13 August 2018

Tiny observation journal


I am going to the UK August 6-23. I WAS going to go to Festival of Quilts to see Laura and Linda's exhibition. Now that it is cancelled due to health, I have scraped all my plans. I am still going but will spend the two weeks traveling to Wales, around the England and Scotland with my son, Russ, daughter in law, Fiona, and my two grandsons. We will be making many stops for the boys and I will use that time to make "observations". In my tiny journal I will be documenting, sights, sounds, tastes, snatches of random conversations as well as documenting with camera all sort of interesting and textural things. 
A friend came over today and it was a perfect time to make journals together. This will be strictly for written observations and it will include an envelope for ephemera, odd bits of paper, leaves and whatever captures my magpie eye.



Mine above and my friend, Debs, below. What fun we had!!


11 August 2018

Before I left


When I carry my handbag I have a mobile phone pocket so I have never needed a case. Now that I am traveling without a handbag I do need some sort of protection. I decided to look on my shelves for something soft and found a basket of nuno felted squares and scraps. These are wool felted with silk chiffon.


I sewed two together then added a pointy scrap to act as a flap




As you can see by the stitching on the flap I also added Velcro to keep it closed.


Then I placed this button, which was a gift from my friend Rita, on the flap to see how it looked.


Purple and Green. I like it. Now to tie it on.



Hand dyed pearl cotton with purple glass beads. I'm ready to roll.

Thanks for reading,
Beth

09 August 2018

Judith's playdate part 2


I have had to postpone this post because of the MidSummer Maine II event posts. You have probably forgotten but Judith came over a week after our last date and we were going to do books except Judith brought all her supplies to do collage - so collage it was. I had spent a few days folding signatures, covering book board with paste paper and making holes. Well, those two books will be a project for another day

Because of Judith extensive work in printmaking, she had a wonderful collection of papers. Ask if I took pictures of her work? NO! I did however take pictures of my feeble attempts to do a collage.



I especially liked the running stitches with my hand dyed thread and the circle print of parchment paper I roasted beets on.


Batiked newsprint, painted paper and paper with pastels and a watercolor wash then punched with a square punch.


Sky was soot from a candle, painted buckrum and papers with oil pastel and watercolor wash.


And now for the exciting part (for me). I have been through a few months of wondering where I am going and how I will get there. I have rededicated myself to my art work and have made a vow to do something everyday that is creative and feed the path I want to be going down. These pieces are a few of them. I am unafraid of what others think of my work. I am just starting out. These are all exercises that will hopefully take me where I want to go. I have three friends who have had cancer diagnosis in the last few months and after my dance with breast cancer, I know each day is precious. I will never be famous but I want to be happy with my art work. I actually do others things as a volunteer which are significant and help others which is why I am alive right now. But in my "free" time, I can develop my art work.

Thanks for reading,
Beth

06 August 2018

Water Jar


My neighbor had a fourth of July yard sale and look what I found. I have been looking for a heavy glass jar to wash my brushes out and the blue green colored glass was a bonus.


My friend Rita whom I've written about gave me a pen cleaning demonstration so I washed out my fountain pens and posed them with my jar.



This is a quickie sketch of my new jar and clean pens.


Two Lamy's and a Duke flex nib.

I am leaving for my trip to the UK today. I was going to go to Festival of Quilts to see Laura and Linda Kemshall big exhibition but now that it's cancelled I won't be going there just traveling around Cornwall, Yorkshire, Wales and Scotland for two weeks. Meanwhile I have scheduled posts so you won't even know I'm missing!!

Thanks for reading,
Beth

02 August 2018

My Sticks


Marcella brought a  great collection of sticks that washed up on the beach near her house. They were intended to use when making mark making tools. However I grabbed these two for myself. I am going to "do something" to them. Watch this spot.



I love the top stick with that amazing twist. It almost looks like someone reaching over their head.


The bottom stick had bark that sloughed off and these cool boring insect tracts. I will try to get a close-up so you can see the incremental bites the insects made.













What a great twist

Thanks for reading,
Beth

30 July 2018

MidSummer Maine II last day


Rain was forecast for today but the sun prevailed most of the day. We had a chance to do our mark making with India ink in the driveway and as they dried in the drying rack, we worked on adding other media to scraped painted paper.



I started with a very pale piece of scraped painted paper and added oil pastels, watercolors, liquid chalk, correction fluid, white India ink (yes, there is such a thing), plain colored chalk and acrylic paint. If you look at the background, that was the pale paper I started with as a first layer.


I had another sheet which I had worked on a few years ago in a similar fashion using the same techniques and materials. It was so awful I never intended to use it but I needed two sheets in order to demonstrate weaving so I went back into this sheet and added more marks.


I sliced them into strips and wove them together first in one direction then another to see which was the most pleasing to me. This was the final weaving.


We spent most of the afternoon making prints with various sized and shaped gellis.





Last we look the marked papers with India ink and sliced and wove them




I really loved both of these workshops and although they had the same name, they were both very different.  I laid out the choices of which techniques or materials I would demonstrate and let the participants decide what they wanted to do. I think almost everyone is returning next year.

I can say without a doubt I set out the most intensive array of materials and set up and break down was LONG. There were no lack of materials.

The next event will be the Maine Event September 14, 15, and 16. Until then I will be making and also traveling to meet people, visit art museums and favorite places while I sketch and paint.

Thanks for reading,
Beth

26 July 2018

MidSummer Maine II day two

 Another perfect day in Paradise and we were all set to go. We spent today finishing up our books and filling them with various techniques. We decided to take a motif, like a circle , and use as many techniques and we could come up with in an hour to express "circle". In the past I did an entire book using milkweed pods as a motif. It really makes you reach outside of the box mining for ideas.


























The we explored different techniques








and we made some fabric beads for future embellishments - fun!




Dripping multicolored paints