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Friday, October 22, 2021

APC October 2021 - 07

APC October 2021 - 07

 

It seems like the feet of this guy playing a musical instrument are off the playing card but it is just how my scanner scanned the image.  

Our Oregon retreat is quickly coming to a close.  Today we worked all day creating and even bound some books.  Lots of creativity going on around here.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

APC October 2021 - 06

Two-fer Thursday……

APC October 2021 - 06

 

I am posting twice today since I forgot yesterday.  100% rain predicted for today.  So I guess we will just have to do art all day long.  Oh so sad! :-).

APC October 2021 - 05

 

APC October 2021 - 05


No post yesterday as we were so busy I forgot.  I made another caterpillar stitched book which I will show you soon.  We gelli plated which was so much fun.  We got our papers painted for a new seeded journal and I got several rubbings done for an ATC project that I am working on.  Then we watched Mare of Easttown.  OMG!  What a good show!

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

APC October 2021 - 04

APC October 2021 - 04

 Today at the ocean was so much fun.  We worked on making book cloth for our eco-dyeing books.  We played the journal game where in a round robin method we gave prompts….some people know this as the prom game.  We had an amazing breakfast out at Wanda’s in Nehalem.  Tonight we got stuck watching an HBO series which kept us on the edge of our seats.  Totally awesome day!

Monday, October 18, 2021

APC October 2021 - 03

APC October 2021 - 03

 Today in Manzanita, OR the Creative Gents are eco-dying.  We found lots of ocean vegetation to try to see what might happen.  The plan was to use the hot plate outside to boil the papers and the steam the cloth but it did not work.  So we have the boiling and steaming process going on inside.  The house smells of the ocean as we have lots of seaweed between our papers and rolled up cloth.  It sure has been a fun day.

Sunday, October 17, 2021

APC October 2021 - 02

APC October 2021 - 02

 I had a bit of scanning problems and had to use a different scanner and the WiFi was not cooperating.  So the figure seems a bit light but I like it anyway.


We arrived in Manzanita, OR today and we all are really happy with the house.  Tomorrow might be our only day of sun.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

APC October 2021 - 01

 

APC October 2021 - 01

I am off on my trip to Manzanita, Oregon for the Creative Gents retreat.  Can’t wait to see my art buddies. We usually get together every two years but because of Covid we did not meet up last year.

Friday, October 15, 2021

Caterpillar Stitched Book 4


 





 






I was going through my stash of books and found this unfinished book that I had bound using a different stitch.  That stitch was less than perfect and so I decided to restitch the book with the caterpillar stitch.  I am happy with how it turned out.  Now I am working on the inside pages of this book which I will publish soon.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Caterpillar Stitched Box and Book 2


 







I like that I did two lines of the caterpillar stitch versus the previous one.  Maybe I will try three the next time.  It is hard to tell but the "stick" coming out of the box is a chopstick with a Japanese motif.  I added washers to cover the hole into the box.  I debated on the length of the of the chopstick but decided to keep it in its original size.  My other option was to make three books for the box.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Caterpillar Stitched Box and Book 1



 



I decided I wanted to see if I could do the caterpillar stitch on the side of a handmade box.  It worked.  I had to do the stitching and then assemble the box but it worked pretty smoothly.  On this one which was the “practice” box I could have put two books inside but I decided to change it up and added some cube letters I had.  I like how it turned out.



Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Caterpillar Stitched Book 3






 I am itching to do another caterpillar stitched book and hopefully I can next week on my art retreat in Oregon.  So looking forward to a week away just doing nothing but art. 

Monday, October 11, 2021

Caterpillar Stiched Book 2




 








I have now done about six or seven caterpillar stitched books.  I especially like how this one turned out.  I think I have the procedure down to muscle memory now.  Cross learning this stitch off my bucket list. :-)

Sunday, October 10, 2021

September APC 2021 - 13

September APC 2021 - 13

 This is it, the last APC of this series.  More caterpillar stitched books and another APC series coming up.

Saturday, October 9, 2021

September APC 2021 - 12

September APC 2021 - 12

 Another carp APC, another favorite.  I worked all day on the next series of APCs.  I had started on a design and then went totally different.  So those will be coming up very soon.

Friday, October 8, 2021

September APC 2021 - 10 and 11

September APC 2021 - 10

September APC 2021 - 11

 I find the monkeys kind of scary looking.  Years ago when I was in Bali I had a monkey jump on my shirt and grab a bag of peanuts.  It happened very quickly and I was startled to say the least.  I am sure the monkey had done that many times  and knew exactly what he or she was doing.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

September APC 2021 - 09

Two-fer Thursday….

September APC 2021 - 09

 

Here is my second one for the day to catch up with the blogging calendar.  The catfish and the target provide movement for my eye from right to left in this composition.  This may be one of my favorites of this series of APCs.

