Friday, June 23, 2017

Secrets 20 - Bonnie Post

Bonnie Post
Bonnie Post has Ailurophobia, a fear of cats, and she also has a fear of trapeze artists.  Her friend, Ben, is always on the lookout for neighborhood feral cats.  Bonnie attends weekly meetings of the Ailurophobia Society.  She feels understood once a week as it is a great relief to be with other ailurophobics.


Chris Stapleton: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Look Out For Hooks

postcard closed for mailing

Postcard opened to second layer

Postcard fully opened


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Secrets 19 - What Did Monkey Say to the Flies?

What Did Monkey Say to the Flies?
Busy times around here with company from Canada.  I totally forgot to publish yesterday.

This is Secrets 19.  Aren't the flies and the monkey just great?


#MoreThanARefugee  -  Yesterday I saw a piece of art about hate groups in the US.  It was shocking how many registered hate groups there are in this country....when I say shocking it was thousands upon thousands. There is a story for every immigrant in our country.  We need to listen to those stories with compassion.

Set It Free

Set It Free

It is difficult to tell in the image above but the bird is only attached near the head.  So when the journal is open the bird looks loose as if ready to be released into the air.  When I found the henna hands and arms image I had to find a way to use them.  The background may be competing with the hands and arms but in the "flesh" it seems to work.  There definitely is a skill to photographing something so that it looks as good as the image itself.

Off to Oregon this morning to the Focus on Book Arts Festival.  It will be a long day....217 miles each way.  Going just for the day sounds crazy to me but I am doing it with two others and I was the one who had to be home tonight.  Wish us luck!

Shawn Mendes - There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back

Monday, June 19, 2017

Trifold Postcard

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The trifold easily folds into a postcard with a flap that can be sealed.  It costs more to mail it because it does not easily slip into the post office measuring device.  No matter since it is fun to receive.


Avery*Sunshine: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Love Birds

Love Bird
I did a lot of sanding on this piece.  I like the softness created by this technique.  I especially like how the layers look.  To me, this has a painterly look.


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Six of Spades

Six of Spades

I love how sanding a piece distresses it.  The woman's dress is transformed with this technique.  Since I am advocate for gun safety, probably to the far left of many people, I am so pleased how the sanding obliterated her fact, one might not know what she was doing looking at this collage.


Perfume Genius

Friday, June 16, 2017

Secrets 18 - Mrs. Matzo

Mrs. Matzo
In late April I was visiting Portland, OR and went to lunch near the now closed handmade art bookstore, 23 Sandy (it is open online only).  The "store" where we ate had deli items, seafood, and a variety of groceries that were unique.  I went  around snapping photos of food items and  I came across a chip bag with the image of a wonderful woman who I am calling Mrs. Matzo.  I cut her off the bag to create this collage.  Thanks "Mrs. Matzo,"  I love your image.

Danilo Brito -

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Secrets 17 - Ghostly Knight

Ghostly Knight

I have so much ephemera that it spills out of most of the storage locations in my house.  My art students have full usage of it.  Every once in awhile I come upon something that students plan on using in their work and I ask, "Where did you get that piece?"  Their response is usually from your stash.  That is the case of the knight below.  Thanks Ann for giving it up to me.

Gabriel Gazon-Montano

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Secrets 16 - Okies

I have a good friend who used to live in Oklahoma when she was younger.  She visits about once a year but always comes home glad to be back in the Pacific NW.  This past visit, however, she branched out and visited the southeast portion of the state and she came back exclaiming how friendly everyone was.  I imagine it to be down home America.  I just wish their politics were different than they are.

I am wondering if the area that she visited is anything like the book Where the Red Fern Grows.  It is one of my favorite children's books and it takes place not far from where Jeannie visited...Tahlequah is the setting for the book.  I have a vivid image in my mind of the local color after having read the book about five or six times.

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Secrets 15 - What's On Your Mind?

What's On Your Mind?
I started this piece in October when I was visiting friends in southern California.  We played a prompt game where each person in turn suggested the next technique to use on their spread.  I added a few things to finalize the piece.  I got the idea for the title because I love the eye on the man's face in the lower portion of the piece.  It is as if, in my mind, that he is thinking of many thoughts in rapid succession as we all do everyday.

Natalie Merchant: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert  - I have been an NPR fan for years but for some reason I missed the tiny desk concerts.  Love finding them recently......

