Friday, December 15, 2006
Last month I took a short portrait course. We worked with flashlight and soft boxes which gave beautiful light. Especially after trying out several positions and fiddling the camera!
This portrait was from the first lesson and I have worked it into this digital collage. The elements on the background were photos taken in France on a holiday.
Sunday, November 05, 2006
I used the new colour of my favorite brand acrylics ( Galeria from Winsor and Newton) Copper! It does not look well on this picture, but when you see it, it looks like I have used a thin copper sheet for the sides, it looks soooo good!
The spread is very simple, so I added a beaded fringe at the bottom of the pages. Here is a better view:
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Thank you all for making this book shine so brightly!
To see how the book started out, see: New book binded for next Round Robin: http://exploringart.blogspot.com/2006_03_05_exploringart_archive.html
And my own alterations at: Book of Dreams ready for the Round Robin
This was a wonderful RR. The name 'Crazy' refers to the idea that we had to go completely over the top with the alterations and decorations. Well, as you can see, this happend to my book. Despite the extra space that I created by binding in 'stubs' in the book, it is so filled that it can't be closed anymore. It feels so rich...!
I am thinking about making boxes for my altered books, so that they will survive the coming years. But in the meantime I place them in my workroom so that I can enjoy them everyday!
Sunday, October 15, 2006
This week, we received the book from the photography website http://www.ephotozine.com. The book: Guide to great photography, was created by the inventor of the website Peter Bargh and contains not only his photographs but a wealth of images taken by members of EPZ. Both my DH and I have two pictures in this book published, so I am mighty proud of that!
My images are featured in a portfolio on page 195, together with some text about my method of photography.
If you want a book with plenty of images, short tutorials, different subjects and styles, you will want this book. Never have I seen a photography book with so many inspirational images (even if mine were not in this book....). Especially since all styles of photographers are in here, this is an ultimate guide!
Thursday, October 05, 2006
I painted the silhouette of the tree, altered some images, stamped the text and added some fabric leaves. Now this book is sent to France for Pascale to work in.
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
It was a challenge to work with these pieces, especially with the composition. It also took more time than I thought, but then, I tend to change my ideas while I work - a bit too often...
Thursday, September 14, 2006
I had some watercolour paints with me, but transparant watercolours were not very suitable to try to capture the rugged landscape.
Luckily I just had bought the book: Paper, Metal & Stitch written by Maggie Grey and Jane Wild for me to read on vacation. I found some inspiration in it! The supermarché sold brown kraftpaper, needles and threads. Together with the cardstock wrappings of our groceries, I made several collages.
These materials suited much, much better! At home I added acrylic paint and mounted the collages on thick paper.
Saturday, August 05, 2006
This week I made some ATC's (Artist Trader Cards) for a swap on Europeanatc (Yahoo group for European traders). The theme was Maps. Earlier this week I bought a 50 year old atlas for 1 euro. The maps on it are not very, very old, but for instance the lettering was still done by hand and stencils. I really like that book and will use these maps in other projects of course.
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
A few weeks ago I went to Nellie de Mulder, an artist here in our village, to felt. Apart from the work that she sells, she also teaches felting classes. (See her website at: http://nelliedemulder.nl )
I tried to make pages for a felted book, and wanted to make simple 'drawings' in the felt. In the picture on top you can see how the wool was laid out on the cotton cloth. The fabric is used as a base for the felting and gives a very textural effect after felting. The picture was taken after the wool was felted a little bit.
On the other side of this 'page' I laid out another pattern. Then 3 different pages were felted by rolling them in bubble plastic and rolling over the table.
The felts were great. I like the rippled effect that the cotton fabric within causes. Just too bad that the pages were way to large for a felted book.
Cutting them up will loose the graphic designs on them. So I will probably end up making new, smaller pages for a felted book!
Friday, July 14, 2006
Shakti's book from the Crazy (over the top) Round Robin had a Goddess theme. A picture of an old painting was just what I needed for this spread. I found it hard to tie the elements together in this spread. Too bad that the picture does not show the organza and embroidery well....
Thursday, June 29, 2006
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Most of the time, I use double folded pages to make the tipin. It is easier to collage these pages.
Also, you don't have to worry about glueing the tipins in a book.
Monday, June 26, 2006
This month our group at Art_By_The_Month (on Yahoo) decided that June's theme would be trying a new technique or materials, or using materials that you did not use for a while.
Since it had been a few months since I made a book, I decided to go back to bookmaking. Too bad that sending selfmade books to the other side of the world was not an option for my budget, so I kept it simple and made smaller booklets.
The covers are from backgrounds that I was making for paintings which never worked for a painting - but works pretty well as a book cover!
There is just one signature of light paper, sewn with linen. The signature is connected to the cover with a ribbon. A closure was made by sewing buttons on the cover and twisting some hread around it.
They were fun to make. I might make some extra for little gifts.
Friday, June 23, 2006
I like my life when it is simple. Simple pleasures, simple things. This is a simple shot of just one eye of one of my cats: Pico. She was named after Picasso before we found out that she was female.
