Sunday, May 11, 2014

Ripping and Stitching Fun…


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I’m a big fan of online classes, especially mixed media ones. Now that we finally got DSL in our rural area, after a 13-year wait, I’m discovering many more videos and classes I can access and enjoy with no data limits. One instructor whose work I’m drawn to is Roben-Marie Smith. I signed up for her "Ripped and Stitched" workshop and made this journal, complete with inky and painted fabric strips, and sewn-in pages. It was great fun to assemble, and I learned a lot about mixed media techniques while making it. Pardon my camera skills- the front label doesn't really go downhill quite as badly as it looks in the photo.

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This photo gives a view of Roben-Marie's unique ribbon binding method for putting the pages into the book. It was quite easy, plenty sturdy, and not a method I’ve seen before.




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Inside the journal are a dozen catalog envelopes gelli printed with acrylic paint, stitched and folded into pages with pockets. I had not tried the Gelli Plate before either, and I like the messy fun and surprise results of it. This journal could lend itself to a year-long effort with a page a month and a place to store memorabilia. While I love to make journals, I’m less inclined to write in them. But I’m trying to get better about that. That’s another whole post! Meanwhile, I’ll just keep ripping and stitching!



7 comments:

1CardCreator said...

What a beautiful journal you made Nancy! I love both the quilting and the stitching, it adds so much interest to it. Good idea to add a page a month and some memorabilia to it too. ~Diane

Robbie said...

Love it, love it love it!!! This is so cool! I'll have to link your post to my friends!!! Don't think I've heard of Roben'Marie before! I'll have to look her up when finished with this comment!!! Can't wait to see what else you rip and stitch!!!

Dorothy Donna Parker said...

LOVE what you've done. I think sewn journals are so tactile. Glad you enjoyed and who knows, you may find yourself putting pen to paper. xoDonna

Sandee Setliff said...

wow, gorgeous journal!! Rip it and stitch it girlfriend!! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

Roben-Marie said...

Hey! Your journal is lovely!! I am so happy to hear you enjoyed the class and I really appreciate the shout-out. Have a wonderful day!

Lenna Young Andrews said...

A very lovely ripped & stiched journal, nancy. I have started to snap & share one -I am a bit distracted with other things but love the way Roben-Marie organizes her wksps and I am sure once I give myself permission to dive in I will come out with a fabulous project or two!

Createology said...

I adore your ripped and stitched book. It looks like it was great fun to create and will be a treasure for many years to come. Creative Book Bliss...