I must confess that I've been like a little kid waiting for Christmas all year. Last June, LK Ludwig, was very kind to invite me to submit photos of my journals for her to consider using in the next book she was writing. I haven't known which images she used or how it all was going to look. So when the brown package was delivered on my doorstep last week I practically wrenched the door off the hinges to get to the package and open it. LK has outdone herself. She has created another inspiring & juicy book, Creative Wildfire- An Introduction to Art Journaling-Basics and Beyond. And I'm not saying that just because I'm in it. : ) She has packed in great ideas for beginners and lots of inspiration for long time journalers.
You can see more interior images of the book here.
In contrast, the second book I'm drooling over at the moment, I just discovered yesterday when I was poking around Anthropologie. I had spent two very focused days working in the studio to meet a deadline and to celebrate finishing, I fled the studio to get fresh air and inspiration (and perhaps to also avoid cleaning- I managed to cover every surface in my creative frenzy). So I was communing with all the colors and pretty things when I spied a book.
I love books-especially ones filled with beautiful photos.
And this is such a book.
Your first clue is that the book cover is a scrumptious, textured paper with embossed stamping.
Etcetera by Sibella Court
Sibella is super talented stylist from Australia, who is the interiors editor for Harper's Bazaar and Grazia magazines. She has created a truly delightful book. Now many of you know that I prefer bright colors. But this book is such a love sonnet to color in all its subtle shadings that I just couldn't resist.
This is the sort of book you can flip through randomly and get color and theme ideas for just about any project. The writing is well done. For those of you who appreciate creatively designed books-you might want to take a gander at this one. It is full of vintage paper ephemera, vellum overlays, stamped type, and big juicy photos of interiors and enticing collections.
If you want to buy it-it was $35 at Anthropologie-whereas the usually inexpensive Amazon is selling it for $57!
If there is a book that has been inspiring you-I'd love to hear about it! Have a wonderful weekend! Maybe you'll make some art? Toodles!