Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Mary Ann Moss - PURE EXPERIMENTATION - "Remains of the Day" Fabric and Paper Shabby Journal - DAY ONE

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One of my favorite on-line blogging art friends directed me to a course yesterday.  I was looking for a recommendation since taking an underwhelming on-line workshop just before Christmas, I'm leary to sign on to anything without references from people I know and trust.    Sidebar:  It pays to get recommendations from others before you sign on and give away your hard earned money.

Though I've only completed Part One of the course taught by Mary Ann Moss, I already know I've gotten my money's worth.  Her class is, what she terms "fully loaded" - oodles of videos and PDF files to download and read.  The first seven videos (approx 5-8 minutes each) that I've already watched were clear, precise and very instructional.  You can check out a quick demo video here.    Look for the "Remains of the Day" sidebar on the right hand side of her blog.




Below is my 'work in progress' after watching Part One of her videos and reading through the accompanying PDF file which was a great back up resource to refer to while I was creating the cover.  I decided to make my journal cover LARGE so that I could utilize all sizes of papers up to 12 inches and I have some precut large sheets of Arches text woven paper that will fit wonderfully when I begin to make the signatures.

I had a large piece of fabric left over from another project that I used as the base and then over top of it I stitched on a large doily that I found inside an antique banker's bookcase in our home.  I suspect it was from a relative.  A little too much pink in it, but I'll tackle that tomorrow.

Above, is the inside - I have a weakness for Asian characters and found this fabric a long time ago. 




At first glance, right now it looks more like a handbag "clutch" than it does a journal book.  But, after the installation of a few funky signatures, I think it's destiny will be well matched.  Tomorrow I'll be working on the tutorial dealing with creating a wrap around 'ribbon' made again out of scraps sewn together and attached to a ....  haven't gotten that far yet!  There is one very difficult part to taking part in this on-line course - attempting to get anything else done during the day including eating !   Heh, maybe this is the secret to weight loss?  Why not join in?  And, if you do.... please let me know !

14 comments:

Tracie said...

Hey T! See you're in Mary Ann's class! Me too! Isn't it awesome? Love love love your journal!!

Chris said...

having taken her pure experimentation class, I know how awesome a teacher she is. I would recommend her classes to anyone!

Four Seasons in a Life said...

Dear Trudi,

I love what you are making as I too have a weakness for Asian writing and especially calligraphy.

I was marveling at all the different little pieces of beautiful fabric and how you have managed to make it all belong together.

Congratulations on your latest distraction.

Egmont

Lenna Andrews said...

This looks really good, Trudi. Thanks for telling me about it! lenna

Lisa Holtzman said...

Looks great so far!

Seth said...

This is looking amazing already Trudi. Cannot wait to see what you do next!!

La Dolce Vita said...

Just love what you are doing in her class Trudi, cannot wait to see the signatures. would love to hear your critiques on the classes since I want to start teaching online in 2010 and would love to know what you think! xo and happy new year! cat

Lorraine @ creativedaily said...

I can see you are enjoying yourself! Am happy you are enjoying the class....

Elizabeth Golden said...

Trudi I am taking this class. It is my first online class - amazing is all I can say. Love your journal cover can't wait to see your pages. I am working on mine some today! Have a wonderful New Year sending you wishes of great things and great moments!

Kim said...

Love your journal cover! I see quite a few people here in blogland have joined in for this class and everyone seems to be enjoying it! Can't wait to see more as you progress on.

herminesplace said...

This looks great already.Happy Newyear to you and your loved ones Trudi

Elizabeth Golden said...

Love the cover. The Asian calligraphy is wonderful.

ArtPropelled said...

Your journal cover is so exciting! Looking forward to seeing the next stage.

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