Saturday, July 4, 2015

Contemporary Book of Hours

Last week, I attended the Focus on Book Arts Conference at Pacific University in Forest Grove. The biennial conference attracts outstanding book artists and instructors. I made this book in Carol Pallesen's workshop entitled The Contemporary Book of Hours. We painted Arches text wove pages with casein or milk-based paint. The milk protein casein acts as a pigment binder. It's non-toxic, dries quickly with a matte finish, is waterproof for layering other media and takes lettering well. The colors can be mixed and applied with several layers to get a deeper hue. When working wet on wet wonderful blooms occur. I'd use this paint again. We bound the sections in beautiful cow leather covers. I love the feel of the leather and want to make a smaller book. The book's ready for my collection of favorite poems, quotes and sayings.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Summer Sostice - Weather Grams

Happy Summer Solstice! My calligraphy group met last week to share our summer weather grams. Each season, it never ceases to amaze me how we create new sayings and expand our calligraphic skills. Enjoy the summer sun, warmth and long days.

Monday, June 1, 2015

May Calligraphic Pages for Book Exchange

My May pages for our book exchange continued the meditation theme with an emphasis on mindfulness. I used my Gelli plate to lay down the color for each page. Noodler's red black ink is my new favorite and lettered "mindfulness" with it.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Fun Interactive Book Box Structure

For a couple years, I've wanted to make a book/box structure similar to Randi Parkhurst's Patience.
Lorraine  Jones offered her guidance to start this project. The first structure measures 3.5 x 2 inches. The whole experience of pulling the books out of their cubbyholes reminds me of the Asian boxes that fascinated me as a child.
Removing the first book

Removing the main book/box structure
Opening the box lid to see a medium sized book and pulling out the little book on the right

The back
Two small accordion books from front of box

Another photo of the smallest book and its cubbyhole
I plan to keep building up and adding to this to make a larger book/box.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Book Exchange Artwork Pages

My interest in calligraphy led me to do a book exchange with two other calligraphers. Each month, we create two pages to put into a Leporello accordion book with Arches black cover pages. One of my goals in learning calligraphy is to add lettering to my artwork. We chose meditations on the creative muse as the theme of our books. My first meditations are on nature-

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Expressive Drawing Practice

Layer by layer, I'm playing with being more expressive in my mark making, use of color and composition. I struggle with this process one layer at a time. My left brain wants to take over and keeps me from being spontaneous. I'm beginning to realize that this process may not work for me or that I'm not ready for it yet. I feel that if I keep at it it'll get easier, more intuitive and free.