Saturday, December 30, 2006
It is said by some that I tend to put the cart before the horse and never know when to leave well alone. This is certainly true of the cover for the Big Draw book. Once the fabric was stretched on the cardboard and the holes were drilled, I decided I wanted to add lettering. Calligraphy is not my thing. Handwriting can be a struggle at times. I had several attempts - no, not try outs - writing on he actual, finished cover - and hated them all.
At the same time, I was writing on the cover of the technical try out book and having covered it with ink I resorted to bleach. Yes gentle reader, I know you'll find this hard to believe but on the cover of my precious book made with archival glue and Japanese paper I painted with bleach. Don't shout at me, it's too late now.
From my flirtations with felt making I remembered that vinegar is supposed to neutralise bleach so a sponging with vinegar came next. Is smells delightful, as you can imaging
The finished item is good enough. If I mess with it any more, I'm going to ruin it altogether and them I'll be in deep doodooh. I wanted it to look rough and ready ( had my wish granted there) to be in the spirit of the drawings.
For anyone like me whose dream is to slap on a cover once a book has been published, check out this project.
Thursday, December 28, 2006
I made my technical try out book today and reminded myself of all the dodges and wheezes. This piece of fabric was painted by the profoundly disabled kids I worked with for a couple of weeks. Looks great when you see it in isolation like this and nice to have a memento of them.
I often make books from used envelopes but I've never done it like this before. I split the envelopes up the sides as well and fitted them together in sets of three to make signatures before joining them together along the spine with chain stitch. White UK envelopes all seem to have a similar blue patterning inside them. Lots of different patterns and lots of different shades of blue. I wonder why this is? Must try and find out. I like the juxtapositioning of the blue and white pages that results when you stitch in this fashion. Maybe tomorrow morning I'll wake up brave and drill holes in my cover for real. I'm charging my drill battery tonight, just n case!
How sad for them. Makes me glad I'm perfectly normal.
Next step is drilling holes in the cover. Lots of opportunities to make an a--- of it here. Cover wrong way up, holes wrong distance apart. They do say being aware of your faults is half way to curing them. Maybe being aware of the pitfalls is the best way to avoid them. Wish me luck!
Friday, December 15, 2006
Blogger has changed me to the new format, that's perhaps why things look strange. The 400 page book continues. Christmas has just knocked me off schedule a bit. When the holidays finally get here I'm going to blitz the gluing bit then I can get onto the fun stitching bit. Being a grumpy shopkeeper, I have to be behind my counter until closing time on Christmas Eve. My favourite customer quote from yesterday was.....I thought I might give it to her on Christmas Day. Weeelll, yeeessssss......
I miss the little darlings at school too. Was dreaming about them last night. This is the first year in about three I haven't had a project in the offing but will do my best to make good use of all this lovely time and space I have been given. Happy holidays!
Thursday, December 14, 2006
I'm struggling with Knitting Vintage Socks now. Many false starts but I'm beginning to pick it up.........and rip it out.........and pick it up.......and rip it out.......
If you are into knitting and/or poetry, please check this out. Excellent series on BBC Radio 4.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Monday, December 11, 2006
Went to a thanks to our tutors party at a local arts centre the other night. Pretty dull. Ended up sitting between two girlies discussing what the feed their babies but on the plus side, I was talking to a very interesting art tutor and I think I'm going to make her my mentor for next year, lucky girl! (Would that be me or her?) I've booked a collage workshop with her on 20th Feb to express how I feel about the 24 hour society and a painting workshop of March 6th looking at the work of one of my fav Scottish artists John Bellany. A more cheerful chap it would be hard to find.
For a immediate fix, I've rekindled my interest in knitting socks which has always stood me in good (not to mention warm) stead in the past when reality has become a bit too much.
Perhaps I'll be able to manage one ho....but definitely not three. Whadaya want? Miracles?
Sunday, December 03, 2006
My project of turning 400 drawings into a book continues to progress. I reckon I'm about quarter of the way thought the pile. At the moment I'm gluing them together into sets of four or 'signatures' as they are known, for some strange reason, in the bookbinding world. After that they are getting a good old squash under heavy weight to flatten them as much as possible.
I'm using archival glue which describes itself as reversible. Have found this to be partially true. You can wash off any spills which is useful but if you've stuck it down like you meant it, the Red sea wouldn't unstick it.
Friday, December 01, 2006
No I'm not being rude. This is a new descriptive term I've invented to describe my favouite drawing style. Fast, Furious and without Forethought. I'm dong a demonstration tonight of public sewing machine drawing and this is my trial run. I'm hoping people will stop by and have a go so I want the technique to be fast and free as possible. Think effing drawing might fit the bill very nicely.
No decks, no cards, no tree, no turkey - from choice. I do enjoy this bah humbug time of year. Couldn't resist a little competitive clothes peg dressing with some chums the other night though. Fast and furious and without forethought. My favourite way to work. Here she is, the angel of the hot glue gun.
Thursday, November 30, 2006
I've been playing about transferring one of the drawings, sadly not mine, to fabric. Plan is this will act as the book cover. The way I'm doing it is very simple. You just glue a fresh photo copy face down onto the fabric using matt medium gel. Once dry you soak off the paper and the image is left behind - in theory. It also involves a bit of rubbing to get rid of the paper. If you rub too hard, you take off the image, if you don't run hard enough, a white mist obscures the image once it starts to dry. This was a lovely blurry drawing before I started so the runs and blurs are not part of the transfer process. But I can tell you, blurry and even stronger words that that were being used this morning as I knelt beside the bath trying to make this Â£$%%@@@*&^ thing work!
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Now we're almost into December the teaching work has died down and the shop is madly busy, just as I would hope it would be this time of year. Personally speaking, apart from the increase in retail sales, I'm not a Christmas fan and like to have a BIG project to busy myself with over the holiday season. I have a doozey this year. Binding 400 drawings belonging to other people into a book of some kind. This is my favourite which I intend to transfer to fabric to make the cover. Can't get started until I've cleared away the workshop residue and I still have a mite of unpacking to do. Any of my digital art buddies fancy having a play with these irons?
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Tried glazing over the top of it withLiquitex and liquid acrylics. Not quite there yet but I like the moody, minimalistic sea scape feel you get.
Saturday, November 11, 2006
Today I was facilitating a junk jewellery session for a lovely group of people. The group included one brave gentleman who valiantly put up with the slings and arrows of outrageous womanhood giving in return as good as he got. Great day, smashing fun. Here is some of the resulting jewellery.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
I then discovered this event is FREE to participants. And they were still complaining it wasn't to their liking. Cheeeze!
Thankfully all the other people were game for a laugh and launched into lots of alternative techniques even a kind of sgraffito on top of junk mail.
Did use all my eggs to fill today's basket so will have to scrape the bottom of my mixed metaphors barrel for mixed media class part 2 happening next week.
Between then and now I'm taking an alternative jewellery class for some very talented ladies. Well scary!
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
I've been given the opportunity to run a couple of mixed media art workshops. This will be another kinda scary first for me. Have settled on collage for one of them so have been in my workroom today revisiting that technique. Here are some of my collages, ancient and modern. We are going to look at Joan Airdlie for inspiration.