Archive for September, 2009

Keep an Art Journal – Room to Create 2

Here you can see what I was talking about in the previous post I’ll try to describe going clockwise from about 11:00.

1. single-item-depth shelf above treadmill
2. acres of table space looking at pegboard corner
3. Same as 2 only you can see the top of the new wheely-drawer behind the stool
4. Wire drawers with finished work, sewing machine as well as pin board above
5. Wider view of 4
6. part of clothes line, top of rolls in bucket, treadmill as paper holder, single depth shelf, large shelves and in the distance small shelf of large items

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Keep an Art Journal – Room to create

I decided to do whatever it takes/took to clear off my workspace – my 10 foot table – in such a way that I could have more than a square foot of workspace. I have been meaning to put up this pegboard for the entire summer. Finally got it cut, painted and sanded a month ago and NOW it is up and loaded. This was just the beginning. I cleared rolls of paper and other necessary items into standing buckets and waste baskets. Added a shelf above my treadmill that is one-item deep and easy to reach, added a large paint storage shelf and sorted ephemera to bottles, jugs and jars. Also made a clothes line arrangement for prepped paper in between uses. I did splurge and buy a second set of plastic-wheely drawers and have moved my rubber stamps into it. I have had stamps 6 inches deep in bins and have no idea what I have or where – no longer true! Also reorganized my semi-organized wire drawers so I can find things. Decided it is okay to have things stand on the sideboards as I don’t need to work there.

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Handpainted Pages with Tape Added

Written by on September 21, 2009 in Altered Books, Altered Journals, Art Journaling, keepanartjournal with 2 Comments

In my last post I said I would show you the pages inside the second handmade journal. Since then I had to uninstall and reinstall the photo software – and I had a big case of Idonwannas.

Now it is done and I am very pleased to show you the inside of this journal. I usually hand tear my pages and leave a deckled edge, but for some reason I couldn’t get these pages torn to my satisfaction. Luckily for me I have recently discovered decorative tape which is the white lacy stuff you see here! The tape also comes with black lace.( to buy)


The second set of pages you see has a different decorative tape that has script on a clear background. This tape furthers my ongoing experiment with using script or text for interest and depth. I love the effect. I found this tape on Etsy at the direction of my current art journaling mentor Kelly Kilmer.

The e-mail address for this tape is I cannot remember the Etsy name though. I also have a transparent tab/extension on this spread of pages to the right which just makes the next page sooooo inviting. When I write and collage this page I will turn the book so that the extension is on the top of the page. Then the vertical lines in the page will be there for script! And no one will be able to just flip through the book without pause.

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Making Your Art Journals – Recycle and Reuse

Written by on September 17, 2009 in Altered Books, Altered Journals, Art Journaling, keepanartjournal with 0 Comments

This is the second journal I have handmade on my own – I LOVE it! I took a class in which I learned how to reuse an old book cover and paint, collage and bind it, into a beautiful work of art that anyone would be proud to carry around, work in or just look at.

I have spent a lifetime looking like a church lady just because my hair is curly and my figure is prim. I have a practical bent that talks me out of outrageous clothing and flashy cars. But when I get to my art table I can see no reason to be practical. If I were going to be practical I would just go buy the sturdiest journal that would serve my purposes.

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An Altered Book Art Journal

Written by on September 13, 2009 in Altered Books, Altered Journals, Art Journaling, keepanartjournal with 0 Comments

Ah software – the band on the left of each picture is actually the top and the grid tape will go down the left side.

This is the first altered book journal cover I have made on my own. I took a class in July, with Kelly Kilmer but since the journal I made then is still being filled, I haven’t tried making another cover on my own.

This cover is beautiful, but it isn’t perfect. I made the space between the two book boards too narrow so the book will not be one that lies flat when the pages are added and filled up. I could do it over, but I think I will just learn from it and make another and put the lesson to better use. Re-dos never work for me anyway.

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Why I Do Art Journaling

Written by on September 10, 2009 in Art Journaling with 0 Comments

What I Share

Each of us at Art Camp for Women are going to make an effort to post some of our own art as a way of sharing ourselves with you.

