Journal Therapy

Hello lovely people! It’s been a busy month. Hubby went to Germany (business stuff again) and he will be away for two years! I am trying to keep a happy face but it’s not easy. I miss him. He will come home for Christmas, but until then Meda and I will be home alone. I also discovered a small growth on Meda’s shoulder, and since he had a cancerous growth removed from almost the same spot several years ago, I am terrified! The only thing I can do is wait and see if that thing is growing, and to hope that it’s not cancer again but maybe just some fatty tissue or something like that.

Luckily, I have my journals to help me stay sane (or at least close to that). My diary is filled (after one year),

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and now I started writing in my junk journal.

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It’s fun to write in, with all those different colors and textures and different page sizes.

Junk Journal

I also played with some of my homemade stamps.

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Art Journal

Art Journal

And started working in a new journal, the biggest one so far, A4 size. It’s actually an altered book in which I glue things down. It all started with wonderful magazine pages that I didn’t want to cut. I wanted the whole picture to be seen so this journal is perfect for that.

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Some of the pages will stay the way they are now and some will have things added to them. It’s so great to have a nice base to work on later.

Art Journal

Art Journal

Art Journal

I also used some of the papers that I used to clean the brushes on, and made quick and fun pages.

Art Journal

Art Journal

Art Journal

I have too many journals, I know. But there is no law against that, right? πŸ™‚

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Books!

I am addicted to them. I love reading books, I love making books, I love seeing them on the shelf in my home, I love the smell of them in the library…Crazy about them! The one I am reading now is “Sailing to Sarantium” by Guy Gavriel Kay. πŸ™‚

And here are some of my latest works.

This one is all about texture.

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Altered book:

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Necklaces:

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Earrings:

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As I said, I am crazy about books. πŸ™‚

 

Something New

Actually, all I wanted to do is organize and clean my studio! But then some of my souvenir journals sold and I had to make new journals for the shop. Then a friend called me to say that her friends wanted to buy shawls from me , so I had to weave. And then my dog had some health problems, which as usual made me go insane with worry, so to calm my self down, I made beads. Lots of beads. That way I could be in the same room with him, and it kept my hands busy and my mind occupied. It helped.

Luckily, he feels better now.

So here are the shawls:

Variegated yarn with a touch of sparkling mohair,Β  very warm and soft.

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The next one looks completely different than in this photo, but my camera didn’t want to cooperate. It’s a shame it looks so ugly here when in real life it’s lovely and sparkly and violet…

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Shades of green:

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This shawl was finished about a monthΒ  ago, but I forgot to photograph it, so here it is now.

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I hope ladies will like them. πŸ™‚

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Masculine journal:

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Coptic binding, mixed media journal.

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And a feminine one:

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Altered book. Handmade paper, coffee stained paper, lace, paint.

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And beads, of course!

Beaded beads

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Yarn beads

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Sequin beads

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Painted beads

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Denim beads

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Suede beads

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Leather beads

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Paper beads

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Crazy giant bead

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And now I want to make even more beads! They are SO addictive! I’ll have to buy more storage containers because I have no idea where to put them. πŸ™‚ But it is so relaxing and fun to take all those fabric scraps, bits of yarn, all kinds of paper, and while watching (well, actually listening to) TV, make these beauties. And yes, my living room is a mess again, but who cares. I have gorgeous beads now! πŸ™‚

Oh, and I almost finished organizing and cleaning my studio, although it will soon be a complete chaos there, as it usually is, but never mind. πŸ™‚

Finally Something New

It’s not that I didn’t have any inspiration lately to make things. I blame Stephen King for writing amazing books! LOL! All I want to do is read! And to be honest, I’m thinking more about the holiday (still three weeks away) than anything else. Books and holiday. They are perfect when combined, but I’ll have to wait a bit more. πŸ™‚

When I finally manage to put the book away (it’s “Under the dome” right now), I do ‘do’ something. I make healthy food, sprouting beans for a soup,

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sprouting wheat for bread and cookies,

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making “all kinds of vegetables in the same pot” meals with steamed rice,

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I made my self a pair of earrings (sorry for the bad photo) with paper beads, fabric and paint,

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some fabric and paper tags,

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and I finally finished this fabric journal, with my handmade paper inside and watercolor paper.

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Also, two souvenir type of journals for the shop here in Belgrade. They are titled Belgrade of course. πŸ™‚

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They sell very well, so the shop owner asked me if I could make two this time, one masculine and one girly. πŸ™‚

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I am quite pleased with both of them.

Now, if only I could weave more and read less. The yarn is calling me, but the book…it’s sooo good! πŸ™‚

This and That

I’m weaving this now! πŸ™‚

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A customer wanted something geometrical and in these colors, to make sofa cushions that will match her carpet. I like when I get loose directions. It gives me more creative freedom.

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I also finished another mini Art Journal page. Mixed media.

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Altering a book, not finished yet.

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And playing with my frugal homemade alcohol inks/sprays.

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How to make it: take an old and seemingly dried out marker of any kind, take it apart and put the “spongy thing” in alcohol. Shake, leave it a while to allow the ink to come out, shake it some more if needed, then pour your lovely alcohol ink into a spray bottle and start playing with it! πŸ™‚

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Easy and veeery inexpensive. Me like that. πŸ™‚

Have a great day!

 

And Two More…

While I was writing my last blog post these two pretties were almost complete. So now that I finished them I can show you how they look.

First an altered book:

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I used fabric, gel medium, modelling paste and acrylic paint to make the cover look like this, and I’m very happy with the result.

I sewed and distressed the pages and added lace and other bits to them:

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The other one is a fabric journal, with a heart (of course). πŸ™‚

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Lots and lots of stitching:

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The back:

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And the inside:

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Have a great day! πŸ™‚

I’m Breathing Again

It’s been a couple of horrible days for me. My dog had some kind of small growth on his leg, and as he had a Lymphoma a few years ago, and me being a totally panicking type, I was afraid that it has come back.I can’t describe how worried I was.

Today we took Meda to the vet, and he said that it was just an infection. OMG I feel so relieved! I could cry now! I will open a bottle of wine later to celebrate.

Before all this I have been very busy making books and jewelry as many of my pieces were sold. Yay! πŸ™‚ But I did manage to find time to play a bit and alter a book, my first one actually. I chose to add some old photos of Belgrade, and the rest of the book I just painted and decorated a bit because I wanted it to be more like a journal. I like how it turned out.

I think I can relax now, make art and wait for the middle of August to go to Greece for a holiday. I SOOO need that!

Have a great day/night everyone! xo!