"Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind". - Henry James

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

One Day I Went Out for a Walk



One day
I went out for a walk
and
everything changed
all at once.

I had been
reasonably happy.

But then someone,
lots of someones,
smashed my heart
and
ruined
my world.

And
everything
changed.

But
I'm all right
now.

November 14, 2009

Monday, November 23, 2009

Adventures in Bookbinding


I have been looking for a bookbinding class nearby for a couple of years now, with no luck.  Kate Johnson listed these on her amazon list as helpful for those wanting to bind their own sketchbooks.  I'd like to bind my own because I like hot pressed watercolor paper and I've yet to find one commercially made that has hp paper.

I watched the DVD, Bookbinding: A Traditional Approach, through once.  It is a traditional way of binding books with sewn signatures and a hard cover, etc.  I'd like to give it a try, maybe when winter really sets in and I need an involved project.

The book, How to Make Books:  Fold, Cut & Stitch Your Way to a One-of-a-Kind Book, is lots of fun! It has a playful approach to making less traditional, folded and glued sorts of books.  More my speed, I think.  I've already made two books following the clear instructions - lots of pictures and diagrams for those of us visual learners.

Chapter 1 is Instant Books.  Right up my street.  I made the Basic Instant Book out of a single sheet of paper in about a half a minute.  I know!  I wrote a poem called One Day I Went Out for a Walk and I want to learn how to print it on a single piece of paper and make an "Instant" book out of it.  I'll have to lasso my talented graphic designer daughter to show me how to do it in Photoshop.  She's a wiz with Photoshop, but she does everything so quickly that I can barely see what it is she's done and there it is.  If I do figure it out (or get help), I'll post it here.

The second book I made is an accordion book out of an old watercolor painting that never went anywhere.  I have a big pile of those that I've got plans for.  I made a wrap-around cover from some corrugated cardboard and I think I'll fashion some sort of elastic tie to keep it together.  Nifty, isn't it?

Paperwhites II



Worked on the paperwhites a little more yesterday.  They should be blooming soon.  Maybe I'll draw them daily as they change.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

One More Goal


I'd like to get more comfortable with the Kremer Pigmente watercolor set I bought a couple of years ago because I like the way the paint granulates.  They are quite different from the usual transparent watercolor paints I use - Daniel Smith and Winsor & Newton, etc., but I like the effect.  So I'll add that to my growing list of goals for the online Keeping an Artist's Journal class.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Accordion Book and Goals for the Class


And what am I going to do for my first Artist's Journal pages?  Here is the unfinished accordion book that I started using an old watercolor painting that never went anywhere.  I'm trying to decide if I should use the unpainted back or the painted front.  I think ink drawings look sort of good over the prepared backgrounds, so I might do that.  And I have to devise some sort of cover for it and a way to keep it closed.  Still thinking about it.

Oh, and goals:
  • I'd like to be more consistent in keeping my artist's journal.  
  • I'd like to learn to work more quickly, not get bogged down in detail so much.
  • I'd like to incorporate more writing, better notes.  I either write or draw, but rarely both.

I think that is enough for now.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Folded Sketchbook for Online Class



This is the improvised folded cover I made for the folded, single-sheet sketchbook I made following directions from Nina Johansson http://www.ninajohansson.se/2008/01/fold-a-simple-sketchbook/

I'm taking an online class called "Keeping an Artist's Journal".  Not that I don't have a "few" journal/sketchbooks already on the shelf, mind you.  But I've been having lots of fun making my own.  One of the advantages of making your own is that you get to use the paper YOU like.  Yay!  My current favorite is Hot Press Watercolor paper.  It's just so much fun to draw on and add washes to.  It works well with pencil, ink, watercolor, watercolor pencils, whatever.

I used some corrugated cardboard pieces I had hanging around from another project.

I traced the folded sketchbook (you can see it up in the right corner) and made a fold in the middle for the spine.  I cut out two pockets for the first and last pages to slip into.


I used something called Terrifically Tacky Tape (which is a fairly strong double-sided tape) to adhere the two flaps to the front and back covers leaving the inside and top edges open.  Here is the folded sketchbook ready to slip into its cover.


I slipped the front page into the front cover and the back page into the back cover and done!  I like the idea of having a cover to keep all the accordion folds together.  I have visions of picking it up to draw and having the whole thing unravel on me.

Next I'm going to make another accordion book out of an old, unfinished watercolor in the style of Judy Wise.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Turkeys in the Yard




Yikes!  The last time I posted was October 1st!  Good grief.  We've had five tom turkeys marching through the yard for the past few days in search of acorns and beechnuts.  There's a good supply for them this year! I love turkeys.