Friday, December 26, 2014
To hide the sewing on the previous page, I tore up tissue paper and adhered it with gesso and medium, splattered blobs of gesso around, let it dry, and then painted it. It's kinda weird but cool. I like the peeks of orange and the touchable texture.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
This spread has a piece of fabric previously pressed into thick acrylic paint. It is paired with a similarly-dipped acrylic leaf sewed onto burlap. I had used a toy sewing machine on this piece years and years ago. Some thin white bookbinding thread is used to sew the burlap to the page. The left blue section is gloss medium mixed with Cerulean Blue paint, with marks made while it was still wet.
Monday, December 22, 2014
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Some collage (old articles about writing), some more Lumiere metallic acrylic paints, some white gel pen and some journaling in this spread. I decided to flip the spread to portrait view when I added the grass above. I was thinking about my past dreams of being a writer were now fertile compost for my current artistic life and projects.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Monday, December 15, 2014
Here's a spread in my "Lost & Found" art journal. I'm trying different media and trying to use 3-D elements also. This spread has light modeling paste, a piece of weaving mesh, and acrylic inks.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Saturday, November 1, 2014
This week I played in my Lost & Found art journal. This experimental piece was an exercise in negative painting. I went back after the first stage and used opaque colors and also layers some transparent ones. This was fun and I learned a lot.
|Close up of some flowers|
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Got a new pocket camera and really love it. I'm snapping the familiar and then abstracting it further. The camera has very cool settings such as fish eye, toy camera, vivid color saturation and monotone.
Do you find it difficult to see anything new or different when viewing familiar settings? Isn't travel great for seeing the new and then capturing it? What about working or living at the same place for decades? With this compact camera, I'm seeing with new eyes and enjoying making the familiar unfamiliar.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
|New journals using my Irish photos.|
Can you tell which of these new journal covers were printed on canvas or watercolor paper? Or which got some digital ground coating?
Ever since an art friend talked about using her photographs on journals, I’ve been thinking about using photos as book covers. My first thought was that printing on glossy paper just wouldn’t work because handling the journal would create fingerprint smudges. But a while ago I dedicated a weekend to experimenting.
|90 lb. watercolor paper (above) and 140 lb. w/c paper (below).|
Both have digital medium; the 90 lb. has one coat,
the 140 lb. two coats.
Feeling like a scientist, I decided to test various substrates to print upon and designated one group would get two coats of Golden Digital Ground medium white matte while another identical group got none. Afterwards, I created a chart of specifics and results.
Here are the “papers” I used:
- 90 lb. Fabriano Artistico watercolor
- 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico watercolor
- Strathmore Canvas Inkjet
- Fixxon Ultra Premium Textured Canvas
- Lutradur Mixed Media sheets, 70 grams
- Jacquard Cotton Inkjet Fabric Sheets
|Two cotton sheets, one with digital medium (top), the other without.|
I was surprised that even one coat of the Golden Digital medium (on the 90 lb. Fabriano Artistico watercolor) made for such a sharp image. Some of the lighter materials buckled badly when the medium was applied but printed well. I’m impressed with this product and would use it again. I have another bottle of the clear version that I haven’t even tried yet. It prints transparently, so it would interesting to print on all manner of already-printed or patterned papers.
|Two Lutradur sheets, one with digital medium (top), the other without.|
For photographs, I choose ones taken on my last trip to Ireland. Some were designated for full-bleed 10” x 7” with a focal point on the right side, some I printed as 5” x 7” images. It was also a test of my relatively-new printer (Epson Artisan 50) with archival inks. The watercolor papers had some light blurring at the end of print end yet some of the lighter-weight ones were hard to feed into my one-pass printer. Overall, I was pleased with the printer but, of course, now wish I’d bought the wide-format version so I wouldn’t be so limited to either letter (8 ½” x 11”) or legal (8 ½” x 14”) papers.
|Canvas sheets, one with digital medium (top), the other without.|
Deeming an overall success to the tests, I went on to create a few 5” x 7” journals from those full-bleed photos (now available in my Etsy shop).
Sunday, July 20, 2014
I made this small travel journal for a friend going overseas. The cover is 5” x 7” with an acrylic painting I did on 140 lb. watercolor paper.
From scrapbook papers, I made four pockets. Two are high and sewn with linen thread (a first!).
The other two have double-sided paper held with eyelets.
Inside is 80 lb. paper to write up the adventure.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Monday, April 21, 2014
Recently I spent a lovely afternoon in a fellow artist’s studio, showing her and her friend how I make my little art notebooks. Jennifer Martin wishes to make some larger versions featuring her wonderful photographs.
Friday, April 18, 2014
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
St. Patrick’s Day may be over, but it’s always a grand time to celebrate your Irish heritage.
I hand-sewed this green velvet heart with a photograph of my great-grandmother who crossed the great ocean with her family to settle in America. I have this hanging in my studio to inspire me.
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Strathmore has a free online workshop going on right now. I am learning a lot watching Earnest Ward, an excellent teacher, in his “Back to Basics” class. He explains drawing in a very relaxed and logical way, dispelling any notion that it is some mystical craft only some people can understand. When his tutorial ends, there will be two more workshops later in May and September with different topics and instructors. All classes remain open until the end of the year.
Saturday, March 22, 2014
After seeing a patchwork jacket in a Yuletide catalog, I could not get patchwork off my mind. The idea of using scrap bits of fabric and making a whole piece of clothing appealed to the recycler in me.
This gradually morphed into making a fabric journal cover, using remnants and embroidery thread. Teesha Moore has a lovely patchwork journal tutorial using two-sided fabric. I decided to try something a little different. Using a piece of primed canvas as a base, I hand sewed various swatches on and added a bit of poly fiberfill.
Experimenting with some Jacquard cotton ink jet sheets, I printed my photograph of cows near Doolin, Ireland. With an Emerald Island theme, I was off. I recruited a faded old linen tea towel with the Book of Kells animal imagery, some Celtic knot fabric, a Celtic button, along with colors and textures I associate with Ireland.
Soon I’ll sew in watercolor pages with a long stitch, possibly with lime green eyelets on the spine…I haven’t quite figured that part out yet.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Here is the new art journal I made recently. It’s a nice size, 8” x 10”, with only 56 pages (back and front) filled with my favorite hot-press Fabriano Artistico watercolor paper.
The cover is a tyvek painted envelope wrapped around canvas boards, distressed-looking leather tapes, and a cool rusted metal object I found in a Hobby Lobby parking lot. Adding some black brads through the four holes, it takes on the appearance of an old label holder. So, I add “lost & found” and that’s also the theme. Each page or spread will have some kind of found object.
End papers are previously-painted pieces of watercolor paper. I forgot to do two things—glue the first page to the cover, and to sew the tapes to the cover before adding the end papers. Because of that, it’s a bit wobbly when opening the first page but it also lends to the rough-edge “lost & found” feel. All mistakes or imperfections will continually add to this. It’s like a built-in set of excuses! To play without rules!