Sunday, November 9, 2014

Paint Brush Cover

Don't throw away those old crusty paint brushes. I painted and stamped this old paint brush and attached it to one of my journals. The journal is a project I do quite often, I take apart old hard bound books and recover them with my painted canvas. I added the pages with a pamphlet stitch and colored and waxed thread. You can find this project in my book. Very simple and easy to do.
 I attached the brush after I covered the front with a little bit of heavy black thread and some gorilla glue, then I added the inside cover canvas to cover up the tied treads.
                                                                               inside back cover
inside front cover

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Customized Red Paint Brushes!

 I taught a painted paper class of techniques from my book and I gave all my students a customized paint brush. I have always collected red paint brushes, then I decided to create my own cool red brushes... I purchased a case of chip paint brushes, wrapped painters tape around the metal and spray painted them red. Then I use rubber stamps to add a word or a quote and tie a piece of twine to the bottom. I use these inexpensive paint brushes when I make my painted paper and canvas, I like the texture it creates on the surface of the substrate.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Thought Collection Journal

 I made this book from a visual dictionary I got at a second hand store. The spinner on the forehead spins. I bound the book with metal grommets and rings. All the hardware is Tim Holtz.

                                                                   This is the original book
 I  used hand held metal punches with a hammer to punch the holes through the thick cover.
                                                              Inside of the journal.
Detail of the cover, I added lots of layers with paint and collage. This will be my everyday work book for art ideas.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Coptic Stitch Book

This a small journal I made using the Coptic stitch. I have been trying to figure this out from looking at book instructions. But finally realized I needed to see someone do it. I found a great tutorial on YouTube, the site was from Sealemon. I used a page from an old science book for the front and back cover.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

More Rocks

Some more of my rock collection.

Rock pic's

                                                      My obsession with rocks and stones

Saturday, May 25, 2013

New Canvases

I went crazy painting last week-end and painted 12 canvases in about a day and a half. They are about 2 by 3 feet each and painted on regular painting canvas. I used to make the canvases much larger in  size but I am finding that the smaller size allows me to complete them much quicker and I have more fun trying new techniques and combinations of layers.
A close up, I don't usually use this color palette, but I wanted to create some pieces that are a bit more neutral in tone. The gray and black circle design is a rubber drink coaster I got from target,  it makes a great stamp.
                          Black and white and magenta, one of my favorite color combinations.