Thursday, September 19, 2019

San Francisco Postcards - 02

San Francisco Postcards - 02 
I saw Cabaret my first night in SF.  The production was great.  I had never seen the whole musical.  The theater was small and intimate and the production was smooth and energized.  Good show!

I am working on postcards and books today after some shopping for essentials and moving the car once again.  This is sort of a game which I am calling hide the car.  Finding spots where one can leave it for a few days and then move it somewhere else are the rules.  The rules include days when the street cleaners come by.  The car has to be off those streets for a couple of hours.  Now that I know the rules it is a bit easier.  Finding open spots is the challenge though.  It took about 30 minutes today.










Wednesday, September 18, 2019

San Francisco Postcards - 01

San Francisco Postcards - 01
My art friend, Elsa,  gave me a great idea weeks ago.  Her suggestion was to make a postcard each day on my trip,  mailing them back home.  When I return I could then bind the postcards into a book.  I love the idea.  So I started creating once I arrived in San Francisco.  I started with the rule that something on my trip should be included in the postcard.  Since I went down the Oregon coast and through the Redwoods each of the first few has something about those places in the postcard collage.

I like the idea of having something realistic with the abstract.  I have mailed five so far and am working on the next four.  As I have been creating I still am including something significant about the trip but I am allowing myself a wide berth.  You will see what I mean as the series progresses.

On the address side of the postcard is a miniature photo of some site on the trip.  I have a Polaroid zip printer that does a fantastic job.  I use my cell phone to take the photos.  It all seems to be working well.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Date Due Series 12

Date Due Series 12

This is the last of the series.  I have more Date Due paper but thought twelve was enough for now.  I wasn’t sure I would like the division between the body and the head on this one.  I rather think it did turn out though.  The addition of the bird helps.

Yesterday afternoon at the last minute after making four postcards, I am catching up, I decided to treat myself to a film.  I saw Honeyland.  It was filmed in Albania and is the story of a woman who is a beekeeper.  Beautiful scenery and also life struggles.  It won an award at Sundance.  I recommend it.

Somewhere along the Northern California coast. 









Monday, September 16, 2019

Date Due Series 11

Date Due 11
Pouring in San Francisco this morning.  I think it is a good day to stay inside and make books.  I have a good size table, my art supplies, food in the kitchen.  I do not need to go anywhere although Tartine Bakery is close by if the rain ceases.



This is my view from the southeast corner of Delores Mission Park.  It is pretty crowded with sunbathers during the weekend days.  Not today though with the rain.



Sunday, September 15, 2019

Date Due Series 10

Date Due Series 10

Went to my altered books workshop today at the SF Center for Book Arts.  Just great!  I walked away with so many ideas.  Too much fun but now I am tired and am going to read or just relax.  No television at this Airbnb.

This is the golden fire hydrant which is just across the street from where I am staying.  It is the fire hydrant that saved the rest of SF from the fire in the 20th century.  It is painted gold every year.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Date Due Series 09

Date Due Series 09

If the hills of San Francisco don’t kill me off before the month is up I think I will have accomplished something.  I went exploring this afternoon after checking into my Airbnb and found a deli.  I bought some pastrami.  When I came back to my place I had to park at the top of a hill.  I forgot the pastrami.  I had a class of wine and some cheese and then hiked back to get it!  This old man may be found on a sidewalk one day or the hill exercise program will do him some good.

Here is a photo that I took after I drove around the block and found a parking space so I could take it.



Friday, September 13, 2019

Date Due Series 08

Well, the image totally disappeared somehow....sorry.  So I doubt I can locate it again since I uploaded it at home....

I rather like how this collage turned out.  There seems to be a balance that works for me.  I am sure glad that I prepared some posts prior to leaving Seattle.  The process is easy when has images ready for publishing.

Here are two more photos from yesterday’s drive.  





