This small book was made using the "Blizzard Book" folding technique invented by Hedi Kyle. I first saw her technique demonstrated on YouTube and the instructions are presented in her new book The Art of the Fold. This book is perfectly suited for holding standard business cards.
I added color to the paper using my Gel printing technique with StazOn stamp ink pads and covered book board for the front and back covers.
Instead of business cards, I created some circles with some flower images and love how the shapes interact.
These mini books are really fun to create and I hope you try one. Or two. Or ten. Yes this is addictive!
No one knows how this Mandarin Duck came to be floating in the middle of Central Park in NYC. But everyone agrees it's the most beautiful duck there!
One of the things I do to get my creative juices going is to print out a photo and put it into my watercolor sketchbook. Then I try to duplicate every color I see in the photo. This duck was a particular challenge since you don't really see these color combinations in most nature photos. Hot pink, teal & ultramarine blue, purple, rust, brown, white and black. The reflections in the water gave me a chance to gray down the colors as well as to add various shades of dark green to my palette.
This exercise does two things: improves your color mixing abilities so you can achieve just the right hue, and it trains your rye to be more alert to color in all it's variations. I bet if you do this with a friend, each of you will come up with a different palette from the same photo. (Hint: everyone sees color differently!)
I had an old book that I wanted to use for eco-dying and I interleaved organic material between each page, wrapped the book with string and boiled it for a couple of hours.
Even though the pages took on images from leaves and flowers, I really just liked the way the string and book became it's own work of art.
Spent a day with my friend Susan Brooks, doing some eco-dyeing on paper. Susan is a wonderful and generous instructor and shared all her knowledge with me (so much, I couldn't remember it all!) but I came home with some fabulous pieces.
I can't wait to incorporate them in my junk journals and other artist books. She inspired me so much, I started collecting the things I need to replicate this process in my studio. Now I just need to find some fresh leaves to work with since all the greenery in Denver is gone. Sigh!
I was invited by my friend, Barb Stainman, to come to her studio for a few hours and make some felted soap. Felted Soap? How does the bar of soap get into that felted fabric? Intrigued, I jumped on the chance to learn something new.
I have felted before (both by machine and by hand) and found the process to be long, strenuous and hard on my hands and shoulders but felting soap turned out to be fun and easy. The felting process combines wool roving, soap and hot water, plus a lot of manipulation to make the wool fibers stick together so felting soap is a perfect combination. The nice thing about using felted soap is that it acts like a wash cloth in that it exfoliates the skin while washing. Ingenious! And, you can color coordinate your soap with the color scheme of your bathroom. Very cool.
Here are the two bars I made in about 45 minutes. I'll be gifting these to my daughter-in-law and teaching my granddaughter and grandson how to make these as Christmas gifts for their teachers. I always bring some sort of art project for the kids when we visit them. It gets them away from their tablets and phones — which is a good thing!
Barb will be selling some of her work at the Holiday Show at the Art Gym in Denver (November 29 - December 20th). I have my eye on a Nuno scarf she made (gorgeous!) so I know there will be lots of goodies there to give as gifts this season. We always need to support local artists and this is a good time of year to do so!
Ever since I owned an art gallery, I've been passionate about supporting artists in all media. Recently, I was able to visit FLUX, a new gallery/workshop space devoted to glass. The owners, Courtney and Nate, are wonderful, friendly people with a mission for bringing the art of glass-making to Denver. They have built a wonderful place for people to learn how to make glass objects, for professional glass artists to take advantage of their space and equipment, and for people who like to buy unique, one-of-a-kind glass objects to display in their home or give for gifts.
I participated in their fund-raising event and received a beautiful whisky glass in exchange. Its now my husband's favorite drinking glass so today, I visited them again and bought a few more to give as Christmas gifts to family and friends.
There is nothing like giving someone you love a unique, made-by-hand gift. I hope you can visit and support them too!
My next "Junk Journal" will be full of color so in order for that to happen, I needed to make some colored papers. I bought some Kool-Aid packages (non-toxic!) and searched the Internet to find out how other paper artists were using this product.
Here's the recipe I used: 2 packets Cool-Aid, 1 cup water, 1 cup vinegar.
The papers turned out to be more pink than purple so next time, I will add one more packet of grape Kool-Aid to the mix to see if that gives me a deeper color. But I liked the results on both copy paper as well as card stock.
I made the circles in the card stock by simply dripping the dye onto the papers from my gloved hand after the papers had a chance to dry a bit.
I got the crinkled paper by dipping the copy paper into the dye and then scrunching it up into a ball. Then I laid it out flat onto some newspapers to dry.
This was fun, economical, quick and easy, non-toxic, and made my studio smell like Kool-Aid! A good change from coffee and tea dyeing.
Toni, one of my online Craftsy students, came to Denver to take my Mixed Media Adventures workshop this September and she gave me a very special gift: A tin box celebrating the anniversary of the invention of TravelersJournals.
I opened the box and made a tiny reproduction of a Travelers Journal and I started researching this company and its products. I loved the idea of having a permanent cover where a person could switch out various journals because they were bound by an elastic band rather than sewn.
Most of the Travelers Journal covers are made of leather, but I wanted to make mine from fabric. I have been collecting lots of lace for my Junk Journals so I decided to use this to add some interest to my cover. Several years ago, another student sent me some buttons that she crocheted and I have been saving them for just the right project. And, I picked up some hand-dyed silk ribbon at the Quilt exhibit in Houston. The fabric I used came from an old Sari I bought online and some silk scraps I had in my stash.
I guess my message for this cover is never throw anything away, treasure the gifts given to you from students, and find way to combine it all into something gorgeous!
Thanks to all my students who continually inspire me! And yes, I will be offering a free pattern for this cover soon. I will offer it in my monthly newsletter when it's ready.
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Carol Ann Waugh
I am a fiber artist and love color and texture!