Marbling Madness

Over the years, I’ve explored a number of different printmaking practices – paste paper, monoprinting, relief printing (aka stamp carving).  This spring, I added a new one to my toolkit – the ancient Turkish art form of paper marbling.  I took a truly fantastic and soul-full online class with artist, Barb Skoog, called Clouds on Water.  Barb is a passionate marbler who is equally passionate about teaching others to marble – very generous, very knowledgeable, very encouraging and supportive of every student.  The class was well and truly worth every penny and every moment spent.  I learned a ton and thought I’d take a moment to share some of my favorite pieces.

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My first round of printing focused on simple patterns – stones, boulders and gelgit.

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One of the first things I discovered and fell in love with about marbling is that the colors never mix in the tank – as you add new colors, the ones you’ve already thrown move or compress and everything shows, which means no mud – no worries about mixing the “wrong” colors – it’s all play and experimentation and that’s just cathartic for me!

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I also loved moving the paint around with combs and rakes to create patterns.  I’m certainly no master at it, but I love every little nuance – grainy paints, wonky patterns, air bubbles – I don’t care!  Every one is beautiful in some way.  Barb shares a TON of patterns in the class and I worked through every single one, time after time, until I got it right.  I still have a lot of practicing to do – maybe that’ll be my next 100 journey! 😉

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The BIG revelation for me was over-marbling!  The idea was to take marbled prints you didn’t like and marble on top.  I did some of that and loved it, but what really stole my heart was over-marbling on Gelli® prints!  Several of those shown above were on top of leaf prints – beautiful in their own right, but even more lovely with the marbling on top!  LOTS of books are getting made out of these babies (and lots more Gelli® print over-marbling is in my future)!!

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I love marbling so much, I’m even rearranging the studio (yet again) to make room for it to be a permanent part of my art life!  Cleaning, clearing, making space for something new – I sometimes wonder if I’ll ever be finished with that, ever settle on a firm set of art practices?  Perhaps not – and I’m okay with that!

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100 Books Journey – Book 31

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Spent a rainy day this week making book #31!! I have to just repeat part of that sentence – a rainy day – in July – in Oklahoma! I’m not sure I remember any of those in my many years, but it sure was awesome! I went for a long walk (yes, in the rain), sipped some tea, and completed another fun little book, inspired by Alisa Golden.

The book is covered with another marbled piece – this one in Bouquet. It probably isn’t the best representation of the pattern, but I loved the combination of colors (teal, cerulean, raspberry and copper) and decided to go for it!

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The book is small, just 4.5″ tall by 2.75″ wide and I’ve made a simple little book strap out of scraps from the marbled paper and my end paper (which was a Raspberry colored Canson Mi-Tientes). The book is bound with an accordion, to which I’ve attached saved fortunes (like in Alisa’s book).

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I’d seen this book some time back, but didn’t really get excited about it until I started digging through the drawer where I throw all my saved fortunes – mostly from fortune cookies, but also quite a few from Yogi Tea.

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Those Yogi Tea ones really got me thinking about alterations to Alisa’s design because I wanted to include them somehow. I decided to create covers that opened vertically…

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…and I stitched the Yogi Tea fortunes to my end papers before glueing them down, which gives them sort of a flag feel too!

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The cookie fortunes are attached to the accordion in such a way that they fan out when the book is fully open and you can see them all at once. I love that!!

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My only regret with this little guy is that I spent some time painstakingly arranging the fortunes into what felt like poetic groups – the problem was I grouped them vertically. Since we read horizontally, left to right, the finished result doesn’t quite capture that poetic feel I’d hoped for – here’s one of my groupings…

You are talented in
many ways.

You were born with a “sixth
sense” and superb insight.

You have a heart of gold.

Love is a present that can be
given every single day you live.

If you continually give you
will continually have.

 Still, it’s a fun little book and, if you’re like me, and have a drawer full of fortunes, it’s a great way to collect and showcase them.

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Going back through all of these fortunes I’ve collected over the years was really kind of a review of my journey through life. The ones I’ve kept really seem to tell a consistent story about where I’ve come from and where I’m headed – things like being healthy, happy, and honoring my own worth. I’ve been following Liz Lamaroux’s Inner Excavate-Along and I sort of feel like this was a once stop excavation! I feel really fortunate (pardon the pun) that I had collected so many. This will be a great little book to keep as a reminder of all the blessings in my life!