Thursday, September 12, 2019

Date Due Series 07

Two-fer Thursday.    I missed Wednesday altogether so this is my catch up collage.

Date Due Series 07

Tonight I will figure out how to send an image by email from my phone.  That way I can show you an image of the Oregon Coast.  I did it. :-)



Date Due 06

Date Due 06


It has been a busy week preparing for my month trip to San Francisco.  I left this morning at 5:00 and just settled into the motel.  It is 7:00.  It was a long drive but I am close to the California/Oregon border and will head to the Redwoods tomorrow.  The Oregon coast is just beautiful.  I have spent a lot of time on the coast but not the southern part of Oregon much.



Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Date Due 05

Date Due 05
The scan of this piece look rather flat to me and it does not to the naked eye.  I used a piece of fabric this time....the bottom of the collage.





Monday, September 9, 2019

Date Due 04

Date Due 04
In the next few days I will be creating a collage to honor a young girl who died of cancer.  Her mother wrote a poem about her daughter’s death that captured my heart.  To die so young is totally unfair and in the poem her mother expresses the emotion of living through this difficult time.  I will publish the poem on this blog perhaps.  I have to get the permission of the woman who wrote it and I am not sure when I can do that.

There are a total of twelve poems in the Date Due series.  I finished them all and bound them into one of my 365 books.






Sunday, September 8, 2019

Date Due 03

Date Due 03

In my ephemera search within my studio I came across some circles that I had experimented on a couple of years back.  I had painted the circles with shellac and added watered down acrylic.  I then applied some images with matte medium.  Once the papers were dry I had great pieces but I just did not know what to do with them.  Now I do.  They are appearing in this Date Due series not as whole circles but in parts.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Date Due 02

Date Due 02
Creating five element collages is very comfortable for me.  It always feels right and complete.  I am pleased that I found the Date Due papers in an ephemera bag.  One forgets what one has in the way of collectibles.  It is like finding them all over again.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Date Due 01

Date Due 01

Everything for this collage was within arms reach.  I was given several Date Due cards, the ones that use to go in a library book.  What to do when I set the clock for fifteen minutes?  The pressure was on.  That is when things have to gel very quickly as this one did.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Double Pamphlet Stitched Book

Double Pamphlet Sitched Books
Over the past few days I have made five double pamphlet stitched books to house single sheets of the eco dyed papers that I created.  I used plant life from my garden and boiled the batches in alum, rust, and avocado pits.  I showed some of the pages a few days ago.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Artist Playing Cards - September 2019

Two-fer Tuesday.  Say that really fast.  I missed three days recently.  So this is my first catch up.


Artist Playing Cards - September 2019



Making these cards turned into being labor intensive but really fun.  First backgrounds were collaged to both sides of the rectangle.  Then volvelles were made.  A volvelle is a turning device made from Tyvek, a hole through the card, and two collaged, in this case, circles.  So this APC is a two-fer since it is double sided.  The labor involved was due to so many steps and to make sure both circles turn simultaneously.  I made 16 of them.

Eco Dye Paper

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Eco dying is tremendous fun.  The plant material used came from my garden and was randomly chosen.  The mordant used was rusty water.  I put alum in the boiling water and about a dozen avocado pits.  The papers were bundled with the plant material and submerged into the bath and "cooked" for almost three hours.  The absolute best ones were not unwrapped until the next day.  The shapes and colors were better than the one unwrapped the first "cooking" evening.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Eco Dying








On Thursday five artists got together at an eco dying meetup at one of the artists’ homes.  We used walnuts in the process.  Vegetation was picked from the artist’s garden or brought along for the process.  I made a double pamphlet stitched book to keep the pages together.  I love the single page pamphlet stitch.  I have been looking for a way to stitch loose pages together for a long time.  It works so well.  Thanks Keith A. Smith, book binding guru! Tomorrow I will find some time to try the process again using avocado pits.


