HollyDeanArtist: Often Medieval in Mood: More Muse Journals

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

More Muse Journals

For the last weekend of the Studio Tour I made four more Muse Journals. In fact I stayed up until 2 am on Friday night, sewing them. There is so much time involved in making these books, it's a good job I love the process. The hand-binding is my favourite step. It really is magical to see all the parts come together and an actual book emerge! Even though I know that this will be the outcome, it is always a lovely event to hold the finished journal, feel its heft and delight in its possibilities.

These four Muse Journals began with gel medium toner transfers of my England photos, journal pages or cropped images of my paintings. Collage, calligraphy, stamps, paint and embellishments (mica, walnut-dyed lace, skeletal leaf, painted metal brads) alter the imagery and create layers of mystery.
"Again", 5" x 7", front
"Again", 5" x 7", back

"Before", 6" x 8", front - SOLD

"Before", 6" x 8"
"Nature's Secret", 6" x 6", front - SOLD
"Nature's Secret", 6" x 6"
"Mansion", 6" x 6", front
"Mansion", 6" x 6", back

Two are sold, "Mansion" is now available at my Etsy store. I have already started working on new covers - they are just so much fun!


  1. Holly these are beautiful, they have your unique flare. You never seem to stop creating!

  2. These are really sensational. Wish I could see them in person!



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