I am beyond obsessed with Moleskine books. You know, the natural ones - espesh the ones with no lines or grids in them. They are perfecto for an idea I had whilst shopping in Next this afternoon, too. I spent three hours, when I got back from town (and during the "rain stop play - F1") to plan the whole idea and now I am buzzing that its worked out.
In a few days I am going to put out a class available only to 20 students.The reason being is that I have to order stock in first. Namely A5 sized Moleskine books and decent cardstock for printing hybrid prompts and decor on. 20 students is a fair size as there is P&P to consider and Royal Mail to pray on for a decent delivery time. The class, yet to be named (I'm torn between two names right now) is based on a 40 page book that you turn into 20 pocketted pages that you will fill with paint and ink techniques (the pages, not the pockets!). The theme is, simply, about YOU but not in the melancholy, psycho analytical YOU - more or less the organic YOU. I was laughing to myself when I overheard two teenage girls in Next who were asking each other do or die questions, whilst flicking through the racks. And it got me thinking. I conjured up this book in my head, bought some new Moleskine books and came home and wrote the class in 3 hours.
It will be quite unlike any art journal class you have taken as there are lots of lovely Fonty loveliness to cut and paste. You will be required to do some drawing but the aim of the book isn't to be an elite artist, the whole idea of the book is to embrace yourself and dare I say.....even laugh at yourself. You will also have to have a number of basic tools like needle and thread, a brayer (if no brayer, a jar will do!), bubble wrap (a small piece), corrugated cardboard (rip up one of your pizza boxes!), scissors, acrylic paints in YOUR fave colours, inks and decorative stamps. If you haven't got decorative stamps, I will supply my own design images to print out onto paper that you can cut and paste.
Anyway, I'm shutting up about it. I will work on it over the next few days and share sneaks and then open it up to the first 20 people. So lets see how it pans out. **excited though**
Finally - a layout. A very simple, non-patterned-paper, make-it-whilst-tea-is-simmering-on-the stove kind of layout. A layout using up all those bloody numbers, which lay unlovingly abandoned on the alpa sheets forever and a day. A layout to, somehow, incorporate that god-awful green cardstock and convince myself it looks fabulous.
Which, incidentally, I think just that - fabulous ;)