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100 Books Journey – Books 26 thru 30

Back in April, I ran across an opportunity to take a short little class on paper marbling with artist, Kerri Shadid, this year’s artist-in-residence at the Oklahoma City Skirvin-Hilton.  It was a truly awe-inspiring experience and I came straight home and tried to duplicate what I’d learned with very mediocre results.  Just as I was beginning to despair, along came Barb Skoog’s online class, Clouds on Water!  Barb brought it all together in the most lovely way and I just soaked up every second of that learning, marbling every possible minute I could and cranking out page after page of beautiful marbled papers.  THAT is when the real fun started!  This next set of five books were all created using papers I made in Barb’s class.

26/100: This was the first of my marbled books.  I used a Bouquet-patterned paper and stitched the book up long-stitch style.  Nothing new or fancy on this one – well, except for that cover! :)  The book is 4.5″ x 7″ and is filled with 140lb watercolor paper.

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27/100:  This was the next one and, of the two, it is most definitely my favorite!  The marbling on this one started with a Gelli® print I made using leaves from outside (if you look closely, you can see the veining of the leaves), then I over-marbled in stone using darker greens, teal and a copper color that just about put me over the moon!!  I varied my long-stitch lengths on this one and finished the header and footer with chain stitch (book is same size and content as 26/100).

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28/100:  This one started with a vibrant red Flame-patterned print – oh my, those bits of teal and green peaking through really (REALLY) make me happy!  I did a paired needle coptic on this, but then added a fifth row of stitching across the center and embellished it with teal beads.  Once again, filled this one with watercolor paper (five signatures of three sheets each).

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29/100:  The cover on this next book is American pattern in shades of gray, blue and teal.  I lined the inside with gray Canson Mi Tientes (just yummy) and filled it with 14 sheets of  90lb multi-media paper.  The whole thing is stitched with gray thread in a basic five-hole pamphlet.

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30/100:  This last book has been a true labor of love over the last several days.  I was originally inspired by Alisa Golden’s Miniature Tied Binding in Making Handmade Books (shown here); BUT, my kitties have an irrational appetite for string and I knew that if I left this book with many dangly strings, as Alisa created it, I’d be in trouble!  So, I added beads to the strings at the header and footer and snipped them short.  I also stitched pairs of signatures together at the center, to add stability, and I added beads to those hanging strings as well.  Inside the book, each of the signatures has been sewn across the bottom, with varying stitches and shades of blue thread, then I’ve tacked each signature on the upper right side to create pockets, perfectly sized for cards or mixed media art tags, as shown. I think my favorite kind of book is the kind that tells me how it wants to be made – ideas that follow perceived “mistakes” and result in something unique and fun!   :)

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And that, my friends, finally catches me up!  I have no more books to show at this time – but I do have several book ideas in mind, so stay tuned.  I will be posting new books as they are completed – only 70 more to go!!!  Thank you for following along on this little series – I’d love to hear from you, if you have a jiffy to say hello!

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100 Books Journey – Books 21 thru 25

This round of books are all Gelli® print books.  I fell in love with monoprinting several years ago when I took a printing class at a retreat.  In that class we used ceramic tiles as our printing plate and I still love that occasionally for more abstract types of prints.  The Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate won my heart when it came out a few years ago because it allows you to use a variety of tools (like stencils – one of my favorite things) to create wonderfully detailed prints.  There may be as many ways to use these plates as there are fish in the sea!  The books in this post highlight a few of my favorite ways to use Gelli® prints.

21/100: This first book was created with prints I made using the 4″ and 6″ round Gelli® plates.  I love those little plates because, not only do you get the pattern and color that you create with stencils and layering, you also get the round shape of the plate itself. This book is 4.5″ x 7″, filled with 90lb multi-media paper, long-stitched and finished with a button.  The cover is embellished with book paper circles and a layered flower (punched from scraps).

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22/100:  Next is the book from my online class, Mixed Media Folio Fun.  This is a 7″ x 9″ folio-style book that has an extra spine on the right to support a flap that wraps over the front cover and snaps shut with a magnet.  Instead of sewn-paper signatures, this book has a hinge system to which I’ve attached all sorts of pockets, cards, pages and more with permanent glue.  The cover was created with scraps of Gelli® prints and security envelope, patch-worked together and embellished with other rubber-stamped or doodled scraps on top.  I love teaching this book because it becomes such a personal expression – every single one is different and beautiful and I adore seeing them develop.

