Creating A Vessel To Contain Healing

Let me say, I do love Dyan Reaveley.

I personally dislike her dylusions inks.  I personally do not like the water reactive-ness of them.  They are very pretty–so vibrant…but since I usually want to use them as a background layer underneath other layers…and, ok, sometimes the ooo it bled into that and that is so pretty is a nice thing, but not all that often these days…I had bought several colors of the inks last year during LifeBook…they do have their purposes in my work these days…but now I mostly mix them with gesso or some sort of medium to make them waterproof.  If I want to use spray inks at the end of a project …I use ones that dry waterproof out of the bottle…not dylusions…

That said, I have always liked the look of her dylusions journals.  I have never really been interested in owning one…before this.

I typically make and hand-bind my own journals most of the time now, unless I find something neat or cool or just fun to play in.  I do do a lot of altered books these days…and have been casting about to create an altered book to write in…I’m still working on that one.  But that is a tale for another day…

So, not too long ago, I was starting a new class…and I kept getting this message–buy a dylusions journal right this second…you need it…you have this project and this type of journal will be perfect for that project.

I did what I do and went to amazon.com…and found one on clearance via their warehouse deals.  Now, I admit to having some awesome luck with their warehouse deals.  I ordered (ok, so it was about 3-4 days after the initial gotta buy it right this second that I actually went and bought the thing) a large journal with some small, “less than one inch”, defect in it…and sat back to wait for said journal (along with a few other things I ordered) to arrive…

Then — the journal finally got here (three days is an awfully long time to wait when ya gotta have it now)…

OOOO-did I fall in love…the thick creamy yummy pages.  The outer cover–which for the record the ‘damage’ was that the cord to keep the journal closed when not in use had popped off on one side…so I just pulled the entire thing off.  I ended up knitting myself something to keep it closed and I like that better anyway–it makes the journal more mine…

I love the cardboard so begging to be decorated outer cover…and there is an inner cover as well…because the bound  paper itself is only connected to the back cover so that the journal lays flat when you are working in it.

There is an envelope on the front inside cover–me being me, this isn’t all that thrilling for me–it’s an envelope.  I am betting dollars to donuts…I don’t ever put anything in it–and if I do–I will forget it is there for years and years…my grandchildren will probably find whatever I stick in there if I do stick anything in it…

And the paper–when I go to make new journals, I am making them 9in x 12in journals because this is definitely the size that thrills my heart the most when it comes to a journal…and I am going to create signatures of two pages at a time…maybe three.  I love love love the way these journals are put together.

I was already thinking I needed to buy a second one to use simply as a visual journal…rather than working on finding a book to alter for that … these pages darn near beg for a fountain pen to scrawl across them.

So–I decorated the front cover.  I used collage to make sure I covered up the elastic band holes that were no longer useful for me.

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I even glued this piece of under-paper on the front that kept reminding me of some sort of energetic mandala/portal.  This piece of collage is why the working name of this journal is Portal.

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I painted out the edges of the pages–and then sprayed my perfume all over the inside of the book–because if I do nothing else to alter a book and make it my own, that perfume is that one thing.  It is so important to me, the change that one little thing makes in a journal.

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Then came that inside cover…and I did a little dedication pre-writing on that cover which shall remain with the book…

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and in the end…here is the finished title page…

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(yes, I dropped my baby wipe on the open book–hence, the wet spots you see here…)

plus, I could not just leave that envelope bare…

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So, there sat Portal, all decorated, all perfumed, ready for her big first date…and the project that I had thought I was buying this journal for was not the project this journal wanted to contain…I needed some time to listen to what it wanted, to what I needed..

The answer did come…but more on that in another post…

 

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