One of my favorite on-line blogging art friends directed me to a course yesterday. I was looking for a recommendation since taking an underwhelming on-line workshop just before Christmas, I'm leary to sign on to anything without references from people I know and trust. Sidebar: It pays to get recommendations from others before you sign on and give away your hard earned money.
Though I've only completed Part One of the course taught by Mary Ann Moss, I already know I've gotten my money's worth. Her class is, what she terms "fully loaded" - oodles of videos and PDF files to download and read. The first seven videos (approx 5-8 minutes each) that I've already watched were clear, precise and very instructional. You can check out a quick demo video here. Look for the "Remains of the Day" sidebar on the right hand side of her blog.
Below is my 'work in progress' after watching Part One of her videos and reading through the accompanying PDF file which was a great back up resource to refer to while I was creating the cover. I decided to make my journal cover LARGE so that I could utilize all sizes of papers up to 12 inches and I have some precut large sheets of Arches text woven paper that will fit wonderfully when I begin to make the signatures.
I had a large piece of fabric left over from another project that I used as the base and then over top of it I stitched on a large doily that I found inside an antique banker's bookcase in our home. I suspect it was from a relative. A little too much pink in it, but I'll tackle that tomorrow.
Above, is the inside - I have a weakness for Asian characters and found this fabric a long time ago.
At first glance, right now it looks more like a handbag "clutch" than it does a journal book. But, after the installation of a few funky signatures, I think it's destiny will be well matched. Tomorrow I'll be working on the tutorial dealing with creating a wrap around 'ribbon' made again out of scraps sewn together and attached to a .... haven't gotten that far yet! There is one very difficult part to taking part in this on-line course - attempting to get anything else done during the day including eating ! Heh, maybe this is the secret to weight loss? Why not join in? And, if you do.... please let me know !