As an exhibiting artist, I spend a lot of time preparing my work for shipment to various venues throughout the United States and Europe. It takes a lot of time and paperwork too. I'm not complaining - I am grateful for the exhibition opportunities.
Three works going out this week. How are you spending the last hours of 2013?
I belong to a book club. We call ourselves the Book Club Divas. Over the years (at least 15) new divas has joined and left us too. We number 11 now - perfect - in every way. We women care about each other. They are my closest friends. I love each and every one of them. We take turns hosting our annual Christmas Party. I am the self-appointed photographer of our group. I am trying to master the manual mode on my dslr camera. It's a love/hate relationship. Recently I purchased a SB-700 speedlight. I'd really like to use it tomorrow night for our group photo. I practiced for quite a while today taking self-portraits hoping to simulate the situation tomorrow night. Wish me luck!
At last my journal is complete. I enjoyed the process of making the journal covers. It was a challenge - Life Book 2013 was all about challenge!
Here is how I completed the journal covers and put the whole thing together.
Fedex large box cut to 10 wide by 12-1/2 high. Slots cut to match the button holes on journal pages. (I thought it prudent to line the slots with masking tape to make the holes stronger.)
Washi tape adhered to the left edge of the front and back cover. Decorative scrapbook papers were adhered to the cardboard. (Not pictured here.) I used a mixture of 50% PVA glue and 50% methyl cellolose. This is a very strong glue used by book makers. One must work fairly quickly as it sets up fast. After both covers were covered with the scrapbook papers, they were set to dry overnight - with books on top to keep them lying flat when dry.
Four strips of twill tape (5/8" wide) cut - long enough to easily thread through button holes. (A few drops of FrayCheck on each end.) I used a safety pin as a needle.
Thread twill tape through button holes.
I found it easiest to pile up the complete journal and thread all the holes at one time.
I had to fiddle with the twill tape a bit to get everything even. Before knotting and cutting, I opened the journal to make sure the pages could easily be turned - tied square knot - trimmed twill tape and added more FrayCheck
My journal includes all of the project pages I made this year. I solved the problem of the smaller pages by inserting them into a clear plastic page protector.
Even the huge piece found its way into the journal. It folds up nicely and sits on the last page. I was so pleased that worked out since it's one of my favorites!
Life Book 2013 is coming to an end. It was fun to look over what I had accomplished in the project. I remember creating each page and can hardly believe it was a year ago that I began - where did the time go?!
I spent a lot of time mulling over how to put this journal together. I have mentioned here before - I like to use materials I have on hand. I did not want to go out and spend any money on specialty papers to put the 2013 book together. I have plenty of canvas in my stash. A canvas piece cut to size with a layer of gesso added for stability. 3" x 12" strips were cut. These strips were folded in half. I spent the better part of two days preparing these strips and sewing 4 button holes onto each strip. Each canvas strip was sewn joining two journal pages together.
5.0 zig zag stitch - leather sewing machine needle. I found using paper clips rather than pins helped keep the pages in place while sewing.
The first page of the journal complete.
All of the journal pages are now complete. Next step working on front and back covers. I hope to finish this up before 2014 begins!
Life Book 2013 Week 43 led by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. Julie's theme is all about nature and drawing a face with a stick or twig. She likes drawing with twigs, stamping with leaves and other natural materials. I used what I had on hand (rather than scavenging yard waste) in this case, dowel (for drawing), rubber stamps.
Background created using Gelli plate, stencils; acrylic paint, India ink.
The dolls I've been working on the last couple of weeks are now complete.
I needed to come up with a name for each these girls. My daughter, Jennifer, had a brilliant idea - name them Maya and Angelou. Why didn't I think of that? (In all honesty, I had never heard of Maya Angelou's poem "Caged Bird.")
Week 40 of Life Book 2013 is led by Rachelle Panagarry. Rachelle's theme is "What's Inside." We are to draw a representation of ourself and include 3-D type hands.
Rachelle works with mulberry paper which is adhered to her drawing, cut out, painted with watercolor paint and glued onto the substrate. I chose not to do that - don't tell!
I've drawn a version of this face before. I also incorporated it into a small quilt a few months ago. I am a private person especially my on-line persona. I feel comfortable sharing my secrets with my husband (sometimes) and a few select friends. After all, a secret by definition is "something that is kept or meant to be kept unknown or unseen by others."
Who do you share your secrets with?
Inside the hands is a quote by Elbert Hubbard - "Secrets are things we give to others to keep for us."
My husband and I had been thinking about taking a trip to Europe this fall...then the AC went out...big bucks spent! We're planning a road trip instead.
We'll visit Amelia Island FL, Beaufort SC, Savannah GA and Charleston SC. I always make a journal for my trips.
Several canvas/cardboard journals found in Michael's bargain bins - $1 each. Gesso applied to each side - you get what you pay for - the canvas started peeling away from the cardboard! Basting stitch using leather needle keeps all layers together. Water soluble crayons add background color to each page. Page edges painted with Quinacridone/Nickel Azo Gold. Dates added to each page; heavy yarn threaded through holes (I punched an extra hole in the middle of the page.)
Life Book 2013 Week 33 led by Mindy Lacefield. We are to create a journal page featuring a happy, colorful bunny. I've never seen a bunny quite like mine before - she is happy and colorful at the very least.
Background painted using cheap acrylic craft paints, water soluble crayons and Stabilo pencils and ink pens.