Friday, March 20, 2015

A Body Of Work...

This is my Woven Fat Book Collection to date. "A Body Of Work."

That is what Gaye Medbury (Woven Fat Book Instructor) calls it when she lines up about six of her beautiful little Fat Books to show how they look grouped together. If you scroll down to my previous post you can click on Gaye's name to connect with her on her Face Book Page. Or click on the link in that post to her class at Creative Workshops for making these really cute books.

I made three of these fun little books. Below is the last one I made and it's my favorite of the three. Index cards are used for the pages of the book. I used plain white for two of the books and colored cards for the last one. I thought the color-coded cards would be fun to use. They have lines on one side and they are blank on the opposite side. Each side of the color-coded cards is a different color. One side orange, the other green, one side pink, the other yellow. Here, I'll show you...

FUN! Right?

After I purchased the set I began to think about a theme. Here is what I thought would be perfect. I took sections of six photos taken on a trip to the sea shore last August. I digitally altered, filtered, and played with them to make book covers below. The colorful beach umbrellas go perfectly with the colored cards.

This image is composed of sections from five different photos and then posterized for the effect.
This is only one photo with a digital butterfly added then posterized.  
The photos are very special to me and the butterfly has meaning to me. Butterflies seem to show up in my art and life so I've decided they might as well be part of my signature.
My Beach Theme Woven Fat Book
The three little shells I glued on the cover were found on that beach in the photos.  Very special. This was a beach trip taken by myself, one of my daughters, and one of my granddaughters. The three gulls and the three shells were not intentionally planned. Sometimes things like this just fall in place.
The shell beads I used on the spine are from an old broken necklace I had. I thought they were perfect.  
I shuffled the index cards to mix up the colors.   I also placed the cards within the signatures so that the lines and the blank pages would alternate inside for journaling.
You might view this back cover as a sun setting but it is actually a rising sun.  The duel possibilities of this image is also significantly important to me.
I used seam binding on the woven spine and the closure on this book. There are two shells at the end of the ties. I also used Stickles glitter around the edges of the images. I do like a little glitter in my projects and I think it sort looks like sand.
If you would like to see my first two Woven Fat Books scroll down to the previous post or click here.  Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

"Fat Book" Making

I really do enjoy making fat/chubby/mini, cute little books.
In the past I've made several accordion folded books that I filled with calligraphy quotations. I have also make a few domino books, filled with tiny images and messages.
My latest book making are these Woven Spine Fat Books. I am becoming so addicted to making them.
I'm grateful to Gaye Medbury for teaching the Woven Fat Book class through the Creative Workshop Website.
I can't stop now. My next fat book theme will be the beach.
 I used a silky multi-colored ribbon to weave the spine on this book and embellished the waxed threads with spring colored beads.
Images and quotes of springtime are on little slips of card stock tucked into the pockets inside the book.

There are pockets inside this book too but I haven't decided what I would like to put into them. Perhaps song titles and images of instruments. Humm...I'm not sure yet.
I used black and white fabric strips to weave the spine on this book and then added jingle bells and beads to the waxed threads.

I created the images on the cover of the Sing/Listen fat book by digitally altering several different images I had purchased years ago from June MacFarlane. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

When you're snowed in...

With all the snow this winter I found putting jigsaw puzzles together was a great way to pass the time away.
I have not been spending very much time on creating things lately, however, I am now in the process of gathering supplies for some new projects that I'm excited to try.  I hope to post some photos about them next month.

I'm off now to purchase one last puzzle for this season. It's a special jigsaw puzzle. An artist friend, Phyllis Moser, had one of her original pieces, Eve's Gift, made into a puzzle. If you would like to find out more about Phyllis and her art you may visit her website here - Or if you would like to find where to purchase her puzzle go here -