Sisterhood of the Traveling Art Books



Hello again! This month’s offering is very special to me. This summer I had the pleasure to attend a wonderful workshop with the incomparable Lynne Perrella in Taos, NM at the Mabel Dodge Lujan House. Lynne is a fabulous teacher; kind, patient, and giving of herself and her ideas and techniques. Not only was the workshop excellent but some of the most wonderful folks I’ve ever met were also in attendance. A group of us banded together to do a traveling book swap. Each participant will create their own book and choose a theme. Those books will travel between us throughout the year as we each contribute to one another’s books, using the techniques we learned from Lynne.

This post showcases my book with the theme of Baroque. The Baroque period is all about lush (perhaps over the top) decor, featuring a lot of gold and jewels. Of course there is much more to the period than that but for my purposes, I’m all about the gold! The inside pages are gessoed and gilded at the edges and ready for the various artists to create their own take on the theme. By the time it reaches me again at the end of the year it will be full of splendor!

Back Cover

Back Cover

Spine with covers to conceal the binding elastic.

Spine with covers to conceal the binding elastic.

Inside the pages await each new artist's contribution.

Inside the pages await each new artist’s contribution.

Full Cover

Full Cover

Side View

Side View

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Joining Mini Album Makers Challenge for August


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14 Responses to Sisterhood of the Traveling Art Books

  1. Anne R says:

    Heather, you have definitely captured a wonderful baroque feel to this beautiful album! The embossing is truly beautiful and the golden provincial edging on the back is stunning. How wonderful that this will circulate among your new found crafty friends too – such a great idea!

    Thanks so much for joining in with us at Mini Album Makers this month. Anne xx

  2. Sara Jansen says:

    OOOO….I love it…from the gold embossing on the front, to the colors and the beautiful paper inside the covers…way to set the bar high!!! Tee Hee.

  3. Lyn Bleiler says:

    Oh my gosh! This is beautiful, Heather!

  4. This journal is just sensational! I would love to hold this in my hands and feel the texture, but for now I’ll just admire those regal colors and wonderful embossing! How lucky are those that will be creating in such a special book! Those gilded pages are the icing on the cake! Hugs!

  5. Susan Schultheis says:

    Just a gorgeous art piece! and class with Lynne Perrella, so jealous. I would love to take a class with Lynne one day. On my bucket list!!

  6. Oh Heather! How I envy you! 🙂 LP is one of my all time favorites and I’m so thrilled that you were able to attend a workshop of hers. What fun! This little journal reminds me of her love of color. It’s truly stunning and you’ve used these TH products in an unexpected way that delights me creatively. We are so thankful you shared in our challenge at Mini Album Makers. Big hugs, Autumn

  7. Absolutely breathtaking! This is like a piece of jewelry! Thank you for sharing with us at Mini Album Makers!

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