She looks a bit mean on this picture, but that is because she is mean! She is constantly in fight with her (lovely) sister Coco and regards the garden as her terrotority. Coco can count on an attack from Pico when she is not careful in the garden! And this has been going on for the last 10 years.....
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
This painting was finished in May, but it took a while before I took a photograph from it. It was done in oil paint, which I like to use for flower painting. A bit different is this painting though. I tend to make softer paintings, but this one has a lot of movement in it.
I made it after working on a larger soft painting of another iris, and wanted to make up all the paint that was left on the palette. Maybe that explains the difference?
Saturday, June 10, 2006
I had been working in our garden and could not resist picking this clematis. I put it in a simple glass and took several photographs with my favorite lens: a macro lens (105 mm Sigma).
Often, I like to capture the 'feeling' of a flower, its colour, shape or just the rippling of the petals. That is why most of the picture is soft, out of focus. What do you think, do all pictures need to be clear?
Sunday, May 28, 2006
After I made the decision to use that image, the words for the spread came up quite easily:
I tried out some foam stamps with ornaments, maybe a strange combination, but because I stamped them with bronze paint, it seams to fit well.
I also used some non woven polyester and distressed it with a paintstripper (seems to work as good as a heatgun). This was handsewn to the page - easier that glueing.
Am curious about the next book that is coming my way!
Saturday, May 20, 2006
Funny, I have lived my whole life in Holland, but it was only on a recent holiday in France, that I saw so many tulips in one week!
We were staying in Bretagne, near Ploughrescant, and the small cities that we visited for shopping were decorated with lots of flowers, mostly these beautiful striped tulips.
From my DH I got these tulips, back in Holland, on Mother's Day. Time for some photography!
This is just one of the pictures that I took.
The first time that I altered CD's. These are for the Yahoo group in which we send each other, every month, a piece of art. The theme this month was Music. Last month I received a winderful altered CD, so I wanted it to try it myself.
The backside of the CD is collaged with music paper and painted ricepaper.
During this project I was thinking of making a CD-book, in which the pages are all CD's with collage....
Friday, May 19, 2006
I made some tip-ins so because I needed more space to work out my idea.
The 'story' is about an adventurous family doing crazy things - except the main character: she only collects stamps....
Thursday, March 23, 2006
I like the simplicity of tags, they are ideal to use as a base for collages and they add interest to altered books as well. The tags were sent out to Holland, England and Australia.
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
The Book of Dreams is (almost) ready for the Round Robin. There will be some decorations added when the book comes home in 9 months.
On the cover I glued a digital collage from my photographs, on the book after adding sheer organza which was stitched with thread and some small beads.
The inside has a medium-transfer (layers of Golden Medium on a print, rubbing the paper off) of on old collage that I made a while ago.
The flap holds an envelope with a little note for the people who will add their work to my book.
Turning the envelope will show the title page with another copy of the collage, behind some organza again. I like that 'dreamy' effect.
The book is made from pastepaper, so there is a lot of colour and texture in the book. I binded not only 'whole' pages, but also pages that were cut back to a few centimetres and this forming a 'stub'. These stubs are ideal to create more space between the pages and allow bulky pages.
I also like them for adding a different page, e.g. a sheet of silkpaper, or adding an envelope or tags. In this spread I used an open paper sort, glued on the stub.
The image is made from al sort of images, the picture of the hand comes from http://www.morguefile.com/ , a free source of images. This is the first page of the spread.
The second page from the spread that I made. And finally the sign-in pages were two pouches will hold the sign-in tags.
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Seems like a good challenge. Instead of altering an existing book, I decided to bind a complete new book.
This is the cover of the book before adding the decorations. The threads (barely visible here) were sewed in on the spine to add some beads.
I used pastepapers as signatures so that there was not one empty white page in the book. Also I added some 'stubs' as spacedivider, but also to add extra tip-ins, envelopes, tags etc. to the book.
And here is the top view of the book. I do not need many pages, there are only 14 of them, plus 20 stubs.
This is the cover of my book for the Round Robin 'Peace and Hope' from the ABEurope group (on Yahoo).
This book will be sent to 7 other artitsts around Europe who will create artwork in my book.
This is the inside of the book with the titlepage: Whisperings of peace. Peace is so fragile, whether you are talking about peace in the world or finding peace inside yourself.
This is the first spread that I made before I sent it away. For some reason I kept it quite simple, it seems to fit the theme pretty well.
These puzzle pieces were made for an art exchange. I send them to Australia, England and here the Netherlands. In return I received some great artwork from the participants.
The pieces came from a childrens puzzle. The pieces were sanded, painted and then collaged. I rubbed in some bronze paint (not visible on the photo) to deepen the colour. Some fiber was added for texture.
Monday, January 23, 2006
A few months ago I made several drawings from flowers that I had photographed. I mounted the sketches. They were only lying around and often in the way. So I bined these pages also in a book.
For the cover I used wrinkeld ricepaper that I later painted with acrylic paints to match the colour of the booklinen.
This gives a very nice texture and feel to the covers.
Working in books is something I really enjoy. Especially with watercolour. So I made these two little books with heavy watercolourpaper.
Now that I have learned to make books with booklinen and decorative paper, I want to find new ways to decorate the covers.