welcome to Love Stitching Red
and to my newest project that I will be sharing here every Wednesday
my friend Karen and I are working in our "Wreck This Journal" books
I've had my book for quite a while
and I've been collaging the pages the last couple of years
following a trip to London with my hubby in February 2013
it has an English "red white and blue" ... sort of "London memories" theme
but there are other random things throughout ...
starting with the very first page "to create is to destroy"
I added a banner of union jack flags
and collaged with some lovely "be a good teddy bear" paper
on top of a union jack napkin I added a skeleton leaf from a previous erosion bundle
the leaf has silk fibres adhered to it ... this happened in the erosion process of the bundle
and the sewing paper has some nice rust marks
a double spread
the page on the left has another piece from the erosion bundle from 2011
fabrics, papers, silk fibres and red cellophane all adhered to each other
the image of a Christmas bauble was naturally stuck to the rusted paper behind
I couldn't prise it apart ... but I like it "just as it is" ... so I added the word
the background page is whitened with gesso
you will get dirty
a "red white and blue" ad for robocop made it on to page 3
I love the super hero movies
you may get dirty ... working in Wreck this Journal
but grime has a new enemy
overprinted with acrylics and bubble wrap
Wreck this Journal is ...
dedicated to perfectionists all over the world
trying to free up and not be so fussy ... but it's hard to let go
I added more union jacks and put the book through the sewing machine
another double spread
I want this book to be an adventure
and I want to have lots of fun mixing up the collage elements
I want to have fun on Love Stitching Red this year ...
this book belongs to Carolyn Saxby
the page on the right was about adding your name
the blue hearts washi tape was carefully peeled off a parcel from Twinkletoes Mo
"suffice to say it's good. really good"
above that ... a very fragile piece from the erosion bundle of 2011
sometimes pieces just cannot be teased apart
they become a little work of art in their own right
I like loose fragments
the background paper is an old London A to Z
the silk fibres and canvas holding the fragile piece together
I added hand stitches in royal blue
these are the first five pages of the book ...
they didn't really have many instructions to follow
but help by way of introduction
it's an indulgent project ... the book itself being the end product
I just want to have fun with it ...
if you want to play Wreck this Journal
feel free to join in and share on your blog
Karen and I will "wreck on wednesday" all this year