duct(duck) tape wars…

I have been working on painting some file folders and old book pages for a new journal. I finished it yesterday…it’s ready for further embellishment.  I made four signatures and sewed each one together pamphlet style (lots of You Tube videos showing how to do that).  Then, I attached the signatures together with duct tape.  The front and back covers were also attached with duct tape.  Then I put some more on to cover the spine of the journal.  I will show more of the book as I work in it.  I haven’t finished the front cover yet but here are two photos showing where I attached two signatures together and also the back cover.  I believe in the holding power of duct tape now :)

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I have two doodle books I made for Diane Culhane’s class some time back. Those were fun to do.

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Here’s the other book:
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Hopefully, I’ll be back soon with lots of completed journals spreads

…finally

This year is zooming right along…halfway mark already. We have had preparations for company and visits from company this month. That’s behind me now, so maybe, I’ll have some time for making art. I have a doctor checkup tomorrow about my shoulder. I’m crossing my fingers that he won’t say I need to go back and have more physical therapy…it’s not back to normal yet…but if that’s what I need to get over this…then so be it!

I have a few pages from my sketchbook I’ll share:

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I’m having problems posting photos tonight…post more in a few days.

May days…

I haven’t posted anything since the beginning of this month. I’ve had a birthday and other fun things have come and gone and we still have another week in the month…so, bring it on May :)

I tried to do a painting ala Diane Culhane but this just isn’t working. I will probably end up painting over it…I’ll see if it can be saved.
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A peek in my sketchbook:
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I also completed another mini watercolor book:
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Check out this blog. Lots of different artists to check out there. Have a good weekend!

doodles and more scribbles…

I just finished a two week class with Diane Culhane.  I know I said I wasn’t taking anymore online classes :)  Diane’s class is from Silly U sponsored by Carla and Steve Sonheim.

I also noticed that Carla posted about a new challenge on Instagram. She choose cats for her challenge.  I don’t have Instagram but those of you who do may want to check it out.  To find out more about the project go here.

The class with Diane was about making art with doodles.  I found that I have a problem doodling on demand.  We made tiny little watercolor books and doodled in them.  Here are some of my doodling efforts from the class:

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That’s all for now. I hope to get my big doodle project finished by next week.

…mostly scribbles

I’m watching a little Woodpecker outside my window…life is good.

I was looking at Dispatch from LA (Mary Ann Moss) and she featured Missy Dunaway’s work. I love her sketchbooks, she uses mostly inks…rich color,  and beautiful.  Click on the link above to take a peek.  Mary Ann also put a link to Missy’s website.

And now, for my meager efforts.  Last week, I seemed to be in a scribbling mode.  This page involves some patterned paper along with my doodles:

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The last photo is from my altered book…Have a good week!

*click on the photo to read the poem*

altered book revisited…

We have been purging our house of unwanted and unneeded items.  We have taken one big load to Good Will and plan to take another one really soon.  I have become an art supply junkie…buying lots of art supplies because I thought I needed them to become a better artist and also because “art instructor” in my latest online class said I needed a certain product to get a specific result. Not that I’m blaming anyone…I didn’t have to do that, did I?

Anyway, while going through my art “stuff,” I found an altered book that started in 2009.  I decided to work on some more pages in it.  I took an altered book class offered then by Patty at Tuscan Rose(River Bend Ranch).  She has changed her art direction and is now making some beautiful art quilts. I found the post that shows a page from my altered book.  Here are some pages I did last week:
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…I planned to draw this book cover from an old Jack and Jill magazine but gave up part way:

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…trying some things

I wanted to get a quick post in tonight as I’ll be busy tomorrow.  I didn’t do as much sketching this week…I think the paints are calling me.  I want to get back to pushing some paint around…maybe soon.

Here’s a couple of sketches I did using a blue ball point pen…I noticed some bleed through from the other side:

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I was playing with watercolor collage pieces here:

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…playing with FW magenta ink, drawing with the ink dropper:

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 That’s all for now…I hope everyone is having a great weekend!!!