Pocket Journal

The first of many to come!  This is approximately 5.5 x 5.0.  Small.  I'm not accustomed to working so tiny, but this is fun.  The covers are painted and stenciled canvas, hand painted sticks were used for the spine and side closure with elastic.  Sari ribbons for embellishment.  The credit goes to Rae Massigiman who created this great online class.  I'm a fan.  My next pieces will have the same flavor, but a bit larger in size.  Perhaps serve as a small "watercolor journal" with watercolor paper, arches text wove and other mixed media papers to create on.

Handmade Bali Lanterns

My friend Chuck came by last week and we took the time to assemble our hand painted Bali Lantern.  This is a technique that we learned from the very talented Lisa Engelbrecht.  It's hard to believe she's no longer with us, but believe me, she was with the both of us in spirit last week.  Her DVD entitled Hand Lettering on Fabric; A Bali Lantern Workshop.  It's a great video.  Her enthusiasm and charm is such a warm and welcoming invitation to this project.

We started by painting our muslin fabric.  The size of the lantern is up to your own imagination, but I created mine 8.5 X 11 size, the same as the video instruction.  Because I messed up on one of my panels, my lantern is three sided.  I'll make more of these and post up. The next one will definitely be four sided!

My panel pieces don't have any embellishments.  Lisa's lanterns are full of gorgeous detailing and embellishing with ephemera, doo-dads and hand stitching.  Using gel pens, gold powder, metallic foils and more.  She even cuts windows out of her muslin panels for light to shine through.  I'll play with those things on my next go around!

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Making the tassels is great fun and so easy.  Give me a holler if you have any questions on this project.  It's definitely worth the time and effort!

Recycling Papers

In my studio, underneath all my inky projects are large sheets of kraft paper to cover my work surface and allow for some cushion.  Over time, these sheets become quite filled with all kinds of marks, smears, overflow and more.  I like to save these sheets and reuse in my art projects, this being one of them...


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This under-paper has become the cover for a trifold pamphlet booklet I'm fond of making.  This one, with a twist...


With an elastic closure and inside sewn signature.


I enjoy recycling papers, always a new and different look when it's cut, sewn or otherwise.  

pamphlet books

I love these little booklets and notebooks for several reasons.  Everyone needs a small notebook to tuck into their purse or bag, keep in the console in the car, by the bed stand or anywhere we need to jot a quick note, reminder or message.


The really great thing about them is that they were all created with scrap papers from previous projects.  Wondering what to do with all those gelli plate prints?  This is a great way to upcycle them.

pamphlet booklet; suminagashi covers

pamphlet booklet; suminagashi covers


My favorite reason why I love this structure is because the booklets are actually two signatures sewn as one.  Clipping the two signatures together, an awl will create the three holes in both signatures at the same time.  No needle necessary.  Thread the holes using wax linen, tie in the center and it's done! 


These little gems make are also great for gift giving or using instead of a greeting card. I'll share the detailed instructions soon.

bookbinding play

My dear friend Drora came to visit me not long ago for our four day annual art retreat here at my home.  Drora was fortunate enough to study with master bookbinder Tim Ely at FOBA in Oregon a few years ago.  We made these little gems. 

Tim Ely Books

It is a nifty structure, unlike any other book I've bound.  The process is addicting!  There are more steps in the process than I'm used to, so creating multiples was good practice and experience.