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Hi, Welcome to my Blog. I'm an eclectic kind of crafter delving into many pots. I am just about managing to keep up my Scrapbooking Diary (usually about 6 months behind), plus any cards as required. I have a new found love of Watercolour and Bible Journaling plus recently Faith/Art Journaling too. I've challenged myself to make an art journal page a day for this my 60th year. Previously I've also dabbled in ATCs, Tags, Altered Books, Mixed Media, Décopatch, Knitting, Crochet, and Embroidery amongst other things. I live in Surrey, UK with my husband, our son has left home now. For exercise I usually play Badminton and go Ballroom and Latin Dancing. I also like walking/Geocaching and sometimes do a bit of Bouncing on my Rebounder (mini trampoline). I have been learning to play the harp for the past 10yrs. I am now officially retired. I am a born again Christian, currently worshiping at my local Vineyard Church.

Wednesday 4 April 2012

WOYWW #148 (AB:Part III-Lesson 5)

Gosh EASTER seems to have happened on my workdesk this week. Mainly due to the fact that the next Altered Book Lesson came out on Monday last and I have been beavering away. Oh and it happens to be Holy Week which makes it really appropriate to do an Easter spread in the Spring section of my Seasons themed book. There are also the garden gloves and wooden hen I got for my Mother (she especially said NO chocolate and requested the former). I got the little lime gingham hen for myself! My latest photo batch arrived and includes a photo of the roses my son got me for Mother's day too.

Elizabeth, our Altered Book Course Tutor, has had us looking at the Principles of  Design concentrating on Harmony, Unity, Balance, Proportion and Emphasis. Homework was to produce a page showing each, but having a smallish book I decided to try to show all five in one double spread. Pages may yet get updated (last lesson's have already!!) but I think I am there.

Harmony - Common theme of the page is Easter.
Unity - Repetition of the colours from the sunset.
Balance - There is symmetrical balance left/right and asymmetrical top/bottom.
Proportion - Smaller palm tree made from the larger diecut one to give proportion.
Emphasis - I think the main cross and title say it all really.

Hope you all have a peaceful Easter.

PS Here's what was on my desk last week after I had posted my WOYWW.

Thanks Julia, have pinned it on my little Rudolph, so he is taking care of it for me.


Helen said...

I am impressed with your AB - I haven't started this week's homework yet, but you have some great ideas here! I think this counts as journalling!!
helen 18

Jacqueline said...

You Altered Book looks amazing!! I'm still finishing off lesson 4 so hopefully will show it later! :D


Jackie xx #17

Julia Dunnit said...

Wow, your AB is really there, I'm still experimenting with glue! That Elizabeth has so much to impart, huh! Love your Easter page, I'd say you've got the rules down!

Julia S-W said...

Wow BJ - no wonder you've been so quiet!! You've been so busy and produced some fab things - I really don't know how you do it all! Really loving the look of all your butterflies - one of my favourite things to 'colour'! Well done on your communication from Julia (not me obviously!!). Please nag me to start this as it's such fun. Sadly, my desk will not be very exciting. . . . . !!

peggy aplSEEDS said...

wow, you are absolutely right, i do love your AB spread on Easter. and how smart of you to do all the lesson parts in one page! happy WOYWW, happy Easter and thanks for sharing!
blessings and hugs from #19
peggy aplSEEDS

donnalouiserodgers said...

oops I think I missed a lesson - your book is looking great, as are the badge and butterflies,

Dx @ 80

Karen said...

ooo I was hoping to do all the elements on one page too & didn't think I could!!!! I bow to you my lovely as your AB looks perfect x

Joanne said...

I spy a Timmy tag there. Lovely pages, so colourful. Thanks for the peep.
Hugs Joanne xx #48

May said...

WOW!!! Fabulous work on your AB... Stunning I just love those pages.. Happy Easter, Hugs May x x x No11

SuziesImaginarium said...

Beautiful page! I think you have learned you lesson well! Thanks for sharing...a blessed Easter to you! WOYWW #31

CraftygasheadZo said...

Your AB is looking amazing. Happy Easter. Take care, & enjoy peeking at the WOYWW desks this week. Zo xx 78

SandeeNC said...

wow, wow, WOW!! Your AB page is stunning, and look at you combining all the design principles onto one page! wtg girl! And you got your WOYWW badge too, fun week for you!Loving the chickens, they are sooooo cute!! #44 and waving hi from the spring laden hills of North Carolina :)

Erika said...

