as you can see in the pic below, when i was stitching up this journal i got off the center line about 3" from the end, which, i'm tellin' ya, for a virgo will never do. so i took the stitching out and redid it, but alas, the holes from the first line are still there... i'd like to send this book out to a loving home - someone who won't mind its slight imperfection... other than these holes it's fine, and it's got a nice antique button on it...
it has eight, 5" x 7" pages - 16 sides altogether. if you'd like to have this book, leave a comment saying so and i'll pick a name from the hat on sunday!
oil pastels, matte gel medium, colored pencils, acrylic paint
the first page in my new muslin journal - this one is 4 1/2" x 5 12", which doesn't seem much bigger than 4" x 4", but it is. i have enough room to use oil pastels on the faces, which i really like.
oil pastels, matte gel medium, colored pencils
this is what became of the piece i showed in the last post that had the stitching on the plaster cloth. i ripped some off both sides of it, and then sewed it onto a piece of 4" x 6" watercolor paper to make a postcard. i sent it to the people that wrote this book thanking them for turning me onto the idea of using a sewing machine to make your own perforated stamps - i love that! i also found some good resources in the book...
the sewing machine stitches through one layer of plaster cloth just fine... more mail art is high on my list of things to do.
a couple of things at amazon that you might want to know about... a 320 page hundertwasser tear-off calendar (by taschen) for $2.80, and a 128 page tashen diary/calendar of matisse cut outs for $5.00. i just got the matisse calendar and it's fabulous. he did so much more cut out art than the ones usually shown, and i swear i love them almost as much as his paintings.
at the green shrine tree today... sunshine!
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People often remark, when looking at my paintings, that I employ the same signs and symbols over and over again, or they will point out things that they regard as symbols, for example, the Star of David, a crescent moon, astrological signs, even fish. If I had the patience to reproduce playing cards I would include them too... Invariably the question arises, why, what does it mean? Usually there is no good reason except that it pleased me to do so... If the Star of David occurs, as it does so often, it does not mean that the subject matter of the painting has a Jewish cast ... The point is, in any case, that these repetitive signs and symbols are purely arbitrary and obsessive, impossible to account for except by cunning analysts who are usually wrong.
~Henry Miller, Paint as You Like and Die Happy