here are the fantastic flat files i received from my book angel. they are quite huge! i only had a couple pieces of paper that didn't fit in them. on the top left of the flat file is the kutrimmer, which is a super duper paper cutter. the near edge of the blade is a bit dull, so i will have to have it sharpened soon. on top of the flat file are a bunch of papers waiting to be trimmed. just behind the flat file is my meditation space. you can sort of see the mandala that i made at the formaton retreat for artists that i attended this spring. unfortunately, my zafu is under paper right now! i sorted out some paper to share with my bookbinding friends. i'll have to share soon so i can liberate my meditation area.
i keep hearing from online friends that my studio always looks so neat. ha! i'm just really good at cropping out the mess. here's a peek at the chaos that usually surrounds me. this is my journaling desk. my kittie, mookie, is keeping my chair warm. i created an acrylic technique book from a bunch of different sources, with examples of how the techniques look. i like to refer back to that when i'm making backgrounds. so that is there under the mess.
there are three journals from 2006 that i am working in. i only made one myself! usually i work in my own books, but this year i thought that i should use some of the other blank books i collect. i made number one in a fabric book class with teesha moore at art continuum the last year it was held. i used cheap watercolor paper, which i won't do again! number two is a rag and bone journal which i found on ebay for about $5. that was a find! it has wonderful watercolor paper inside. the cover has a lovely bookcloth, which i have dirtied, unintentionally, with a bunch of acrylics. journal number three was created by my friend debb galcik. i think she is thrilled that i wrote in her book. we blank book artists are used to people saying that they don't actually use our books.
you can also see my amsterdam bag, given to me by my friend francine. she lives near me, but visited amsterdam last year, and is there again right now. i use that bag to house my journaling supplies when i go out.
there's a big roll of tape which has nothing to do with journaling! i was packaging up some stuff to send to friends, and didn't put it away. also visible is a bunch of paint; alcohol, vaseline and liquid dyes to use as paint resists; small alphabet unmounted rubber stamps in a hardware sorter (which i don't use very much); carbothello water soluble pastel pencils; and baby wipes for blending and cleaning.
well, now that i've shown my mess, i believe i may have been shamed enough to get back to work journaling! i should have taken a picture of the bookbinding desk. it's much more cleared off. :)