August 13, 2022

"Moon" walk

Two photos - the same moon - were taken approximately 25 minutes apart.  I love my morning walks, especially when the moon is shining bright.

August 12, 2022

Corkscrew Sanctuary Adventure

 Two friends and I drove out to Corkscrew Sanctuary last night.  We were on the hunt for the Super Moon.    It rained late in the afternoon, but lucky for us it stopped before we got to the sanctuary.  The rain cooled things off a bit - it's very damp in the swamp.  There are two boardwalks - 2.5 miles and 1 mile.  We chose the long route.  Once the sun goes down, it's really dark in there.  The tree cover was so dense, that we knew it would be impossible to see the Super Moon inside the sanctuary.  We got a glimpse of it on the drive home.

Annona glabra (tropical fruit) and its foliage

Reflection in the murky water of a large tree, its canopy, and the sky is my favorite photo of our adventure.

On the drive home, I managed to take a photo of the Super Moon while I was sitting in the backseat of my friend's car.  It was cloudy, but still...

August 2, 2022

Three Daisies

 A week ago, I created acrylic backgrounds on several stretched canvases.   This one is 9x12.  I was feeling a little down this morning.  I love daisies they are such happy, cheerful flowers.  I felt lighter once I got started and am happy with how it turned out.

Finished work

Quick sketch in charcoal

Filling in flowers with acrylic paint which I mixed myself

Added highlights to glass container

Vignette created by rubbing Derwent Intense Block on edge of canvas then smudging with wet fingers

July 23, 2022

Eyes Wide Shut

 It's been a rough couple of weeks.  I haven't felt much like doing anything creative.  I decided it was time to get back in the studio and paint something.

20x20 stretched canvas layer of gesso with lots of texture!  
Background painted with acrylics - just slap some paint on canvas to get started

Charcoal sketch 
R&F oil paint sticks used for portrait - blend paint with finger tips - messy!

July 6, 2022

For My Beloved Husband

My darling husband, Richard, passed away on June 2, 2022.  We enjoyed a wonderful life together for well over 31 years, but when you love someone it is never long enough is it?  

I usually don't save birthday cards and the like.  I received so many beautiful condolence cards - from family and friends sharing their thoughts about Richard, there was NO way I could just stash them in a box to be put in a closet.  I decided to make a book to house the cards instead.  I just love the way it turned out!

Punch holes in cards

Cut canvas to about the width & height of the smallest card

Using waxed thread sew cards to canvas (leave a 2" flap on each side of canvas)

Add folded black end leaves to both sides of card stack (heavy card stock)

Cut chipboard covers and spine

Book cloth made using cotton fabric, Heat & Bond Ultra Hold, and tissue paper

Cut book cloth leaving 2" on all sides of covers and spine - 1/4" space to accommodate the fold of the covers and spine; glue chipboard to fabric with PVA glue - let dry; 
cut book cloth corners at 45-degree angle - glue down with PVA glue.

Using a mixture of prepared Methyl Cellulose and PVA extends the drying time of glue enabling me to place a ribbon (not shown) in the center of the spread; canvas flaps followed by cover leaves in place making sure it's all squared up (mostly!)
Use heavy books and bricks to hold the covers and end leaves to lie flat when dry. 

One of my favorite photos of Richard - glued to mat board and front cover using PVA glue.


June 18, 2022

Secret Binding

I love making books.  I use these for art journals, travel journals, doodles, etc.  I found a YouTube tutorial on the "Secret Binding" - It wasn't complicated to do - it just takes time.  There are a few different tutorials on YouTube regarding this type of binding.

80lb Mixed Media paper to create signatures - that way I can draw, paint, or whatever on the paper without it bleeding through

I'm a big fan of using whatever I have on hand to create my books and/or dolls.  This is leftover chipboard from drawing pads to create the front, back covers and spine

Japanese hole punch - not easy to use with arthritic hands.  I had to punch the holes through front and back to get a clean hole - notice NO holes in spine

random painting with acrylics - handmade rubber stamp

 I used a straight needle threaded with heavy weight red and white bakery twine - to weave the covers together (I've purchased a lot bakery cookies over time!)

blue painter's tape helps keep the covers an equal distance away from the spine

inside covers

One of the perks with this type of binding is that the book lies flat when opened - the signatures are woven through the inside spine using a curved needle and waxed linen thread - thus the "SECRET"!