Saturday, April 27, 2013

MORE Adventures In Book Binding!

I've been trying to get as many book binding techniques under my belt as I can lately. All my practice pieces have been turning out just super, I don't know how I'm going to part with the good versions of the books I make! This is the notebook hoarder in me coming out... So, over the last few weeks I have been making all of these:

My FAVOURITE book so far! Coptic Stitch (A5 size) journal with a Hand Painted cover (by me!) This is the journal I'm using to put all my book binding notes in, for all the books I make.

Regular Case Bound book (A6 size) with (purchased) Handmade Paper Cover.

Some Matchbooks with Japanese Washi Paper covers. These are about 2" x 2.5" in size.

My first attempt at Long Stitch (A6 size). I didn't have any leather, so I tried using denim. The papers are some Tea Stained papers I prepared ages ago for another project (that remains unfinished).

Another Japanese Stab bound journal (A5 size) with a cover that I designed. This is going to be a gift for a special someone. 

And last but not least, a little Pamphlet Stitch notebook (A6 size) with a Hand Painted cover. I attached some beads, but I'm not sure they really go with the cover. I think something a little brighter would have done the trick.

A4 = 297 x 210mm or 11.7 x 8.3inches
A5 = 210 x 148mm or 8.3 x 5.8inches
A6 = 148 x 105mm or 5.8 x 4.1inches

SO! That's the extent of my adventures in book binding of late. Stay tuned for MANY more adventures and thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Nothing Beats A Rainy Day.

It's finally coming into Autumn here in Australia. Albeit a little late, but yesterday, the cooler weather finally made an appearance! This may sound a little strange to some of you, but nothing makes me happier than a rainy day. The more miserable it is outside, the happier I am. I love the idea of being warm inside my home, rugged up under blankets with a nice hot cup of coffee, when the elements are wreaking havoc outside. And sometimes I don't even mind being outside when the weather is miserable too! Call me crazy!

So, when I woke up to the sound of rain yesterday, I made myself a nice hot coffee, grabbed my big bag of crochet and jumped back into bed. I didn't get to finish my Granny Square blanket that I started last winter, so I'm determined to finish it this year.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Butterfly Tags: How To Make

I've always been a little intimidated by collage, but my friend Gabriele at Artatag makes beautiful tags and I really wanted to have a go at making some of my own. So yesterday, my daughter and I sat down and got out some tags that I had bought from the news agency and set about "sticking stuff" to them. I had borrowed a book from the local library called The Collage Workbook: How To Get Started and Stay Inspired. I found this extremely helpful and after an hour or so I came up with these two tags!

I posted the image on my Facebook page and the response was quite overwhelming and many people who commented asked how it was done so I thought I would do a blog post on the procedure.

 Materials Used:
* 2 Tags
* A Background Image (I just found an interesting image in a local events brochure that I found at my library)
* Some printed text (I printed my text on some tracing paper using an ink jet printer)
* Some butterfly images (I find a lot of my images on Google Images. That may be a little bit naughty, but my artwork is for personal purposes, I never sell it. I also find it on some of the blogs that offer free digital printables and sometimes I've bought collages from Etsy too).
* Gesso
* White paint
* Corrugated Cardboard
* Distress Ink (Walnut Stain) and a Filigree Stamp
* Lumiere Gold Paint
* Glue Stick

Firstly, I glued my background image onto the tags, then I used some very watered down Gesso and did a quick smear over part of the background image. Then I used my printed text. I could have used my resin papers for this, but I found they were a little too glossy for what I wanted so I found some tracing paper and printed my text onto it. I just had an ordinary pad of tracing paper and used my ink jet printer. I chose this method as I wanted to still be able to see the background underneath the text. Tracing paper also tears rather nicely so it was easy to tear it just how I wanted. Tear a fairly large piece and trim it to the size of the tag after you have glued it down. The glue tends to make the tracing paper curl, so it's easier to manage if you have a fair sized piece to work with. Ok, so you might be wasting a little, but for the sake of not cursing at your tag, I recommend you do it this way. As I was using a glue stick, the glue dried quite quickly. I found that one of the tags had quite a lot of white on it, so I grabbed my Distress Ink and inked up a filigree stamp. First I stamped the image onto a scrap piece of paper and then onto the tag, just to give it a slightly faded appearance. I found some corrugated cardboard and brushed on some white paint. I pressed that down onto the tags. I then glued my butterflies down and lightly brushed some Gold Lumiere paint around the edges of the tags. And that was pretty much it! I hope this step by step was easy enough to follow, but if there are ANY questions, please do't hesitate to ask in the comments below.

