Occasional ruminations concerning painted pages, hand bound books, the use of photos in journaling and the contemplation of various other pursuits.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

The fun you can have..... Art Unraveled 2012

    You KNOW you want to keep the art retreats going strong.  

You KNOW you will have a great time at Art Unraveled next summer.

The listings are ready for your viewing pleasure and registration will begin mid-January. Run right over to ArtUnraveled.com to check out the workshop listings after you read the rest of this post.

"What fun can you have?", you ask.  Where else could you have the opportunity to see the Rusty fellow himself, Michael deMeng, with pink feathers in his hair?  Only at last year's Saturday night event!! What could he bring to the table this year?? You will have to be there to see!

See you this summer, folks!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Double purpose

I love it when things have more than one use.

The cover of this book, made in a class with Doris Arndt, was collaged with thick dimensional items before it was painted.

The first layers of paint were partly removed as the piece was being used as a printing plate on the pages....the covers became  giant stamps, rolled with paint and pressed to the paper to make the background of the pages.

The final layers of paint included some metallics, and waxed linen was used for the Coptic binding.

The energy in the classroom was invigorating as we all glued pieces willy-nilly and slapped paint with abandon.  Fun!  Yes!!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Disappearing art retreats .....

I see that more and more art retreats are finding it impossible to continue due to falling registrations. I find that very sad as many of us would not be able to learn the great variety of things we find at these retreats 

The book pictured above was a project taught by Dan Essig, a master bookbinder who has taught classes at various venues including Art Unraveled and Art and Soul. I would highly recommend his classes as he is very well prepared and he is an excellent teacher who makes the project possible for people of many levels of experience.

This project is only one example of the many learning opportunities that we students have had in the past.

Most of us do not live in an area where we can find a multitude of teachers and projects to help us learn new skills to further our own creativity. 

The retreats offer us the possibility to grow, learn, and have fun with our annual best buddies.  Our art batteries get re-charged and we can return home filled with new tools and new ideas to create on our own.

If you can attend an art retreat this coming year, taking even one or two classes, I highly encourage you to do so. Yes, mainly because I am selfish and I want more classes for myself(!), do I tell you to join me, but if you do, you will also benefit from this great learning experience. Hope to see you in 2012!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Recycled....repurposed......whatever it is called, it is fun!

One day, my friend Marla was at work and people were cleaning out STUFF.  She found these wonderful heavy green 5 x 8 alphabet file dividers and knew they could be made into something wonderful.  She quickly grabbed a few sets and off she went.

I was lucky enough to receive a set of these from her and made an art journal with paint, stamps, collage, etc.  I did all the art work before binding the dividers together using a single page Coptic binding found in Keith Smith's book.  The long threads and the 6 needles just about did me in, but the book did get finished.  One day I will try this binding again to see if I can do a neater job!

Monday, December 5, 2011

When things seem overwhelming....

Always remember the words of The Donald (my guy, not Trump!)    "This too shall pass."

This small, about 5" x 5" or so, plaque was made with polymer clay tiles left over from a class with Laurie Mika.  If you ever have the opportunity to take a class from her, do it!  I had never worked with the clay and she made it easy. We all made several tiles we used to cover a metal book box.

Life does has it low points, but the cycle will continue and the better times will come.