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Worktable Wednesday

At this time, I'm a bit stumped for a storyline for this week's Improv book. I'm not too worried because it's still early in the week. I decided to start off by carving a rubber stamp of a porcupine. This was a fun stamp to work on, although it had a lot of fine detail. Quills are hard! In the images below you can see how the stamp progressed through the carving process. Here's the final stamp. I'm pretty proud of this one. I'm not sure how (or if) I'll use it in the final book, but it's a start. I'm debating whether or not to make a Nutella stamp, but I think I need a specific purpose for it first. Come back on Saturday to see how it all
28 Jan 2015 Continue Reading

Book Arts Improv: Week #4 Themes

Many thanks to everyone who entered the final week of this year's Book Arts Improv! Here's this week's winning entry... ...number 1! Congrats to Velma! This week's themes are as follows: An embarrassing way to die: spoonful of nutella stuck in your mouth World’s worst message from a fortune cookie: HA!!!!! Fill in the blank: A ______ walks into a bar… porcupine The Book Arts Improv grand prize winner will be drawn on Monday, February 2nd - the prize is a set of books that includes one of each of the four books created during the Improv. Everyone who has posted suggestions for the past four weeks will be entered into the drawing. If you have participated in the Improv for more than one week, each week’s post will count as one entry –
27 Jan 2015 Continue Reading

Book Arts Improv: Call #4

Welcome to the final week of the 5th Annual Book Arts Improv! In case you're new here, in a nutshell, the Improv is a four-week stretch of improvisational bookmaking. Depending on the content and complexity of the book, an edition of three or more will be created each week. Here's the last call for suggestions: An embarrassing way to die World's worst message from a fortune cookie Fill in the blank: A ______ walks into a bar... To participate in the Improv, just comment on this post with a response for each of the three categories listed above. I'd like to keep this suitable for all audiences, so please, nothing offensive. I will accept suggestions until 5:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, January 27th. On that day, one entry will be selected at
25 Jan 2015 Continue Reading

Book Arts Improv Book #3: James Bond’s Bad Day

As I mentioned earlier in the week, I found myself quickly drawn to a few ideas when thinking about this week's Improv themes. However, things didn't really click for me until this morning. It was the martinis that did it. I became obsessed with why you never see James Bond in a bad mood. Sure, he gets in tight situations, but he's always on his game. It bugged me and it had to change. So, here are the themes I was working with this week... An Irish drinking song: The Moonshiner Something that’s comforting: our Tatra Mt. Sheepdog, Dolina Famous last words: “I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis” ...and here's James Bond's Bad Day: The bookboard covers, carved with an inset of a martini glass, were covered with a gold
24 Jan 2015 Continue Reading

Worktable Wednesday

Today I started working on this week’s Improv book and as per my usual, I've been adding inspirations to my Improv Pinterest board. One of the pins is for the Irish drinking song The Moonshiner, which has really fun lyrics. I especially like the line - "If you don't like me, leave me alone". I think I have my cranky pants on today. I guessed that Marianna's dog had a meaningful name and I wasn't wrong. According to Wikipedia: Dolina is a Slavic toponym, meaning "valley" or "dale". What a lovely choice! For whatever reason, I found myself drawn to Hedi Kyle's Crown Binding. I've made the binding before, but not for an artists' book. I decided to make a model as a refresher, so I followed Alisa Golden's directions
21 Jan 2015 Continue Reading

Book Arts Improv: Week #3 Themes

Many thanks to everyone who entered this week's Book Arts Improv! And now, this week's winning entry... ...number 5! Congrats to Marianna! This week's themes are as follows: An Irish drinking song: The Moonshiner Something that's comforting: our Tatra Mt. Sheepdog, Dolina Famous last words: “I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis” The last call for suggestions will be posted on Sunday, January 25th and they will be completely different from those posted this week. Come back to see this week's completed book on Saturday!
20 Jan 2015 Continue Reading

Book Arts Improv: Call #3

Welcome to the third week of the 5th Annual Book Arts Improv! In case you're new here, in a nutshell, the Improv is a four-week stretch of improvisational bookmaking. Depending on the content and complexity of the book, an edition of three or more will be created each week. Introducing this week's questions: An Irish drinking song Something that's comforting Famous last words To participate in the Improv, just comment on this post with a response for each of the three categories listed above. I'd like to keep this suitable for all audiences, so please, nothing offensive. I will accept suggestions until 5:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, January 20th. On that day, one entry will be selected at random and not only will that person’s suggestions be used for that week's book,
18 Jan 2015 Continue Reading