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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Anatomy of a Journal



Yes, another journal. Made the cover last night with the intention of trying out a new faux encaustic finish and lots of texture. Wrapped cord around the cover, painted it and messed around. Took pictures too so I'll share the process.


I'm attaching a piece of raffia woven netting with soft gel medium over a few layers of scumbled acrylic.


Adding a block of red to echo the block of red above the cord. Don't have a real reason for choosing the color but note that I usually gravitate to warm colors. Maybe it was all the tomato soup I ate as a kid.


Crackle mediium and black paint over the red. 


Added some tissue collage. Chose numbers with a special significance.


This was the last thing I did before going to bed. This is a faux encaustic recipe I found in a book but I wont share it because I have invented a better one. This one isn't worth diddly squat.


The next morning it looks like this. 


Here are both covers glued to the charcoal colored spine. The front of the book is on the right. I did more fiddling with the front cover to make it look more like wax before I put the spine together.


And of course I've been playing in the journal too. Paper dolls it would appear. I'm remembering something here ...


Robert Downey Jr. I'm just saying.


Drawn to things that are beautiful.


Needed a new head shot for the book. It's been a long time since I took the last self portraits. 


Gotta go now. Time for Project Runway and a big plate full of fruit. Big happys coming in the next week. I'll keep my camera handy for you if you'd like to come along. xo

42 comments:

Suzanne said...

I'm looking at this at 6 a.m. Oh my, Robert Downey Jr. first thing in the morning. I really love this color. To me, the look is different than other things you've done. Darker, maybe. I'm intrigued by the faux encaustic finish. I like the result. The last photo with the "Squam" in the bottom right corner -- I really like how you did the colors right there. It's an unexpected twist to the page.

Bren said...

Judy, this journal is smashing! Thank you so much for sharing your process with us and can't wait to learn your faux encaustic process, this will be in your book I'm hoping :-) and the pages within are eye catching and uniquely you. As for Robert D, hey, I understand :-)

Jill said...

It is always inspiring to share someone's creative process, and as I love your journals, it is an extra special treat to share yours.

lyle baxter said...

love the cover and your comment on the faux encaustic! I thought those words were exclusive to my husbands family! how expressive! I too will be very interested in your encaustic process. the real stuff just keeps getting more expensive! have fun, lyle

Melanie said...

I want to know your faux encaustic ... I had a class on it ... it worked okay. Wondering about yours. Your hair is longer now! You are looking good .. now share that secret recipe. LOL. Have a good one!

lilasvb said...

i love your journal'scover

Laura Twiford said...

I,m drawn to beauty too, that's why I love coming here! One day I'll get to take a class with you! I'm a Johnny Depp kinda girl and I have figs waiting for me to return home and make into jam! Love the journal, hugs, Laura

Laura Twiford said...

I,m drawn to beauty too, that's why I love coming here! One day I'll get to take a class with you! I'm a Johnny Depp kinda girl and I have figs waiting for me to return home and make into jam! Love the journal, hugs, Laura

MB Shaw said...

I enjoyed seeing your process. Looked a little 'Rothko-esque' there in the beginning, ha! You have me intrigues with the faux encaustic idea. Can't wait to see what you do next.
(and to also see you at Squam, yippee).

Janine said...

Thank you so much for sharing this...I have to try this! I can't wait for you new recipe!

Teddi said...

love ur artwork & food porn lady!

Healing Woman said...

This is such an inspiring post. Thanks so much. I use the real encaustic wax in some of my work but am very much intrigued with the idea of a faux substitute.

haphazardlife said...

Robert Downey Jr - just saying indeed...

dosfishes said...

Hi Judy,

Fab cover, love your painting techniques as always, faux encaustic eh? Glad you are doing well. Have a blast at Squam, right around the corner...xox Corrine

Ann K. said...

The journal cover is wonderful(and so is Robert Downey Jr.). I'll echo the other comments and put in my plea for your faux encaustic recipe...
You're looking lovely in that self-portrait.

Deb's Artful Journey said...

Love your journal! Its beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

Sharyn said...

Love all the texture and color in the journal cover. Makes me want to run my hands over it.
Counting the days until Squam-ss you there!