Sharing for me is a way of being. I believe I exist in what I share,
whether it is conversation, art or food. I have a very practical
helpmeet that grounds me in the reality of life that I need to have it
before I share it…so picky.

This page uses my own 'made'
papers as well as some little mosaic tiles I found somewhere. It is
also another sample of the water-based poster paint pens by Sharpie…I
understand they are a discontinued product so I will stock up.

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What Chases Me in Circles?

Written by on September 8, 2009 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments

When in a mode of procrastination my creativity declines, slumps, goes stagnant I don’t care how you say it. On days where I am more behind than usual I get less productive.

With the days getting shorter and the morning sun coming through my window later and later, I can easily get side-tracked into a ‘normal’ pace.

My morning practices (and my morning) go better when done before other folk are moving around the house. They are quiet practices. Meditation, writing, and a quick walk around the hood. If I am up very long before I begin my practices my mind gets the upper hand telling me about chilliness, darkness and just this once.

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Danish Puff

Written by on September 7, 2009 in Culinary Art with 0 Comments
Why Culinary Art?

To bring the warm and inviting camaraderie of camp home.

we first organized camp we had no idea how important our meals would
become. Well, being women we knew the meals were important, but we
truly did not appreciate how central to the camp experience they would
become. Every mealtime we all stop and acknowledge how lucky we are to
be where we are and slow down to check in with each other and our

Danish Puff    Betty Crocker’s Cookbook 1972

A flaky
pastry crust with a custard-like topping. Is a coffee cake so much like Danish
pastry possible in so short a time? Just try it – you’ll see.
½ cup butter or margarine, softened                              Breakfast Al Fresco
1 cup all-purpose flour*
2 tablespoons water
½ cup butter or margarine softened
1 cup water
1 teaspoon almond extract
1cup all-purpose flour*
3 eggs
Sugar Glaze (below)
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Cut ½ cup butter into 1 cup
flour. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons water over mixture; mix. Round into ball; divide
in half. On ungreased baking sheet, pat each half into strip, 12×3 inches.
Strips should be about 3 inches apart.
Heat ½ cup butter and 1 cup water to rolling boil in
medium saucepan. Remove from heat and quickly stir in almond extract and 1 cup
flour. Stir vigorously over low heat until mixture forms a ball, about 1
minute. Remove from heat. Beat in eggs (all at once) until smooth and glossy.
Divide in half; spread each half evenly over strips. Bake about
60 minutes or until topping is crisp and brown. Cool. (Topping will shrink and
fall, forming the custard like top of this puff.) Frost with Confectioners’
Sugar Glaze and sprinkle generously with nuts.
10 to12 servings
*Self rising flour can be used in this recipe.
Sugar Glaze
Mix 1 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar, 2 tablespoons butter or
margarine, softened, 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla and 1 to2 tablespoons warm water until smooth and of
spreading consistency.

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The Heart of the Matter

Why I Art JournalI had an idea that I would like to use some old ledger pages for collaging and decided to add a new ledger page that would tally all the things that I use and use up on a daily basis. Since it was on ledger paper I added up the new tally and came to a grand total of $37.00 give or take a few pennies. On a side note, I thought of several things that I did not add to the list that I use on a daily basis. Like I did not add in the daily amount of utilities and phone costs and car gasoline consumed just to make it through my day. So back to the $37.00. I was mucking about looking for a focal point and thought this bag with a gold Sacajawea dollar in it would look good on the page and was busily attaching it when my eye fell on the image of the little African child licking a minute amount of food from his/er fingers so as not to miss a single bit of meal.Feed this child for $5.00 a month.According to this my daily consumption – DAILY – would feed this child for seven months or seven children for a month…What will it take for me to lower my consumption by $5.00 a day? Could I do it and sponsor one child a day for a year? The thought is staggering. Posted by Picasa

Keep an Art Journal in the Great Outdoors!

Here is the story and accompanying picture from the camping trip – different from my ‘at home’ work, but still quite fun. Posted by Picasa

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