Anyway, I have been busy this first half of 2014 and have not had the time to post my work for this class. So, this is a catch-up post to let you know what I have been up to :-)
Last year I did all of my work for this class on Strathmore 400 series Mixed Media paper in the 18x24 size. I loved this size but it is large. Therefore, I decided to go to 11x14 for this year's Lifebook. It is PERFECT! I love this paper because it is wonderful with wet and dry mediums, doesn't pile or bleed, and has a nice vellum surface. It is thick as well and you can throw anything at it. I am using three rings and, yes, I am punching holes in my work to insert the rings to bind the book.
I have been working on my cover a little bit here and a little bit there. So far, I have completed the background and added some butterflies. I will add the text "Lifebook 2014" later. Here is what it looks like so far....
I used a combination of collage papers, spray inks, india inks, and stamps to create this background. I added 3-D butterflies which were covered with black gesso and white india ink.