The Altered Book Visual Journal Round Robin is Finished

October 8, 2009

MCBA Visual Journal Collective’s Altered Book Visual Journal Round Robin is completed. View the books at the Nov. 16 meeting.
Above: Page spread I did in a "Day of the Dead" themed book. I have lots of skeleton rubberstamps, even some day of the dead images, but I rarely do anything related to this holiday. I took a playful approach, poking at my own obsessiveness and got out some of the many custom rubber stamps I made of Dottie, using my illustrations, and started stamping a mandala, interspersed with some bone stamps (these two long stamps are from Leavenworth Jackson). I don't know who made the rubberstamp of the dog pawprint in the stamping area. I added the inside portion of Dottie's memorial card on the verso page—that is an actual paw print from Dottie. The book the originating participant selected is a large one: about 11 x 14 inches. It was found on a remainders table, a misprinted book with many blank pages. Click on the image to view an enlargment.

It seems that almost all, if not all, the books have been passed around to all the participants in the MCBA Visual Journal Collective's first group project—the Altered Book Visual Journal Round Robin. A couple books are with their final artist and for all intents and purposes the project is over, or will be at our October meeting when those working on their last pages return the books to their owners!

I've asked all the participant's to bring their books to the November 16 meeting. It will be our last meeting for the year. We will be discussing calligraphy, but we will also take some time to savor the collection of books, filled with journal art, that the participants created. (One fabric artist and journal keeper also made journal bags for each of the journals!) You might want to mark your calendar and come and see the collection that night. (I'll take some photos too.)

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