Sunday, April 21, 2024

Shetland Books - 02


These are the last four of the eight journals.  One has maps and another has what I call map lace.  The third are abstraction I found and the fourth book has stamps and parts of vintage envelopes.

Saturday, April 20, 2024

Shetland Books - 01

 Our task was to fill each of the books somehow.  We could add anything we liked.  I chose to add parts of phrases from some vintage letters I found for one of the tiny books.  In another I used parts of black and white photo that were historic to the Shetland Islands.  In the third journal I added tourist sites from around the Shetlands.  The fourth was never completed.

Friday, April 19, 2024

Eight Tiny Books in a Paper Box

In 2018 on a journey to the Shetland Islands I attended a book making workshop with two friends.  Rachel, The Travelling Bookbinder, taught us many different stitching techniques for binding books.  Rachel teaches classes throughout the UK and many European cities.  Oh, and yes, she does spell Travelling with two Ls….British English.   https://www.thetravellingbookbinder.com/

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

New Tiny Journal - Spread 12


By the time this spread is published I might have added something more to it.  We shall see.  Tomorrow is the video.

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

New Tiny Journal - Spread 11

 Nearing the end of the journal.  There is one more secret spread.  You will see how it works in the video tomorrow.

Monday, April 15, 2024

New Tiny Journal - Spread 10


It is fun to have a bit of random fabric stitched to a spread.  Goes well with the poncho on the cowboy.

Sunday, April 14, 2024

New Tiny Journal - Spread 9


The fabric on the right looks so much better when it is ruffled up a bit.  Hard to scan it that way though.  I guess I should have photographed it instead.

Saturday, April 13, 2024

New Tiny Journal - Spread 8


The cowboy figure on the right is a neon sign.  I just had to add it to a spread.

Thursday, April 11, 2024

New Tiny Journal - Spread 6

 Maybe just maybe we can use the term cowboy very loosely.  Or maybe the guys on the left have a secret desire to be cowboys for Halloween or Carnivale.  

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

New Tiny Journal - Spread 4


Now you have the answer to the question of how the woman fits in this journal.  She loves cowboys. :-)

Monday, April 8, 2024

New Tiny Journal - Spread 3

 Something about journals.  One might not be finished.  One might come back later on and add to the journal.  Something might catch one’s eye and you think it has to go in such and such journal.  That works.

Sunday, April 7, 2024

New Tiny Journal - Spread 2


One might wonder how JFK would fit into a cowboy themed journal.  Well, he might not have been a cowboy but he was a pioneer.  He signed off on man landing on the moon.  So now you might wonder about the woman and how she fits?  Stay tuned.

Saturday, April 6, 2024

New Tiny Journal - Spread 1


You will notice that the first few pages in this journal will include the woman’s face.  Let’s see how it all comes together

Friday, April 5, 2024

New Tiny Journal - Cover

 I started this journal months ago.  One might call it a shabby-chic or junk journal.  I kind of started a cowboy theme but it also evolved into more than that.  It is what it is.  Over the next many days it will evolve.

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Crow’s Companion II

I have shared this box of mini-journals previously but I added a tenth journal to complete the box and I added a crow to the top of the box as well.  This is my submission to the summer show at the University of Puget Sound.  The show is sponsor by the Puget Sound Book Arts Guild.  The show opens in June and runs to mid July I believe.  It then travels to Evergreen College in Olympia until mid December.


Wednesday, April 3, 2024

No Glue Collage - 03


I used the staple-less stapler for the “glue” on this one.  I like three element collages.  I guess you could say it is four elements because of the slide frame.

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

No Glue Collage - 02


Sorry about the darkness of the photo of this collage.  I should redo it.  The “glue” for this one is a staple-less stapler.  The stapler crimps the paper.  Again the collage is held in the slide cover with sticky putty. 

Monday, April 1, 2024

No Glue Collage - 01


For the winter quarter activity for the NW Collage Society I suggested to members that they might wish to create collages using no wet glue.  I called this activity No Glue Collage.  The collages could be created anyway the member wanted.  It was totally amazing what techniques were used.  In the future I might make a list of different techniques that were sent to me and I can share them on this blog.

