Monday 30 January 2017

Collaborative Journalling - NEW OPPORTUNITY


1. General: Cooperative arrangement in which two or more parties (which may or may not have any previous relationship) work jointly towards a common goal.

2. Knowledge management (KM): Effective method of transferring 'know how' among individuals, therefore critical to creating and sustaining a competitive advantage. Collaboration is a key tenet of KM.

3. Negotiations: Conflict resolution strategy that uses both assertiveness and cooperation to seek solutions advantageous to all parties. It succeeds usually where the participants' goals are compatible, and the interaction among them is important in attaining those goals.
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YOU must be a signed up member to this group - see the side bar - get it done

Here is how this artwork will be produced:

I will

1. make a small journal for everybody who is collaborating and I will provide a list of these rules and a mailing list for the journal.

2 . mail a journal out to each person.

You will

3. Work on EVERY page in the journal and mail it onward after 4 weeks. Confirming receipt and postage for each rotation. You will use cheapest mailing method at your disposal - if something goes missing we will replace it, we will not die in a ditch over it...


5. During rotations - There will be NO WINGEING about YOUR postage cost. Mostly because I bear the brunt of the cost of this project, and your contribution is minimal.

6. Each journal will contain a hard copy mailing list FOR THAT JOURNAL - and prompts should you want them. PLEASE MAKE SURE these are always kept with their respective journal.

Once all the journals are returned to me I will make sure they are 'finished'. Mr G will do a video 'prize' draw to determine who gets which finished journal. I will then (registered) mail it out to you. Covered in glorious mail art. (Please confirm your receipt).

This opportunity is for 5 - 10 participants, it will close and commence when we reach critical mass. I will need four weeks to make and mail out your journal so you will have a six weeks heads up at LEAST before you actually need to do anything. If we are oversubscribed I will run a second 'round' that will follow on after the first batch.

Sign up Here (log in - edit this page-  add your name):


If you are not sure  you wan to do this - you can check out my art work here: I promise you will be part of making something beautiful and that, in collaborating with this project, you will experience delight.

Saturday 10 October 2015

Alice in Wonderland - A Tunnel Book

A while ago you may you remember that I was part of the Collaborart group and we created some amazing work together, collaboratively, it was the brain child of Sarah and after the initial flourish fell into sporadic postings.  Sarah took the difficult decision of mothballing the outfit as an interim measure until recently, when she asked those of us still in contact through facebook to do another project as a one off.  

We had a discussion about what we could do and I put forward the idea of a Tunnel book, so we were split into two groups and asked to get outselves a children's board book, cut the 'tunnel' through the book, do our first page and send through the group.

Mine has recently returned and I'm so pleased with it that I decided it warranted a full blog post. 

My subject - Alice in Wonderland - not a very original idea as Alice in Wonderland and tunnel books are a well known mixture, but it is one of my favourites - so I couldn't resist! Here is my book in it's entirety! 

It's taken a little time to complete as the final page (the lock key) and the back page which had the invite and pink but that was all needed some final work. 

I complete the lock page yesterday and the final additions to the back page this morning. 

Just to give you a feel for the other books I was involved in - these are my additions to the other books

The first to pass through my hands was one based on Edgar Allen Poe - I was overwhelmed by how gorgeous it was before I added to it

The page on the right is mine

 And the other side of the page, before I sent it on it's merry way.

The next one was Arabian Nights, my is the 'peeping' female with all the fringing.  I loved seeing how the tunnel was filling up as it were. 

 And here is my double page as it left my hands

The final book to cross my path was a Terry Pratchett inspired book.  I was so pleased as there were two Terry Pratchett books going around the other group. 

 The book already had several pages done but there were still a few to go, I asked the recipient if she wanted me to finish it off (meaning more than 1 double page as it were) and she said if I had the time feel free - so here are the remaining pages in the book created by yours truly! 


And a close up of Detritus as I loved him so much! 

Sunday 31 May 2015


Well now I know that Donna's book has arrived safely in France I am able to show the final reveal on my pairs journal. 

This is the gorgeous bag I discovered when I opened up the box!  How pretty is this?

And a close up

Then some art work - love it! 

And here is the book in the bag!

This is the side of it! 

And the front! 

And a view from the top - now I'm not going to provide a running commentary of the book as it were, just points of interest.  I will be sharing each and every page, the one thing you won't be able to understand is the incredible texture in the book!  

The amazing part of seeing the book again, reminds me that it's been quite a journey started in 2012 -I believe as there are a few Olympic references in the book!   Donna and I were quite happy to add to each others pages over and over again so it became a beautifully collaborative project built upon through time!  

Acetate overlays and hand-drawn pretties

Artwork by Donna on the left

Ephemera from a fun summer on the left page in the Forbidden Corner ticket 

Some fabulous texture paste on this! 

Extended stamping and sewn elements

Fabric pages

Oodles of fibres

Even leatherette ladies

Original Donna stamp

More texture! 

The end - it's been a blast hope you enjoyed taking a look!