Tuesday, April 16, 2013

21 Secrets - Go Green



In my third workshop for 21 Secrets, we made an art journal with a recycled book and things around the house.  I used a children’s book (Mystery of the Haunted Pool) that I bought at a recent city book sale.  I did need to sew a bit, but since I don't have a working sewing machine, I did a lot of gluing.  

Most of the journal cover is glued, not sewn, like Rae Missigman showed in her videos.  But she said to use what we had - fitting, since the workshop is called Go Green.  I did "hand sew" some of the book pages together to make signatures.  And also used some 98 lb. Mixed Media paper for some other pages.


New things I learned?

1) Patience is king queen.  I have to admit, I got upset at the very end and torn the book cover.  And that was my favorite part.  But everything’s ok now.

2) Glue guns are really neat, and dry super quick.  I took my DH's glue gun, and will keep it in my work room until he needs it.


3) I bought a box of color catchers, so I could dye my own signature wraps.  Never heard of these before.  They are sort of like "Cling Free," but catch the dyes from clothing in the washing machine.  Also, we glued the wraps into place - something I’ve never done.

4) My Singer Stitch Sew Quick (a handheld machine) will sew through 10 sheets of book paper at once!


5) Rae talked about some recycled materials that I’ve never used before, including fruit/vegetable bags (see cover) and letters from chip bags (Doritos, above).  Great ideas!


This project was a little different than my regular journal page.  Maybe I'll use this new art journal for some of my other 21 Secrets workshops!  

22 comments:

Abby / Linda said...

Hi Deb! Lots of new things learned here! Must be fun! Love your Go Green page!

Memories for Life said...

Wow, what a great layout! I love all the texture and dimension! The bird is my favorite :)

pasqueflower said...

Love your use of netting and all the fabric flowers! You may nudge me out of my comfort zone into the world of mixed media.

aimee said...

it is a beautiful piece! the netting totally pulls it together!

Lynn Fisher said...

Very cool project...love it!

Erika said...

I like the bird. I create a journal and one of my favorite parts was tearing up a piece of cardboard so those ridges show and then doing my art thing--loved the texture of it.

I like all of the things you learned from one project--my kind of learning!

Splendid Little Stars said...

This looks like such fun!

Deborah Weber said...

What exuberant fun!

Maria Ontiveros said...

Great use of material! That bird seems ready to fly away.
Happy Glue it Tuesday,
Rinda

Rossie said...

Wow! I want to touch it. Love the clever use of all those textures.

Fran Traina said...

what a great looking book! I like the cover alot and the bird is great!what a great looking book! I like the cover alot and the bird is great!Thanks for your visit to my blog:) Fran Txo

Rose said...

What a rich page! I love your use of fabric.

raemissigman.com said...

Wow ! - Thanks for the lovely shout out! I am so very happy that you enjoyed your project and hope that you will read the blog often for more earth and budget friendly ideas! Can't wait to see what else you create!
Warm regards,
Rae

Rhonda H said...

Fun to see your 21 Secrets work too! Thanks for stopping by my blog for Glue-it Tuesday!

girlunwinding said...

Look how rich that cover is! You just want to run you r fingers over it. Fantastic!
~Dawn

Cheryl said...

Hi Deb, Interesting art facts here. Agree: patience is queen, but beware glue guns!

Head Krazy said...

Goodness those dye catchers sound interesting! Must have to look out for them! Beautiful work!! I never thought to use my hand sewer for sewing signatures! What an informative post!

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

Those color catchers sound neat -- you don't have to buy dyes... just do your laundry! How cool!

Lorinda @ Everyday Endeavours said...

You've done some fantastic work in 21 secrets already! I must admit, I haven't dug in yet but your work is inspiring! Thanks for the visit and kind comment this week.

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Gallery Juana said...

what fun and useful techniques to learn! I'll be taking a journal-making workshop next month, and seeing what you made has me really chuffed that I signed up for it.

visiting from glue it tuesday.

Beverley Baird said...

Great uses for things around the house. Love your journal!

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