Friday, August 30, 2019

The Dancer

The Dancer

I manipulated this figure in iColorama over a couple of days.  Worked on it, stopped.  Worked on it, stopped.  This morning I had one more something to do.  I did not like his lower left leg and foot.  So I kept experimenting until I got what I wanted and that was to  cover it up with something.  This application is really something else.  I highly recommend it.  There are online workshops available if ever decide you want to take one.  Also just playing around with the program is really amazing.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Work in progress

Work in progress
 I have been experimenting with paper marbling and mono-printing using the gelli plate.  I am in the process of collaging over the handmade papers.  This piece is not completed but is my auditioning of ephemera to complete the collage.

Today was a great day eco printing using plant material from the garden.  What fun!

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Spider Book

Spider Book

I had seen this type of book years ago in a book arts resource book that I had and I never knew the name of it.  Recently while browsing through The Art of the Fold  Hedi Kyle and Ulla Warchol I found the directions on how to make it.  It is easy especially when one uses a score board.  When open the book lies flat.  As you can see the pages form the spider legs and the triangle is the spider's head. 

Monday, August 26, 2019

Twig Book

Twig Book (spine)

Twig book (cover)

Terry Garrett sent me a link for making this book about a week ago.  The link is:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsvnWO6z42Y   It is fun to make.  I added thread to the spine to strengthen it some.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Elongated Collage 16

Elongated Collage 16

This is the last of this elongated series.  It was total fun to do and a good exercise in creating fairly quick collages from just what was within reach of my desk.  It was also a good exercise for me because as I cleaned my studio I would find packets of ephemera that I had seen for quite some time. That opened up new ephemera possibilities.


Saturday, August 24, 2019

Elongated Collage 15

Elongated Collage 15

I love vintage photos.  We have been encouraged to smile in photos.  Not so in the vintage ones.  Most people have very serious faces.  Perhaps it was a sign of the times.  Life was more for survival.  We have more leisure time now.  I started working when I was 16.  I think this boy started much sooner.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Elongated Collage 14

Elongated Collage 14

I am loving making the elongated collages.  This morning I finished the last of them for this particular book.  No. 16 ends this series.  On Monday I am going on a one day retreat with art friends to La Connor, Washington.  It is a beautiful town right on the water.  Our work space looks out onto boats and across to an Indian reservation.  It is just lovely.  I hope to start a new series then.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Elongated Collage 13

Elongated Collage 13

I have been getting quite a bit of ephemera in the mail along with the ATCs and APCs that arrive.  Most of this new ephemera is piling up on my desk.  The elongated series is using many of the pieces that are in the pile.  I don't have to reach very far to find interesting ephemera for a collage.  I particularly like how this one turned out.  One could comment on the subject matter extensively. 

I have been listening to YouTube speeches of many of the democratic candidates for President.  One candidate in particular has been having trouble with minority groups.  I hope voters listen very carefully to candidate responses.  There is telling information that is important for our future.  There is one candidate that should not be ignored.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Elongated Collage 12

Elongated Collage 12

What is better in the morning but a cup of tea, the morning newspaper, a bit of time on the iPad, and then settling into creating?  That is what most mornings are for me.  I put in my hour of sorting through papers in my studio.  It is really unrecognizable from when I started weeks ago.  I can't just work on sorting and tossing until it is done.  There are more important things to do like making books and collages.  Being disciplined to spend an hour a day is it.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Elongated Collage 11

Elongated Collage 11
Busy day visiting an art friend, having lunch, and looking at art and more art.  Totally fun!