Sharyn :)

mary lawrence said...

what a bounty of fresh, homegrown goodness you've enjoyed this summer-figs and peaches together must be wonderful and I haven't heard the term "diddly squat" in eons....my mother used to use that expression. you've created yet another fabulous journal, thank you for sharing the process.
xoxo
mary

Lynn said...

Always beautiful work Judy...& oh so normal to have self doubt...perhaps it is that which pushes us to do more and get even better...
Your figs are darker than mine; and I have a humoungous tree full right now which the birds and neighbors are enjoying as much as I.

kluless said...

Love your new profile picture! I see a Judy filled with health and optimism. There is nothing like this perfect Portland summer to color life beautiful. And that journal is pretty awesome as well! Thank you for sharing.

And so it goes... said...

Just when I think you couldn't possibly get any better...wham! A new twist! LOVE your journal cover. Can't wait for the secret recipe. Adore your new head shot (welcome to the club of the Long Hairs!). Savor every second of the Big Happys. You deserve it!
xoxoxo deb/debbie/debra

Sam Brightwell said...

Oh my, I just love the cover of that journal. It's just yummy and beautiful. I've got to learn how to do some of this encaustic stuff now.

Kelly Kilmer said...

Robert Downey Jr is a very good somethin' somethin'... ;)

XO!

Dawn E. Shepherd Nguyen said...

RDJr: word.

much love to you

Dawn

BloggingQueen said...

RDJr.: yeah, I'm there. (As long as he promises not to say anything about his political views.) How does someone who's beaten himself up so much still look so damn good?
I want to make pictures of people in my journal like you do. :o)

Jan said...

Bravo Judy.
Robert is bonus. sigh........

The Dreaming Bear said...

So very lovely!!

Seth said...

Great, great cover. And thanks for showing us the step by step. I always find that fascinating.

Kelly Snelling_Soulhumming.typepad.com said...

hello lovely girl. scrumptious journal! and yes, robert downey, jr. i'm just sayin' right along with you. oh! i have yet to watch project runway from last night. i was out with miss pilar celebrating her birthday. were your ears burning? we were singing your praises. xo!

Marit said...

...and yet again you manage to leave me stunned... !!! GORGEOUS JOUNAL!

Jennifer White said...

I absolutely LOVE the step by step Judy! The colors you chose are so calming to me for some reason. You're a journaling machine these days and it's always exciting to see yet another blog post from you. BTW, I'll be in Portland from Sept 1-8 so maybe we could connect? Heading to see Katie for a day and finally will meet the lovely Miss Goff, too...let me know if you'll be around... xo

Gigi said...

Thanks for sharing this new journal. It's interesting that it's quite different from the other journal covers you've shared. I like it! (Also appreciate that RDJ makes a guest "appearance" in it!)

peggy mcdevitt said...

Love your journal and thank you so much for sharing, I make journals and love the process of making the covers and pages. So happy to see you on the road to recovery. I really enjoy and appreciate your blog, it feels like I know you. Enjoy your day

Tyn said...

Oh Judy-
it is all so beautiful...Please tell John I have tomato envy. I got 3-yes THREE this year.
Your pics have me inspired to go make a book- right now!!

lynda Howells said...

Hi Judy. So great to see you looking so wellx
Just LOVE everything about your journal, just amazingxlynda

the GyPsY said...

Hey! You seem to be doing very well. Love the journal, love the effects, love the paper dolls :-)

Julia said...

Absolutely love your new journal and cant wait for your book to learn the techniques!!!...and the page sof your journal...inspiring!....xx...julia

Pilar said...

RDJ *sigh* Have you ever heard his cd? Very good.

I love this new faux encaustic method and can't wait to see what else you will create using this process. xoxoxoxo

oneartistjournal said...

Oh my...so many rich and luscious textures judy...oh so yummy. All of it!!!
XOXOrly

Karen Wallace said...

Wonderful color and images. Warmly, Karen

Maria said...

What a beautiful post! Loves the pictures of his art.

Anonymous said...

Hi Judy,

Wonderful piece, congratulations. Can you share the recipe of medium and color for the faux encaustic look?

THanks,
JA