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July 13, 2013

Flowers in Central Park

I am taking Mary Ann Moss' online class SEWN - and last weekend I painted patterns for the class each morning at a lovely outdoor café in Central Park.  I had great fun spontaneously painting - loosely - and with watercolor, gouache,, watercolor crayons, markers, and calligraphy pens.  These were lovely mornings,  the flowers were in full bloom, and I painted a few. 

I feel so fortunate to have lovely flowers and an amazing Park in the middle of this big city.

 

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July 8, 2013

Bookbinding Adventure - July

I am making Folded Books for July - as part of my year long Bookbinding Challenge. 

My first book, a Folder Journal, was adapted from an article in Cloth Paper Scissors magazine from Jan-Feb 2011 (Heidi Sekovski and Karin Winter).  Here is my sketchbook page, with collage samples of my materials and a small painting of the book cover.  The book is folded from a classic manilla file folder and then constructed by machine sewing, gluing, and stamping, etc. 

I covered the "pages" and "pockets" of the book with an MTA bus and subway map from New York City and colored the manila folder with stamp inks,  I made cards for the pockets with watercolor paper/paint which was laminated to graph paper on the reverse side. 

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Here are the front cover, two page spreads, and the back cover. I am adding an index card to each pocket with specific To-Do items for the days. But when I'm ready to retire the journal, I can write or draw on the graph paper on the back of each card.  Note:  The spine is a 1" strip of my dyed fabric, sewn to a two inch wide strip of the map.  I then glued it over the spine.

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I also made samples of 7 other types of Folded Books - all taken from Alisa Golden's 2010 Lark book  called Making Handmade Books: 100+ Bindings, Structures, & Forms.  None of the other books in my library has so many different types of folded books, making it a great project for this month.  Note:  This book contains material from her first  two books, with additional material, but it is not immediately apparent from the cover or title page.

Here is a photo of all 7 sample books - laid out on a 14 x 17" piece of cardboard for a size comparison.  

Top Row:  Shorts Book/Ox-Plow Pamphlet, Pants Book/Simple Accordion, Snake Book, Twist Card

Bottom Row: T-Cut Book, Guest Book, and Crown Binding

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I think that I will enlarge some of these and make them as cards and quick gifts.  My favorites are the T-cut book and the crown binding.

T-Cut Book: I glued in the Venetian Paper on the front and back of the "doors" that open and on the inner layer.  I can imagine many ways to decorate the doors and the inside to make artist books or cards/letters.

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Crown Binding:  This is an amazing structure - once you get the spine folded.  There are actually folded tabs that hold single folios in place.  In the first photo, the triangle tabs are folded down over the folio.  In the second photo, I unfolded the top tab so you could see how the folios are held in place. There are 4 folios in this sample book.   I glued the finished book into a soft blue cover.

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July 5, 2013

This Week in New York City

This is a quiet week in New York City - as many people leave the city over the Holiday.  Last Friday my husband and I went to see the current Maurice Sendak exhibit at the Society of Illustrators.  WOW!!  My children grew up with his books, starting with Where the Wild Things Are and the Nutshell Library.  We then bought In The Night Kitchen and Outside over There when they were published.  I thought that I knew his illustrations, but I really never appreciated his drawing skills and draftsmanship until I saw the originals one week ago.  He is a master of pen drawing - crosshatching and lines. 

One of my favorite Sendak characters was Really Rosie and my children, and now grandchildren, love the video with Carole King.  So to commemorate this amazing exhibit in my sketchbook, I copied a sketch of her!

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On Wednesday I went to Battery Park for their adult art programs - Nature in Wagner Park in the morning and Figure Drawing in the afternoon.  Thank goodness I had fun painting two flowers - because we were caught in a freak downpour at 2:30 and our outdoor figure drawing session was cancelled.

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I'm taking another Mary Ann Moss online class.  My first introduction to her was with her "Remains of the Day (ROD)" class which I adored. 

This past Christmas I took her Ticket to Venice on-line class - and made a unique long stitch book and accompanied her to Venice through photos, postcards, and many videos.  I was in Venice 6 months before Mary Ann and relived my fabulous vacation!

Yesterday her "SEWN" class started - a summer fun class for making lots of patterns on papers which will then be sewn in other projects.  I signed up without knowing the details because I LOVE her classes.  She has a huge following and there was growing excitement about the start date for this class - although anyone can sign up for the class at anytime.  Yesterday several hundred class members made sheets and sheets of patterns - pure play - disengaging our brains and just painting.

I made several sheets of patterns using watercolors and then created one page in my sketchbook just to commemorate the new class.  Can't wait to do the same today, using acrylic inks. 

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July 1, 2013

Subway - Bus People Sketches

I started drawing faces while doing the exercises in Carla Sonheim's book Drawing Lab.  The first 60+ were done on watercolor paper and painted with watercolor paints or pencils.  Then a friend gave me a small leather book with drawing paper and I now carry that with me all the time.  So the series changed from color to black and white.  

I try to sketch people when I'm on the bus or subway, but sometimes they leave too quickly, or the crowd blocks my sight-line.  These are ones during the last few months.  I just counted up my faces in the 2 groups and I am over 100!

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June 28, 2013

Bookbinding Adventure - June

I just finished two Japanese Stab Books - one with a soft cover and the other with a hinged hard cover.  Each month since January I researched a book structure and made one or two books to increase my skills. 

January: 2 Coptic books

February: 2 Long stitch leather books

March:  Flag book with samples of paste papers I made that month

April: 2 Accordion books

May: A portfolio 

June: 2 Japanese stab books - with Classic 4 hole stitching pattern

 

I make case bound watercolor books for my daily sketches/paintings and discovered that I love making books.  This is a fun project for the year partly because I love the reading, research, and problem solving.  Now I need to decide on additional structures to make in July-December. 

 

Soft Cover Stab Book: Size - 8"wide x 5.5" high    16 Pages     Canson Mi Tientes cover and text paper pages.  Black waxed linen thread.  A Gelli print was added to the cover.  My research notes and methods are in this notebook and I made it to practice the stitching pattern.

 

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Hinged Hard Cover Stab Book:  Size 8.5" wide X 7" high   24 Pages  Tex Libris book cover, Strathmore 400 Drawing paper, Paste paper was used for the inset on the cover and the end papers, Waxed black linen thread.  I will use this book for figure drawing practice when my current sketchbook is completed.

 

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 The Paste Paper End Papers

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