Monday, July 17, 2017

Mandala Monday Book


Indian Theme

Another Mandala for Monday and that is a good thing since today is Monday.

I had an idea for this Mandala, however, it did not quite come out exactly like I wanted.  
But then again, I was not quite sure how I wanted this to be.

I wanted sort of an Indian Theme to my Mandala.  
I think it came out pretty good, since I was in a hurry to get this done today.

I am surprised no matter how many Mandalas I draw, each one is different; each one is unique.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Calendars 2017


Did you know July's birthstone is the ruby, which symbolizes contentment? 

Did you know its birth flowers are the Larkspur or the Water Lily?

Did you know the zodiac signs for the month of July are Cancer (until July 22 and Leo (July 23 onwards)?

Did you know July is the seventh month of the year?

Did you know it is the fourth month to have the length of 31 days?

Did you know it was named by the roman Senate in honor of the Roman general, Julius Caesar, it being the month of this birth?  Prior to that, it was called Quintilis.

Did you know July 1st is International Tartan Day?

Did you know July 2nd is World UFO Day?

Did you know July 3rd is Women's Day?

Of course you know July 4th is Independence Day (United States), or is it?

Did you know July 5th is World Environment Day?

Did you know July 6th is National Fried Chicken Day (United States)?

Did you know July 10th is Beatles Day (Liverpool and Hamburg)?  It is also Nikola Tesla Day and Statehood for Wyoming.

Did you know July 11th is World Population Day?

Did you know July 27th is Martyrs and Wounded Soldiers Day (Vietnam)?

Did you know July 30th is International Day of Friendship?

Did you know there are now only 153 days remaining until the end of the year?

Well there are....

Sunday, June 25, 2017


Making Paper

I made handmade paper today.  It surprise myself, because that was not my intent today. The weather being as hot as it was, however, inspired me to go outside and create something.  Not that I enjoy the heat by any means.  In fact I hate the heat, but for making papers, it was ideal.  That meant I could work outside and my papers would dry quickly.

Although I did not really know what I was doing, I still had fun.  I decided the papers I would make today, would be my trials and errors and I would just have fun experimenting.  And I did.

So, today I figured out how much paper to use to make my pulp, to get the desired thinness of the paper I wanted.  I also learned that less is more when it comes to adding leaves and flowers and the like.  I like my papers a little less decorated.  I did not like the paper being thick. One of my papers came out extra thick.  Did not like that.  It made it feel more like Khadi Paper.  I do like Khadi paper, but for my purpose, it was not what I wanted.  

I got my paper making kit from "Paper Alice".  She has several different sizes, but the kit that I purchased was the 8-1/2" X 11".  I have been wanting to make paper for a long time now and when I saw her video, it inspired me to do so.

Perfect weather for making paper.  A perfect day well spent!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Book Binding

Book Binding Class

I had my Book Binding Class yesterday and I must say it was lots of fun. 
My students were Charlotte Carpentier and Lynell Harlow.

Above is the book I made with my students.  The front and back covers of my book were covered from a couple of magazine pages I found in the magazine "Breathe".

I added a decorative pocket to the back of my book, so I can stash away notes or what nots.

Here is what the back cover of the book looks like.

Here is Charlotte's:

Didn't she do a really good job?  I think so.  
She used a wall paper sample to cover the covers of her book.  She cut out some of the design and backed it with red Latka Paper.

I am sorry to say I do not have a picture of Lynell's book.

This is what you missed out on.  Books for journaling, drawing or whatever you heart desires.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Mandala Monday Book


Another Mandala for Monday.
 I did this one this morning and am surprise at how quickly I was able t create this one. 

 I am enjoying the process and seeing what comes out of my head and translate out my hands.  
Sometimes they are not always the same.

This one had a totally different look before I added the black dots on it.  It also did not seem quite finished just being round, but when I added the outside square, that completed the whole design.

Sunday, June 11, 2017


Zine 1
(Pronounced "Zeen")

I know, your thinking "what the heck are you doing, drawing and writing every which way?"
Well, I happened to stumble upon these cute little miniature magazines, called Zines.
They can be anything you want, from political, to just plain nonsense and can be anywhere from 2-3/4" X 4-3/4" to 5-1/2" X 8-1/2" and anything in between.

The paper is folded in such a way that you end up with 8 sections.  A front and back...

page 1 & 2...

page 3 & 4...

...and page 5 & 6.

When I saw these, I thought I'd try it out and see what I could come up with for my Zine.  Of course, once again, it took a life all of it's own.  I was going to do more writing, but it turned out more interactive instead.

I used stickers, some images from a magazine and most everything else was drawn free hand, even the writing, printing and lines.

It's nice when you try something new and you not only enjoy the process,
but everything comes together so nicely.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Mandala Monday Book

My Mandala Book

I have been wanting to do this book for quite some time now, but life happened and things kept creeping in ahead of this book.  I think I created this book, last year sometime.

The design I drew was totally unexpected, as I planned something totally different, but as I was creating what I thought what was in my head, this popped out instead.  Funny how that happens.  However, I managed to fine some time yesterday to at least make the front cover design.

 It is a simple accordion style book, approximately 6" X 6".  It is was made from left over strips from another book I was making.  

The left over strips were approximately 22"  which I used two, but I do not think it is quite 44" long.  

I plan on drawing half circles, quarter circles and some that are split and continue onto the next page.  It is a bit hard to see, but I have already started to draw in some of the circles.

I look forward to seeing what designs emerge from my head as my hands try to translate what I perceive what my eyes are seeing.