My pattern play in the last several weeks owes a deep debt of gratitude to Mary Ann Moss of Dispatch from L.A.. Mary Ann has been painting gorgeous patterns for some time and I have been crazy inspired by her journals. (She has a new class beginning July 4 called Sewn which is all about painting papers and then crafting with those papers so check it out for a fun summer treat!) My stuff feels a lot more controlled and perhaps a good deal less spontaneous than Mary Ann's work but I was going for "inspired by" and not "copied from" so it's all good. This journal feels like it is my own style.
During the process of making this journal, I discovered that some hand-painted papers came in very handy as collage fodder. The collage pieces add some texture amid all the painting.
If you make one of Teesha Moore's 16-page journals (created from a single sheet of watercolor paper), you'll see that there are lots of flaps that extend the pages. You have the option, of course, of cutting off those flaps but I love the interactivity required by all those folded pages.
Here I've included a picture of that little flap on the right closed so you can see the pattern on the back.
And finally, the back cover...Whew! I hope you enjoyed this field guide to play and that it has inspired you to do some playing of your own!