Work It (Sasa's September Mojo)

Sarah does a monthly mojo thang...

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so I am persuaded by her,  to 'work it',

take it to the next level,

pick up the parts usually left aside

abandon the paint ink and graphite

and work some magic with my neglected stash...

Now, my big thing is faces, (yeah really - you would never know eh?)

and usually I draw them,

 

so my personal 'work it' challenge was to do a face but use no drawing or paint media...

Here's where I started; looking at the cute baby face doll that I had ripped apart whilst contemplating how to 'upmake'  JoZart's precious toy. 

First off - I made a mould of the baby face - the blue thing - (retails as 'siligum' - by gedeo) and cast the face in friendly plastic - the white thing (clear beads - www.theframeworkshop.co.uk)

Then I made a base paper - air blown inks and glimmer mists, hand written journaling....colouring the face with alcohol ink, stitched the face into a gauze bag secured to the page, add chain and ribbon,

 

sew on ric rac, stitching through onto a large piece of cotton rag paper that can be halved and halved again to form a 'pocket' double signature for a journal.

adjusted the details and decided to leave the ends

made a journal to work with this page.

The journal covers are made from fabric paper sewn to book board, Coptic stitched open spine, with super dangles and beading, completed with a toggle clasp closure...

 I have mostly left blank space for the person to use it as a sketchbook of their own, but with a couple of journal pages done my me - to break that 'blank page; fear thing'

This is a burnt page (above) that had been coloured using the shaving foam ink transfer technique that Jo showed me last week. The last thing I did to this page was stamp...oh and I waxed it too - over the burn, I somehow felt it was the decent thing to do...that's the beauty of making the pages then making the book, you can put together themes and pieces that can tell a whole story...

 

I included a 'grab that scrap' pocket - my books need constant attention, and must be taken everywhere, and they must have a deep pocket to contain all the bits and pieces that can be picked up during the day...the only known substitute for my journal scrap page is my apron pockets...and the family prefer me to take the book than wear the art apron....

My work it page has found a home...in this journal...

 

all finished and good to go...

 

 

Donna Garner