixing up Chinese and Japanese images, but I claim artistic license, and I hope no one reading this blog belongs to the purist/factual police and certainly don't mean to offend anyone.  The kimono is a Judikins stamp which I colored with metallic mica paints.  The gold frame around it was done with sticky tape and gold microbeads.  BTW, I covered the beads with a layer of Ranger's matte Glue N Seal, so they will stay put forever.


The close up above is a little fuzzy, but I wanted you to see the flower....fussy cut from a napkin, and after it dried I outlined it with a fine black permanent ink pen.  You can also see the embossed bamboo on the background.

I'm not sure how much of the shimmer shows up, but the entire kimono does have a subtle metallic glow. 

Next up, Carla's pages.  I started out with red textured paper, over which I glued a decorative napkin which featured cherry blossoms, but in an unexpected color palette....the whole thing just black, white, and gray.  Some of the red peeks through as pink, and I really liked the look.


After the tissue paper tried I stamped over it with clear ink and embossed the images with plain (not antique) gold powder. 


The square above is a stamp from an unknown company, found in my stash, embossed with gold, and popped up on the page with a few foam dots.  A heart shaped "coin" dangles from it, and I added some gold German scrap....not exactly Asian, but it works.



On this page I did something I've been wanting to do for a while.  I acquired a few small brass latches a while back and wanted to use them on a "door" on a page.  I used grungeboard so it would withstand bending from opening and closing it.  And yes, there is something to see inside....some images I took from the catalog my friend Kyoko gave me on the cruise. 



I glued a few select images together and then added the gold embossed stamping of the dragon and the dragonfly.  The red paper you see on the inside of the doors is really just there to cover the prongs from the brads used to attach the latches to the doors.








11 comments:

Alicia said...

Oh Eileen, you have outdone yourself on these!!! I LOVE the vibrant colors and all the detail you added to it! I know the owners will just treasure these for life! *Hugs*

Socrates said...

Totally amazing. What fascinating array of techniques. I love the sticky tape with beads. I've been wanting to do that. Of course, I drool over the embossing. And your metallic closure is just gorgeous. All incredibly yummy. You sure got the talent!

Penny Duncan Creations said...

Oh how COOL are these!!! I love these.......such amazing detail ma'am!!!

Bearcrazyman said...

WOW...
Fantastic work, everytime!

Patzee said...

What a great job on each journal! Love the layering and the kimono stamp with the little bamboo skewer is very cool! The door is amazing, too! You've really explored the theme with texture and color!

craftyM said...

Beautiful as always!!! Love them both!

teri said...

I do, in fact, belong to the purist club. Guffaw...Truthfully, I love your use of color and layering in these pieces, especially the gold and pinkish red colors. Their contrast with black is lovely.

Tammy D said...

Awesome Job Eileen!

lee said...

You did a fabulous job on these!
Lee

Carol said...

AWESOME as always! You have outdone yourself this time I think.

Lori said...

Beautiful pages! You really captured the theme, and all the layers are fantastic. They will LOVE these!