• Custom Stamps – Tattered Pages

    Posted on March 9, 2014 by in Tattered Pages, Stamps

    The newly created OLLI (Osher Life Long Learning) book arts focus group—Tattered Pages—was at it again this week. The group was formed to explore structural and design elements that will support our love of making books. Last month we had a great presentation and discussion of appropriate adhesives. This month was dedicated to making custom […]

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  • Found Objects

    Posted on February 28, 2014 by in Sewn Structure, Wooden Books

    The making of this book has been a labor of love and one of constant problem solving; I didn’t think things through before starting the book. There is something to be said for that approach— I learned a lot and the book is more interesting because of it. We have a little cabin in Nebraska […]

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  • Oops. Drawing #4

    Posted on February 26, 2014 by in Watercolor

    I better put my thistle up too. We were not allowed to use a pencil to “set things up” and I really missed it. It’s hard to just start drawing with a pen and end up with something where you want it. We were also supposed to do this with a continuous line…..no lifting the […]

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  • Drawing Class #5 Shoes!

    Posted on February 26, 2014 by in Watercolor

    This was hard. I had to pick a shoe to draw and there are just so many I love. I finally settled on a Reiker because it would provide a challenge. Easy to wear, difficult to draw. As usual, I get so caught up in the watercolor that I forgot to leave some white so […]

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  • Drawing Class #2 and #3

    Posted on February 12, 2014 by in Watercolor, Workshops

    Yes. I’m behind but starting to catch up. One more assignment before Friday! It’s been really interesting to observe myself avoiding drawing or painting. This last week it was the two-day book arts class I taught, which I admit took much longer to prepare for than I expected. This particular avoidance tactic is a vast […]

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  • Star Book Workshop—Finale!

    Posted on February 6, 2014 by in Book cloth, Courses, Sewn Structure, Star Book

    Fourteen women, glue. paper., needles and thread…..it’s a formula for fun and great book arts. Students made their own bookcloth, cut their beautiful papers, glued them into sections, and sewed the sections into a star book. It was just a pleasure to work with people who were so creative, industrious, and enthusiastic. Enjoy some photos […]

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  • Watercolor with Jane DeFazio

    Posted on January 30, 2014 by in Watercolor, Workshops

    I have been wanting to take an online watercolor class with Jane DeFazio but always missed the deadline. I’m certain this is no coincidence—I have a case of “fear of drawing” (it’s the blank page) and an irrational fear of drawing in public. What could be safer than an online course, right? The delivery of […]

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  • Eco Printing

    Posted on January 30, 2014 by in Eco Dying

    It was an eco dye playday yesterday with friend, Sandy. Inspired by India Flint’s Eco Colour. We used dried and fresh vegetation—huge surprise that the dried leaves left so much color. We used Stonehenge printmaking paper and Watercolor paper with leaves packed in between sheets. The sandwiches were bound together then boiled for 1.5 hours […]

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  • Li Hongbo: Making art out of paper.

    Posted on January 16, 2014 by in Paper Art

    I love this video for a number of reasons. The inspiration for Li’s work is something that we might look at every day but for him, it sparked an idea that amazes us all. He also has to adapt old or create new techniques to see his vision completed—the research part of art. Then there […]

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  • Making Your Own Bookcloth

    Posted on January 15, 2014 by in Book cloth

    One of the reasons I haven’t taken up quilting is because of the size of the fabric stash I’ve seen in quilters’ closets. I’m creating a smaller version of The Stash using fat quarters. I learned to make my own book cloth using a method from a Tim Ely workshop. He uses bond paper (thin […]

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