Thinking it through, I decided to combine a photo book and art journal of the adventure. Here is the cover, standing, with some of the pages and the back cover showing:
The cut shapes on the top of the journal were inspired by the layers of civilization and buildings of Granada. I cut and strips of painted tissue paper to put on the top building shape portion of the pages. Then I glued the strips on using a brush with matte medium. When dry, I cut around the tissue paper to fit the edges of the shapes. I like how it abstractly shows the layers of buildings in a similar way that I experienced them while in Granada.
My challenge was to mix photos from my trip, doodling, journaling text, cut edges and painted papers in a cohesive way. I also wanted the book to flow like my journey, up and down little alley ways and hills. I took many pictures of doorways and passages as well as patterns that inspired the arches and doodles.
When I got home, I sized my photos in Photoshop and printed them with a laser printer (Epson) on matte paper. I then cut the photos into shapes and glued them on with “Yes” paste using an old plastic membership card. I like “Yes” glue better for photos than matte medium because it really sticks. The trick is getting it so there is not any glue left on the front surface because it is really sticky, even when dry.
A happy recording of the memorable experience…