Wordless Wednesday: Orange

Monday, April 15, 2013

Local Art

Recently I did a Wordless Wednesday post on Wall Art (click Here to read the post). In the comments, someone mentioned how amazing the artwork was, which made me think just how much art is all over the suburb that I live in. I live in a very touristy town, near the beach, and all over the streets are some amazing works of art by some amazing local talent! So I thought I would post a few photos of just some (there is so much more) of the pieces I found just by walking down one street today!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Sharing The (Link) Love!

Tammy over at Daisy Yellow has started a campaign for April to share the links of some of our favourite blogs. This sounds like an amazing opportunity to get to know some other amazingly artsy and craftsy bloggers out there so I'm about to share my linky love for this weekend.

I first discovered art journaling after I stumbled across Daisy Yellow whilst doing a Google search. I found her approach to art refreshing and, being a little bit of a perfectionist, I loved the fact that Tammy encourages the fact that there is no right or wrong way to art journal. I joined her Facebook group and met a bunch of lovely artists who were so enthusiastic about art journaling and arts and crafts in general.

The first friend I made was Boo at Stamp Laugh Play. She was always so eager to help and encouraging and her love of stamping and collage work is so inspiring. She has become a good friend over the months. I have learned a lot from Boo. We have been exchanging lots of Mail Art too!

Jana at Tangled Pen is another friend I have been exchanging some Mail Art with and creates amazing art with her beautiful eye for watercolours and her doodles are just exquisite. She also takes amazing photographs of nature and uses these to create her wonderful doodles. Another artist that again inspires me.

Now Gabriele. My dear Gabriele at Art-A-Tag. I have never seen any art quite like hers and in the short time that I have known her, she has helped me with many aspects of art and is great fun to chat with! We have much in common with our creative outlet and although she teases me for saying it, I do aspire to be quite the artist she is.

And last of all we have Lynn at Lulu's Art Life. Lynn is a newbie to blogging and has been an active member of the few Facebook groups we are all a part of. She is a fellow Aussie and has created some beautiful postcards for a postcard swap Tammy has been promoting over at DY. 

So go and check out some amazing artists. I am incredibly inspired by all of them and they are all so different in there creative expressions which is why I think they are all so awesome.

That's My Weekend Organised!

I popped down to my local library this morning and found gold amongst the shelves when I discovered several books on book binding! Our library isn't particularly up to date with many arts and craft books and I quite often have to source them from other libraries to be delivered to the library I visit. I'm very lucky that they do this otherwise I'd probably be spending a fortune on purchasing them! So I was delighted to find so many books on this subject, and snaffled them all up for myself.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Adventures In Book Binding.

For the last couple of weeks I have had many adventures in book binding! I have almost run out of art supplies and am not really in a financial position to buy any more right now, so I'm sparingly using the supplies I have left. I do, however, have an abundance of paper, and I have been messing about with different book binding techniques until such times as I can afford to splurge on more art supplies. It's really quite an addictive hobby and I'm thoroughly enjoying it. This is what I've been up to over the last fortnight:

All my books so far, including a little matchbook!

Japanese Stab Binding.

Case Binding.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Happy Mail!

I've been exchanging mail art with a few friends from different parts of the globe for a few months now. I keep meaning to post them on my blog when I get them, but I always forget, so I have taken a couple of images of all the mail combined, plus a couple of Happy Mail items that arrived this week.

This is all my wonderful Happy Mail from my lovely friends Boo (US), Cheryl (US), Denise (Canada) and Sarah (Australia).

The next few images are my recent ones from Jana (Sweden) and Denise (Canada). It's just wonderful to receive beautiful works of art from all over the world! 

A close up of just how beautiful Jana's work is.

I have a lot of catching up to do with my mail art, and I have a few new friends to post art to, so I'm looking forward to getting more surprises in the mail soon!

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