In my last post I wrote about Dawn Sokol’s on-line class called 12.31 Art Journal. I’ve made a lot of progress the past two days. Today I finished up the canvas cover for the journal.
This was created on a piece of green duck canvas about 10 inches by 13 inches (I wanted to use up what I already had on hand). I covered it with a coat of gesso, let that dry overnight and then painted the whole piece using three shades of pink that I mixed. (I used Claudine Hellmuth’s Studio acrylics because they have a hint of gloss to them when dried). Once the pink background dried I then sketched the scene of three snowy hills with Christmas trees. I applied dots of white paint to simulate snow and them smeared them to look like it was really storming and windy as the snow was falling. I used my sewing machine with a heavy-duty (#18) needle and sewed a zig zag stitch to hem all of the sides. The finished size is 9 inches tall by 12 inches wide. When I fold the cover in half, the page size will be 6 inches by 9 inches – a perfect size to carry with me. I had planned to add some 3-D embellishments but decided to leave it as is (at least for now). Another tradition has begun.
Tomorrow I will be collecting the pages to make signatures and then sewing them into the journal. Stay tuned for more.
Merry Christmas. Keep it simple and start some new traditions.