Lynne Perrella. Each artist chose a color palette for their book, and Lynne chose white. Ever since then I've wanted to do a primarily white book. If that seems boring, think again. As anyone who has ever headed to Home Depot to buy white house paint can tell you, there are at least 50 shades of this color.
The Kindred Souls group I belong to is just finishing up our first round robin, and for our second we're doing a color theme. I signed up immediately and chose all the shades of white plus a touch of black. My first task, to create the journal itself. Here are my covers.
As you can see, I had
a little a whole lot of fabric and lace leftover from my recent vintage lace round robin.
Next, my own page to get things started. I recently was fortunate enough to take a class with Anna Dabrowska, AKA Finnabair, and was happy to use many of the leftover elements from that class. And her techniques for making all those diverse pieces work together through color.
It began with a grid of scrapbook paper rectangles, most of which was covered with a dry brush application of white gesso. Then the image of the woman was added. Ribbon was twisted and adhered for her head scarf, and her clothing was gessoed over so I could decorate it with ink and stamps. Her sleeve was done with a Michelle Ward stamp, and the body with stamp I carved myself.
I then began adding my assortment of metal, wood, and paper embellishments. They were all covered with gesso, paint, and sprays. My last step was to add some stenciling (again, by Michelle Ward) to the background. I used black paint, then toned it down with a whitewash.
I couldn't be happier with the way it turned out, and I just can't wait to see what everyone else does in my book. It is packaged and ready to begin its journey. First stop, Michigan!