On a side note, this is also a class I will be teaching in person this fall at Lucky Star Art Camp and I just have to share that there is a tuition giveaway going on right now (ends July 24th)!  The winner gets free tuition AND can choose a friend to win too! If you live in this part of the world (or can get here), be sure to go enter – this camp is truly one of the diamonds among all the retreat options available out there.  You can read more about my experiences at this camp here and here.

23/100: Next up is the bonus book from Mixed Media Folio Fun.  This book is also 7″ x 9″ with the magnetic flap and is covered with scraps and a bit of washi tape.  It’s filled with 90lb multi-media paper (4 signatures of 5 sheets each) and stitched long-stitch style; but I added an extra short stitch in the center for beads (inspired by a similar book in Making Handmade Books by Alisa Golden). I also added beads to my header and footer stitches.

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24/100:  This is the book I started as a teaching sample in last Saturday’s “Round in Circles” printing/bookbinding class.  It is 3.25″ x 7″ and is filled with 90lb multi-media paper.  It also has a magnetic closure, which is sewn to the right-side spine.  For the stitching, I had seen several books that had similar criss-cross patterns, but couldn’t find instructions, so just played until I got it to work – basically by working with two signatures at once.  It was not for the faint of heart!  I had some trouble getting the stitches tight but really love how the spine looks, so will likely try it again on a future book!

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25/100:  Last, but not least for today, is a book that started with a Gelli® print and then got some mixed media love – additional stenciling (the old-fashioned way), some doodling, a little sewing and I was completely in love!  Added the magnetic closure that I love so very much and finished with a paired needle coptic stitch (again from Alisa Golden’s great book).  This is another mini-book, measuring just 2.5″ x 6.5″, that I filled with the cut-offs from book 20/100 from last post – so 140lb watercolor paper, grouped into six signatures of three sheets each.

One thing I’ve learned about coptic – correct tension is key!  Too much tension (especially at the covers) and it will not close.  Too little tension and the whole thing is wonky.  My friend Tricia tells me that the heavier the paper, the harder it is to get the tension right – but I’ll keep practicing.  I love how this book came out – it does appear that I’m getting better because I only had to rip it out and restitch it once! :)

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The last grouping I’ll have for you (for now, anyway) will be marbled books – stay tuned!

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100 Books Journey – Books 16 thru 20

Books 16 through 20 are what I call “unconventional” books – made out of unexpected and very non-traditional materials!  The truth of the matter is I use very few traditional materials.  You won’t find much davey board in my studio, very little bookcloth, no fancy paper piercing tools – I just love to improvise with what I have on hand.

16/100:  First up is one of my Business Card boxes.  I had been on a retreat in New Hampshire and collected dozens of darling little Moo cards.  If you’re not familiar with Moo, they are a printing company out of Rhode Island, who makes mini-sized business cards (among other things). I realized my traditional business card book didn’t really accommodate these very well, so I set out to make one that was a better fit.  I started with an International Coffee House tin, the pages have a strip of paper sewn to the bottom to make sort of a pocket for the cards to fit into and the three signatures are sewn pamphlet style to the plastic lid of the box.  As you can see from the photos, the book fits any size card (up to about the traditional size) – and the whole thing fits nicely down into the box for a darling little conversation piece to sit on your desk!  I don’t have any of these in the shop right now, but they are still on my radar, so let me know if you can’t live without one! 😉

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17/100:  This is another box-type book.  I started with an Altoids tin, inserted an accordion book (made from heavy watercolor paper) and filled the pages with some of my favorite photos, paper, washi tape and inspirational bits. Very fun and quick!

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18/100:  This one is made from – can you guess?  Junk mail!!  I took a class on this years ago with Suze Perrott (so fun – sweet Suze moved to Delaware and we still miss her in the Sooner state!!!) and I love keeping one going now.  It’s really just a matter of collecting the junk that comes in the mail and adding your pretty stuff on top!  The whole thing is bound simply with rings, which I’ve embellished with LOTS of ribbons and charms and what-have-you.  Very versatile, very portable, very eco-friendly (sort of – at least USES the junk vs. adding it to land fills, right?) – and mostly very FUN!

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19/100:  I call this book a shoji screen book.  The main event of this book is, of course, the Gelli® printed leaf images.  Those are mounted on scrapbook paper and the completed pages are tied with jute to wooden dowels. A ribbon also runs through the whole thing (between the print and the paper it’s mounted to) to help stabilize and also provide a way to tie the book closed.