I wanted to do something totally different and because I like working tiny I decided to create collage that would fit in a slide frame.  The “glue” that holds this collage together is one staple.  To keep the slide frame together I used that sticky putty substance.

This project was a hoot to do.  This one has both realistic and abstract qualities.

Sunday, March 31, 2024

More Cottages….


I love that inside the cottage is a little book.  I best start filling it!

Saturday, March 30, 2024

The Postcards Keep on Coming! - 05


Mysterious, intriguing, just what is the message from the sub-continent?

The question came up concerning a postcard holder.  Checkout the link from a previous blog post.


Friday, March 29, 2024

The Postcards Keep on Coming! - 04


I was not sure about the background for this postcard.  I had the woman focal point.  I had the flowers but I needed something for the background and then as I turned in my chair there is was, a map.  Works for me!

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

The Postcards Keep on Coming! - 02


I love pops of red.  Maybe the lips would have been enough but I sure like the quince, too.

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

The Postcards Keep on Coming! - 01


I think I mentioned that I gave postcard holders that I made as Christmas gifts this past year.  The other part of the gift was to send each recipient one postcard per month to put in the holders.  So I am continuing to make postcards to send off.  I am close to the 84 I need.

Monday, March 25, 2024


I took a Kit Davy workshop a couple of months ago.  This workshop included learning how to make a house or cottage but also how to include a book inside the cottage.  It was amazingly fun.  I have now made five of these structures.


Friday, March 22, 2024

January ATC for Members of the NW Collage Society ATC Group - 01 and 02


The task for the winter quarter was to create to the theme guilty pleasures.  It took me a bit of time to come up with an idea.  Since I use to drink several Dr. Peppers each day I figured it was a good guilty pleasure.  I used a variety of different fonts, pages from several different book sources, to create the backgrounds.  Then I found human images that might look a bit guilty.  I added a sign to each “I Love Dr. Pepper.”

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Winter 2024 ATCs - International Group


The theme for the international ATC group this winter was to use junk mail to create the 2.5 x 3.5 art.  I used advertisement cards that come in bulk most months.  I painted the junk mail with orange and turquoise transparent paint.  I then used a credit card to dab black paint randomly.  Once all the paint dried I punched circles out of the painted ad cards.  I then cut orange circles or turquoise circles in half and joined them together so that I would have both colors on a circle.  I used a bookbinding awl to punch a whole in the center of each circle and glued the twelve circles to the ATC sized watercolor paper that had been covered with some old book pages.  I weighted each card so that they were relatively flat.  Then I pierced the circles again through the ATC background.  This was necessary so that I could stitch embroidery thread through each hole.  By today’s date the ATCs should have arrived at their destinations around the world.  Members of this group live in Germany, the UK, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand and two in the USA.

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Monday, March 18, 2024

Here We Go Again - Another Tiny Journal - Spread 08

 When in Las Vegas for my Creative Gents plus 2 retreat I saw the woman with the flower on a coffee bag.  Had to have her in a collage and here she is.

Sunday, March 17, 2024

Here We Go Again - Another Tiny Journal - Spread 07


In a Jack Ravi workshop I made a medal which is on the right side of the spread.  You will see it better in the video in a few days.

Saturday, March 16, 2024

Here We Go Again - Another Tiny Journal - Spread 06


Covers for vintage books make for excellent collage ephemera.  Two different covers were used on the left side of the spread.

Friday, March 15, 2024

Thursday, March 14, 2024

Here We Go Again - Another Tiny Journal - Spread 04


I painted clear gesso over the images of the men.  It gives a duller look to them and texture when touched.

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Here We Go Again - Another Tiny Journal - Spread 03

 To me this piece has the feeling of sitting in a comfortable chair in an art gallery.

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Here We Go Again - Another Tiny Journal - Spread 02


I had quite a bit of pulp left over after making some packing tape transfers.  I squished the pulp together and let it dry.  Once dry I stitched embroidery thread into it.

Monday, March 11, 2024

Here We Go Again - Another Tiny Journal - Cover and Spread 01


I can’t seem to stop making tiny journals.  There is something about working small that makes me happy. Now that I have so many tiny journals I am going to have to think of a way to house them.  Hmm, I have an old wooden container I have to find.