Friday, September 12, 2014

Secret Belgian Binding

Two books I made recently using the Secret Belgian Binding method. The cover paper is paste paper I made. I think paste paper and I are a match made in heaven. All my wood graining tools from theatre come into play here, but nothing has to look real! In fact, it can look as unreal as I want! How cool is that? The binding thread for the faux wood book is dark brown hemp (found in the jewelry-making section of a craft store). The binding thread for the blue book is rayon knitting tape.

You can see a bit of pattern underneath the paint on the blue book. This is because I painted my paste paint over some printed paper leftover from a wedding shower project. The print was perfect for the party, but way too pink and sweet for any book project of mine. I love how the pattern shines through from below.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Two Stitched Books

I have been practicing some of Keith Smith's binding methods from Volume 2.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Bridge 1

This was my piece in the Puget Sound Book Artists show this summer. It is a hand-painted maze fold book called Bridge 1.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A New Friend

Meet Beckham, an eleven month old Border Collie we just adopted 3 days ago. When our best-dog-ever Cody died in May 2013, I didn't know if I could ever have another dog. I was afraid no pup could ever fill that spot. But I missed having a sidekick, especially a Border Collie sidekick, and so did Mr. B. We knew we would prefer another rescued dog, so we started looking and this little guy appeared. Dumped by the side of a road along with his mother, the two dogs fended for themselves for a few weeks until some kind souls decided to try to catch them. The catching took two days, then it was off to a foster mom near Boise, Idaho. She is an extraordinary lover of dogs, and is quite selective in her adoptions. Fortunately for us, we passed muster, and were able to bring him home with us. I'm in love already.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Life. Whew.

Dropped off the grid again, I know. Sorry. But Life happens sometimes and remembering to document every little thing isn't something I do. So, things that keep me from blogging (apparently) are:
  • Work
  • Suddenly getting laid off from work and feeling quite unhappy about it
  • One of our five lovely offspring requiring what we shall call Transitional Housing, leading to
  • Seven weeks of child sleeping on our couch, during which
  • Master bath remodel continued (three adults, one toilet, one shower)
  • Hosting son-in-law for a bit while he relocated from Arizona for new job
  • (four adults, one toilet, one shower)
  • Realizing how really spoiled we are to whine over sharing a bathroom
  • Getting daughter and babies moved up from Arizona, which didn't take much physical effort but took over our entire brains for a month
  • Finishing a book for Puget Sound Book Artist's Annual Exhibit
  • Building several new books (photos soon)
  • Making several books with a grandson (a new convert!)
  • Bathroom remodel, bathroom remodel, bathroom remodel
  • Getting married
  • Trip to Washington DC
Yes, you heard right. Mr. B and I finally tied the knot last month! We have been together a long time. I joke that I just wanted to be really sure we had what it takes to be married.  But I figure if we can, in the course of the 11-ish years we've been together, marry off four of our five children (two of his, both of mine), welcome three grandchildren, deal with the death of two parents, one brother and our beloved dog, survive one knee replacement (his), buy a new car, travel, and probably the truest Test of Love, gut and remodel two bathrooms and one kitchen without strangling each other... we are probably going to be OK with whatever else comes our way. I am one lucky girl.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Friday, March 21, 2014

The Maze-Fold Bridge Book

Way back in May I wrote about the maze fold book I was making about bridges. It was a long process, but very satisfying. Here is what I ended up with:

It was a very long painting process until I got the finish just the way I wanted it. My experience painting for theatre comes into play here-- I have many years of faking it under my belt (and under my fingernails, splattered all over my glasses, matted in my hair...) so I can make paper look like rusty metal and peeling paint.  The book is about 6x6 inches. The front and back covers look very waxy- so much so that my sister thought they were an encaustic finish. Exactly the effect I was going for! Yes, it is my favorite secret sauce- acrylic wax varnish. I have many layers- possibly five or six- of that painted over the printed cover. The bridge prints on the front and back covers are from photographs I have taken while crossing the trestle bridge over the Puyallup river on Highway 99. I turned them into black-and-white images in Photoshop, printed them, and transferred the printed images to rice paper, then added collage elements and began adding layers of acrylic wax varnish.

The book will be in the Puget Sound Book Artists' exhibit in June 2014 at University of Puget Sound's Collins memorial Library.