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Mysteries of Vernacular

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Landscapes Carved into Books: Artist Guy Laramee

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Painting Your Journal’s Covers and Other Types of Cover Decoration

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Altered Book Journal Round Robin Ends

Wrap up of the Altered Book Journal Round Robin of the MCBA Visual Journal Collective.


The Altered Book Visual Journal Round Robin is Finished

MCBA Visual Journal Collective’s Altered Book Visual Journal Round Robin is completed. View the books at the Nov. 16 meeting.


How to Have a Successful International Fake Journal Month

Left: A button design I made for the project which will not be available as a button. Enjoy viewing it here. Click on the image to view an enlargement.

Today is the first day
of International Fake Journal Month.

I want to take a couple moments to give you some tips to make your participation successful and fun.

Remember there are only two rules for participation
1. You must keep your fake journal in journal separate from your regular journal. The fake journal must be stand alone.

2. You must date your entries in present time. So an entry made today would be dated April 1, 2009, and the clock time. A date is needed on all entries. I encourage you to also put the clock time on each entry.

What’s Up for Grabs?
As the journal’s author you can be anyone you want to be (living anywhere, working in any profession that interests you).


An Update on the MCBA Visual Journal Collective: Using Photos in Your Journals



Above: a page spread I did in our Altered Book Round Robin (the owner of this book elected to use a Handbook journal and not a printed book). The theme for this book was lost and found and inclusions were welcome, but most of the stuff that I find is pretty large so I thought it best to paint the object (a Lake Superior stone). I was working with dip pen, Ziller Glossy black ink (pretty much obliterated by the paint) and Schmincke gouache. Don’t ask me what was going on with the composition here. The verso page was all lumpy from the previous spread’s rivets and inclusions (I had to glue two pages together to cover the eyelet backs and such). I wasn’t going to use that side, and then I was painting it. Well at least it has an interesting texture and it fits with the idea of lost and found “ideas." Click on the image to see an enlargement.

March 16, members of the MCBA Visual Journal Collective met to once again, explore visual journaling and share our work. We watched a short documentary on Peter Beard, a photographer known for his journals filled with photos, scraps of paper, and animal skins and blood.


Altered Book Round Robin Part III


Above: a page spread from my altered book on "Mysteries."

In my two previous posts about the preparation of my book for the MCBA Visual Journal Collective's Altered Book Round Robin I talked about selection of a book and the altering of the cover. Once the cover is completed (or put on hold until the end of the project, which is another way to go) it's time to get inside and start altering those pages.


Altered Book Round Robin Part II


This is part two in a series showing the prepping of my altered book for the MCBA Visual Journal Collective Altered Book Round Robin.

In my first post on the altering of this book you may recall I mentioned that I didn't start with a full plan. I started playing with that Claybord rectangle and then made a recessed area for it in my cover. Then I started thinking about what I really wanted to do with my cover and how I could incorporate what I had already done. So I started doing some sketches in my journal. (Normally this would be my first step.)


MCBA Visual Journal Collective Meeting & Altered Book Round Robin


The Minnesota Center for Book Arts Visual Journal Collective will have its next meeting on November 17, 2009, 7 to 9 p.m. at the center. Everyone is welcome. The topic of the meeting is paper. Bring samples of your favorite paper to show and talk about; or bring journal pages done on paper you love. Or bring questions, someone may have an answer or suggestion.

Also on November 17 some of the members will be exchanging books to be used in the first Altered Book Round Robin. That's what I'm working on now. I thought I would post some in-progress photos of my altered book that I'm prepping for the round robin.

At left you can see the first step of the process. I had just purchased some small Claybord rectangles and thought it would be fun to embed one into the cover (easier than embedding film clips into my blog!). I traced around it in the position I thought would look nice and then cut down into the book board of my selected book. You can then peel away the layers of the book board to make a depression to accommodate the embellishment.

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