|The Presentation Center|
|my little, light-filled cozy room in Lower Saint Anthony|
|D. J. Pettitt explaining how she paints nests for our projects|
|front cover, Indian fish eagle|
|Back cover, African wader of some ilk|
I managed to create this journal in three days. I finished at 3:54 PM on the last day, just six minutes short of the end of the class. Of course, I had returned after dinner the night before and did several more hours of work on day two to make it possible for me to meet that deadline.
There is quite a lot of sewing involved in the construction of a journal ala D. J.'s style. You sew your pages to a fabric hinge and then build the signature with these fabric hinged double pages. You can wrap your signatures in what D. J. calls a "signature wrap", which is just added fabric pages that you collage together and then wrap around one signature or all of them. You could make signature wraps for each signature, if that was your choice. I also made fabric collages for the inside of both my covers.
Some pages have added fabric detail, some just have stitching to add texture.
All my pages were gessoed and then were washed with thinned acrylic paint, textured, combed, distressed....all sorts of various techniques were used to make the pages more interesting.
The spine of the journal is made of fabric and the signatures are sewn onto it and secured with buttons. These are Victorian brass buttons I found on eBay or etsy.
|detail of the front inside signature "wrap" and the first page of the journal|
|detail of the inside front cover and the outside of the front signature "wrap," which is cut from a piece of vintage quilt|
|D. J. Pettitt photograph, filched from her blog|
|hallway in lower Saint Anthony cabin|