Tonight is the LAST night for Downton Abbey. I find that painful to say. The show was in its 3rd season when I discovered it, so I was late to join, but fixed that quickly with a little Netflix bingeing and was soon enamoured of it all.
The show touched many of us, not just for the glorious sets and costumes, but the stories too. Last week, while I was in Coronado Island, I attended my THIRD Downton Abbey art retreat. It was a popular theme, wasn't it?
For this event, we stayed at a 1930s era mansion and I took advantage of the lovely interiors to get some photos of my Farewell to Downton art journal. Some of the pages I'd made there were for the swap, some for my personal book. Beth and I spread supplies out on a dining room table, and I worked on the book for a big chunk of the weekend.
Most mornings, I was at my work area before anyone else even came down for breakfast.
The theme has so many opportunities to explore, I never got bored with it. And want to do more, too.
Also, having a big space to spread out, and leave our things for 5 days was hard to resist. There were other projects for the retreat classes (photos soon), but our time there was pretty laid back, we were free to work on our own projects, explore the house, beach, or the nearby town, and hang out with new friends.
But if you know anything about me, you'd guess that I was constantly drawn to my pile of goodies and bottle of glue.
So, here is a big stack of pages to show you, as examples for your own books if you are joining the swap.
I've mentioned that the book should be a "working journal". Artists will be completing some pages, and leaving some for the new owner to work on. Like this page lying on the desk, it is a piece of stationery with plenty of room for the person who gets the journal it goes into to use for photos, doodles, notes, anything she'd like.
And the page on the easel? It is an example of a decorated page with a pocket that can be filled with whatever momentos the artist would like.
My plan was to do half and half of completed artwork, like the collage on the left, and pretty pages that could be used by the next artist, like the one on the right. That one is old ledger paper with a pocket that has a tag tucked into it.
Hopefully the pages where we leave space for further work, will be lovely as is, while being an inspiration for the artist to fill and finish.
These pages all leave workspace. The one on the left is a decorated pocket page, the middle is a collage of pretty papers to use as a background, and the front section is stationary paper with a die cut rose and lace trim.
Notice that the pages I have done have trim or lace or flowers on different edges? It makes for a more interesting finished book if there are tidbits peeking out from all sides.
The one in front is for my own book, it is the finished version of the coloring page that comes with the journals. And the buttons? That is a necklace! From one of our workshops.
This page is pretty simple, old rose wallpaper, a cut out lady from a vintage magazine who has been glitzed up with some rhinestones, lace, millinery, and velvet ribbon, then some tatting trim at the edges of the paper.
A layout doesn't need to be elaborate to be eye catching.
And the Downton theme can mean so many things. I went with a lot of the fashion of the era.
Here are ladies from an old fashion magazine layered over netting and a map of the British Isles, then blinged up.
Here are two more pocket pages,both have two pockets to fill up.
You are welcome to be more direct in your own interpretation of the show. I plan on having more examples of the themes to show later on.
If you are going to miss this show as much as I will, maybe you'd like to join the swap? Creating pages will give us something to fill the hole left by this beautiful program.
And the book itself can be a treasured memento to look through and reminisce.
I have been getting some questions about the swap details, and hope that these pictures help answer them. If you have any, please feel free to contact me at:
And here is a communication I had with a swapper, with her statements answered in red: