Thursday, 18 May 2017

Nothing big...

...happened in the studio this week.  In fact, it has been quite the contrary.  Teeny, tiny, mini has been the fun, as I created a small book from fragments of mono-printed paper, salvaged stamps, a whack of double-sided tape and a scrap of ribbon.

Disclaimer:  As always, I've no idea what I'm doing, so any information and/or technique you gain here is totally concocted from my addled brain.  This, of course, means that it has nothing to do with the proper way of creating a book, or any kind of reality whatsoever.  In addition, you should know that no mono-prints, stamps or ribbon were harmed in the process (well, apart from the one I put upside down and had to tear out).

The book style is accordion, and all scraps were 3" x 5", folded in half.  Since the prints had been created as demos in mono-print classes, there was no telling what might show up, front or back.


I used double-sided tape to affix half of one scrap to half of the other, creating a looooooooooooooong accordion line.


When assembled it's not even as long as a tube of paint.  The cover, a tri-fold so that the last page could be affixed to the centre back, is a painted dryer sheet spray glued to bond paper - more scraps. Delicious, no?

'Homage to Snail Mail' © Win Dinn

Fitting comfortably in the palm, at 2.75" x 3" x .5", it  holds thirty-three pages, thirty-nine stamps, and so much print and stamp loveliness I was drooling a little as I put it together.


The stamps themselves are truly beautiful, and remind me what a pleasure it is to receive these tiny bits of art in the mail.


I'm especially enamoured of the wildlife series.


This coffee pot stamp on a background of coffee- flavoured  coloured paper made me smile.


The day lily, centre, reminds me of a painting that Alice Saltiel gifted me some time ago - luscious!


Who can resist red and white?


 The pansy on the left reminds me of my mom - it was her favourite flower.


Doesn't the queen look regal in pink?


There seems to be a royal theme going on here.


The snake stamps below are amazing - embossed, they are slick, slippery and definitely back-crawling.

I was intrigued by the orange stamp in the centre.  Anybody know what it's all about?


The stamp from the Netherlands came to me from my friend Gerda in an art swap - love it!


I still have a bag full of stamps and scraps  realms of  demo prints. . . I wonder how they'll get used. Perhaps there will be another tiny book in my future?

27 comments:

  1. Now you have done it! I am going to have to start looking at the stamps on the mail I get and saving them. This is a fun idea.

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    1. It was fun to work that small, Val. I've saved stamps for a long time (Creston Advance is a drop-off point for them, as one of the local groups collects them for charity), and have always appreciated these tiny pieces of art. The Advance may not get many more from me though! :D

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  2. Absolutely a master piece of art journaling Win...I love everything about this treasure of this n' that!!!
    I already collect things for my journal pages but I can see that I've missed a few so thank you for the tips and ideas!!!

    Big Hugs~

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    1. Thanks, Jan...this was fun to create, and as always, I love the concept of using up all the little bits and pieces of things!

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  3. What a FANTATSIC idea for all this lovely little stamps - this booklet is a gem Win Dinn!
    Looks great - I have enlarged all the photos --- fabulous!
    Happy rest of the week!
    oxo Susi

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    1. Thanks, Susi...the size of it makes me smile, and as you've seen from enlarging the photos, the textural elements as well as the artwork in the stamps themselves are juicy!

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  4. DISCLAIMER: Giggles and chuckles heard out loud in the middle of a work day are beyond my control. They were brought forth by an addled brain that lives in teenytinyville and makes accordian art that is smaller than half a hand. You should know that no eyes were damaged in the viewing of this post.

    Heheheheheheh - you are SUCH A DELIGHT Win as is your artwork!!! Xj.

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    1. Many thanks, Joi, as I grin at your response to my silliness. I'm delighted to know that your eyes are still safely in one, and you've had a good giggle for the day. ;D xo

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  5. Is there no end to your clever ideas you are amazing...I bet the garbage man doesn't even stop at your house because you have found something beautiful to make out of every scrap...lol Love your darling mini book it gives me great ideas for a craft project to do with my granddaughters this summer...thanks.

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    1. How DID you know about our bereft garbage man? He thinks we don't like him at all. ;-) And you're right about a good project to do with your grandkids...it would work with magazine pages, book sheets, or any scraps of paper, wouldn't it? Save those stamps, my friend! xo

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  6. I LOVE this tiny book. Beautiful mono printed pages and terrific stamps. I never would have thought of leaving the torn bits of envelopes beneath the stamps. It all has me mulling over ideas, and then I read the comment above. It is something I could do with Avery and Amira!
    Great that this post is also a tutorial, a result of your current course work, I see!

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    1. I had originally intended to cut carefully around the stamps, but after doing one or two I realized that I loved the irregularity of the torn envelope bits around them. I may finally be getting rid of that perfection complex!!! And yes, Avery and Amira would have a great time with this, and it's something they could manage easily...you and Deann need to get those girls all together for a play session. :D xox

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    2. Forgot to mention - stock up on that double-sided tape, 'cause you're going to need tons! I used up all the tape you've gifted me with, and then bought more. :D

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  7. I so love mini books and love how you've used the stamps. I have hundreds and haven't done anything with them. I got them at a county show. A charity were selling massive boxes full really cheaply and so I got them with no idea what I was going to do with them and that's about ten years ago so maybe I will get them out. No sign of the baby yet but I know it must be due soon, guess they arrive when they're ready. Happy crafty week, Angela xXx

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    1. Thanks, Angela...that was a fun project to do, and with more stamps in my bag, perhaps we should trade a few? Do keep us posted on that baby! xo

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  8. I'm speechless, mouth hanging open.Oh my golly. That's so beautiful and richly patterned. And that red cover! LOVE

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Rose, and for the lovely comment...delighted to see you here!

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  9. Love it, Win! Half of the fun is working out how to put things together as you go along, isn't it?
    And those raccoons are so cute :)

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    1. Isn't that the truth, Tracy? We make it up as we go along. :D I'm with you on the racoons, too!

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  10. What a lovely little book ! love it !
    Corrie x

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    1. Thanks, Corrie - it was a great use of all those scraps. Clearing the decks! :D

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  11. Gorgeous small book, amazing tiny art ! Sorry I haven't been by, life isn't 'normal' at the moment. Take care, Shirleyxx

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    1. Good to see you here again, Shirley...I hope things are improving for you as you sort out the health and home issues! Two moves? Heaven help you. xo

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  12. What a fabulous way to display those beautiful stamps!! Love your book and funny how you said you had no idea what you were doing- it always seems to come together- right?
    huge hugs my friend! xx

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    1. Thanks, Jackie - that little project was great fun, even when I had no idea what or how to make it happen. And I love it that the journal is just the right size for all those mangled stamp tears! xo

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  13. Such a lovely mini-journal and a great idea to showcase those wonderful stamps! (Sorry I haven't been around for a while, Win - now I'm binge visiting all the blogs I missed out on the the past month or so!)

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    1. Lovely to see you again, Zsuzsa, and I'm glad you enjoyed the Stampeek! xo

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