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20/100:  This last book is WAAAAAAY off the charts.  My sister and I went last week to a fun little place in Oklahoma City called Painting with a Twist (check them out – they may have a location near you), where we painted a lovely image of spring trees blooming on a moonlit night.  I decided to cut my painting off the frame and make a book out of it!

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I started by cutting the painting down to about 9″ x 20″ and then cutting down some of the leftover parts into smaller blocks that I sewed on top of the main part to hide areas I didn’t like as much.  I then sewed a backing of white matelasse (from my stash) and finished with a rosy ribbon to wrap the whole thing up with.  Inside, I sewed three signatures of 140lb watercolor paper, pamphlet style, finishing the strings with beads and a charm that reads “dream” – perfect thing for a moonlit night!  You will probably come to realize I say this about nearly every book I make, but I think this is my favorite one! :)

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I still have another small stack of books I’ve made this summer and will be back soon to share those – hopefully, catching me up so that I can do individual book posts from there!

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100 Books Journey – Books 11 thru 15

Books 11-15 are what I’m calling “gift books” – all have been gifted in one way or another.

11/100:  This is an older book, but another favorite because I made it for my eldest niece’s wedding in 2012.  She asked for a book that would allow her guests to sign with their birth dates and this is the book I came up with.  Most of the papers are scrapbook papers, the spine is a deep purple corduroy fabric and the month pages were created on the computer and printed on 24lb ivory cotton paper.  The video below is a complete flip-through of this lovely little book.

12/100: This next one was made for my youngest niece last summer.  She fell in love with a real life Black Beauty so when I saw this vintage copy of the book I had to grab it and make it into a journal for her.  It’s a five signature book and is filled with 90lb multi-media paper, stitched long-stitch style with beaded strings and a button on the spine.  I also added a velcro closure and corner protecters, which I think really finished off this little beauty (pun intended) quite wonderfully.  This one is another of my favorites!

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13/100:  This little book was part of a challenge.  I was given two tiny 3×3 canvases and challenged to make “something” with them – what else would I make but a book?  I had recently read Anne Morrow Lindberg’s “Gifts from the Sea” and was inspired to make a book based on that – only with an artsy twist.  I turned the canvases around backwards and used the front opening to make a dimensional cover, tucking in a bottle of sand, collected shells and a message in a bottle.  The inside of the book is an accordion with pockets, which I filled with tags highlighting ideas from the book that I felt applied equally to life and art. It was a fun little project that went to a lovely friend.

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14/100:  These next two books were part of a wonderful weekend with my daughter, Megan.  She actually made the pink book and the blue one is mine, but I consider that time spent together (and ANY time we get to spend together) such a gift that I thought the books fit well in this post (I’m only counting the one I made). We started by making paste paper, which happens to be the very thing that first hooked me on printmaking, then did some fun paper cutting and weaving to mix pieces of each other’s paper into both books.  They were filled with 90lb multi-media paper and long-stitched with beaded strings on mine and button on Meg’s.

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15/100:  The last book for today’s post is one I made for my Dad for father’s day this year.  He has developed a fondness for watercolor and I thought he might enjoy a book to work in.  This is a tape bound book, which I love because they lay nice and flat.  It has six signatures of 140lb watercolor paper and each signature is wrapped in a music-themed scrapbook paper.  The covers are done with Gelli® printed scraps, stitched together with black security envelope patterns.  It’s sewn with black leather tapes for a more masculine look and, as a finishing touch, I tied my spine stitches into little bundles and added corner protectors (not shown in this photo).  He was delighted and I can’t wait to see him fill it up!

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Next up, I’m going to share what I call “unconventional” books.  I’ll be back soon!

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Round in Circles – Class Recap

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I finished up another fun class at My Heart’s Fancy this weekend and wanted to drop in with a quick recap of the gorgeous work!!

We spent the first half of the day printing with the 4″ and 6″ round Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plates.

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Mounted on acrylic blocks, these little guys are excellent for creating lots of beautiful round layers!

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In the afternoon, we covered our book board with our favorite prints, cut and folded signatures…

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then stitched it all up to make a darling little “Round In Circles” mini-book!

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Much fun and the books came out SOOOOOO cute!

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All different sizes too, because we also learned how to create and adjust stitching templates for different sizes of books.

