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Friday, 28 June 2013

Something a little bit different


Hi Folks, I want to share some photos of an online course that I have been participating in recently. It is the Embellishing edges and Text workshop with Valerie Sjodin, and I have to say that it has been really inspirational. It is a self-paced mini workshop, showing you simply how to create shaped edges for a journal, and then how to add colour to those edges. However, you can look at Valerie's blog for lots more inspiration. There is a Facebook group that you can join if you want to, but it is not compulsory.





This is the front cover of my journal, as you can see, I haven't added any colour yet, it is just drawn out in pen, ready to be painted. I am planning my pages and drawing most of them before I add paint, because I can do this on the move, while I am sitting in the car, watching TV, visiting my parents, etc. My journal is based on the word 'Tranquility', something that I feel I am often missing in my life. I have looked for lots of quotes that reflect this feeling, or something similar, and it has been a lovely rewarding experience. You may have noticed that my blog motto is 'with crafting comes tranquility', I really find that when I craft, a lot of my stress just slips away. I have certainly found it with this journal.





Here is my first attempt at colouring the Valerie Sjodin way, it's okay, bit I need to refine the technique a bit. You can see how colourful the journal will be!

Here is a virtually finished inside page, minus the colour of course. There are strong links with Zentangle with this course, which is so great for me, as I get to flex some of those techniques that I do not use often enough. You will see tangle patterns throughout the journal as and when I show you pictures during its completion, I'm sure.








Here's another decorative edge using a phrase that I really like.





This is the flap underneath the outer cover, with some more great words to tie in with my central theme.

I will be back to show you some more progress once I have managed to complete a bit more. I have some half finished pages, but I'll save those for next time. Thanks for stopping by, xx


11 comments:

Gerrina said...

Looks like a great way to fill your AJ! Succes and joy by working in it! Greetings, Gerrina

craftimamma said...

Absolutely stunning my friend! Can't begin to imagine how amazing these will look when you've added colour. They're already fabulous!

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Paula (PEP) said...

It's absolutely wonderful seeing what you've done with this & explaining your thinking. I noticed your blog header & wondered - it seems so right. I'm thoroughly looking forward to seeing your progress.....meanwhile I too need to go & flex some tangling muscles........
Paula (PEP)

Aquarius said...

What a wonderful idea and it will be so interesting to see it develop into colour eventually. Really interesting edges. The quote on your blog header is so right!!

Judith said...

This very inspiring, will be interesting to follow it's progress.

Miranda said...

Lovely tangling Judith, looks like you had a lot of fun! warm greet Mirandaxx

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful drawing in your journal Judith, I love it. I'm looking forward to seeing the rest coloured, thanks for sharing ! I hope you are enjoying your weekend, Shirleyxx

Elaine said...

Judith, you are making wonderful progress with your journal. As I am travelling this journey with you I know just how much work has gone into this labour of love already. This kind of creativity is a wonderful learning experience and you are achieving great things. Elaine xxx

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

These are so gorgeous Judith, they look stunning without colour. Can't wait to see what they look like finished. I will have to take a look at the link you've left.

Sue x

theresa dickinson said...

hi thought l would introduce myself to you personally, as l have got abit a time to do so.I am going round each individual person from Artistic Inspirational DT team mates, and l love your blog, and becoming a follower, do hope this is fine to do so xxx

Susan Hogan said...

Judith, these are so beautiful and I cannot wait to see some more of the colour added. Simply beautiful.

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