Tuesday, September 2

The things we learn . . .

Last weekend I discovered that it is possible to dance in the kitchen without a 6-month-old laughing at you . . . or anyone for that matter. I learned that shaving is better than waxing. And I found out that bleach can be a valuable tool when creating art.L.K. Ludwig goes over this process in her awesome book, Nature Journals, but e.b. focused on the technique last weekend during Blogstock. I missed the actual project-doing as I was making guacamole, but I stopped at Michael’s on my way home to pick up the ingredients.I loved the results, but wanted something cool to do with the papers. They just screamed to be paired with black and white photos, and even better . . . vintage photos.I have lots of vintage family photos, but vintage nature shots seemed the way to go, so I went online and found some awesome overlays at Sausan Designs that gave my modern images just the effect I was looking for.Long-stitch binding is the perfect (and easy) way to turn an old book into a new (vintage) journal. It’s true that an old book was destroyed, ummmmm, repurposed for this project, but I promise that the pages will go to a good home or another project.In the spirit of vintage (and because who didn’t look better 18 years ago), I chose this photo of myself from 1990 for the first page.I’m not sure which excites me more, the photo overlays or the bleached pages.

20 comments:

  1. This book is stunning, what a great effect from both the pages, paper, and photos. Love this Leslie, and might I say you look the same today as in the photo - beautiful!

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  2. Hi Leslie, I just LOVE this little book, it's so sweet.
    Thanks for the comment, yes it is a great hotel, & nice to see a mix of class & funkiness all in the same place!

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  3. look at you!

    i don't mean the YOU of 18 years ago
    {{ although the smile is still the same }}
    i mean the YOU that knows
    how to create such a beautiful treasure book.

    are those beads along the spine?

    :-)


    and when*ever did you find the time, missy?

    PS--you need to update the
    ~~This is me~~
    over there on the right side~bar.
    you left out a TON of things
    like Vintage Journal Maker,
    for one,
    and Inspiration,
    for another...

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  4. You make me want to rush out and do this too............
    Such a lovely elegant book and sort of mysterious too.
    I must learn how.

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  5. wowie!!! i love the look of this. it is just so much more magical/mystical...

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  6. In the words of Josh Kelly, "you are amazing". And how great that you share your joy, love of art, and being with the world.
    Patio

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  7. dear partner in bleach printing
    HOW CAN YOU DO THIS???
    and why don't you live next door?
    5 steps ahead of me
    not fair!
    oh so missing my divas
    but so good to talk with you
    this book is BEAUTIFUL!
    and so inspiring
    and missy - I am on
    this learning curve
    will surface soon
    love this sharing
    so much Diva love...

    xox - eb.

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  8. Your pages are totally incredible. Just perfect with the pseudo-vintage photos. Love the cool overlays you used. Any chance you might share your source? I may have to give these techinques a try!

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  9. Leslie!!!
    This book is soooo beautiful!! I have NO idea how you do this book binding, but it does not look so easy. Your pages!! How very perfect, what a treasure you have created.

    I HAVE to play with these bleach pages....

    x...x
    steph

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  10. Well Leslie...I would say you are now a veteran artist, creating some pretty amazing stuff. Not only do you create great pages, you photograph them better than anyone possibly could.

    I would also say that the color of these pages and yes, I think this is color, is beautiful. Overlays???? I looked at your link and can't find them. Love it!!!

    At this moment, I can think of way to many things I need for you to teach me.

    Plus.....you look exactly the same today. I need to know how you do that too.

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  11. I'm back for another look - binding as I am mine and so inspired by yours...

    xox - eb.

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  12. Dear Stiffie:

    Technique is learned... But light and color must be felt before they can be woven into expression. These pages are a tribute to the soul of the leaves, caught forever in a kind of paper amber. And to the trained eye, the photos reveal a kind of "De Vinci Code" for Stiffie, intertwining emotions, moods, expectations and memories.

    I have a picture of you in my mind's eye. The overlay is moonlight. You'd be amazed at how many times I look at it throughout the day. The fact that I do so in secret probably has a hidden meaning too.

    The Lindbergh Baby

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  13. I love what you did with the leaves and the photos and the new learned technique.
    It all came together in a sort of magic in paper tied with soul strings.
    Your deep appreciation for life is what attracts me the most in all that you create. Nothing just because. All with so much meaning and heart.
    As our dear Elizabeth would say in her fabulous English accent...LOVELY...QUITE LOVELY!
    Whenever I find time in this very busy schedule of kids, and school, and work, and study, and writing...I will definitely use your idea to create a book for my mom's birthday with photos from her youth. Thank you!

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  14. Leslie,
    What you have done with this technique is stunning. The Osho quote is a good one and matches your pages perfectly!
    You are on a roll!

    xox
    Constance

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  15. And why, paray tell are you doing my class??? Looks like no lessons are needed here with this stunning book.
    xo

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  16. You're off on your beautiful adventure....just wanted to let you know I got your pics.

    x...x
    steph

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  17. Hi Leslie! I'm taking LK's 2 day Nature Journal class at A and S. Your lovely book has me all the more excited to attend! will you be at A and S Va this year? Do tell.

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  18. What a wonderful, original book! The pairing black background, B & W photos, and white ink are stunning. And the bleached out nature is the perfect compliment.

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  20. I really love the butterfly photo and the silvering in the finish.

    From one Leslie Marsh to another, congratulations on a beautiful life.

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