Monday, September 17, 2018

Mini Matchbooks

To be honest, I was always a bit intimidated by creating tiny artwork. Then I realized that I can adapt my loose, abstract, collage style to fit in a small space. I created these Mini Matchbooks.


"Mini Pink Matchbook" and "Mini Green Matchbook"

Deciding what to use as the substrate took some experimenting. I found that this style of matchbooks had strong enough cardboard and shape to work as the substrate. I deconstructed each matchbook so I had a piece for the cover and a piece for the box to hold the pages. There are many artist who use matchbooks so I can't say that I discovered this medium.



The accordion style book works well with a matchbook. I used Blick's White Sulphite Drawing Paper for the base of the accordion pages. Leftover scraps of altered bleeding tissue paper was used to decorate the covers of each book. Each page has a different artwork that was created using paper scraps, acrylic paint and markers.


"Mini Green Matchbook" front view - 1.5"x2"x7"

"Mini Green Matchbook" back view - 1.5"x2"x7"

"Mini Pink Matchbook" front view - 1.5"x2"x9"

"Mini Pink Matchbook" back view - 1.5"x2"x9"

 These two books are on display in eXtreme Fiber Art exhibit at ideaXfactory.





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Saturday, September 15, 2018

New sketches in my 4"x6" journal

Here a this week's sketches in my new journal that I talked about here.

I decided to change it up a bit and make a 2 page sketch. I'm happy with the composition, colors and materials on this one. I haven't used bleeding tissue paper in my art in quite some time. This material adds some nice texture and color variation to a sketch.


The next sketch, one on the left below, is drastically different than the way it started out. I wish I had taking process photos along the way. It was dark brown, red and turquoise. Needless to say it turned out very muddy looking. With a quick swipe of white gesso, the mess was gone. More bleeding tissue paper was used along with watercolor and oil pastel. I pushed this 80lb drawing paper to the limits with all the layers of paint, etc. and it held up nicely.

The sketch on the right started down the same path as the one on the left. I pulled in the reins and kept the sketch simple.


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Monday, September 10, 2018

Loops Book with French Link and Copitc Stitches

I decided to give the French Link with Coptic Stitch another try. You can see my first attempt here. "Loops Book" has 20 - 4.5" square individual signatures that are sewn together using black waxen linen thread. I painted the loops using Turquoise and Red acrylic paint and thin black Sharpie. 

This attempt was a more successful than the last. There is something to say for practicing. Right? Next time I try this stitch I will use signatures with more paper. The bulk of the signatures will showcase the French Link stitch because there will be more space between the stitches.

"Loops Book" - 4.5" square

"Loops Book" - 4.5" square

"Loops Book" - 4.5" square

"Loops Book" - 4.5" square; all the pages
As I mentioned here. This book is on display at the eXtreme Fiber Art exhibit at the ideaXfactory.

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Saturday, September 8, 2018

eXtreme Fiber Art exhibit as ideaXfactory



I am thrilled to have my colorful books in the eXtreme Fiber Art exhibit at the ideaXfactory.  


eXtreme Fiber Art exhibit
ideaXfactory
351 N. Boonville Ave.
Springfield, MO 65806

Exhibit Dates and Hours:
September 7 - October 12, 2018
Tuesday and Thursday 3pm-7pm

 
"2018" Accordion Book (front view) - 4"x4" to 4"x20"

"2018" Accordion Book (back view) - 4"x4" to 4"x20"

"Little Red Book" - 4"x4"

"Loops" book - 4.5"x4.5" to 4.5"x9"

"Mini Pink Matchbook" - 1.5"x2"x9"

"Mini Green Matchbook" - 1.5"x2"x7"


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Thursday, September 6, 2018

New sketches in my journal

I have started working in my new journal that I talked about here. I'm finding that I like the size (4"x6") and, surprisingly, I like creating on a blank page. My previous journal had pages that were monoprinted with acrylic paint. Both journals used the same paper as the signatures, which is Blick White Sulphite Drawing Paper in 80lb weight. Even though this paper is made for drawing, I found that painting with acrylic paint and gluing collage papers work well. Granted I wouldn't use watercolor. When adding felt markers like Sharpie, I find that the marks don't bleed through to the backside if it's applied on top of the paint. If the felt marker is applied directly to the raw paper then there has been some bleeding. All in all, I like using this paper for my journals.





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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Beyond the Edge Fiber Artists' "Exploration in Fiber"

 
"Renewal" - 20"x20"

In previous posts, I have mentioned that I'm part of an amazing group of fiber artists called Beyond the Edge Fiber Artists. We exhibit locally and nationally. This weekend our exhibit, "Exploration in Fiber", will be opening at the Potocki Center for the Arts.

The Potocki Center for the Arts is located at:
27301 La Paz Road
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
949-470-8470 

Exhibit dates:
September 8 - November 3, 2018

The exhibit will feature a wide range of fiber art. If you are in the area, please stop on by!


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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Starting a new journal

As I mentioned here, I completed creating in my "Language" sketchbook journal. I had to decide which of my completed books to use as my next journal. Recently, I took Nik the Booksmith's Hollow Back Book Binding online class. One of the books I made didn't turn out as planned because it doesn't have a hollow back spine. The book has a flat back spine. The book doesn't close all the way because the signatures (group of pages) don't lay flat along the inside of the spine. I won't be able to sell the book because of this flaw, which helped to make my decision to use it as my next journal. 

The cracker box substrate is 6"x4" closed and 6"x9" opened. I monoprinted the paper used for the outside and inside covers. The covers have coordinating duct tape and washi tape on the spine. The five signatures are made using Blick White Sulphite Drawing Paper in 80lb that are sewn into the book with waxed nylon thread. There's a 50 pages.

In my "Language" sketchbook journal, I used the same paper but monoprinted the paper before sewing into the journal. This time around the paper is unmarked. It will be a good challenge to start with blank papers.

Let the fun begin!







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Sunday, August 26, 2018

"Language" sketchbook journal - new sketches

Here is the last page in my "Language" sketchbook journal. As with anything done on a regular basis, creating in a journal has because a habit for me. A good habit. All 60 sketches. I'm already constructing a new journal that I will start creating in this week. 


"Language" sketchbook journal - "that's all she wrote" 5"x8"


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Saturday, August 18, 2018

"Language" sketchbook journal - new sketches


At my day job this week, I had two separate conversations with co-workers where we commiserated about different work situations. The parting quotes by each co-worker resonated with me. I decided to write these quotes in my journal for safe keeping.

"Language" sketchbook journal - "and all shall be well" and "this conversation didn't happen"
  
close up - "and all shall be well" 5"x7"

close up - "this conversation didn't happen" 5"x8"


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Saturday, August 11, 2018

"Language" sketchbook journal - new sketches

I have been feeling overwhelmed lately. Juggling my day job, art related responsibilities and opportunities. I was talking to my dear, long-time friend, Gene Brown about it. He said something that resonated with me. "Better to be overwhelmed than underwhelmed". So true, my friend, so true.

This week's sketches in my "Language" sketchbook journal are inspired by this quote. I need to keep the "hustle" going as well as thinking it's "better to be overwhelmed than underwhelmed".


"Language" sketchbook journal - "hustle" and 
"better to be overwhelmed than underwhelmed"

close up - "hustle" 4"x4"

close up - "better to be overwhelmed than underwhelmed" 5"x7"

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