Monday, August 19, 2019

Elongated Collage 10

Elongated Collage 10


I completed three more books this morning making it to 200.  I am going to San Francisco mid September for a month to take workshops at the SF Center for Book Arts.  I am trying to decide if I am going to take materials along on the journey to make more books or am I going to try to make 165 books before I leave.  Hmm!  Maybe that is too much of a challenge with all the other things I have to do.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

22 Japanese Stab Binding Books

22 Japanese Stab Binding Books

I made my 22nd Japanese Stab bound book today.  So I thought a photo was opportune.  I have three more ready to bind tomorrow morning making the total to my goal of 365 at 200.  Gosh that is a lot of books since May.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

More Japanese Stab Bindings

More Japanese Stab Bindings

I readied five Japanese stab binding books this morning.  All good plans but I only completed three of them.  Time and adventure away from home got in the way.  Still I love the papers that I used and the bindings were great to try.  Sometimes one has to see the books in hand to really appreciate the actual binding with the beautiful papers.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Elongated Collage 09

Elongated Collage 09

Scanning prior to adherence of the collages into the journal is the best plan.  I still need to make sure the collage will fit the page though.

A few days ago I received some questions from the same person.....

First did you pick that specific book to hold your bound book open? Is there a “message” in the book-collage-tablecloth combo?

This was in reference to choosing a book to hold the Japanese stab bound book open to a certain page.  I did not spend one second choosing.  I just grabbed and went with the first choice.

Is there a “message” in the book-collage-tablecloth combo? Or just happy accident? And are you filling each bound book with collages? Collaging onto the book page? Or binding collages together by theme? 

It was a total happy accidental collage.  I have finished 192 books toward my goal and my plan is to fill all of the journals eventually with collages.  My plan is now to add collages to each page after I finish the collage being aware of the needed size.  I am happy now with the scanning and photography of the collage first with it out of the book.  There actually is a theme to each of these collages.  Can you discover an similarities?

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Elongated Collage 08

Elongated Collage 08

I did a image capture on my iPad two ways today.  This was the best of the two although I am still not sure about photographing in the book.  Maybe tomorrow I will not glue the collage into the book and just photograph or scan it flat on a piece of white watercolor paper.  I do like experimenting.  I just do not want to have to rebind the book in order to get photos or scans.  I think I might have it.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Darwin

Darwin

This collage was a collaboration with my artist friend, Elsa.  She started the collage slightly adhering the background with the boys in the booth.  All I added was the monkey and the stamped numbers.  I love how it worked and I love how the title, Darwin, seems perfect.


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Elongated Collage 07



I used my iPad to photograph 07.  I like the result better than the scan which was problematic since the collage was in a stab bound book.  The problem this time was that by using a book on the left to hold the page open caused the right side to lift off the table.  In a way this photo is a collage in itself with three elements.....the table cloth, the Japanese stab bound book and a paperback.  The second photo below was adjusted in Photoshop.







Monday, August 12, 2019

Elongated Collage 06

Elongated Collage 06

Scanning collages after they are adhered into a Japanese stab bound book is not easy.  It is either a two person job or I have to run like hell from my computer to the scanner where I apply pressure to the book so that a better scan will occur.  I think today after I finish making several more collages I will just use my iPad to photograph the collages to see if this will be more acceptable.  The grey on the left only exists in the scans and not in the actual collage.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Elongated Collage 05


Elongated Collage 05

It is not easy to scan a collage that is in a bound Japanese stab bound book.  That is the grey shadow on the left.



Saturday, August 10, 2019

Elongated Collage 04

Elongated Collage 04

Four elements again.  Quick to do but really works for me.

Yesterday I visited a little town near the Canadian border, Lynden, Washington.  What a charming town!  I felt like I was in the Midwest as it is a farming community. Great main street, good food!  It was definitely middle America.  It was originally settled by Dutch settlers.  There is a windmill and several of the buildings looked directly out of Amsterdam.  Speaking of Amsterdam, they had a tornado yesterday!  That never happens in Europe.  I guess everything is possible with climate change.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Elongated Collage 03

Elongated Collage 03

I am having a blast with these elongated collages.  They are about two inches by five inches.  The ephemera is coming from the what seem like endless baggies of collected papers.  I am going through them all and discarding what I do not want.