Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Studio Sale (and Way Back Machine)

I wish someone would slow the time machine down.  June has really gotten away from me.  July next week?  Really?  I have pages in progress in my DLP Journal.  Hope to finish enough to share soon.

It's always great to hear from people you haven't heard from in a long time.  My friend Gaye Medbury is famous for her studio art sales and always has the best finds and the best deals.  So, if you were someone who is clearing out your studio and needed to find a home for your treasures, Gaye is a good person to contact! 

Remember Gayle Burkins?  Fantastic bookbinder, artist, teacher, clever mind...  She used to teach at Art Continuum, Stampaway, and other venues.  She has retired from teaching and is selling her 30 year accumulation of rubber stamps, bookbinding supplies, tools, book cradles, mixed media, book kits, and finished art, plus lots of other things.  I wish I had pictures to show you.  Like I said, real treasures.  If you live anywhere near Louisville, KY, you owe yourself a day trip to check it out!!

Gaye and I drove to Cincinnati in two cars to Gayle's condo and brought home, well, two car loads!  (Could have brought more, but us three old ladies were exhausted carrying things up the basement steps!)  The sale will be at Gaye's on Saturday, June 27, 9 a.m. to ?  If you need the address, email me at the address link under my profile here on this blog.  (If you have been there before, you know to not park on her husband's grass.  Do ... Not..!!!)  If you can't come, but know someone who might be interested, pass it along!!

I bribed Gaye and Gayle to let me post their picture.  I think it's a great picture, but they both wanted to curse me... We're all friends here, right?  Such good times we all used to have.  So glad to see this face from the past and laugh over old times!!

Hope to see many of you in Louisville!! 

Friday, June 5, 2015

DLP Week 20

Making progress, slowly!  I finished DLP Journal assignment for Week 20 (still with the May theme of Texture).  The challenge was to use modeling paste.  If you didn't have any, you could substitute drywall spackle, or use an online recipe to make your own. 

Wasn't a problem for me to dig out some modeling paste.  In fact, I had several things to pick from, none of which I have used much.  So, for my page, I decided to use them all... modeling paste, molding paste, fiber paste, and wood icing. 

I started out by putting down a layer of white gesso, then yellow and orange color, then stenciling reddish orange over that.
I spread the pastes through a feather stencil, using acrylic paint to color each of the pastes. 

For the fiber paste, I found a baggie of some experimental pieces from a couple of years ago.  I had tinted the fiber paste with blue acrylic paint, then used a palette knife to spread several pieces out on freezer paper.  Once the pieces dried, I peeled them up... and never used them for anything.  I had heard you can sew through it, punch holes in it, etc.  So I punched holes and sewed a piece to a tag.   
To finish off the double page spread, I used Inktense pencil to make boxes around each example, used purple paint around the border, scribbled some words around the edge with a bright Moonlight gelly roll pen, and made notes about the samples.
I'm pretty  happy with it.  I'll be interested to see how well these feathers hold up over time, as I continue to work in the journal.