Wednesday, January 02, 2008

My Shellac Affair Continues

These journals are the first of a group that were meant as Christmas presents, need I say more.. An organised woman would file them away ready for next Christmas. Nope, as I worked on them, they were reallocated. The top one has all my favourite elements of the moment, copper mesh, rusty keys, an altered buckle and of course shellac.
This little concertina book is filled with quotes and is already winging its way overseas.

The mesh at the bottom of this journal is metal, brass I think, does anyone know where I got it? I would like some more... but it was on the 'too good to use' pile for so long I have forgotten.
What bliss it is to be away from school, to catch up on home duties, to see friends and to create. I feel so blessed to have this time.
Happy New Year dear friends and may you all have health, happiness and creative times.

18 comments:

Doreen G said...

I love these Julie and I love the colour that you are able to achieve---is that the shellac that causes this?

Julie H said...

Doreen the piece of gauze behind the key was dipped in shellac and dried. Some of the papers were given a light paint wash, others were sponged with ink to hi-lite their borders.

Jen Crossley said...

WOW You have been busy I love what you are doing just beautiful (you know how I love rust colour) LOL
Jen

Bernie Berlin said...

We are of kindred spirit:)
Your animals and your art are fabulous!!!
Such beautfiul work..
Thank you for your post on my blog, it truly made me smile!!
Happy "2008" May it be the BEST ever!!!

One Crabapple said...

That is a delightful little piece of mesh on the bottom.....! Good for you ! Using your too good pile - doesn't that feel fantastic ?

These are EXQUISITE ! I was using mine this week as I see you saw.

See-Saw ?

xo Love, S.

sammy said...

oh my... these are awesome! I expecially love the one that looks as if it has a large wooden cross on it... amazing work!

Holly Loves Art said...

Happy New Year Julie!!! This work is stunning... gorgeous as always! I'm happy you are having such a wonderful time. The photo below of feline and canine... awwww... absolutely adorable. Is there room for another???... I would ask! And the collage futher down from your friend Dawn is really lovely. I noticed the gorgeous white poodle immediately. What a nice piece.

Take care and happy '08!
Holly

Janet said...

I'm late but Happy New Year anyway! I am so looking forward to seeing what you create in 2008....you just keep going down new paths of creating and I love being allowed to come along for the viewing.

Dawnie said...

Well havnt these journal covers turned out just a treat.Lovely for me to see them finished J. Hard to pick a fav isnt it.Some lovely comments flying your way too. How blessed to have such super cheer squad (Holly is so sweet)
You make me want to cover something in shellac..again.. hmmmm...
Love your work LL

Hug ya later
Dawnie xxx

Gillian :O) said...

Sigh....
I could look at your art for ages Julie! You make Fabulous, Fabulous ART!

L-INKed to paper said...

Yummy! what scrumptious work, it is all absolutely stunning and if this is what we've all got to look forward to in 08, then all eyes will be well feasted by the end of the year. Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful works of art with us Julie and a very blessed new year to you, lots of love from Charmaine xx :-)

Ro Bruhn said...

What beautiful art Julie, the colour's divine, I have a too good to use pile and lose it from time to time, but it's wonderful each time I find it again.

Dot said...

These are beautiful my love. Your friends are going to love these!

Dot said...

P.S I think I like the book with the cross on it the best but they are all gorgeous! So glad you are enjoying your holidays..

Genevieve said...

These are wonderful! You've inspired me to dig out my bucket of shellac that I've had in the shed for 18yrs! (a left over from my Bach of Visual Arts days).

Cheers!

Me said...

I'm with dot - the one with the cross is the best...

katelnorth said...

I like all of them - which is a good thing because one of them has come to live with me - yipee, hoorah, I am the luckiest of girls :) It arrived today Julie, and it's just absolutely gorgeous. Thank you!

Gunnels blog said...

Wow! These are wonderful!