I finally finished constructing my "HIGHLY PRIZED" journal today and decided to share:
I was very excited by an article in the newest Cloth Paper Scissors in which the authors constructed a small journal using a file folder and decorative papers. Since that journal wouldn't be big enough to hold the water-color pages I had in mind, I set about expanding their idea by using two folders ( and part of another). I also made use of my own hand-printed fabric instead of paper and added some small clips to hold my entries in place.
Yesterday I spent the morning driving around with my camera and watercolor pack, looking for inspiration and simply enjoying myself. I took lots of pictures of "my mountains" and then ended up on the side of the road sketching and painting one view of three mountain ranges from my car: Superstitions (my nearest favorite); Four Peaks (farthest vista); and the wonderful Goldfields. I LOVE them all!
I also stopped often to clip small sprigs of leafy (not cacti this time) plants to take home and sketch. The desert is very conservative with green leaves: they are usually small, often waxy, and sometimes thorny, but appreciated (highly prized!) by all.
I will slip these pages into my journal (along with my binoculars sketch--see previous post) and keep working to fill the remaining slots (grandchildren, daughters, birds, books, Bernina--hmmmmm). I will probably add some other embellishment as I go. Next month will hold another themed challange and perhaps a similar journal--I'm still pondering . . .