The 13 Journals round-robin project grew out of all of us attending the True Colors Workshop at The ARTbar in Santa Ana, California in June of 2005. This remarkable gathering featured the artists of the True Colors collaboration that was chronicled in the book True Colors - A Palette of Collaborative Art Journals published by Stampington & Co.
The workshop was a three day event featuring the amazing artists who had participated in this collaborative. There were classes, lectures, and a chance to actually see the 16 True Color journals in person. Also sign-up sheets for those of us who wanted to do our own round-robin of colorful journals.
Since there were 13 of us in the group, in a hearty burst of anti-superstition, we decided to call ourselves"The 13 Journals Group". For 15 months our books traveled around the western United States as we filled each other's books with pages of the chosen color. Several of us were able to re-convene at The ARTbar when the journals were done for a wonderful visit and reunion. The top photo is the cover of my journal Ocean, and the bottom one my spread from the same. Over the next few weeks I'll be sharing my pages from all the journals. Another wonderful outcome of that workshop was my friendship with the fantastically talented and all-round crazy person Lisa Hoffman.
The all new and improved Altered by the Sea website is up and running! If I do say so myself it looks great. And so easy to do with Other People's Pixels. If you are contemplating a new site or changing your current one - you should check them out. Go over and give my new site a look-see, let me know what you think. I bet you'll be as pleased as I am. Wasn't this a humble post?
...in our wonderful house of many colours. Above, the walls in Margot's office. She stenciled the words "Fame, Success, Abundance" all around the top edge of all four walls. The words are done in gold on "cherry cobbler" walls.
And the floor in our sun-room studio. 12" squares of linoleum in orange, coral, lavender and red. It looks like a giant patchwork quilt and brightens up even the foggiest Morro Bay day.
... in the making. Spent most of the day yesterday and will spend several hours today as well. A tip of the hat to Stephanie Hilvitz of Rodrigvitz Style. She blogged about Other People's Pixels a few months ago, so I went and checked it out. Great for artists! They do all the computer-y stuff. After you get started, it's basically as easy as doing a blog. And looks great. I spent several years dealing with Front Page and going slowly crazy - so this is heaven sent. The new web should be up later this week. I'll keep you posted.
Every February, this gorgeous tree behind the library bursts into bloom, seemingly overnight. We when returned from our long weekend - voila! Beautiful pink blossoms covering the branches. While I'm behind the circulation desk I have a wonderful view of this lovely site.
Another view of the type tray I've been playing with, lots of various and random treasures to arrange. This is proving an excellent creativity exercise and lots of fun pulling out different bits and bobs to use.
And now for something completely different. I can't review this book, I can't tell you where to buy it, I can't even tell you what's in it. But... I love the cover! I came across this with some other on-line ephemera and was enchanted with it. The vivid colours, the children painting, the older sib helping the younger one, the soft glow of the lamplight. What fun it would be to find a copy somewhere.
This is a section of a large type drawer I found awhile ago at the local swap meet. I've been having fun putting random things into the openings. Not with any thought of permanency - just to spark ideas and get the creative juices flowing. It's interesting to rearrange the items and see what the different juxtapositions bring to mind.
Jumping Jacks, those simple, yet magical toys from Christmas past. There was always one in my stocking, and each year, different. Soldiers, cowboys, clowns, even, once, a horse!
Here's one I used on the front of Circus, an altered book made from a vintage 78 record album. I was fascinated as a child by how they could possibly work (mechanical things have always baffled me - and don't even talk about radio or TV, to this day I still maintain it's all magic!)
There's nothing as wonderful as having someone in your life who "gets" you, as Michelle Ward says. And when that someone is your loving spouse - life is very good indeed!
These are photos of one of my birthday presents from Margot, a vintage wooden box that once held building blocks.
French building blocks - "Jeude Construction". The illustration on the lid is pure 19th century. Found in an antique store in Sebastopol.