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I’m all about sharing the tools students need so they can to go out and do their own thing – can’t wait to see what these girls come up with!!

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Thanks for coming, ladies!  I had a blast, as always, and am very grateful to you for your continued support!!

 

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100 Books Journey – Books 6 thru 10

This next set of books are all what I call “remnant books” – meaning I used leftover bits and pieces to make them.  I’m always cutting up larger pieces of blank paper to fit my books and I end up with all sorts of smaller strips.  I hated throwing those away, so started making some fun little mini-books and oddly shaped books out of them.  I also adore collecting monoprinted scraps, security envelopes and other beautiful pieces of this and that – these books are heavy on those collected bits…

6/100:  This is one of my favorite books I’ve made in awhile!  It’s patterned after the book we make in Mixed Media Folio Fun (online and open for enrollment now – click here for details!), but it’s tiny – only 2.5″ tall by 4.75″ long.  It’s filled with scraps of 90lb watercolor paper and I especially love the security envelope end papers.  This is, once again, my go-to book form – just a simple long stitch, finished with a vintage button.

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7/100:  This is my first attempt at Coptic AND it’s my first attempt at paper marbling, to boot!!  I absolutely, positively adore this book and I have another boo-boo confession on this one.  See how I wrapped the fold of each signature with a scrap of security envelope?  I did that because I stitched and restitched this little coptic bunny until the holes were completely ragged.  It turned into such a happy accident, though, because the marbling had a lot of gray and the security envelopes echoed that – plus I stitched it with gray thread and, be still my heart!  I think this one will have to stay in my personal collection.

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8/100:  This is another bitty book – same size as 6/100 above, but I created a little circular closure for it and I used the 4″ and 6″ round Gelli® plates to create the papers for it.  Tons of fun and, in fact, it’s a class I’m teaching at My Heart’s Fancy tomorrow, July 11 – so be sure to check back next week for more photos of the class sample and student work!!

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9/100:  A few weeks ago, I ran across Mary Jo Hiney’s hand-dyed velvet candy and HAD to get me some.  This is another Coptic stitched book, got a little better at it on this one, and it totally represents my love of all things girly!  At just 4″ tall by 5.5″ long, this book is filled with five 3-sheet signatures (for a total 60 pages, front and back) – paper is 140lb watercolor (this one is available in my shop – click here for details)

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10/100:  This last book is FAR from mini – it’s a full 12″ tall x 5″ wide.  It’s also not exactly a remnant but I’m including it here because it sort of breaks one of the cardinal rules of book binding – which is “always fold with the grain of the paper.” What the heck do I mean by grain of the paper?  Well, it’s the natural way the paper wants to fold.  Have you ever heard that saying, “goes against the grain?”  It came from bookbinding and the cardinal rule is never fold against the grain – OR ELSE!!  I wanted this book to be big and tall, but I didn’t have the right paper and was determined to use what I had on hand so I decided to use a 12×14 pad and fold against the grain.  One of the biggest problems with that is the paper (especially the 140lb watercolor paper I used) tends to break along the fold – to get around that, I just pulled out my scoring board and scored the paper where I wanted it to fold.  This paper doesn’t really like to fold that way, so the pages tend to fan open – I fixed that by making a cute little book strap to wrap around and keep that baby closed.  I also run the risk of this paper warping along the spine at some point, but I’m theorizing that it won’t because it’s a nice heavy duty paper.  Time will tell!  Here’s hoping no traditional bookbinders throw stones at me for this one! 😉

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And, that’s it for this round.  I’ll be back next week with 11-15 and a recap of my Saturday class.  Until then, have a great weekend!!

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100 Books Journey – Books 1 thru 5

I’m on a mission to bind 100 books!  It’s highly possible that I’ve made 100 books over the course of the 7 or 8 years I’ve been making them, but I’ve never started with a #1 and counted all the way to #100 and I’ve pretty much limited myself to a handful of book forms.  I’ve decided it’s time to branch out!

Since I just finished book #20, I thought I’d better take a moment to document what I’ve done so far.  Today’s post will cover the first five and I’ll be back over the next few days to share the remainder!

1/100:  This little book is 6×6 square and filled with glassine envelopes.  I cut each envelope down to 6×6, inserted decorative paper inside envelope, then used washi tape to piece together pairs to form a folio.  The stitching on this one was my own crazy notion, based on a simple pamphlet stitch, but with the tails stitched back in to create a criss-crossing pattern.  This is the oldest one I’m including in the 100 – I did it awhile back, but it’s very special to me as it’s sort of a personal “bible” – a collection of quotes and ideas that make up my personal code of life.  It’s one I’m still working on and it may end up just being a first volume!  You can actually see more of this book here.

