Archive for September, 2010

Art Journaling Club – Silly September

Written by on September 25, 2010 in Art Journaling Club, keepanartjournal with 1 Comment

The re-vamped digs

The re-vamped digs


We almost didn’t pull off having a club meeting last night – I am sure glad we did though! We cancelled in August because the ‘clubhouse’ was under construction (again) and then one of our members moved to Ireland (?) and then, and then, and then even though there were only two of us last night, we set up, dug in and had a ball working in our journals! Once again we came to the conclusion that no matter what – it is really worth the effort to meet and create together.
A page and a stage ready for what comes next

A page and a stage ready for what comes next

Many of us work alone and commute alone and live alone and think alone and at the end of the week – we are talking to ourselves. Even the best conversation is a little skewed after a week of one-sidedness.

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Mixed Media – Keep an Art Journal

Written by on September 19, 2010 in Adventure Art, Classes, keepanartjournal with 2 Comments
Notebook, Picture, Addy Book, Matchbox

Notebook, Picture, Addy Book, Matchbox

My new friend Terry teaches Mixed Media in Glenwood Springs so I went and took a class with her. Glenwood Springs is west up I-70 past Vail and on the way down the other side of the continental divide.

We had two intentions when we set up this trip. She would show me a specific mixed media technique and I would help her get a blog going. We accomplished both goals and had a ball doing so!

She has some work to do before going live and I have some practicing and homework to go, but we are both well on our way!

The 'canvas' is a 50-cent book held together with gesso

The 'canvas' is a 50-cent book held together with gesso

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Round Robin – My Zen Garden – Keep an Art Journal

Written by on September 17, 2010 in Altered Journals, Art Journaling, Round Robin 2010 with 2 Comments

Zen Girl Stamp

Zen Girl Stamp

The Round Robin has been staggering around my studio since late July. I’m a criminal.

A lot has been happening and the Round Robin, whose subject is “My Zen Garden” has weathered it all, up high, in a drawer, even in a packing box. All through Mini-Camp, taking apart the studio, adding the big drawers, and putting it all back together and then, and then – waiting for Monica to get back and then for her to get her A/C working. It could stay here the rest of the year at this rate. Now it is packed and ready to go. Except I have a raging head cold and can barely keep my eyes open in the light. Sheesh, maybe my dear man will drive me to the PO.

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Finishing Touches – Keep an Art Journal

Written by on September 14, 2010 in Art Journaling, Classes, keepanartjournal with 1 Comment

First thing to say is that I did something wrong in my last post and the links were not live. I don’t know if it was a senior moment, a brain – er – hiccup, or if Word Press failed me. So without further ado here is the link to Beryl Taylor.

As I posted earlier I did not have a chance to finish my second watercolor painting in Jane LaFazio’s class. Last night I put the finishing touches on in less than a half-hour. I felt that I had really learned something, because I could do it easily without the teacher standing by. Thank you Jane!

The Unfinished becomes Finished.

The Unfinished becomes Finished.

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Beryl Taylor Class – Keep an Art Journal

Written by on September 13, 2010 in Altered Books, Classes, keepanartjournal with 1 Comment
Altered Book I started this tiny little book in a two-day class with Beryl Taylor. I suspect I will be working on it through the winter as there are dozens of opportunities for little embellishments here and there.

Altered Book I started this tiny little book in a two-day class with Beryl Taylor. I suspect I will be working on it through the winter as there are dozens of opportunities for little embellishments here and there.

Altered books take me longer, that is all there is to it. Beryl managed this class brilliantly giving us enough instruction, materials and ideas to get going and then visiting each table to evaluate where we were in the process before adding more instruction, material and ideas…thus avoiding overwhelm (for me at least). Beryl’s style is so poised and calm that I was able to not feel rushed or frustrated even though there were pages to fill, alter and embellish that I never got to.

The little metal flowers on the spine are punch outs of copper metal. The piece of metal that they were punched out of made its way onto a page spread elsewhere in the book.

The little metal flowers on the spine are punch outs of copper metal. The piece of metal that they were punched out of made its way onto a page spread elsewhere in the book.

My grand daughter and I were making doll clothes thus an explanation for the fancy background for these pictures. Usually you just get my messy art table. I digress. One of the new ideas/techniques from the class was making paper beads for embellishments that will more or less further the theme of the book you are making. In this case we used the beads for the handle of the book. Although mostly for decoration I loved the methods for adding a handle too.
Here is a detail picture of the handle. The long beads are paper beads we made in class. Also in this picture you can see a dingle-bob detail on a grommetted tab. Do you see all the opportunities for embellishment?

Here is a detail picture of the handle. The long beads are paper beads we made in class. Also in this picture you can see a dingle-bob detail on a grommetted tab. Do you see all the opportunities for embellishment?

Also in this detail picture you can see the embossed metal plates showing through the windows on the page.
This shows the handle detail better as well as another unfinished page just waiting for the embellishment fairy.

This shows the handle detail better as well as another unfinished page just waiting for the embellishment fairy.

