Tuesday, October 23, 2012

New Journal Pages

As two collaborative journal groups approach the finish line, another begins its journey.  The Asian themed journal and the artistic evolution journal are just about done, so we launched our latest project, Vintage Ancestors.  We each created books and started things off with a cabinet card (real, copied, or invented) and a story.  While we could use actual family photos and stories, what's the fun in that?  So, most of us went online, began collecting images and thinking up some juicy family secrets.

Last week I received Elena's book.  It is already amazing.  She found an actual cabinet card scrapbook and took it apart and reworked it.  Her story began with a group photo and the tale of a family separated by politics and circumstance, and leaving their native Spain for the United States and Cuba.  The year was 1899.  The family consisted of the two parents and their nine children.

I thought that was a great way to begin.  While we're free to do as we please, there are enough family members for each of us to choose one and continue their story.

I chose Miriam, aged 19, and here are the pages I did about her. (You can click on the photo for a better view).

Along with this book, Elena also sent me Sarah's artistic evolution journal to work in.  This is the book where the pages go up and down in size and each artist evolves in some way from the artist that came before.  Elena and I have very different styles.  Her page that is partially visible when looking at mine has lots of circles, so I took that as my inspiration.  My pages have embossed circle stamps, circle stencils, etc.  Oh, and Sarah requested purple, yellow and green as our primary color palette.
Believe it or not, I started with black paper, over which I samped my variety of circles with clear embossing powder.  Then came many layers of watered down perfect pearls, followed by paint, ink, and more stencils.  The shimmer of the perfect pearls makes it hard to photograph the pages without a lot of glare.
I outlined my text and the stenciled figures with white to 1) make them pop and 2) make them relate better to Elena's pages, as she used quite a bit of white outlining.
Here's what it looks like with Elena's page visible behind mine.
I think it looks like the girl is peeking out, trying to get a look at my pages.  Well, that's my theory and I'm sticking to it.
In December we're starting another round robin called Vintage Lace.  It's going to be a fabric journal.  I am hardly queen of the needle workers, so that should be interesting.  You ever notice how people use the word interesting to replace some other, usually negative word?  Just asking.





Patzee said...

Eileen, what interesting journals. LOL! I love the evolution journal, Sarah will be totally thrilled when she sees it. Great work, my friend.

Elena said...

OMG!! Eileen!! Thank you so much! You are amazing!

Lori said...

Very cool! Love the cohesiveness of the pages in Elena's journal. And, Sarah's is fantastic too! Great work as always!

Lee Hynes said...

Great work on both! You are so clever!

Sarah W said...

Love it! And such a great quote too that somehow fits me well. Thanks so Much.

paddy said...

what a fabulous pages - love that saying too!

Marjie Kemper said...

I really like seeing your collaborative pieces. The one with the varying edges is particularly appealing (not interesting.... lol!) Love the idea of the girl on the page before peeking around to see yours.

Anita Houston said...

This is so so cool!!! Who keeps the journal when everyone is finished??? I love your color! Love Miriam too!!!

teri said...

It looks fabulous, eileen. I can't read it online, but I'll enjoy it all the more when I get my hands on it.