Wednesday, October 19, 2011
I made this simple journal (about 7x7) by using up some recycling I had laying around in my studio and a few sheets of Rives light in cream that I wanted to try out for journaling. For the recycled bits I used some cardboard packing material from some books that I ordered and the brown kraft paper that was around my paper purchase from a local art supply store. The brown paper was then marbled to give it a decorative feel. It is bound together using a basic pamphlet stitch with three signatures that were stitched through the spine, leaving the stitches exposed on the outside.
All in all it was been a nice little journal that cost me nearly nothing to make, as the only thing I really purchased was the paper inside. It also let me try a new paper in a fun way, as I got to experiment on it in my journal as I worked my way through the book. I liked the paper but will continue to look for one I like better before I bind up a bunch of journals. Or really what I am more likely to do is bind several more small books with all of the varied paper I have on hand in my studio and decide from there if there is even such a thing as a completely perfect paper.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
I have been teaching a painting class this fall and we have been learning to create loose watercolor landscapes.
I have to say I really enjoyed teaching this lesson and I made a lot of little landscapes over the course of the week and a half we spent on this unit.
The focus was working quickly and layering washes to create a strong sense of distance. We also covered creating trees, clouds, and using salt to create textured ground effects.