pam my crafty gangster friend came over yesterday to play our favorite game: one flew over the cuckoo's nest visual journal edition.
she brought her watercolors to tempt me with.
i don't think i've been surrounded by so many pretty palettes before! naturally i wanted to try them all. so i did!
i always insist upon gifts at our playdates. in fact if pam doesn't bring stuff for me, i make her drive all the way home and get something. who wants to do that in LA traffic? no one that's who. so she planned ahead and brought lots of good stuff, starting with these rose chintz and currier & ives plates.
"how can i possibly accept these generous thoughtful gifts?" i said as i shoved them into my cabinet and stood in front of it with my arms crossed to indicate that a change of mind on her part would not be an option.
pam also brought me some gorgeous fabric scraps which i added to my fabric drawer in my art storage cabinet. sweet ingrid from sweden sent me some beautiful scandinavian-looking scraps in march. and now my drawer, which was very anemic looking, is full to the gills of bright graphic prints and pretty trims. i sort of feel like i won the lottery. i locked the drawer and hid the key after the fabric was safely inside. one can't be too careful with one's lottery winnings!
i always love going through pam's giant journals, running my hands over the pages, and staring at all the intricate patterns. i casually remarked that i should make a BIG journal for a change. but i rarely work in 2 visual journals at the same time. pam leaped out of her chair, charged over to my bookcases, and grabbed this huge old postcard scrapbook i got at a flea market in paris a few years ago (for 10 euros!)
"MAKE ONE NOW!! this can be the cover!" she screamed at me in her best one-flew-over-the-cookoo's-nest voice.
"but i don't have a back cover," i whined.
then she rummaged around somemore and pulled out a gigantic piece of chipboard i had forgotten about. "YOU'LL USE THIS!!!"
"but you know i can't start a new journal until i finish the old one," i whined some more.
"SHADDUP AND DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!"
i do not understand how such a little person can have such a big loud bossy-pants voice. in fact i was just about to say, 'you are not the boss of me!' when i realized it was a good idea. so i shaddup.
and today i went to work making my enormous journal.
i didn't have enough paper the right size so i just copied what pam did in her journal and sewed together enough strips to make the pages long enough.
now i'm getting ready to stitch the whole thing together.
and that's a true story. um except i left the part out about the contour drawings we did of each other. insert laughter track.
more on the GIANT journal tomorrow!