Friday, May 25, 2007


Here are some photos of what I have been up to at my studio table lately. I signed up for a few fatbooks because the themes intrigued me, and here are the results, these pages are for a book called graffiti, that was to be based somewhat on Traci Bautista's book Collage Unleashed. I met Traci at AF and bought her book, and was itching to try some.
These were made by pouring acrylics on some canvas paper and using an old credit card to scrape it over the page. On some, I went back in and added some twinkling H2O's to cover any white spots.
I then cut the canvas paper in to the requisite number of pages, all 4X4, and stamped with foam shapes in several colors, and finally I used gesso and circular implements to over-stamp. I also doodled on some with black pen, but I don't think that I have any pictures of that.
After each stage, I had them laid out to dry on the dining room table, and they were so colorful and fun, that it was hard to package them up to mail off. I took a lot of pictures, and intend to make more squares to add to other art work. Very fun project.

Above is an example of the page I made for the Heavy Metal fatbook. I stamped black cardstock with a great background stamp using silver metallic ink, then punched the hole, added eyelets around the hole, and wired a washer into the center. It was time consuming and a little hard on the hands, setting all of the eyelets, but I am very pleased with the results. It has the industrial look I was trying to achieve.
I also completed pages for the current photoart journal book, Windows, and got those in the mail.
I really love having a table, I feel that I can really get in to the flow of what I am doing, I can reach all of my supplies, and it is private. It has made a huge difference for me. I feel more organized about all of my projects, and look forward to the ones still coming up.
We are going to Portland this weekend to visit my parents and my brother. We haven't been there for several months, and I am looking forward to spending time with them, and just getting away with Tom. They celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary last week! It is such a blessing in my life to have my parents still with us, I love them.

Friday, May 11, 2007


I have been a little silent. I am working on a couple of fatbook pages, due next week, and I made a small studio for myself in our second bedroom.

I have been working on our dining room table since we moved in here, but then everything was always a mess, and I had to haul supplies from one room to another--not fun. It also tends to put a damper on the creative process.

We had a twin bed in the second bedroom, because we wanted to have a place for both kids to stay if they both came over at the same time. Well, they live within 6 miles of us, and that has never happened... We still have a very good futon as a couch in the living room, which we are happy to sleep on when we have guests, and I decided that if we got rid of the bed, I would have room for an art table!

This was accomplished in two weekends, and I now have the art table, and room to spread out my supplies and eventually have them a little more organized so I don't have to grub through several bins, saying "I know that I have a silver metallic pen! (insert all manner of swear words here)".

It would also be appropriate if I inserted a photo of said table here, but I haven't taken any yet. I am planning to, but wanted to post before I get around to that. It feels so good to finally have a space to create again, I feel relieved, and proud of myself for figuring out how to do it here in our small apartment.