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Eight Artists collaborate on Portals to raise awareness about ALS

Eight Artists collaborate on Portals to raise awareness about ALS

It’s been more than a minute since I made a blog post. I’ve pretty much stopped blogging and just post pictures on social media. However, I wanted to share a recent project that I spearheaded.

Portals is a handmade book collaboration with seven other mixed media artists. Ann Sullivan Barnes, Cassie Lynch, Joyce Holmes Shaulis, Lora Mahaffey, Dilys Brundage, Deatria Cameron and Lindy Gligorijevic.

I created the book, index page for each artist to include her bio info and my own two-page spread.
My two page spread in the portals book. Each page has a portal of some sort. Of course, there’s lots of found object rusty goodness as well.

Portals Page by Me- Betsy Skagen
This gorgeous spread is by Dilys Brundage
Ann Sullivan Barnes created these inspirational pages.

I was inspired to start this collaboration because of my dear friend Joan Stookey Harring who was diagnosed with ALS last year. Once the book is completed, I hope we can auction it to raise funds for the fight against ALS.

Cassie Lynch has so much wonderful detail in her pages.

Page by Cassie Lynch

Be sure to follow #portalscollaboration on Facebook to see the book progress as other artists add their work.

Introducing the Art-i-ful Journal

Introducing the Art-i-ful Journal

I made a new journal that was not quite an art journal and not quite a junk journal…so I decided to create a new category…the Art-i-ful Journal!

The Artiful Journal combines some of the best elements of art journals, junk journals and the almost-forgotten trend of altered books. Artiful Journals are bursting at the seams with mixed media art, ephemera, pockets, pull outs and tags. They have more interactive elements than traditional art journals and far too much thought and artistry put in them too be labelled as a junk journal.

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