(My) Autism ~ Stripping the pipelines

the silent wave

I suppose I’ve been in sort of a cocoon lately.  To transform into what, I don’t quite know yet.  I’m not even exactly certain that that’s what I’ve been doing.  But, that’s what it feels like at times.  Alexithymia is multi-dimensional, I guess; I’m not sure it’s limited to emotions.  In fact, it might pertain to multiple areas of thought and feeling.  Especially when thoughts and feelings blur.

Thoughts these days.

I’m also not sure exactly why this particular time is an introspective one for me.  I do have the feeling that I’m standing on the edge, just barely able to make out some shape on the horizon.  I can’t yet tell what it is.  Not only is it hard to tell, but it would be even harder to try to express.

I know many of you may be able to relate.

Words can be so cumbersome anyway.  It occurred…

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Going ‘live’ this afternoon…

Hello 👋

Just in case you are interested I’m going live on YouTube this afternoon at 2pm UK time.  The link to my channel is…

The link is actually to my first proper live but it takes you in the right direction.

I’m going to demonstrate how I make a little journal from one piece of printer paper.

You are welcome to lurk or participate in the chat.

Thanks, Tracey xx 🌼

Edit: link to this afternoons live video

 

I’m still here

Hi everyone,

I still here. I’ve been busy creating, making videos and opening my etsy shop.  Don’t worry, I might mention it from time to time but I won’t bombard you with etsy stuff. It puts me of blogs when people do that.

It all takes time and I’ve found it rather overwhelming at times and had to take steps back before being able to proceed some more. In hoping etsy will provide pocket money so that I can afford to get journaling supplies.

So I have uploaded more videos over the last week and one was even a tutorial! Go me!!

I’ll add some photos and then add YouTube links at the bottom of this post in case you are interested.

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Pretty aren’t they? 😃

I think that I’ve uploaded about five videos to YouTube since my last blog. I won’t paste all the links here but you can find them by clicking on my face on YouTube (beneath the video).

Thank you so much for visiting,

Lots of love, Tracey xxx

 

Dyeing paper

I thought I’d write a short post on paper dyeing. Haha 😄 most of my posts are short!

I use these papers in my journals because I like the antiquey look and it makes for a interesting journal. It’s particularly useful when using lots of different papers as it unifies while each piece retains its intrinsic qualities.

Here is an image of the onion skins simmering away…

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In the image below from left to right is coffee dyed, onion skin dyed and tea dyed paper.

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I onion dyed a batch of paper this morning. I love the golden colour it produces, it’s a very rich colour. I used an aluminium dyepot that I knew would dull the colour. As the Rayburn was lit and the oven not too hot I dried the paper in there on old cake racks.

It’s important to use separate pots and utensils for dyeing and to store them away from those used for food.

I placed coins on the following sheet before it went in the oven. I like the results…

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I will try this technique again.

As the dye bath is not depleted of onion skin dye I’ve put a hank of my handspun yarn in it. I’ll leave it to soak for a day or so.

Thanks for dropping by

Tracey xx 🌼💐🌸

Laughing at myself…

I was looking out through my window when the light was such that the foliage across the way reminded me of a sideways envelope! 😆 So, I ask, does that qualify me as a true junk journaler?! 😆

First time that’s happened.

I took a picture but the light had changed a little so that the envelope flap is not quite the sideways v it had previously been a minute before…

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In case your not as crazy as me, it’s the one in the middle 😆

Happy Sunday everyone,

Love Tracey xxx

Book covers for junk journals

Hello!

I’ve spent my morning creating/recovering two book covers. I carefully removed the contents a couple of days ago and separated the signatures (groups of pages sewn into hardback books) so that they can be used too,  although not necessarily in these books.

Both came from a charity shop sale for 50p each. I’ve removed the spine from the green one and replaced it with a wider, new spine. I love how they are coming along thus far and am quite exited about it 😆❤

I shall decorate the covers a bit once I’ve had a think and a play. Next I will be gathering pages together. I had a big tea dyeing session in the garden yesterday plus I experimented with a watercolour bath using old tubes of paint before they dry up. It did colour those pieces but at the moment only I would notice.

20180504_115832 The one on the right looks black on my screen but it’s actually a lovely green.

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The clips are holding paper in places while it dries.

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I’m planning to sew two signatures into each book; I don’t think three would fit as I shall add pockets and tuck shops and other ephemera.

This lovely lady (Gayle Agostinelli) has been a great teacher and source of inspiration…

 

I’ll show you the pages in the next installment 🙂

Thanks for visiting. Bye for now,

Tracey xx ❤