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.
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.
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!