I’ll put in one more picture just to show some of the other ideas for adding to your page edges and how to decorate the additions…

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Apple Tart with Caramel Sauce

Written by on September 11, 2010 in About Camp, Culinary Art with 0 Comments

Caramel sauce
1
1/2 cups (packed) dark brown sugar
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
6
tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
AppleTartImage
Crust
1 1/4 cups unbleached all
purpose flour
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon coarse kosher
salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, diced
2 large egg
yolks

Filling
2 tablespoons sugar
1
tablespoon unbleached all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2
teaspoon ground cardamom
6 large McIntosh or Golden Delicious apples (about 2
3/4 pounds), peeled, quartered, cored

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Julie Fei-Fan Balzer – Keep an Art Journal

Written by on September 11, 2010 in Classes, keepanartjournal with 2 Comments

The Cover with hand-painted flowers and vines. Raised fabric Roses

The Cover with hand-painted flowers and vines. Raised fabric Roses


This class, Paint, Stitch, Tape was FUN! Julie’s name should be Julie Fei-FUN Balzer. It was the perfect class to take on Day 1. Chaos and order and innovation – my favorite state. For the book, we made our own decorative tape and paper which we turned into giant collages to be later cut down to page size. I love this method because you get really random patterns that outfox my bent-toward-orderliness that sabotages many of my saner art sessions.
First we make the paper - notice giant pink craft sheeting

First we make the paper - notice giant pink craft sheeting


Although we worked steadily through the day, making each component was so much fun that we would keep doing paper when we were supposed to move on to tape and then continued making tape when we were supposed to be moving on to collage…My table mate and I shared our supplies without discrimination and we had our table so loaded we had to move to the floor. The hotel had just put in new carpeting and were smart enough to cover it with plastic. Even so they should have gone out another 5 feet.
I'm in the red apron, using the tape I made to make collage by my knee

I'm in the red apron, using the tape I made to make collage by my knee

I am still not finished with this book, although all it needs now is the wrap around closing. I have puttered through cutting the pages down to size and sewing in the signatures and am a little bit stumped with the closing wrap. I plan on figuring it out tonight.
Pages cut from collage and finished with commercial deco tape at home.

Pages cut from collage and finished with commercial deco tape at home.

I was trying to get the book finished before posting, but I’ll just post it again when I finish with the closing.
I forgot to mention that Julie had her mom, Eileen, as her assistant and I got to sit across from them at another class later in the week. The two of them were so funny and so much fun to play with that I would like to thank Eileen here as well as Julie for their friendship during the week.

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Jane LaFazio Class – Keep an Art Journal

Written by on September 10, 2010 in Classes, keepanartjournal with 1 Comment
I loved doing this!

I loved doing this!

My last class at CREATE was Sketching & Watercolor: Journal Style with Jane LaFazio. This was a three-hour class on Sunday morning and I was feeling completely fried from the week.

My biggest problem with the entire week was the amount of art supplies we were asked to bring. I sorted and separated for two weeks before the retreat, trying to bring the most organized but efficient supplies. Sigh – it was hopeless – I could not find things from the very beginning and by Sunday – like I said – hopeless. I couldn’t find my tray of watercolors, only my box of watercolor crayons. So that is what I had to work with.

Practical and useful!

Practical and useful!

Much to my surprise, Jane’s class was loads of fun. She demonstrated fast and practical ways of painting that will work for the way I truly want to use watercolors. The brush with the barrel loaded with water worked brilliantly especially with my crayons. Over all this class is the one that will most contribute to my art. I have often been frustrated on my camping/hiking trips trying to capture a place or a feeling without more than a pound of supplies. Her technique with the pen drawing then painting works perfectly.
The model got trashed before I made it to the airport - sigh.

The model got trashed before I made it to the airport - sigh.

Her class was only three hours long so I didn’t get my second subject finished. I took the lily along with me thinking I could finish it at the airport, but alas, the flower was too fragile for the rigors of the trip. I think I will finish the border and name it “Unfinished Lily” just to be complete with the whole experience.
If you get a chance to take a class with Jane don’t pass it by. Her class was fun and fast and very practical. Thank you so much Jane.
PS – The box of watercolor pans never did show up, I either left it in another class or accidentally put it in the trash somewhere during the week.

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Kelli Nina Perkins Class – Keep an Art Journal

Written by on September 8, 2010 in Classes, keepanartjournal with 3 Comments

The projects I brought back from CREATE - see the clear spots on the table?

The projects I brought back from CREATE - see the clear spots on the table?

I have cleared up the chaos in the art studio enough to start finishing all the projects I brought back from CREATE.

It turns out, in the clarity of hindsight, that I took almost all bookmaking classes. Some days were to make a journal/book and some days were to alter a book, but other than Jane LaFazio’s “Watercolor and Sketching for Journaling,” I spent a week making different books – and I had a ball.

Ridiculous, absurd and totally fun to make!

Ridiculous, absurd and totally fun to make!

This is the book I started in Kelli Perkins class. It was 80% finished during class. We first made long strips of fabric and colored them with ink and set them aside to dry. Then came the fabric paper for the pages and cover (all one piece) using paint, embossing powders, stamps and actually anything you could put your hand on. I tried everything that was available just to see how it worked. I couldn’t of had more fun. Kelli was the best-of-the-best in terms of teaching and patience. And her attention to the details of the class, made everything available in an orderly way.

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Art Studio returns! Keep an Art Journal

Written by on September 7, 2010 in keepanartjournal, Organizing for Art with 2 Comments

It's tall! It has wheels!

It's tall! It has wheels!

So now my art table is tall enough to stand at without leaning, which is a very good thing. I stand a lot while working and the slight lean necessary before was killing me! However, I DO need to sit when the project gets long. All the stools, chairs and benches that worked before are now too short.

I looked around the house and found two different stools that were 30 inches tall (which is still a little too short) and asked sweetly if my DH thought there would be any way to add casters, thus making them taller and easier to move. The darling man had a set of casters that worked perfectly on a wooden stool I painted years ago in my shabby-chic era.

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