a new set of wings

The first project in Kelley Rae Robert's book Taking Flight is a collage journal. There are 2 parts. The first one is creating the little tags and then the journal itself. I've been working on it the last few days and found it to be a very rewarding experience. Here is my cover page along with the tags.

The tags are made from layered scraps of fabric fused to an interfacing then decorated with paint. I had to change some of the steps in the instructions because I didn't have all the supplies she recommended. I was initially frustrated working on the tags because I ran into a few glitches right away.

My gel medium (Gesso) didn't work well as an adhesive and it also caused the interfacing to peel away from the background fabric. I also didn't have the proper hard pencil to sketch the letters. After a deep breathe I became determined to make it work. I used a super strength glue stick for the fabric scraps and once I painted over the letters I really started to like it.

Instead of using hardcover book covers for the pages I used heavy corrugated cardboard that I happened to have handy. Because I was focused on learning the techniques I followed Kelley's example for the cover almost exactly as far as the design. I tweaked it a little but again I wanted to learn the technique.

Once I finished the face I was surprised at how the page turned out. I really liked it! I loved making it and I felt thrilled to be learning something new.

The individual pages were just as exciting to make. They're so simple when you do them step by step but seeing it come together was incredibly satisfying. Here are a few of the pages I finished (3 plus the cover). I already started adding a few of my favorite words and quotes. I'm making 3 more plus the back then I'll take another pic when I've put it all together.

This project gave my confidence a nice boost. I think part of what allowed me to tap into my 'real' creative self was not worrying about making something to sell or whether it served a practical purpose. I made it because I wanted to learn.

Having another artists' work as a visual reference was like having her hold my hand until I was ready to use my own wings. It made it easy to focus on the process and as I worked I started to find my own style. Having to work with what I had available also created a challenge but in the end I'm glad I did it without having to invest in a lot of new materials. I think I might revisit some of my old doodles and see what I can do with them now.

I think I'm liking this new set of wings so far. Maybe I'll paint them pink.


Leanne said...

This project (and post) makes my heart flutter. I love what you did with the journal! It is so lovely and whimsical and all things wonderful, Anna. Be proud enjoy the process ... that is what it is really all about.

Your PRIZE is sitting on my desk right now and will be dropped off at the post office momentarily! Have a WONDERFUL week!

Karen said...


Great work on your journal and I always enjoy reading your posts. Forgive me if I don't have much imput... I am a bit under the weather with a cold. My children love to share things!

Sparkster said...

Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Did I say "Wow!!!!"?!?!?!? That looks so freakin' fantastic! The colors! The flow! Girl, you got your creative groove on in a big way! I dare say I'm rather tempted to purchase the book myself now, cause while I've watched videos and read posts on the artful journals everyone is doing, I still haven't managed to get it down to looking like I'd want it to and I just throw away my attempts lol. But what you just did is EXACTLY what I'd be tickled to death if it were to come naturally to me. Huge applauds on those new flutterers. No timid steps off the branch for you, you soared!!!!!

SweetAnnee said...

Love your bloggie and the pics of your kitties!!!!

LV said...

I am not into all that, but you seem to be doing a great job. Drop by my blog today as I have an award for you.