I had some feedback from one of my regular readers lately that she wasn’t enjoying the progression of my ‘face experiment’, although she could see what I was up to & what I was trying to achieve, it wasn’t making for good ‘blog reading’. SO, in her honour I am NOT posting my face from today – but the beginnings of a 12 month ‘Tip-in’ journal project being hosted at Paper Traders. (In case you are not familiar with what I can assume is only an USA terminolgy, instead of sending the whole book around as you do for a travelling Round Robin journal, you send out a completed page once a month. It’s the same – but not!) I have come across a divine little book called ‘Wonders & Beauties of the Year’ It was published in the Victorian era I think about 1890 & has lots of fine lithographs throughout & a gold embossed cover. I already know that the paper is a bit dodgy & the binding is not going to go the distance, but it is just such a lovely specimen, I wanted to use it for a project. It’s all spotted with rusty marks & has lovely drawings, poetry & fancy lettering & plates for title pages to each chapter.For the moment, I am not doing a great deal of work on it, just getting it started, as I will recieve pages from other Paper Traders once a month, & I will do some more every now & then & at the end of the 12 months it will all come together. As the paper is so brittle, I am limited in what I can use on the pages, so these first ones, I have used pencils & crayons, & gesso without any water. I used a small ‘brilliance’ stamp pad to shade the walls – which was interesting, because I didn’t have a whole lot of control over it’s intensity or fine detailed placement……here are a couple of pics.