Happy Halloween! I have another fabulous show to tell you about that happens here in SoCal.
Rubber Stamp Convention
at the Carson Community Center
November 12 & 13, 2011
Saturday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Pop on over to the Stamp In the Hand website for the full list of vendors and classes!
And if you are one of the first 400 through the door you are in for a treat!
We have new Makeready blank journals made from the new book Unfurling, A Mixed-Media Workshop with Misty Mawn: Inspiration and Techniques for Self-Expression through Art and one of these unique blank journals can be yours to customize and enjoy!
The Story of Our “Makeready Journal”
You may have noticed the unusual appearance of the cover and interior. The cover and the interior pages of this book were made from scraps that are normally thrown away as trash. Yes, we could have made this book look perfect, but we really like the funky effect of random pages—and hope you do, too.
The covers are made from the “makeready” of Unfurling, A Mixed-Media Workshop with Misty Mawn: Inspiration and Techniques for Self-Expression through Art. Makeready is the waste created as the printer calibrates the correct ink colors while “making the press ready” for the actual print run, which will create the finished sheets. Usually, these 200–300 sheets of makeready are thrown out. Craftside used these sheets in the manufacturing of the cover and the endpapers of the book.
The interior pages were created from scraps, as well. Mill end is the paper left on the roll at the end of a production run. Although they’re usually thrown out, we used mill ends to make the pages in this book. This is why they are not all the same color.
More about the book:
Unfurling is a workshop in book form, offering a unique mix of inspiration and technique exercises to get your creative juices flowing. This book is for any creative person who wishes to open up more to the process of making art.
The book begins with art exercises in drawing and painting that include portraiture, contour drawing, backgrounds, layering, and working with a still life, followed by collage and image transfer techniques.
The second section offers exercises and projects in stamp carving, paper pottery, sculpture, origami, paper doll making, and surface design. These tactile explorations offer an enjoyment of the process as well as wonderful handmade projects.
The last section shares a variety of approaches to visual journaling. There are instructions for binding your own journal, prompts and ideas for working on your pages, and a variety of exercises using photography and poetry as ways to inspire and inform your journal keeping.
Also included are a set of gift book plates and a beautiful paper doll designed by the author and printed on perforated cardstock in the back of the book.
Over at RockPaperInk there is some great info about research:
And now to crafty goodness from around the web...not the spiderweb silly Halloweenies!
Hard to believe but Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Aileen is gearing up by offering you a freebie pumpkin biscotti recipe card and a pumpkin label for you to download and print for your own use.
Carmi's Art/Life World
Carmi creates one special Christmas card using rubber stamps and paint.
Cindy Gimbrone Beads
Cindy and her blue fingers review The Handbook of Metal Clay.
Crafty Princess Diaries
Combine some basic crochet skills with soap collecting for this charity donation idea.
Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Rather than stashing your mom’s jewelry away to tarnish and gather dust, combine some of your favorite pieces into a M.O.M.s (Memories of Mom) necklace.
Mixed Media Artist
Cyndi's hand stitched silk top quilt is all finished! Whew!!
Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery
See how to make a secret window in a glitter decoupaged book with a Fiskars Everywere Punch.