Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Tunnel Books and Other Structures

Having my morning coffee and linking up
for Elizabeth's T Tuesday blog hop. Today 
I am showing a few books that I made
 in a Book Structures class taken
from Debra Bachelder at the Marion (Ohio) 
Public Library. The class was funded by the 
Ohio Arts Council.  Above, some of the 
books we made during the seven week class.

A Tunnel Book. (many art book structures have
 more than one technique that can be used
 to construct them) My subject inspiration 
was a Georgia O'Keeffe landscape.

Each 'page' added another  layer to the scene.

The view from above shows the construction.
Each page was adhered to an accordion
binding on the sides. Planning the layers of 
images and the order in which they were to be
viewed was an important part of making it 
work. Some thumbnail sketches 
helped with the planning.

An accordion book, with single pamphlets
stitched into the 'valley folds' of the pages.

"Two Sewn as One" booklet, which uses
the pamphlet stitch for the binding. The collage
on the cover is from paper scraps and doodles.

A rather dark photo, attempting to show
that beads were inserted between the
two sections of pamphlet stitch. The beads
give the binding some flexibility, and also
look attractive. Waxed linen threads were
used for stitched structures. 

Decorative papers within the book covered
each pamphlet. (Debra provided absolutely 
gorgeous papers for the class!) You can
 see here that a small folded section
 of the outside cover is folded in
to separate the two pamphlet sections.

I have more books to share from this class,
but plan to show them next week.  I am 
particularly pleased with how the Flag Book
turned out!

I can't complete a blog post without sharing
some drawings from my Hobonichi Techo journal.
The Sea Creatures theme for the month of
June has been quite a challenge, in
more ways than one!

Click on any image to enlarge

A Leafy Sea Dragon is one of the many
sea creatures that I learned about.

Sea Otters are so adorable. They collect 
mollusks and use their tummies as a 'table' on
which to crack open 'lunch' with a rock!

Who knew that slugs could be so pretty!?
And so different in shape and color.

You can visit Altered Book Lover's blog
to see more T Tuesday posts. Stop by
for a beverage and a chat!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Techo Tuesday: Sea Creatures

 June's drawing challenge is Sea Creatures.
The Hobonichi Challenge on Instagram gives
me a different thing to draw each day.

Drawing every day is excellent for honing
your observation skills. 

And I'm learning about creatures that
I've never heard of before!  The Axolotl
looks like an amazing creature...

Some day I would like to observe whales
in the ocean!

The Dugong reminded me of a Manatee...
I think they are in the same "family."

Drawing and painting in my Hobonichi
Techo in the morning, with my coffee. Linking 
up today with the T Tuesday blog hop over at
Bleubeard and Elizabeth's, for a 
beverage and a chat. Join us!

The Hobonichi Techo is an A6 size, which is 
about 4 inches x 6 inches. A very fine tip
pen for writing and drawing is essential!

I enjoyed a very interesting Netflix show called
"Saving Banksy."  Apparently, collectors and art
dealers have been purchasing the walls on
which his works  are painted. Walls 
that are meant for public viewing, for free.
But put into private collections they are no longer
available to the public. The debate still rages
over whether or not they are art, or vandalism.

Since Banksy maintains strict secrecy of his identity,
he has received no money from the sale of
his works. Invisibility is his Superpower. Well, ok...
some people know who he is. People who work 
with him, and are graffiti artists. 'Saving Banksy'
was fascinating to me, I recommend the show. 

Above, the fish that inspired 'Saving Nemo' 
and 'Finding Dory.' I love Disney animation...

A shark with polka-dots! My white gel pen
was a bit larger tip, and the dots are a bit
bigger than the actual proportion of the 
Whale Shark's markings, but you get the idea.

I was pleased with the way the walrus turned out,
and have you ever heard of the
humuhumunukunukuapua'a? It's the state fish of
Hawaii.  Very beautiful...but I can't pronounce it!

I hope you are having a day filled with sunshine
and creative endeavors. Thanks for stopping by
for T day!  What are you doing today?

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A Few Flags

Happy Flag Day to all
in the United States! My friend
Elizabeth has an interesting post over
on her blog Altered Book Lover about
Flag Day, June 14th.

A flag-inspired quilt...with a wreath of flowers
instead of stars...

A little red, white and blue for remembrance
of patriotic holidays. July 4th will be here
before we know it. In the season of
picnics and fireworks, let's remember
 the sacrifices of our veterans, and the 
high price that has been paid for our freedom.
I am grateful for the symbolism of the flag
and all that it represents.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Don't Forget About Me

There's a recap of my 2017 Fake Journal~
The Homeless Artist on my fake journal blog

 I've shown all of the drawings
in order. It's a lot easier than going
back through the blog posts from the 
end to the beginning. And I've discussed some
of the insights I gained from the project.

I hope you will visit my Fake Blog to
take a look, and let me know what you think!
Details Matter.