September APC 2021 - 07 and 08

September APC 2021 - 07

September APC 2021 - 08

 Wednesday was a very busy day from early morning until late afternoon and guess who forgot to blog?  So this will be a two-fer.     I particularly like how the white misty circle appears on these APCs.  It is tissue paper that my friend Irene gave me.  Thanks for the effect, Irene.


Tuesday, October 5, 2021

September APC 2021 - 05 and 06

September APC 2021 - 05

September APC 2021 - 06

 Tuesday special….two for one.  Maybe this series has a poster feel to each of the cards.  Today I have to get busy and work on the October APCs.  I have to have them done soon as the Creative Gents head to Oregon in just over a week.  Can’t wait to see Terry and Brian.

Monday, October 4, 2021

September APC 2021 - 04

September APC 2021 - 04

 Each of the APCs has a target somewhere on it.  In this case it is just behind the cheetah. For me the composition really works in this card.  Usually I use matte medium in my work but in these cards I used glue stick.  I hope the adherence is permanent.  I have gotten cards in the mail and the ephemera became unglued.

Sunday, October 3, 2021

September APC 2021 - 03

September APC 2021 - 03

Sometimes I use the total playing card so that one does not see which card it is and, like this one, sometimes I allow some part of the card to show through. He-Haw!

Saturday, October 2, 2021

September APC 2021 - 02

 

September APC 2021 - 02

Funny thing about collage artists, they love the gift wrap paper just as much as the gift.  The red and blue diamond paper was given to me by my friend, Jan.  I knew it would come in handy and it did for this series of APCs.  In the game of collage one has to be able to give up something that they once thought precious.  In this case there is a target just showing behind the cat.  I love that the diamond paper is on diamond playing cards.

Friday, October 1, 2021

September APC 2021 - 01

September APC 2021 - 01

 

I made 13 artist playing cards for September.  This is number one, the boxing cats.

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Caterpillar Sitched Book






Caterpillar Stitched Book

 I have wanted to learn the caterpillar stitch for a long time.  I always thought it was way too difficult to learn without taking a workshop.  I tried YouTube but was not getting what I needed….the personal touch. The San Francisco Center for Book Arts was having an online workshop on two separate Sundays taught by e bond, yes she uses lower case letters in her name and yes her first name is e.  What an amazing workshop!  I loved every minute of it and now I have made four books using this stitch.  The image above shows  my first attempt from the workshop.  I have made three more since and ready to make another one.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

MAB Series 20

MAB Series 20

 This is the last one of the MAB Series.....

Video of the book…… The three artists in order of the appearance of their work are: John Arbuckle, Colleen Monette, and Elsa Bouman.












Tuesday, September 28, 2021

MAB Series 19

MAB Series 19

 This older gentleman is buff.  Funny how when your body ages and you look in the mirror surprised to see someone who does not meet up with the age you feel inside.

Monday, September 27, 2021

MAB Series 18

MAB Series 18

 This might be my all time favorite piece of this series.  Just think, One-Eyed Jack in a tuxedo!

Sunday, September 26, 2021

MAB Series 17

MAB Series 17

 This guy has the Fonz look…..well except for the the shirt and tie.  Did the Fonz ever wear a coat and tie?

Saturday, September 25, 2021

MAB Series 16

MAB Series 16

 On Thursday, the three artists who participated in the three book collaboration got together to exchange our books.  What fun to see the 60 collages that were completed in the three books.  I will share my book in a video soon.

Friday, September 24, 2021

MAB Series 15

MAB Series 15

 Have you ever seen the Peloton commercial?  The Peloton guy is totally physically fit but everyday as it is for everyone we age.  So perhaps this is what the Peloton guy will eventually look like in forty years.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

MAB Series 14

Two-fer Thursday......

MAB Series 14

 I am so into how the portrait and the clothing go together.  Both make the personality of the men.

MAB Series 13

MAB Series 13

 I got so involved in starting the process for my second caterpillar stitched book that I totally forgot to post here.  I will be showing you the book I made over the past two weeks.  I took a workshop online with e bond and what an excellent instructor she was.  I loved the process and the book turned out well.  I learned a lot and am using that new knowledge to make the second book even better.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

MAB Series 12

MAB Series 12

 Weathered.  That is what I would call him.  Perhaps experienced is another way of defining this gentleman.

Monday, September 20, 2021

MAB Series 11

MAB Series 11

 This one is the only woman in the series.  I think of her as Gertrude Stein.

Sunday, September 19, 2021

MAB Series 10

MAB Series 10

 This guy just looks so relaxed.  Is it because of what he is wearing or his look or both?

Saturday, September 18, 2021

MAB Series 09

MAB Series 09

 I wrote “hip” on this piece because even though this guy is probably pushing 90 years old, he is still really hip.

Friday, September 17, 2021

MAB Series 08

Two-fer Friday…..

MAB Series 08

 I am making up for my failure to post yesterday due to my falls.  This guy looks like he could be in a famous rock band.  He just seems so confident and ready to take on whatever comes his way.