BJ love your altered book and your butterfly tag is fabulous. Thanks for sharing and happy WOYWW plus not forgetting have a great Easter,

Laura said...

Lovely book pages.
Happy Easter,
Laura #102

fairy thoughts said...

well done with getting ahead with your AB, like Julia I am still playing with glue.
the Wedding gecko is just something DD2 and her other half like, she has a gecko called Tango and wanted her to be involved!!!! doh kids eh!
happy easter
janet #56

Miriam said...

Lovely book pages.


Lynn Holland said...

LYNN #14

Anonymous said...

Blessed Holy week and Happy Easter to you. Your craft space is so cheery, with the gingham rooster, the book spread, the lemon timer, etc. ~ Laura #118

Karen said...

WOW your Easter pages in your AB are stunning, they are really gorgeous :)

I am sorry I am a bit late this week!! Have a fab WOYWW and a lovely Easter, Luv Karen xx #173

SophieNewton said...

Fabulous layout, I love it. Thanks for sharing your workspace with us x
Sophie no.71

Danielle said...

That is a beautiful altered book page! I love the colors and the word across both pages. Have a blessed Easter! dani133

Ann B said...

I'm so late getting round the desks this week - Grandson to stay and he has been hogging the PC, What is it with teenage boys and Facebook, shouldn't they be outside standing on street corners or something?
Love your journal pages and everything on your desk this week. I'm also late with my AB as I haven't finished the glue lesson yet.

Ann B

Anonymous said...

Great double page in your altered book and some good design principles to think about, thanks for sharing.

Claire #85

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I would say you have DEFINITELY got those principles down pat. And you know how to identify them, too. And to get them all on one page is even more amazing. You might just get through that book, yet! I'm truly impressed.

You asked the difference between an art journal and an altered book. I actually covered that way back in Lesson 2. Here is what I wrote:

Don’t confuse this with a journal. We will not be journaling. There won't be word prompts to spur you on. Don’t confuse this with a scrapbook. We won’t be scrapbooking. There is a difference. ABs are about collage, mixed media, lumps, and bumps. To me, the difference between scrap booking and/or card making and ABs is when making an AB you start from scratch and design/create everything. When making cards or scrapbook layouts, you usually start with a design or layout and pre-made acid free supplies that have been created for you. Also, we won’t be pouring out our souls or daily life experiences on these pages as in an art journal, at least not in words, nor will family photos or journaling be the main focus of the spreads. We won't be writing long messages about our lives, either. In fact, what will mostly be on your pages will be a title, saying, or a few well placed words that fit the spread. Many times, I've not even included words in my spreads! Other times, if I do include words, these words are computer generated. Having said that, if you are a stamper, feel free to bring your alphabet(s) out. I realize this is an over simplification, but it’s how I see the difference in these media.

Happy Easter and happy belated WOYWW from #6.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I guess I should add that the "journal" I am working on is a calendar. It has little 1" (2.54 cm) squares, one for each day of the month. As large as I write, I can't get too many words on a square. Lots of people decorate them to the extreme, but so far, I've not done that.

I also wanted to tell you that my collage examples are NOT very good, because I was really pressed for time these past two weeks. I had to completely rewrite the lesson, research it, AND try to create a few pages. I failed miserably. Hopefully, I will do better in the near future. My biggest problem is, I picked a book (the houses technique book) that was a school book. It has a TON of pictures on every page, so even gesso doesn't help. I didn't have time to make backgrounds for the pages, so I will try to do better this week and make a few pages that actually reflect the words I wrote last Sunday. I sure like your interpretation of the principles. And believe it or not, you created an Easter collage. Specifically MIXED MEDIA, because you included rick rack and other embellishments, paint, and paper.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Not sure where you got that clock on your wall, BUT keep it handy (hint, hint, grin, grin).

elle said...

super job. I also liked the 'beavering' reference since I'm a Canuck. lol How great that you specifically identified each element! The whole layout is excellent and the cross in the centre to connect the two halves of the layout was very appropriate.

Craftymoose Crafts said...

This is simply an amazing job, BJ! I think you were very creative and understood all the principles so well to put them on one spread! The Easter theme is gorgeous!

Susan said...

Beautifull pages! And al principles in one page, just WOH.