Final Post for Seth Apter’s ARTifacts Collection

January 14, 2018 at 10:14 pm Leave a comment

This is the final post for Seth Apter’s ARTifacts collection  It seems like just yesterday that I first started with the project and now a whole year has gone by.  Seth asked us to send in some options for the final post and I decided to send in my a picture of the front of my finished art journal and a picture of my favorite page.

Front of my ARTifacts journal cover


My favorite page.


To make the journal, I followed the instructions from Seth Apter’s “Inspiration Journal” in the September/October 2016 issue of Cloth.Paper Scissors (Issue 68)

I cut two thick pieces of carboard for the front and back covers.  I tore the right side edges of the covers to reveal the rippled piece underneath here and there.  To decorate the front cover, I tore different script papers that I had into various sized pieces and collaged them to the cover with Matte Gel Medium.  I spread White Gesso over the top of the papers to subdue them a bit.

I then collaged a piece of brown paper to the top left, a piece of light brown paper towards the bottom and a White paper with some black crosshatching and red floral designs on it to the left, bottom side.  I sprayed over this background with light green, red and a tiny amount of yellow spray ink.  I then collaged one of my Sumi paintings to the cover as shown.

I tore an old Basic Grey Scarlet paper I had into a strip for the right side.  I tore a piece from one of my practice journal out and  cut a strip about 1/4″ from the squares that were left.  I sewed these two pieces together along the left side and adhered it to the right of the sumi painting.  I cut a tag from the same Scarlet collection thinner and sewed it to a narrow white piece of paper that I had made ruffles in and glued it to the left side.  I made several of the same white paper strips into ruffles and sewed them together.  Then I glued them to the bottom of the Sumi painting.  I cut a thin red strip from the paper and glued it to the top of the Sumi painting, tore a small piece of molded cardboard cup holders (sewn aroudn the edge with white thread) and glued it under a cardboard strip from the thick cardboard.  I glued Tim Holtz letters to spell “Sumi” and glued a couple small, sewn, compressed coardboard cupholder pieces to the right and underneath the letters.  I scratched around the outside of the cover with the awl and also over the ribbing underneath the cardboard.

This was sure a lot of fun.  I hope Seth does similiar things in the future!


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