Monday, June 12, 2017

Secrets 14 or Afternoon Gossip

Afternoon Gossip
So many places that I have traveled have scenes like these two women sitting, occupied by what is happening around them in their little village.  For them, what is more fun than a little afternoon town gossip?


Tyler Childers, 'Lady May' - Listen to the lyrics of this song. Poetic!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Secrets 13 (I think) - or Flies Say MEOW

Flies Say MEOW
Quite some time ago I started a series called Secrets and I think this is number 13.  I am still not ready to answer the question....So what is the secret?  I like how this one turned out.  There is a lot to ponder and I like that fact.


Mike Adams At His Honest Weight - Bronze Worlds

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Tacket Binding - Abstract

This is a tacket binding just finished last week.  I feel like doing 20 of this type of binding really isn't all that far off at the pace that I am going.  This one turned out really well....probably the best that I have done so far.  All the planets came together on this one.

Adele: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert ..................

Friday, June 9, 2017

Tacket Binding - 4 signatures - Fish

One of the tacket bindings types starts on the spine giving you "stray" strands which "embellish" the final binding.  I like the look but one problem is that the binding thread is waxed and easily flattens against the spine.  I have to keep pulling it away for it to stick out.

So the reason that I did a fish theme for this book is because Margo Klass, the instructor, had one that I really liked.  I offered to buy hers but she declined and appropriately said, "You can make one easily."  I did and am happy with the results.  The fish come from a Cavalinni vintage reproduction poster.  I am not sure what I will be putting on the blank pages.  The book in total is a work of art in and of itself though.  The collage for the cover is three elements which I particularly like.

Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly: NPR Music Field Recordings

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Tacket Binding - 4 signatures - small

After completing the two previous tacket bindings I decided to try out a smaller book with four signatures.  I also wanted to do more stitching and used a more complicated jig.  In case you do not know about jigs, they are used to put the holes in the spine.  I learned more about paper choice on this book because the spine is now concave.  Although I still put in a double spine, it bowed in.  I do not mind that but I image that is not proper.  I have not discussed it with a professional bookbinder, but I have not seen any that are concave either.


Japan Metro Rail Monorail Line  .....thanks Jacki Long for the link. Fascinating to watch the monorail workings.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Tacket Binding - 4 signatures

This was the second book we did in the Margo Klass workshop in Newport, OR.  The two day workshop did not allow for a minute to spare. We were shaking and baking! Since returning from OR I have created a total of eight Tacket binding books.  I guess I am into it big time.  Someone at Belltown Bookies said that one had to create 20 before becoming proficient.  Twelve to go!

incredible 7D hologram - Funny Vine - Whale 7D image  (thanks Jacki Long for sending the link....very cool)

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Tacket Binding - 2 signatures

Last April I went with art friends to the Newport Paper and Book Arts Festival.  What a thrill that was.  I took a two day class with Margo Klass in Tacket book binding.  We made two books, one a two signature book and the other four signatures.  Tomorrow I will show that one.

As you can see we made windows and we created something that I had never made before, waxed papers.  It is easy, just iron wax over the dictionary page.  That is what you see in the window. Be careful though, it is brittle and cracks easily.  I incorporated the crack in my piece and it makes it just that much better in my mind anyway.  You know about lemons in lemonade!

Tacket binding was found in the tombs of Egypt.  You can read all about it by doing a Google is one write up from the NY Book Arts group....

The tacket binding is one of the most beautiful of the historical models to reproduce. Defined by coils of thread snaking up and down its spine, it is simple to construct and dazzling to behold. This form of binding has been used since the the second century AD, in Nag Hammadi bindings, using leather and papyrus. Tacketing is a form of exposed binding, in which each folio is sewn directly onto the spine, rather than combined into a single text block, with visible stitching. Thread is then wound around the spine stitches, creating a distinctive look.

Ted Talk - Pickpocket entertains.......

Monday, June 5, 2017


This is the last postcard of my Letter and Number series.  Love the three foxes.


Here is a must see.....

Randy Rainbow has created a YouTube video.  I have watched it through and smiled the whole time. Warning it is political in nature and about the new word COVFEFE......not quite sure how to pronounce it though.

Sunday, June 4, 2017


This piece could have been called Moon Landing I suppose.  The background works well for me in this composition.  I do love the target bird.  Yesterday I purchased a bunch of targets at an art garage sale.  Now to think of ways to use them.


Building an artist's life: Jolie Guillebeau at TEDxConcordiaUPortland

Don't be afraid, just work!