To read about another class he held recently in making journals, look here. You will see some lovely photos of wonderful journals.
|This is the journal I made in the workshop.|
We made our own journals out of copper and leather. I had no experience in book binding at all before this class. I think I speak for all of us who took the class when I say we had a ton of fun. We did not want the class to end.
|This is my talented friend, Nicola. I met her in the workshop! A very fun thing about attending workshops is getting to meet some amazing artists.|
|This is the cool journal that Nicola made in class. She used flattened pennies she had been collecting. They made a really great embellishment. I love the red thread with black leather.|
We met in Tracy's awesome studio/workshop, where he taught us how to create a cool journal. I'd seen many of his handmade journals in the past at ArtFest and other art retreats. I knew, from having seen those, that he has some mad skills. In addition to that, he's a great teacher and fun to hang out with! He is also a wonderful journal artist.
I used a small metal piece, which I had made years ago in a jewelry/silversmithing class, as an embellishment on the journal. It is a silver and copper flower.
Tracy taught us how to make our own rivets to attach whatever we wanted to use as an embellishment.
Tracy has a bunch of fabulous power tools that were fun to try out too. For example, he has a drill press, a power sander, and a power buffer, in addition to a lot of other wonderful stuff.
I hammered the copper with a variety of hammers to create texture. Then I applied some sapphire colored rub n' buff to add color to the recessed areas I had created with the hammering. After letting the rub n' buff sit for a few minutes, I buffed it with the power buffer. Then I buffed it some more with Scotch-Brite.
We filled the book with pages made of Fabriano hot press watercolor paper. It is going to be a lot of fun making art journal pages in this journal.
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