WOW! What a fabulous weekend spent at Art On A Lark taking Kelly Kilmer classes.
The first class on Saturday morning was the Triptych Book. A beautiful three panel handmade book with four signatures. Kelly walked us through the process of collaging the covers and spines, then showed us how to create the individual signatures and sew them in using a very special design. Below is the inside of the book.
Below are the covers.
Once completed we learned different techniques for collaging and painting.
The afternoon class was the Mementos Book. This is a 9 inch by 9 inch journal with pockets on the inside. Below is my unfinished cover. Notice all of the tapes? This is just a very small sample of all of the beautiful deco tapes Kelly brought to share with the students.
Below is the inside cover, notice the pocket on the left? The right side is the first page of the signature with layered paint and stenciling.
I attended the Sunday afternoon class called Swatches. These are hand sewn journals using recycled materials and are PERFECT as a take along project. Below is the first journal (cover and some of the inside pages). These pages were created in the class using Kelly’s techniques.
I have to say that this was the best art weekend I have had in a long time. If Kelly comes to teach in your area, sign up and take her classes. She is a wonderful, patient and fun teacher! You too will become hooked on her techniques and style.
Have an artful day!
After our day at the fair yesterday, I was anxious to get back home and begin adding some color to the fabric+paper pieces that I had made earlier. I actually have two full sheets now.
For the fabric+paper above I used Liquitex acrylic inks in Yellow Orange and Quinacridone Magenta and blotted with a paper towel. I added a few rubber stampings using StazOn ink. I’m not sure if I will add anything else to this one – it is already pretty busy with the checkerboard tissue paper. Maybe a bit of white acrylic or some Rub n Buff. Maybe even a thin layer of gesso to tone it down a bit.
For this paper+fabric I used Golden’s fluid acrylic in Green Gold mixed with some water to create a glazing on the paper. The paper now has a semi-gloss finish to it which is very nice. I will be adding more to this one. With all of the ridges that the tissue paper left, I may add the Rub n Buff Gold to accent it. This page will make pretty leaf cutouts.
The yellow pink fabric+paper was created using my last bottle of Aleene’s Tacky Glue and for the green gold fabric+paper I used regular Elmer’s white glue. Honestly, the one with Elmer’s glue has a better texture to it and that is what I will use as I create more.
Back to the studio for more art! (After I finish the last load of laundry).
I hope you enjoy your Labor Day holiday!
I bought Kelli Perkins book Stitch Alchemy a few weeks back hoping to experiment with her fabric and paper combinations. Well today was the day to begin the process. I scanned the entire book first, taking in all of the beautiful, detailed photos and then went back to actually read the process she uses.
Here is the beginning of my first fabric+paper attempt. Here is a close up (the whole piece is 17 inch by 17 inch).
I have to wait until this is completely dry before moving on to the next step of coloring.
I am off to see what else is calling me in the art studio.
I have been holding on to an old journal that I used for work a few years ago. This one captured my daily to-do lists that kept my work humming along. When I completed all of the pages in the journal, I went on to another one and put this one away knowing that I would someday alter it and reuse it. Well that someday was last week while we were on vacation. I packed the journal, a jar of gel medium, gesso, acrylic paints, brushes, a plethora of scrap papers and ephemera, a sanding pad, the heat gun and lots of colored pencils, markers and other writing instruments.
Some of the pages are ready to be jounaled in and some are still waiting for additions. There are at least 40 more pages that need to be primed and prepared for journaling. I’ve decided to use this as a travel journal - next stop is San Francisco in three weeks.
Oh boy, guess what I read last night? One of my very favorite journal artists, Kelly Kilmer is now offering a monthly on-line mixed media journal class called “A Prompt A Day”. Take a look at the class description on her blog.
As most of us have cut back our discretionary budget for art, taking an on-line class is a great idea and offers the opportunity to stay connected with the art community, learn some new techniques and make some new friends. Won’t you join me?