Asian Journal a la Apter

Journal Front with Tie Closure

Journal Front with Tie Closure

Hi all! Today’s post is all about layers. I had the distinct privilege of participating in a workshop by Seth Apter recently. My daughter and I motored up to Taos for this daylong layering fest with Seth at the close of his stay at the Mabel Dodge Lujan house. We had a lovely day of creating without thinking and each made our own Deck of Enchantment. I was so impressed with his techniques and the fact that everyone’s, without exception, turned out fabulous – and totally different from each other! So for this post I created an Asian inspired journal (shamelessly mixing Chinese and Japanese Kanji and other iconic symbols). I used techniques from the workshop with Seth but had to improvise somewhat since I didn’t have the wonderful fresco paint or the wallpaper samples for printing (which I immediately rectified by purchasing said items in quantity!).

Below are a few stepped out frames of my process and the resulting book. I also included a few pics of my personal Deck of Enchantment at the end of the post.

Process

Process

During the workshop we used textured wallpaper samples to mono print onto our cards. Since I didn’t yet have my WP samples I improvised by running chipboard through various embossing folders. I applied paint directly to the embossed chipboard and used that to mono print onto the covers of my journal. Repeat many layers with multiple colors and textures to create a wonderful and interesting depth.

Collage Process

Collage Process

While we didn’t have time in the workshop to add collage to the process, I couldn’t resist adding some lovely pattered papers and dictionary pages. The mesh that will be the base for my ribbon closure is from an antique bird cage (save everything, it may come in handy!). I also included layers of rubber stamping and crackle glaze.

Front Detail

Front Detail

I love the depth achieved by so much layering!

Front, untied

Front, untied

Back Cover

Back Cover

Some of the many signature pages.

Some of the many signature pages.

Heather's Deck of Enchantment

Heather’s Deck of Enchantment

Thanks for taking the time to look at my creations! I’m entering this into the March challenge at Mini Album Makers Challenge blog.

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Heather

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14 Responses to Asian Journal a la Apter

  1. Anne R says:

    Your album is beautiful, I love the painty layers you created with the embossed card (very clever substitute!) and the collaging looks amazing. I am so glad you showed the signatures too, they have such a wonderful vintage look to them… and they are gorgeous!

    Thanks so much for joining in our challenge this month at Mini Album Makers! Hugs, Anne xx

  2. Autumn says:

    Oh Heather! Wow, a day of art with your daughter sounds charming enough, let alone led by a master! You lucky duck you! :) This journal is absolutely FANTASTIC! I am in complete awe and for the first time in many weeks could rush right into the studio and play with joy! (My mojo has seemed to vanish…) I’m totally in love with your journal and particularly love the black chipboard base. I have cut several of these and think I may CASE your work! ;0 I’m thrilled that you shared with us at Mini Album Makers this month. Big hugs, Autumn

    • Heather Maxwell says:

      Thanks Autumn! Feel free to steal all the inspiration you want! Sorry about the mojo but Seth’s techniques will restore all! The beauty is that you don’t have to think about it, just do it and see what happens. :)I’m really happy to be participating in the March challenge too!

      Heather

  3. This is just stunning! I love your techniques. And I spy some older G45 papers, too! Which I love to see! 😉 Thanks for sharing your work with us at Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog!

    • Heather Maxwell says:

      Thanks Gloria! I do have a stash of old G45 Birdsong papers. I wish they would bring that one back!
      Heather

  4. WOW – what a gorgeous journal. The color pop off the cover and the closure is so unique – a piece of birdcage! The layering and your explanation of how you achieved it is perfect. Thanks so much for sharing your talent on the Mini Album Makers Challenge blog.

  5. Gibonik says:

    this one is amazing!!!!!

  6. Your journal is SO beautiful! I love how you have printed using the embossed card–so clever an idea and one I must give a try! Each page is gorgeous, and I would just enjoy paging through this treasure! Congratulations on being chosen as a top pick at Mini Album Makers AND on winning the random prize drawing! Enjoy those powders; you deserve the prize, my dear!

  7. Marie H. says:

    I love the colors of your journal and how they blend together in places to form a multicolored, multilayered entity. Having a closer look at the cover I discovered a couple of stamped Japanese/Chinese (?) letters that look like they were stamped on top of the colorful base layers. Would you mind sharing where you got these? I’ve been looking for something similar for ages…

    • Heather Maxwell says:

      Thanks for the kind words Marie! I have a bunch of Asian character stamps but I think I primarily used ones from Mad Rat (http://www.madratrubber.com/) and Graphic 45 (Birdsong). You can also find Japanese and Chinese character stamps at Lost Coast (http://www.lost-coast-designs.com/). I recently found one by Kaiser Craft at Frantic Stamper (http://www.franticstamper.com/) and they have a bunch of other Asian themed stuff including dies. I’m not sure you can find the Birdsong ones anymore but maybe someone on Etsy has one. I also got some authentic Japanese chops from someone on Etsy. Good Luck!
      ~Heather

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