Wednesday, October 4, 2017

But Wait, There's More

Still preparing for Beverly Art Walk on Saturday, October 7. Gathering work I've held onto to show, and making new works for the event. I took out the box of flowers I pressed from Betsy's garden before she moved and made some new botanical pieces to quilt. I finished this one before my sewing machine went on strike. "Quilted Botanic Papers: Betsy's Garden 4" is mounted on 9x12 paper background.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

One More Girlfriend Card

Guess what I found hiding in the corner of the envelope - one more little pansy face to join some leaves on a fourth girlfriends card. Since my pulp was thick, it's a sturdy card, and the botanicals got a bit burried. I wiped some of the pulp off the flower and leaves, left the rest to keep it firmly embedded in the paper. I just added a green graphite line to highlight the stem. These cards will be for sale in my card display at Beverly Art Walk on October 7; we'll be at Beverly Bakery again.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Girlfriends

My dear friend Rosie loves garage sales. She found a book titled "Girlfriends," and when she opened it she found these flowers pressed between the pages. She sent them to me with the instructions to pay it forward, so I got recycled pulps out of the cooler, a few pressed leaves from my supplies, and made these notecards. I dried them on window glass so the inside surface is perfectly smooth to write on.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Wear Your Art

What a great opportunity coming up: Wednesdays June 14 and 21, 6:30-8:30pm, you can attend a 2 week workshop to make handmade paper that we will make into beads. The following week we will make jewelry to wear proudly and beautifully. A great way to express your creativity, even if you've never done this before. Call The Center at 708.361.3650.

Monday, May 22, 2017

A Weekend to Create While Not Saying Goodbye

Last week a dear friend moved to another state, and while I know it's a wonderful decision and she and her husband will have a great retirement, we did NOT want to say good bye. So we celebrated their retirement with breakfast at Blueberry Hill, then relaxed in her garden until it was time to fill a bag with clippings to press and add to my handmade papers. This past weekend was my time to create with botanicals from her garden. Above, all but the top left are gifts from her garden. This is how they looked before I put them in the press. I am now adding pencil lines for definition.
Other gifts from her garden included the flash of reflected sunlight as the fish swan in the coy pond, the sound of the waterfall and neighborhood birds singing, the scent of lilacs and the colors of the blossoms and leaves.
I suspect we may be able to stretch this not saying goodbye thing out for quite a while yet. I'm in no hurry.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Making Stationery

On Wednesday, April 26, 6:30-8:30 pm, I will be leading a papermaking workshop at The Center for making stationery. Cards are only one of the options. The beauty of this experience is that I will bring windows for the paper to dry on, making a smooth surface to write on. It would be such a shame if snail mail was left only to junk mail. Call 708.361.3650 to sign up. And remember all the extras you get for the evening - working in the log cabin with a fireplace in the beauty of the nature center.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

February Surprises

This little primrose plant has been the best forty-nine cents investment I've made so far this year. I provide water, indirect sun and pruning (I deadhead the old flowers), and it just keeps blooming its little heart out. So far there has been no end to the new flowers to take the place of the spent ones.

The old ones? I dried them and dropped them into a vat of recycled paper to make into pulp later today. I'll see what surprises I find when I make new handmade paper from what it has given to me. February has had no end of surprises in weather this year. Tune in to see what it has to offer in this department.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Snowflake Workshop

I am looking forward to a "Snowflake Workshop" later this month. We'll recycle white paper and add a pinch of glitter because we love the way snow glistens in the light. Next we'll pour the pulp into shapes we place in the deckle boxes, then we'll press the new sheets of paper into clay moulds to impress textured designs on the surface.
Later we can add a nylon thread or ribbon for hanging. They turn a Christmas tree into a winter wonderland, or they can hang in a window. Some may tuck them into cards as gifts, others may tie them onto gifts.
These hand-made paper snowflakes are such a fun time to make. You can call The Center now to sign up for the class on Wednesday, November 16, 6:30-8:30 pm in Log Cabin 1. The Center is at 12700 Southwest Hwy., Palos Park, IL. Phone: 708.361.3650.
When December rolls around, you'll be so glad you did this!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Glimpse 8


Continuing my "Glimpse" series, "Glimpse 8 - one of these things..." studies open and closed spaces, light and shadow, and celebrates variety in color, shape, texture and kind. The title invites the viewer to keep it simple by remembering a song from early Sesame Street days.

Stay tuned, there will be more.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

A Glimpse of My Process

Ideas for my "Glimpse" series come to mind every so often, but the execution of the idea has to wait for the right time. Yesterday I found conversing to be too much effort, and this morning I awoke with this thought: words are flopping around in my head like fish in a boat (a memory from childhood vacations at a lake cottage and fishing with bamboo poles in a rowboat). I realized an idea had been percolating and it was time to act today. Frame is waitinbg, corn flowers pressed, pulps being made for the necessary layers. Ready or not....

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Floral Portrait

This little botanical pulp painting is mounted on a 5x7 mat board; I made it as an example for one of my classes when I was a visiting artist at a northern Illinois school recently. Each class tore colored paper into postage stamp-size  pieces to add to another batch of pulp. Colors changed as we combined containers throughout the day. I pushed the dried, pressed flower into a slurry-filled deckle box so it would be captured by fibers and become part of the paper itself, not just applied to the surface. The colors were divided by a metal form, and bonded together when I removed the form and pressed the water out.

On Friday, May 20, I will be leading an afternoon workshop from 12:30-2:30 at The Center, 12700 Southwest Hwy, Palos Hills, IL, where we will do projects like this, and many others. The special feature of this class is the invitation to bring fresh flowers from your garden or bouquet. We will press and dry them in my microfleur to use in our art projects. Beautiful results guaranteed.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Pulp Painting in Spring

Sometimes I want to celebrate circles as design elements in my work. That and alliteration. The 8 1/2 x 11 base contains tulip and daffodil stems and leaves I cooked in my fiber pot with chemicals, then couched (pronounced "cooch" - it's a French thing) the colored circles of pulp directly onto it. So this is a single piece of paper - a pulp painting. The vibrant colored wet pulp dries many, many shades lighter.