Review: “The Art of Embroidered Flowers”, by Gilda Baron

As promised, here is my quick review of the first of two books I picked up last night. Because a person's motives for picking up a book can have as much to do with their assessment of it as anything, I'll let you in on my incentive; I am not overly-partial to spending huge amounts…

Review: “The Art of Embroidered Flowers”, by Gilda Baron

As promised, here is my quick review of the first of two books I picked up last night. Because a person's motives for picking up a book can have as much to do with their assessment of it as anything, I'll let you in on my incentive; I am not overly-partial to spending huge amounts…

New Reading Material

Just picked up a couple of new books, courtesy of the generosity of friends. The folks whose computer I resurrected surprised me with a Chapters gift certificate the other day and I treated myself to two new books. The first is The Art of Fabric Books, by Jan Bode Smiley which I've had my eye…

On the design board, or “Yes, I am working…”

Sometimes I need to reassure myself….. The page layouts are coming along rather nicely. The yellow showing through this round design is actually the next page, as the design outlines an aperture through the pages. Some text, a bit of stitching and a wee tad more embellishment and this spread is done. There are a…

Printing on organza

The new printer is a hit. It’s an Epson C-88 with Durabright inks and I have to say, I’m very pleased. I’ve tried it out on paper and it does a great job. The colours are good, it handles a variety of paper thicknesses well and I have only has one jam and that was…

Review: The Decorated Page by Gwen Diehn

I picked this book up the other day while looking for inspiration for page layouts and the possibilities of books that integrate imagery and text. I wasn’t actually looking for a book about scrapbooking so much as a book about artists who use journals as something a little more communicative and meaningful than a daily…

A trip to the bookstore

We don’t indulge our love of good books nearly as much as we’d like, largely because book-buying has gotten to be a fairly pricey endeavour. Two people buying books is one thing. Add a kid with literary input to the mix and you increase the cost of such a trip more than you should. But…

Something to judge the book by

This weekend I’ve made some good progress with the book. I also just ran out of glue, and so will be forced (possibly fortuitously) to explore some different techniques for a bit. I got the covers done before the Jones Tones well went dry, though. Here are the black foam sheets with the dried designs…

Because I forgot to post them…..

You’ve seen the covers of the latest book, but here are some of the contents! After a fiddling with new ideas and exploring some themes, I found myself looking at the collected results and thinking that another book was coming together rather nicely. I still haven’t decided on all of the text. I’m tossing around…

Because I forgot to post them…..

You’ve seen the covers of the latest book, but here are some of the contents! After a fiddling with new ideas and exploring some themes, I found myself looking at the collected results and thinking that another book was coming together rather nicely. I still haven’t decided on all of the text. I’m tossing around…

The design wall today….

I’ve been fooling around with stamps a bit more and have stared playing with sheets of thin foam. Its great to work with and easy to cut into stamps. It can also be used to make printing blocks in the same way as meat trays; it can be engraved with a ballpoint pen. Here are…

The design wall today….

I’ve been fooling around with stamps a bit more and have stared playing with sheets of thin foam. Its great to work with and easy to cut into stamps. It can also be used to make printing blocks in the same way as meat trays; it can be engraved with a ballpoint pen. Here are…