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Thursday, April 8, 2010
And the beat goes on...
I have finished another three leather journals... and hope to get a few more out this week. The impetus is there... My sister and I went to a local leather wholesaler that also sells to the public. I got a few scraps of leather that were inspiring to me: some were so soft to the touch, others had a gorgeous finish, some were even metallic-dyed, and others had that vintage look to them that makes you get a little bit excited just to see what you can do with it!
We also went to a millinery store in downtown LA that has been around for years. I found a handful of vintage buttons of different kinds, which inspired me to do a button-closure on one of the journals. That's a new thing for me! I like the addition of metal on the cover of one of my journals. It's not something I'll do a lot of, probably, as the buttons cost more than the leather! But maybe I'll come across some cool things at a yard sale, or when I'm in Europe, that I can use now and again to dress things up. It's definitely fun to step outside of my comfort zone, artistically speaking, just to see what happens!
I am very much enjoying what I'm doing right now, which is the important thing! It's also a wonderful thing to be able to learn Italian and brush up on my French while I work! Je vais en France bientot!
Labels: handmade books
I was last seen in the construction industry, wearing a hard hat and yelling at guys. Just kidding! I never yelled! My guys liked working with me, actually. But I was losing my creative self, which is very important to me. So... I left. I am also most happy when I'm helping to inspire people, either with my crafting posts, showing something amazing about nature, or sharing my latest favorite bookmaking project... I love working with my hands...oh to feel things! I am always looking for ways to expand my knowledge about nature, life, people, my art.... that's what this life is for, I believe.