Thursday 22 October 2020

2020 Topic #18 Small journal cover with EGL (by Noguchi Etsuko)

      2020 Topic 18: Geometric

With a little more geometric styled patchwork but with a completely different vibe, Etsuko has poured lots of time and creative energy into this amazing journal cover. She obviously was inspired by Gwen's workshops, so do check those out too.
~ Keren

Hi everyone, it's Etsuko from My favorite things with you today, and I'd like to share with you a small journal cover featuring by Gwen's wonderful art for the current theme.

The 'geometric' theme was a little difficult, but interesting and challenging. The class I took at Gwen's workshop called 'Patchwork Pages' fitted perfectly with this theme so I thought it would be a good idea to make it here.

First I painted the background of each paper with a different Fresco paint and stamped on the Smoothy (Heavyweight) A4 white card. I used Fresco paint are SeaglassCaptain PeacockLemon MeringuePumpkin SoupVintage LaceWisteria, and Blueberry, stamps are EGL01EGL03 and EGL06.

I made the assigned hexagon pattern in Illustrator and cut each piece accordingly then connected each piece together to make these hexagons.

I cut some design papers to be a little larger than the original hexagon and stuck it to the bottom of the original hexagon so that it would be the margin. Then I made a circle in the center and finished the hexagonal parts. Also I made large and small paisleys on the Smoothy (Heavyweight) A4 white card by EGL07 for embellishments and painted with watercolor pencil. Next I embossed the ELB28 DREAMS with black powder and cut around it and distressed it with Sepia Archival.

Next I made the masterboard for the book cover. I stamped several stamps EGL07, JOFY62JOFY36 and JOFY41 on the copy papers by Versafine Clair Nocturne ink and also prepared the design paper.

I tore off each piece of the paper, collaged them on the Smoothy (Heavyweight) A4 white card, and distressed them in places with Fresco paint Toffee. I cut the collage paper in half to made the front and back covers.

I laid out the hexagonal motifs, glued the paisley embellishments and the word 'dreams' on the covers then I made the Catholic Stitch Bookbinding with the covers and watercolor papers of the same size.
To make the back cover paper, I painted Fresco paint Wisteria on the Smoothy (Heavyweight) A4 white card and when it dried I stamped EGL03 it all over by Blue Violet Archival.

I glued the paper to the back of the cover and distressed the edges with Sepia Archival to make it look old.

Finally I made a tassle with Kochis charms and beads attached to the spine.

I had a lot of fun using Gwen's stamps and although they take a little bit of work, I find myself getting hooked on them in the process of making them. Please feel free to contact me on using Facebook etc. if you have any questions about my photos or explanations. This idea  was from Gwen's workshop 'Patchwork Pages' if you are interested in this please visit her site as she has more workshops.

Thank you so much for visiting.
Etsuko xxx

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Words and Pictures said...

Lovely work, Etsuko - I love how the vivid hexagons pop against that lovely delicate background.
Alison x

Miriam said...

This is wonderful Etsuko. Great project

Helen said...

this is gorgeous Etsuko!

Etsuko said...

Thank you so mach lovely comments from Alison, Miriam and Helen. xxx

Helen said...

This is lovely, both the patchwork pieces and the background paper.