HollyDeanArtist: Often Medieval in Mood: Creative Awakenings Passport

Monday, January 11, 2010

Creative Awakenings Passport

I have been working in my Creative Awakenings "Passport" today. Creating a passport is one of the exercises from this inspiring book. I used a an ugly coloured cover stock for my passport cover which I painted with black gesso. All of the pages including the cover have had their corners rounded with a punch. It really does look and feel like a passport when you hold it. It measures approximately 4 1/4" x 7". It is sewn with a simple pamphlet stitch since it is only one signature or section.

First page in my passport. I used various colours of Golden fluid acrylics, a gothic arch hand-carved stamp with red ink at the bottom and a celtic stamp in purple at the top. This page will have more added to it.

Second page... Here is where I have pasted in my VISA - signed and dated to show my commitment to this creative journey for the next 12 months. I love the T.S. Eliot quote on the facing page and thought it most appropriate to include. It is a quote that I have in my own vast collection and I was pleased to find it in the Creative Awakenings book!

Third page... I painted the pages, collaged, then drew with crayon and added words in pen. This "profile" photo was created previously and I used the large version here. A map was suggested to be part of this page spread to show the idea of a journey. I looked at atlas maps and then thought of using a Middle Earth map from Lord of the Rings. After all, it will be a fantastical journey. And how better to travel than in my MINI Cooper? You will recognize the young "me" on the facing page from an earlier post.

And fourth... I love the colours on the left hand side of the page spread. I painted both pages, then using a Milliande technique, I closed the pages together and "squished" them. When they were peeled apart they revealed this lovely, textured area. I have used stamps again in gold acrylic paint and purple ink, as well as aged fortune cookie quotes that I have never been able to throw away! The lettering is done with a Pitt brush marker. Here I am "working hard", cleaning up after my sheepdog (MANY years ago). And just as long ago, "enjoying the journey" on a train in England.

This present art journey is getting me into the Studio more often and fueling my creative fires. I love working on pages in a book for a change. It is quite freeing to be creating art for myself!


  1. What an amazing passport! I love the different collage pictures, especially the one of you and Charlie :0) Thanks for describing the colours and methods you used too. Having worked with you now in the studio, I know exactly what you're talking about! It would be amazing to do some of these creative awakenings myself. I might have to twist Tasha's arm to get her interested in doing some of this art though. HA!

  2. It would be fun to try some of these exercises for sure. When we play in the studio next you two can work in your beautiful hand-made journals! xoxo



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