Lois Reynolds Mead

Art and a pink monkeyflower in a native plant garden…

The Art of the Decorated Page


I took an online course called Printed Patterned Painted Journal Making taught by lk Ludwig, over the past month. This coincided with my investigation of my “rivulets” pictures from Yosemite. I realized I wanted to dedicate the pages I was making to one theme to hold these particular images. Here are some of the decorated background pages before I put the images on top, and also the binding. I used Fabriano Artistico paper and it was luscious to work with, it just seemed to love having the paint scraped across it.

I bound the book like this:

Put my first Photoshop layered image from DJ Pettitt’s Photoshop class on the cover:

(I’m kind of liking the way these women are using their initials of their first names, I think I have just become LR Mead!!) At 63, one always needs new identities…

Took the book with me to show Chris Cozen when we went to Morro Bay. A few nights after we got back, Terry and I went out to dinner, only to come home to this (taken with camera bag ap on iphone):

This sweet thing had chewed off the bottom of the cover because we had just been leaving her alone too many times. Cliff does not cut it as a companion to a self-respecting K-9:

And now after all those years of being a public school teacher (when I would never accept it as an excuse, mind you) I can finally say “My dog ate my homework!”

Author: loisreynoldsmead


6 thoughts on “The Art of the Decorated Page

  1. that really is quite cool

  2. Thank you, I appreciate your comment!

  3. I love how you combined several adventures. Your trip to Yosemite, your class with DJ and also with lk. Great work!

  4. What a precious dog. Wonderful photo!

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