I am thrilled to share the news that I was selected as a finalist for the Cloth Paper Scissors Artisan of the Year 2011 Search for Art Journal/Bookmaking. 5 semi-finalists were selected in 5 categories. I feel so honored to be among some very talented artists. We were to submit photos of three different projects for the initial selection. Now I need to package my journals and mail them for the next step. Winners will be announced on October 22nd. Here is a look at my projects.
To help me decide, I showed my journal to a lot of people and kept a mental count of the "oohs" and "aahs." To see more pages visit my other blog, www.TrueNorthArts.com (click on photo to enlarge)
This second journal is an accordion book made by cutting up a mixed media painting. The original painting was an abstract guitar. I worked quickly and randomly selected papers for it. If you look closely at the words on the painted papers, they really have no significance. This lovely cover design was made using black embossed paper. Strips of paper were cut and woven into the black paper.
The inside is was painting and extra pieces from the painting were cut to create a pocket, tag, and other design elements. (click on photo to enlarge)
My third project is an accordion book where I used beer coasters for the panels. Ordinary office supplies were photocopied. It was fun playing with the zoom. I found I really like enlarging the images. Acrylics were used to color the paper before cutting and gluing down. The only thing I need to buy was the bookbinding tape. (click on photo to enlarge)
I played with different colors and found that I liked the vibrant palette the best. Notice how on the inside view I lined up images from one panel to the next. I wanted to show a connection. (click on photo to enlarge)
I had so much fun making all of these books. I hope you are inspired to throw some things on a photocopier and smudge on some acrylic paints. While I await the announcement of the winner, I'll be keeping busy, creating new projects.
Kathryn, Collage Diva