Friday, October 16, 2015

52-Weeks of Book Binding, Journals and more...

Week 42
Rubber Band Book

The idea for this book came from Kari McKnight-Holbrook's DVD "Backgrounds To Bindings".

Kari shows you how to create a journal using one sheet of 22" X 30" watercolor paper into a beautifully colored book for embellishing, journaling, collaging or to use in any way that brings out your creative spirit.

You start off with a 22" X 30" piece of watercolor paper and start layering by first adding texture, which can be old book pages, collage papers or anything else you have on hand that you would like to use.

Then you start adding color.  You can pick 2-3 colors, but I would say no more than three.  You can stencil, stamp, print, etc. on your paper.  I first started with the color blue, ranging from light to dark,

and then added my second color, purple, ranging from light to dark.  You can use any color combination, but be careful not to add colors that are opposite on the colorwheel from each other, otherwise you will end up with mud.  If you really like these colors together, then wait until one color dries before adding the next.

I folded the paper in half so that the two halves are now 15" X 22" (DO NOT TEAR JUST FOLD).  Now tear your paper into thirds, lengthwise.  Now you have three sheets that are 30" long.  Fold each side toward the center fold line and glue.  Punch holes in your book using a Japanese hole punch.  

Using small rubber bands, loop one end into one hold and the other end into the other hold. 

I used a paint brush to use to go through the loops, but you can use a pencil, chopstick, etc. Finish looping the rubber bands to the remaining holes.

Viola!  Your book is done!

For more information on Kari McKnight-Holbrook, or more inspirations, check out her website here.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

52-Weeks of Book Binding, Journals and more...

Week #41

This weeks post is about the "Journal Cover" and not so much about the book.
I have been wanting to make a tall skinny journal, a clock journal and a Steampunk journal.  So, this time around, I created all three into one journal.

Front Cover
The book is 10-1/2" X 4", which takes care of the tall skinny part of the journal.  I added all sorts of gadgets and gears and a little of this and a little of that.  So, that took care of the Steampunk part of the journal.  I added a real working clock part to the front cover and that takes care of the clock part of the journal.  So with all of the above, I combined the three journals I wanted to make into one.
I cut two pieces of chipboard 10-1/2" X 4".  I painted the covers first with white gesso.  Using stencils I added textured pasted and then spritz different colors on top.  I added Diva Inka Silver and glued everything down with E-6000.  For the pages, I used Strathmore Tonal Gray paper, which worked well with the cover.

Back Cover
On the back cover, I added just a few embellishments.  I used the Codex binding technique to bind my pages to together and then glued the front and back pages to the covers.

There you have it.  Three journals in one!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Creating Mandalas: How to Draw & Create Mandala Art

My Book "Creating Mandalas: How to Draw & Create Mandala Art" is being feature in the Cloth Paper Scissors Website. 

Example from the book.
In the book you can explore all the different types of mandalas, practice creating your own, and step-by-step instructions on both beginner and expert level patterns to further develope and challene your skills.  You will get tips for creative designs, patterns, and coloring techniques with more than 40 examples to learn from.

You can go to the Cloth Paper Scissors website and pre-order the book.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Zentangle Classes

Basic Zentangles 101

I taught a Basic Zentangle class at Monica's Quilt and Bead Creations on Saturday, October 3rd.

These ladies did a fabulous job on their tiles.  
They were inquisitive (always a good thing), anxious to learn and most importantly lots of fun.

They were able to complete three tiles.  They created a basic Zentangle tile, a mono-tangle and one combined to patterns that flowed into each other.  I think they all did a great job.

Friday, October 2, 2015

52-Weeks of Book Binding, Journals and more...

Week 40
"My Tall Bird Book"

This week's post was a matter of taking a lot of loose papers and putting them together to create this journal.  

I had some watercolor paper, Strathmore Bristol Paper and Artagain sheets of varying sizes.  I took all of the papers and cut them to fit the size of my cover.  The cover is from a 12" X 12" piece of matt board I had.

Watercolor Paper
Strathmore Bristol Paper (right)
Artagain (right)
The stencil I used was a stencil I had purchased from Stencil Girl Products, called "Tall Birds". Hence the name for my journal.  I used a white pen to trace the birds and title my journal.

I have to admit, this is not one of my favorite books, but I was able to use up some papers that were lying around.  Now it can be put to some good use.  Since there is watercolor paper, bristol paper and Artagain, it will make a good study book, I think.