June 20, 2010

It's June 20th!!

Happy Father's Day to all dads no matter what form they take.

May 25, 2010

Techniques book

Recently I've been doing up these technique books - actually more of a technique journal. I'll play and experiment with different mediums and tools to see how something looks and how it changes if I try something new. My problem was that something that works on paper didn't work the same way on a different surface like canvas or acrylic so I made up this book that has different mediums as pages to try it out.

The text block is made of 5 signatures. One signature was made with one pre gessoed canvas leaf and one vinyl leaf, each sandwiched between 2 sheets of drawing weight cardstock. The text block was then stitched into a hand bound cover.

This one has black gessoed canvas

Canvas and Vinyl page. Vinyl lets me see what acrylic would look like but without the rigidity.

Tip: Don't use yarn when using the Secret Belgian Binding. It stretches too much and you end up getting frustrated and throwing things.

May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Day to anyone that takes care of anyone.

April 25, 2010

Roses glow

These were made using the Tim Holtz Tattered Flowers die and My Mind's Eye flocked paper and while I thought they were pretty cool before I glazed them, I really like how they turned out after being coated with UTEE. The UTEE thing has a bit of a learning curve, I've found. One of my peeps and I were playing with her mom's melting pot and almost a whole pound of UTEE to learn that
  1. Work fast, this stuff cools quickly
  2. Work fast, it scorches in the pot and turns yellow
  3. Don't work too fast, it's really hot and burns are a bitch
  4. Make sure you use the right setting on the pot
  5. Don't use the heat gun to speed up the melting process, it makes a HUGE mess
  6. Not everything looks good dipped in the stuff - felt for instance. Flocked paper leaves fuzzies behind too

April 4, 2010

Books, books and more books

So...I've been slack. Actually more like so busy I don't even have time to sleep. I think I've done 6 layouts since last summer? I've still managed to collect more stuff though and over the last couple weeks I've made the attempt to use my new toys AND try to reduce my stash by making books. I've been able to use up 4 whole paper collections, including the die cuts, use all my brand new Tim Holtz Sizzix dies, stabbed my fingers repeatedly AND spill an entire bottle of PVA glue across my table. Now it's time for show and tell...

Books with Japanese Stab Binding
I used My Mind's Eye Ooh La La collections for these and I stabbed fingers twice and broke 2 needles doing these.

Flat spine casing and hand sewn signatures

This one is the end result of an entire Basic Grey collection pack, 3 bloody fingertips and a whole cup of spilt PVA glue to clean up off the table and floor.

This was kinda fun, I played with the individual page edges and sizes. I want to use it for an art journal so I'm going to cut windows into some of the pages at a later date.

Last but not least, my Star Book.

I got my hot little paws on the new Tim Holtz dies from Sizzix and I was so geeked by them. I'm not a fan of die cuts, I actually have a hard time scrapping with them since I never think of using them but I'm in loooove with these. I especially like how the finished die cut edges turned out and Marah Johnaon's Chivalry line is to die for. All the edges, the flourishes and the flower are die cut from the collection. What I learned doing this one is that 8 points is too many, it gets too heavy for the book to support so when you hang it, it's bottom heavy and the star isn't symmetrical, that and if you have ink on your fingers while managing to stab yourself, you might end up with a permanent tattoo...