Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Published in "Cloth, Paper, Scissors" Magazine!

Awhile back Interweave ask me to write an article for "Cloth, Paper, Scissors" magazine on accordion Graffiti Journals ... specifically "The Wall".  I was happy to do so and have included a few photos here. This is the current Jan./Feb. 2015 issue.

The timing is quite good as well.  Are you aware you can take a workshop in Portland, Oregon March 4th, 2015, through Art and Soul and make your very own version or one as pictured below?  Registrations are being taken now.

This is the only time this workshop is scheduled for 2015, so don't miss out! Below are a few other Graffiti Journals that are in the article and more photos on my website  can be seen here.

Monday, January 26, 2015

A Rather Quirky Journal

I am still far from done with my website, but when I went looking for a certain journal to photograph I ran into this odd little gem.

I really can't recall when I made it, but I know it was one of the first journals I ever made.  I estimate from about 2006.

I have uploaded many photos of it on my website
for your viewing enjoyment right here.

For whatever reason, I never finished it.  if I weren't up to my ears with an incomplete website, I would love to take the time to work on it.

Closed this little booklet is 5" X 9".

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Pocket Journals

I have been working very hard on my website.  It's an incredible amount of work. Not only were there structural problems I didn't know how to deal with, but it was also years out of date.  Many of the links were broken and I had real problems with shifting pages.

Admittedly, in the past I became so frustrated that I just gave up on it.  Recently I decided that this website was not going to get the best of me and I have tackled it head on.  After days and days of hard work, It's still far from done, but I am making great progress. 

Lots of the old problems have been resolved and I have been rebuilding it from the ground up.  It probably doesn't look that way, as I have tried to maintain the overall look and feel of the original site. I liked the look when I began and I still do, so I see no need to change it.

In the meantime I have also been taking and uploading oodles of scans and photos of work I just never got around to.  That part has been kind of fun ... journals I have long since forgotten about are being pulled out again.  Much of the work looks naive compared to my work now, but it still has it's charm.

The photos shown here are from My Pocket Journal and a Pocket Tunnel Journal (which was never completed).

They were made in February of 2010 ... hard to believe I made them 5 years ago!

The rest of these little journals ...  at least little for me... can be seen on my website here.  The size of each is 4 1/2" X 5 1/2".

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Art and Soul Portland!

What a crazy busy and exciting time!  All plans are in full gear for Art and Soul in Portland, March 2-8, 2015!  Classes have been added and I will be teaching 4 workshops that I am terribly excited about!

One of the workshops will be "The Wall", a graffiti inspired accordion book.  Speaking of which ... did you see the Jan/Feb 2015 issue of "Cloth, Paper, Scissors" Magazine? There is an article I wrote about graffiti journals with "The Wall" being shown as an example.

The "Mandala Journal" is being offered on Thursday.

By popular demand, "Through the Rabbit Hole" will be on Tuesday.

And the brand new "Over the Edge" (the fun size version) will be on Monday!

My teaching schedule is being dramatically cut back starting this year, so take advantage of the opportunity to take these workshops while you can.

My website is currently under construction and oodles of new photos of these journals are being uploaded as I write this! Be sure to check them out! 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

A few journal pages

These spreads are done in the journal that is tentatively titled "Bohemian Rhapsody". I have been busy taking photos and uploading them to my (still in construction) website.  There are still so many photos to take, but I thought I'd share a few for now. More, of course, can be seen on my website.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A method to the madness

I have been rebuilding my website for the past week or so. This is years overdue. While I want to maintain the over all look and feel, everything needs reworking ... links, backgrounds, photos re-sized, photos need to be taken and added, etc... The task is truly overwhelming for me.  From the beginning, I wanted to build my own website and manage it  so that I didn't have to rely on anyone else for doing exactly what and when I wanted things done. Now I wonder (for just a moment or two) if that was such a good idea. Above is a photo of how I have ended up graphing out my website (to help maintain my sanity) ... this is only about 1/2 of the planned new website so far.  Below is my desk set up for now. 2 computers, one for web design, the other for photo editing.

While this is a huge undertaking, it will be so worthwhile when it's done.  Please be patient as this is all underway.  Everyday new photos are being added and links (plus everything else) are being corrected.

In the mean time, please visit my website

Thursday, January 08, 2015

"Inspirational Quotes Illustrated"

Lesley Riley's newest book "Inspirational Quotes Illustrated" has been released!  I am honored to be included in this lovely book.  There are 130 inspirational and thought provoking quotes accompanied by beautiful work surely inspiring you to create your own work or to just enjoy.  This book is an absolute must have!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

"Over the Edge" the new fun size version!

New for 2015, "Over the Edge", the new fun size version!

"Over the Edge" was one of the first workshops I ever offered.  I unfortunately had to stop offering it due to problems getting the binders I needed for the workshop. However ... I have now come up with a smaller version with all the bells and whistles of the original! All the sewn, beaded and buttoned edges with even more fun page shapes.

Watch for it in upcoming announcements for events in 2015 ... but beware of imitations, I am sad to say they are out there.

"Art and Soul" - Virginia Beach,VA

I spent the morning making these fun promo banners to share on FaceBook. ... really wish I had done it sooner, but I have been so crazy busy, (and loving every minute of it!) that there has been no time.  I just got home from Dallas a few days ago and will be off again to Virginia Beach in a few days.

While I was in Dallas, I made a new friend that introduced me to a new editing program that I am over the top thrilled about.  I have been using an antiquated version of Adobe Photoshop for a few years now.  I have had a love/hate relationship with it from the beginning.  As a result of using this older version, (as I can not make head or tales of the newer versions, nor do I want to spent every waking moment of the rest of may life trying to.) I have to run it on an ancient computer.

I now have a new computer on it's way and am very happy.  Many thanks Linda! In the mean time, I am off to unpack from Dallas and repack for Virginia Beach!  Phew! ... lots of work, but SOOO much fun!  Hope you'll join us in Virginia!

Saturday, September 06, 2014

An evening adventure

This evening my husband and I were out and about.  We drove by a dirt road that curved up, around and out of sight.  We have driven by this road thousands of times and never thought a thing about it.  This evening we both said at the same time "I wonder what's up there".

So, we drove up and around the bend only to discover a rather large unkempt circular meadow with a gravel drive all the way around.  On one side a train track and scattered about many large rocks with lots of simple cairns built on top. Our curiosity somewhat satisfied, we agreed that it was a rather haunting and somewhat creepy place.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

THRIVE workshop

Last night we had a small, but wonderful group at THRIVE for the Hand Book workshop.  THRIVE is a new venue in Waterford, Michigan.  I love the idea of having a (somewhat) local place to teach classes. Tammy (owner of THRIVE) and I are working out details for many of my other workshops to be offered in the future, which I am so looking forward to.

THRIVE offers a very comfortable, friendly, non-judgemental and nurturing environment to work in.  Great for both the beginner and experienced student alike. 

Last night we made the Hand Book at THRIVE, which is a 3 hour workshop.  A great time was had by all!

As with several of my workshops, I have only so many "parts" available. Rather than go into production to make more, I feel the time and energy should be spent on developing new classes. I am offering this workshop 2 more times and it will be removed from my workshop listings.

The workshop will still be available at Create - Dallas Texas on Saturday, September 29th and at Art and Soul - Virginia Beach on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 for the last time.

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