Saturday, 31 May 2008

Round Robin Journal


I've joined a round robin journal which has kindly been organised by Astrid (thanks Astrid). My mum and dad have taken the boys out for the afternoon, so I've had some spare time and have finally finished my first page (I started it earlier in the week).
The theme I've chosen for my journal is "What Colour Are You?", based on the idea that each colour has different meanings, (although I will hasten to add that not all the words around the edges apply to me!) In case you are wondering, yes, the ugly mug on the left is me, although I've altered myself beyond all recognition, (I think I like my new hairdo better than the real one). Don't worry if you're one of the people doing a page for me - I don't expect everyone to use a piccy of themselves, although you can if you want!
I've started with a base of mountboard for this. (I thought it wise given that (a) I've subjected it to a lot of abuse and (b) it has to make several journeys through the post). I started by inking the background in various shades of blue and then spritzing it with water, quick-drying it with my heat gun (told you I couldn't live without it), then added some tissue paper to parts to add texture and painted over the tissue paper and around the edges using three different colours of acrylic paints. I then added some Radiant Rain Spray, masking off some parts so it wasn't over the whole thing, some blue metallic embossing powder over the tissue, and wrote the words around the edges which are all words associated with the colour blue. With the background done, I printed out a photo of me in shades of blue and stuck it on, then drew the outlines on it with a black gel pen. I stamped the images at the bottom on white card and coloured them using blue ink, then stuck those on to overlap the picture of me. I then added the silly hats, which are cut from book pages and inked, stamped the word blue on acetate in stazon ink and then outlined the word and the edges using a Sharpie pen. I attached the acetate wrod using brads. I also added the words "I am" on card with matching brads. Next, I gave myself the new hairdo with acrylic paints to match the colours on the background and a black gel pen and added the highlights to the eyes and mouth with a white gel pen. Finally, I added a Grungeboard flourish on the top right (it's inked and then gone over with a gold metallic rub-on but it doesn't show up well in the photo), a stamped and inked butterfly, gold metallic rub-on around the edges of the page and the eyelets down the side where the pages will be joined together.
The colours are a bit more intense than they look on the photo. My photography skills leave a lot to be desired!

13 comments:

Viola said...

Fabulous work!!

Mooneybeams said...

I love this! Am going to attempt to make mine today x

Gwen (Minimaker) said...

This is all new to me Sian, Round Robin? Journal? So much going on that I know nothing about!
Sian this piece of your work deserves my fav word of the week, phenomenal. xxx

Nicks said...

stunning..... looking forward to seeing it in the flesh!

paugo said...

Very very very beautiful !!

PBird said...

Wow!!! Have no clue how i missed this before but it is brilliant. Looking forward to seeing it in real life x

Sherry said...

It's brilliant Sian - I love it. Fantastic idea and page - very inspiring. Really wished I'd used mountboard now:(

Katherine said...

Really fab!

My name is CINDY...... said...

Absolutely fab Sian!! I see you've put in eyelets down the side - was going to ask Astrid about this - should we do them as we go along or would it be better to do yourself when you receive all your pages?

Sian said...

With regard to the eyelets, I decided to put them on my first page as a guide so everyone will know how I'm intending to bind it and can work their designs around that. In answer to Cindy's question, as far as my own journal is concerned, I'm happy either way. You can add holes and/or eyelets of you like but I don't mind doing them all when they come back to me. I'm intending to bind it with ribbons/fibres rather than rings so as long as the holes are in the same place on each page it'll be fine.

Astrid's artistic efforts said...

Stunning Sian, can't wait either to see it for real, and a great theme. Love the idea of the eyelets. I have n't even thought properly about how I'm going to bind mine, but eyelets seems very clever as I really like the idea of fibres etc. to bind it. Hmmm will have to start to think now what my colour is. Will be fantastic to see at the end what everyone has chosen...:0) Think I can guess some peeps colour....

DF - Heidi said...

holy molly - i can see i wont be able to get away with just peel offs stuck on some paper LOL - its stunning mmmmmm now as for my colour blimey going to have to think what to do with black!!!!!

WendyK said...

Fantastic work Sian, looking forward to seeing it, hope all the others don't make it too tatty by the time it comes to me