Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Yosemite and Printing Special Papers More Pics

Yosemite Reflections Journal

Testing and printing new fabrics and papers is challenging and thought provoking. Preparing the papers and fabrics and then observing and creating results is exciting.

Working on an art book “Yosemite Reflections Journal” is about my artist residency in Yosemite National Park. One of the great parts of this residency is there are 2 weeks left to complete. This means that I look forward to 2 weeks in the Park to further explore this amazing place.

In contemplating the time already spent, surfaces for my work become increasingly important. My mixed media work has used both my actual photographs that I alter and fabrics and other surfaces. These surfaces speak to my contemplations of the spirit of the forest and amazing wonders of Yosemite.

In the pictures that follow, that are posted here and in the next post, I have written about the various surfaces printed for this artwork. The pages are being assembled into a journal, but are far from finished. This journal will be a finished piece, so there are many elements to add to the pages to create textures and shapes. When complete I will photograph it and publish it here. It will take several weeks for this to happen☺

Very carefully, inkAId semi-gloss precoat was coated on the tops of the lace papers and the Thai Creped Paper. (These papers including the vellum, were all purchased from Creative Papers Online.

When coating actual paper, especially lace papers, they become soft and can easily be torn, so caution and a light touch is advised. The Thai Creped Mulberry makes an absolutely beautiful surface when printed. I have created several bark prints and the texture and surface is rich and textural when the print is on this wonderful paper.

I will be doing a demo at the Mountain Artist Guild meeting in downtown Prescott on September 28th, so if you are in Prescott that night you could contact me for information. In the next couple of weeks I will show you and tell you how I put a fragile surface like a lace paper through the printer without destroying the paper.

Please always feel free to contact me on anything that I write on this blog.

Friday, September 14, 2007

CD Cover and Images

This is the cover from the CD you can purchase at The CD is found in the CD collection on the second page and it is called "Art Journal"

If you decide to try this art journal and you enter the coupon - journal - at checkout. You will save $3.00 on the CD. The CD is $20 with 20 -5" x 7" images.

Remember, put - journal - in the coupon box at checkout to save $3.00

Art Journal Inside

These are the pages on the inside of the journal. This image is included on the CD for an example of how the prints can be used. There is a note next to each page to add to the written instructions.

Art Journal Cover

This is the front of an art journal.

Using a 5” x 7” spiral bound board book as a base, I removed the spiral to work on the pages. Once the book was finished, 1 1/4” rings were used to put the book together. In using the board book base, I dyed some boards and painted others to enhance the color.

Digital prints are the base of this book. All the prints are available on a CD at Instructions are included on the CD along with pictures of what I did with the prints to make a journal.

Once the book is finished, this art journal is ready to be used. There is plenty of room to write poems, draw, paint, add pictures and other textures, embellish in any way that works. Get creative and add individuality to your book using the images any way you choose.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Work Finished

Forest Trail 7 is now complete. 73" x 46"

FT7 is composed of:
Digitally manipulated photograph on tyvec- digital manipulated photograph on Arial paper with a coating of inkAid matte white precoat- Other materials- my hand dyed burlap, canvas, and cheesecloth- painted cheesecloth-textured woven fabric- my overdyed recycled artquilts, colored vinyl, fiberglass screen, metal screen and embroidery thread.

This week finds me working on a couple of art journals for a demo that I will be doing at the Mountain Artist Guild in Prescott. During the demo, I will be exploring the possiblities in creating hand made books and journals. Digital images are used in creating interesting pages in the subject journals. My website will carry a CD containing the images of a book that is under construction. I will be posting the pictures of my finished sample later this week. Check back!

Sunday, September 2, 2007

New Work

This is the start of a new piece that will be added to my Forest Trail Series.

This is a digitally manipulated print on Tyvec. The print is one from a photograph I took in Yosemite National Park of El Capitan.

The top layer is the print on Tyvec, Under that layer is another of the same print on Arial paper that has been coated with gel media with sand, that is then covered with a layer of white matte precoat from inkAID.

Under the 2 digital layers are various materials including: painted cheesecloth, overdyed recycled quilts, canvas that has been pieced and dyed, dyed burlap, clear vinyl tinted in yellow and blue, fleece fabric, woven textiles and I think that about covers it.

All these elements are attached to metal screen with large hand stitching that includes 6 strands of embroidery thread. The completed size of this artwork will be somewhere around 70" x 46". Still working on the piece so I am not quite sure of the size.

The center of the piece has been blocked in with all the layers, the rest is still the original prints stacked. Much to finish:)