Monday, October 17, 2011

Automatic Journal

Automatic writing journal..what is it you ask? A place to write thoughts good and bad ,doubts and wishes. To do or not to do lists or pretty much anything floating around your head that will probably not make sense to anyone but you. A journal to express those repressed purge your mind so you can think more clear and move on. The journal I'm using is a hand bound one with watercolor and stone henge papers hand sewn with a codex binding so it will lay flat and has the look of a Coptic bound book but much faster to make...Try some automatic writing for yourself its quite freeing!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

My paper stacks

Hi everyone! here is my paper stack.Included in the stack are little booklets,watercolor papers waiting to be bound ,journals and rice paper scrolls.I hope you leave a small comment so i know you've been here..I'm looking forward to seeing yours!
 To see who else is participating go to Seth's blog at The Altered Page

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Paper Stacks

I'm looking forward to September 21st...
My Face book friend Seth Apter from The Altered Page posted a beautiful picture last week of a stack of papers and books.When I seen this I thought how just a simple picture could be so powerful .The papers all painted,one group tied with a ribbon were inviting to look at,If you were able to unstack them I'm sure you would find many little treasures.That made me think of how many artists have their own stacks of papers on tables,book selves and desks and I know that they would be just as interesting to see so I made a comment or blurted out a suggestion to him for us to share ours with him and all of you,He is very kind and agreed so please go to his site and join in! Get stacking!

Monday, September 12, 2011

pattern repeats

Hand painted pattern repeats on rice paper..This is what i set out to do this past weekend why i don't know!I had a thought run through my head, a challenge of sorts.I wanted to experiment with rice paper
(Kozo ) I have a roll of it and boy its wonderful! Its soft to the touch yet strong to work with
The idea of repeat patterns for me is a way to create something unique in mark making in small easy steps.I hope to develop a personal motif that i can use as a stamp for my other works like a signature
When I did this this weekend i tried hard not to think of where i was going to put my first mark or what kind,I used watercolors they themselves have a mind of their own so that helped allot.
One dot on the paper with my brush and the color spread followed by another...
I did fold my rice paper into grids so i would have a guideline to follow and just repeated up and down the paper and letting my mind wonder...try this yourself use whatever papers you wish, you will see how your own unique mark will show up over a short time

Monday, August 29, 2011

Doodle map

Thought I would share a little project with you! This morning i was going through some paper i had stashed and found a few sheets of ingress paper,Ive never tried it with watercolors and thought what the heck lets give it a whirl! I tore down a sheet into small pieces and splashed watercolors on and let the color flow where it wanted and let it dry

I came back a little bit later and took a long look and thought that it kinda looked like a map..hmmm
What if I outlined all the little shapes of color?  I grabbed my favorite pen and just went with it... I did not really think about it to much I just started at one corner and doodled away and sipped my coffee :)

This was allot of fun i think ill have to do some more but bigger! and include some hand stitching to add texture.You can use whatever colors that appeal to you and doodle what you see I think that's the best part of it everyone see's something different..have fun :)

doodle map

Monday, August 22, 2011


Loving watercolors! ...Playing and experimenting  I'm finding out new things everyday.
The more you experiment the more you learn on your own.Even mistakes are a good thing!
Give yourself some time to really enjoy a new medium,figure out what you like what colors speak to you and heck even try some that you really don't care for at first they may surprise you!
This has been a good summer experiment so to make these papers into a book :)
I do have a facebook friend who loves watercolors as much as I do she is preparing for a workshop with them and you should jump on over to her blog and have a look. I have noticed her and i are very like minded and I'm starting to think shes my watercolor sister lol! Her name is Diana Trout and shes awesome!
Here are a few pics of just some of my little experiments

stacks of papers

not always pretty

Temple Wave (Japan)

Sunday, July 31, 2011

watercolor pencils

These are fun! Such beautiful colors in this smooth and blend perfectly!
I just wish i got the bigger set of 120,Ill just have to save up for them
or put them on my Christmas wish list :)
Ive tried them on hot and cold press paper with no problem at all, not like some watercolor pencils that when they dry you can see the pencil marks.These also lift with ease with little to no staining,you can go back in after they dry to glaze to build up color and are fun wet in wet.Ill take a pic of some experiments later to show you

Friday, July 29, 2011

Water World

Enjoying the beauty of watercolors,oh what fun!
How they mix on the paper (hot press) resulting in so many looks and textures the possibility's are endless

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Working on The Sea Of Silk today..So far I have needle felted it and rinsed away the stablizer and im getting ready to add more silk to it to create more texture.Next the hand embroidery then at last the beading..

Saturday, January 15, 2011

New Video

Hi everyone..The other day my new camera broke! But i was able to have it replaced thank goodness
and i was able to use the video i was working on that i saved to the SD card.This is a new piece I'm working on called Sea Of Silk so far I've done the basic layout of the silk that my camera is back i can continue filming some of the process

Thursday, January 13, 2011

A Sea Of Silk

Today I have been working of a new piece called A Sea Of Silk. Im just started the lay out of the fibers and just letting it happen,I work in a free flowing manner just letting myself lay down silk fibers without thinking to hard about where they will go,much like painting in abstract.Its in its early stages and much more work to be done..A lovely way to spend the morning.I am also filming parts of the process and when i get to the next stages I'll film more ..

Monday, January 10, 2011

A little bit of silk

Well today i had the chance at last to play with my new little video camera,I decided that this year is to be about documenting what i do as i said in my last post.I am shy to a degree and a little unsure about making videos and being brave! Last year or maybe a little longer i did do a few videos and put them on YouTube but for some reason i panicked and did not do any more.So here is a little one explaining about silk fibers that i use..

Saturday, January 1, 2011

A Creative New Year

A new year has begun! This year will be about documenting my creative works how ever small or large
pure silk yarn and threads
New book bindings and textile works,I hope to put together some small tutorials and learn how to make pdf files to download..