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2/100: This one is my current art journal.  It’s covered with one of my photos, which I printed on my Canon MG6600 printer.  When I was gluing the photo to my book board, I got glue on the front, then promptly rubbed off some of the photo in the cleanup process. 😐 I couldn’t stand the idea of throwing it away and starting again, so I just cropped and re-printed the photo in a slightly smaller size and used that to cover my boo-boo (along with a hand-written quote and some washi tape).  Came out better than I’d planned and serves as a testament to embracing accidents!  It’s a simple 4-signature, long-stitch book, finished with a button on the spine.

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3/100:  This is another form I sort of made up myself – it’s 4 signatures, worked two at a time.

  • starts inside, top right, 1st signature
  • down and across to second hole in 2nd signature
  • in and up to top hole in 2nd signature
  • out and across to second hole in 1st signature
  • down and out to third hole in 1st signature
  • out and across to bottom hole in 2nd signature
  • in and up to third hole in 2nd signature
  • down and across to botton hole in 1st signature
  • knot the beginning and ending tails around the long inside stitch in signature 1.

Repeat for the other pair and that’s it!  I worried a little about having two knots in the same signature, but finally decided the spine makes up for it and, have to say, this book sold quickly when I took it to a vendor fair! Cover is monoprinted on the Gelli® plate.

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4/100:  This is another 4-signature, long stitch book – the only variation is that I scalloped the edges of the cloth along the spine.  I’ve actually developed this book into online class, called Monoprint Bound – click here for more information.

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5/100: This is a basic Japanese Stab Binding, which I learned from the lovely ladies with Stillwater Book Arts.  I positively ADORE this book form because it allows you to bind single sheets!  And that feather charm at the top is there to fix another goof – I missed a stitch at the end and, because I’m lazy, I just tied it off, added a new thread to fix the boo-boo and finished it off with a pretty bow.  Perfectly imperfect!!

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Back soon with 6-10!

 

 

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A Creative Girl Weekend

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Donna Downey Studio – Happy Paintbrush Wall

There’s not much in the wide world that I love better than a good adventure.  I adore going to new cities, exploring new spaces, getting acquainted with new faces, and learning new things.

I have to admit that I had not run across Danielle Donaldson until fairly recently, but when I saw her work, I was completely smitten.  Her little paintings are precious in every way!  And I’ve been wanting to play a little more with watercolor, so this workshop was tailor made.

Danielle Demo Painting

Danielle Demo Painting

We arrived in Huntersville, North Carolina on Thursday night.  This city is home to Donna Downey Studios, where the workshop was hosted.  Let me tell you, Donna and her hubby, Bill, are generous and oh-so-considerate hosts – chauffeuring you around, feeding you, making sure your every need is met (if not surpassed!).  The studio itself is just lovely – well-lit, nice and big, and well-stocked with goodies to purchase and take home with you (and, yes, I did my part to help keep the store afloat :D).

Ready, set, GO!!

Ready, set, GO!!

The first day was all about learning to lay down washes.  Danielle’s way of doing that was a revelation!  So much depth and interest and FUN!

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On day 2, we got started with painting a girl Danielle had drawn for us – translated: she drew something like 20 girls in the hotel room Friday night (wow)!  I am completely in love with mine (shown below)!!

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On day 3, we cut up our used paper-towels to make fancy hats for our girls.  The idea was a swim cap, but many of us took that and ran with it… Britta made a tutu, Tricia made curly hair, someone else made wings, and I made a sun-hat with a flowery band.

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One of the things I love best about a good workshop is the other students.  So much excitement, like-minded hearts and AMAZING artwork (look for #creativegirlclass on Instagram for a peek).

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And then there were the friendships – always such a treat to visit old friends and embrace new ones; beautiful souls, inside and out, who care deeply for creating and sharing and inspiring others to make and share.

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Special thanks to Danielle for sharing your talent, enthusiasm and humor and to Laura for inviting me to this awesome event and for being a perfectly wonderful roomie!  And thanks to each and every one of the sassy girls in the photo above – I learned so much from each of you in such a few short days! My heart grew ten-fold and I truly hope our paths cross again soon!!

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