And this is a delightful reproduction of a French Market Birdcage - my Valentine's gift from my darling wife. Even more special, because we saw cages such as these at the Bird Market on the Isle de Cite on our honeymoon in Paris.
... here are the books that I made in Pam's classes two different years atArtFest. The one above is a dos-a-dos book - two books in one that meet in the middle. The theme was London for one book and Paris for the other (what fun digging through the ephemera stash). Pages were made of Lucite, copper mesh, book board and copper sheets, finished with a Coptic binding.
detail of above
Wrapped and Woven
This one has covers we made by weaving decorative paper strips and fibres. After assembling several signatures of luscious handmade paper, it's finished off with a running stitch binding that is then woven through. Result - a handsome blank book just waiting for pen and brush!
I've been lucky enough to study with Pam Sussmantwice, each time I came home with a wonderful handmade book. She is an amazing teacher. Everything laid out step by step, logical, understandable and do-able. Anyone who can make Coptic stitching make sense is extraordinary indeed! This delightful "how-to" takes the book/journal and adds fabric, ribbons, trims, buttons, anything you take a "notion" to add in. Great instructions, beautiful eye candy. Until you can sign up for a class - this is the next best thing!
Receipts, some old, some new, most hand written - 'cause that's more vintage. Many are local, some from abroad, there are ones from e-Bay or antique stores and many are from our dry cleaners or the mom&pop curio shop down the street.
And all are fun in a journal or altered book, as a page background or accent. An interesting, and usually, very inexpensive pleasure.
Actually a year and a week, but I was a bit remiss in my remembering. It's been so much fun sharing life and art "by the sea" with all of you. "Life on the Coast", "Cigar Box Wednesday", "From the Bookshelf" and all the rest. I spent some time a few days ago looking back through my posts and was delightfully surprised, both with things I fondly recalled and a few entries I had forgotten about. Thanks everyone, for visiting and all your comments. I love inviting each and everyone of you into the studio to join me in this artful, altered life by the sea.
and today's birthday girl, the usual suspect - Marylinn Kelly
Marylinn and I are practically birthday twins, mine yesterday and hers today. Corey celebrated a few days ago with a give-away a day for a week, and Ginny's is towards the end of the month, though she's said that she'll be having her birthday all year by attending all the wonderful workshops she has planned at Small Studios. I generally look at the entire month of February as my birthday. I mean, it is a short month after all. Interestingly enough I seem to have talked my family and friends into this!
And there's coincidence 2.) we had already planned a long weekend in Santa Cruz and Pacific Grove for my birthday during February! As I was reading the article I kept thinking "this would be cool to see in person" and I reached the end and found out I would! We drive up to Santa Cruz today and will catch the show this afternoon, and then toMobofor delicious veggie sushi, Lisa remembers this!
Before Ed Emberley and his thumbprints, before Lee J. Ames and "Draw 50..." there was Peter White's little, unassuming The Easy Drawing Book. First published in the early 1950's he taught tens of thousands of youngsters how to draw "all the things you see everyday and many, many more". I picked up my current copy from Amazon where you'll find them ranging from $.01 upwards. It's fun, it's instructive, it's The Easy Drawing Book.
The next spread features vintage cards of tiny white buttons, a decorative lace ornament and a large ceramic floral button all on a background of lace drawings. Pink and green ombre ribbon is tied through eyelets.
Oriental style - old Chinese coins, stickers of fans and vases, and pictures of colourful fashions. Vintage ivory MahJong counters add the perfect touch.
Simple, classic dress designs topped with printing plates from old patterns. A fun piece of work, now in the mail off to Somerset Studio. I'll keep you posted.
We are all artists--so when creativity calls, be sure to answer!
Growing up in Azusa, California, my kindergarten teacher gave me an "unsatisfactory" in
Cut&Paste, and I believed her for 50 years. Now I am a mixed media artist and work in a library.