Yesterday, I complained about not liking my square journal. Today, I decided to try it one last time. At the same time, I joined an online class (Jacqui Graham’s Yahoo Group, Artists of the Round Table) whose goal is to make every book in Alisa Golden’s book–and there are 100 of them. I may not last, but it was fun getting started.
It turned out that the book we made was. . . a square. I pressed ahead. I’ll admit the book structure was fun. It was made out of an 8.5-inch x 11-inch sheet of paper, folded and cut. It had a separate cover, made out of heavy paper.
For emphasis on the tiny structure, I used lace paper for the inside. In the pockets, I tucked dried pansies. The cover flower is a dried orchid. The novelty was interesting, but tiny, multi-fold books are not the joy of my life.
I also noticed that no matter how carefully you fold, the book wants to wonk out of shape. I made three of these–one with printer paper, one with thick paper and the one here, which was the only one that worked. There is a group that’s dedicated to making all 100 of these books. Really? Well, I’ll press on.
Back to the square journal. I’m working on some collage at the moment, so I borrowed some photographs from Bo Mackison at Seeded Earth (I asked and she said yes, even when she found out I was altering them. That was very kind.) In this one, I added metallic hand lettering and a background made from a color transfer. It’s the square journal, and I just had to use the second page. It says, “Put your ear down to your soul and listen.” –Anne Sexton.
In both these pages, I had to continue to the other side to get the rectangle approach. I prefer portrait orientation, but landscape it had to be. I cut out the original image in the adobe house and made the cut out work both ways. On the first page, you see a photograph of the moon (Bo didn’t take that one, I did).
Now I just have to decide if I finish the book in not-great collage, or if it’s OK to abandon it for now, maybe come back to it later, or just have a book that’s half done. Any suggestions what to do with the rest of the book?
–Quinn McDonald wants to move on to free-standing collage pages. She’s the author of Raw Art Journaling.