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 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.
Be sure to follow #portalscollaboration on Facebook to see the book progress as other artists add their work.
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.
We are now just days away from a new baby arriving in my family. I am making a little book for my niece, who is the mother-to-be, for her to keep memories of those first precious months.
The book features all sorts of pockets, magnetic flaps and little spaces to store precious photos, mementos and tags to record milestones and memories. On some of the pages I used Gypsy Soul chipboard to create three-dimensional elements and frames.
I love making art journals, junk journals and other forms of books. However, embarking on one of these is always a huge time-consuming project…or at least it was until I discovered the joy of making tiny art journals.
It was easy to make a complete journal in an evening. What’s more, the finished project is just so much fun.
Making this piece was so liberating. After experiencing a horrible, no good, really bad day, all I wanted to do was crawl under the bedcovers, but knew that I had too many upcoming projects I needed to work on.
Instead of retreating from the world, I pulled out some some sea-themed chipboard pieces because the waterways always soothe my soul. To keep things simpler, I decided to limit my palette to only two colors beyond black and white.
I found this decision liberating as my project came together lickety-split–which for me, the world’s slowest artist, is nothing short of miraculous.
Actually, I have been going beyond more than just one comfort zone. I have been trying a lot of new things–from starting art product lines, to growing friendships and alliances in the art industry, to expanding the kinds of art I make to opening up about last year’s health scare.