I've been searching for a journal-- a place to sketch ideas, glue photos and bits that inspire me, explore ideas, dream a little... something with great paper, an unusual shape, fairly large, simple and unique. The other day, I was cleaning some junk from our basement and came across three huge sheets of thick white paper - gorgeous soft, handmade paper with cotton fibres in its content. I think I once used it to create a snowbank for a bulletin board in my classroom. I remember loving the texture and weight when I bought it and it suddenly occurred to me that I needed to make this sought after journal myself. I've sewn torn strips of paper together to create a simple binding. A watercolor wash and title completed my little project -- and I've ended up with exactly what I was looking for!
I've begun to use it already-- here are some flower box photos that I've been thinking will inspire a bracelet in shades of orange, white and green, most likely with copper wire. I'm also thinking of autumn creations including some leaf pendants from copper sheeting and precious metal clay - I've gathered some leaves from the garden to study and sketch their shapes and details.
I'm happy! xo