Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Book Binding

I've been working on some samples for different types of bookbinding. It is really addictive. I made this first one using a bunch of left-over scrapbooking paper. The style is called "stab" (which my hubby just loves. The entire time I was working on it he kept saying "I stab you!" and laughing...) but it's also known as Japanese style binding.
This one is a tapes style binding. It's one of the oldest styles of binding out there. If you ever take a look at a really old book--where the spine has those little ridges--that's tapes binding. You bind onto the tapes or thongs and then cover them using leather or book cloth. I opted not to cover the spine on this one, because it fit the feel of the book better. The covers are old bingo cards.
I have a couple more I'll try to get up in the next day or so.

Friday, April 17, 2009


The IAA is doing an on-going journal swap. Here is my page for this month:
This page was done using copic markers to spray the background and the writing. The wings are a stamp that I embossed and then colored in with copics.
I've decided to do a poetry theme for all my pages, since I'm a poetry junkie. I've got a bunch of more work to put up--I've been busy writing up some new course proposals for fall this year. I'm keeping my fingers crossed...

Wednesday, April 08, 2009


Here is a page from my art journal. I'm sorry about the typed in text over the photo--but the photo was part of an application packet and I didn't think about deleting the text before I posted the pic.
I've really been enjoying the way that the colors of the copic markers go on the page. There is something so sharp about them. And at the same time the texture is almost velvety. I drew the skull as part of an experiment. Sort of an "I wonder if I could do this?" And I think it turned out well. That's the thing that I love about my journal. It's a space just for me. And we all need a space that we can just be in.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

How To Color Tears With Copics

A brief how-to on coloring transparent objects using copics. Hope you enjoy!