Thursday, 19 May 2022

By now you might suspect...

 ...that I'm a bit of a colour pig.  One of my favourite things to do is splash three or four colours on the page, smoosh them with a palette knife and see how they play together.  And it's the lazy woman's way to create tag backgrounds too.

This combination of Red/orange Quinacridone (Liquitex), Turquoise, Quinacridone Red, and Hansa Yellow (all by Golden) just made me so happy I was giggling with the drool-worthiness.

No matter where I looked, it was all just luscious - pink, red, green, purple, black and the potential for wonderful greys.

Which meant, of course, that I have the colour combination for yet another in the Arcturus series.  Can't you just see each of those moons in one of the gorgeous shades above?

It's a much better combination than the first one I auditioned - I'm so all about the wild and crazy intensity of high-key hues.

And what a fun thing to do while waiting (and waiting and waiting) for the slipcase glue layers to dry.  Ditto goes for the painting for Chloe, also in progress and drying under those well-used art books.

I'm looking forward to seeing your colour this week - feel free to post links in your comments!  

Thursday, 12 May 2022

Hearts are everywhere... this journal.  Now complete with 62 spreads, it measures 6" high x 4 5/8" wide x 2" deep.  I know this because I've already got a slip case in mind, and needed to ensure I had sufficient Typar-covered cardstock to build it.

As always, I got carried away with the additions, and it's much deeper than I expected it to be.

I also finished the zen mandala this week - it made a wonderful change while I waited for the heart spreads to glue-set, and I love the depth that's been achieved by working back into the mandala with Inktense pencils, black pens and a white Gelly Roll pen.

I don't want you to think that I've been lolly-gagging since finishing the curtains...I've started on a painting for a treasured granddaughter, who will turn 2 years old next month.  That should keep me out of trouble for a bit before I get started on that slip case cover for the Take Heart journal.

Somehow, the creative list gets longer every day, and isn't that the way it should be?!  We do live the best life.  🤩

Thursday, 5 May 2022


 I think the curtains are finally done (for now). I checked the start date on these and found that April 2019 was the kick-off.  Really????  Could it truly have taken 3 years for this project?  That's abnormal even for me (I say, tongue in cheek, given that I've got paintings in the studio that were started 10 years ago and are still on the go 🤣).

It's been challenging to get a photo of them in situ, given that they are primarily see-through.

These colours are closer than the others,

and the turquoise is closer to true.

Of course that wasn't the whole of this week, as I've started a few 'something new' pieces as well.  I photocopied a zen mandala that I'd done some years ago onto a gel print that was less than a favourite. I sprayed it with some workable fixative, twice, and starting in the top left corner, you can just see some black and white additions to the pattern.

This one is going to take a while to complete, given that I'll need to go over all the initial mandala design in several different thicknesses of black pen, as well as add some Inktense pencil work and put that white gel pen to use.

I've also got a bit of a handle on the birthday painting for our granddaughter, so that's in progress on the bottom of the photo.  The heart journal is still on the go, as you can see from the right hand area, and I've got another journal idea for the use of the 2021 word of the year oddments.

I love it that the ideas are never-ending, even when I wind up working in a 12" square piece of the table.  The creative life is such a gift, right?!  What are you up to these days - feel free to add a link in your comments below.  

Happy creative week, my friends, and here's to many more!

Thursday, 28 April 2022

Where did that week go?

I was certain I'd have a host of projects finished this week and yet, here it is Thursday, and I'm wondering what I did this week.

I managed to finish the cover for the Japanese Stab Binding book, and that was great fun.  My usual boisterous colour preference came bounding out of the closet (in there for a time out due to misbehavior), and splashed all over the thing. 

I took the whip to it (the colour preference, that is) and managed to complete a journal page in the large journal.  It's a wee bit quieter.  We're still awaiting our normal spring or what passes for normal this decade.  Spring warms up our surroundings for a day or two, then retreats like a shy kitten sending us lashes of rain and wind, repeating the process again and again.  By the time we get a real spring, it'll be squished up tight into fall at this rate.

I completed some tags from oddments that were drifting into the 'too-long-on-the-table' phase, and they're tucked away neatly in the tag box now, bless them.  They'll head off to some unsuspecting recipient sometime in the next few months.

I did manage to work in the heart journal this week, starting four or five pages that are now looking for additional embellishment.  I managed to make and send a couple of birthday cards (sorry, no photos) and did several hours on the 'Why is that not done yet?' curtains.  Good grief, when I have a crazy idea it just keeps on giving, and giving, and giving.

I reorganized my shelving for the book-making section, and can see that the bottom two shelves (not shown) that are hosting office supplies will need to be cleared out in the near future.  The shelving unit is filling at a great rate.

I hope that you were not only productive this week, but that you enjoyed the process as much as I have done.  Happy creating, my friends.

Thursday, 21 April 2022

With the Easter weekend...

 ...come and gone, it's back to the quiet studio life.  That doesn't mean it's not been a happening place in there, though.  I had the cutest 5 year old grandniece visiting and playing in the studio.  (The other grandchildren are too young yet to venture in there without the supervision of a whole tribe. 😀)

In her mind, we had waaaaay too little time to play there, but that leaves room for a return trip, right?

Esmae spent time playing with colour, frottage, and all sorts of tools and techniques, and she made a fabulous birthday card for her second cousin, to boot.  Unfortunately I didn't get a photo of that since she had it signed, sealed and delivered before I could turn around.  That girl is FAST!.

Esmae borrowed her small cousin's Easter ears, and I think she looks great in them!

She entertained us with so many shenanigans, including an upside down love fest with her dog, Banksy.

I did manage to get started on the cover for the Japanese stab binding book (yet to be named).

I'm loving that black-gessoed paper piece in front, which started out this uninspiring peach.

I got started on the cover of the black and white journal, going with the most unconventional reversal of covers, since I've got a most unconventional idea for a case.  Keep your fingers crossed for me.

Please let me know all your Easter doings in the comments...I hope you were enjoying the lifting of restrictions in your area, and that you, too, had visitors from far-flung places.  

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