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Using Leftovers: Making a “Collage” Necklace

Left: A necklace I made using bits and pieces left over from other projects; things waiting to be put away. (A) is a hook and eye clasp with an amethyst round bead made for another project. (B) is one of three loops of wire used in this necklace that were an experiment in wrapping finer guage wire around loops of wire to make necklace "components." (C) is a leftover ceramic bead that actually is more green than it looks in this image so it matches the green facetted beads elsewhere in the necklace. The necklace, like so much that I make, is made to be asymetrical. Click on the image to view an enlargement.

For some reason I have it in my mind that readers of my blog will be spending their weekend cleaning, and culling, and moving out old supplies. It's probably just me. But in that vein I happened last Saturday (a week ago) night to walk by a bead tray that was sitting on one of my work tables. There were several beads that really needed to be sorted out and put "back" so that they could have a life in another project.


The Number One Reason to Pass on Your Unused Art Supplies


Above: Collage buttons ©2009 Rachel Nusbaum. Rachel used my old Sears Catalog for portions of these buttons. Click on the image for an enlargement. Read on for information on where to buy these buttons.

For many years I’ve taught bookbinding and journaling classes. We always make a book of some sort that is suited to the type of creative work we’ll be doing in the book. For awhile a lot of those classes involved mixed media and collage techniques. While I still teach such classes I find that rather than bringing the collage materials to the class for the students I prefer to encourage students to collect their own collage items. I still bring decorative papers and odds and ends, as well as threads and notions, but I’ve phased out other materials.


Portrait Friday: The Almost Normal World of Steve Frenkel

17 Arroyo Seco Left: 17 Arroyo Seco  ©2008 Steve Frenkel. Private Collection, 28 x 14 inches; acrylic on canvas.  An “art house” in the desert. Looks like it’s on its side, but that’s just how the owner wanted it to look. Sort of a “Cadillac Ranch” home. Diminutive denizens drive on the road, which in English is “Dry Arroyo.” The cacti in the foreground are all stage props.  Is that true of the others in the painting?  My guess is as good as yours. (Description supplied by the artist.) Click on the image to view an enlargement.

Mark Your Calendars:
There will be an artists reception on Thursday, June 4th from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Catherine Kelleghan Gallery in Atlanta. New work from Steve Frenkel and also William Dunlap will be on view. There will be music and refreshments. Go and meet the artists and see the work in person.

About Artist Steve Frenkel and His Work
Why does my post title describe Steve Frenkel's world as "almost normal"? Well his paintings have that wonderful quality of realism and draftsmanship that I love, and the landscapes and cityscapes depicted seem normal enough, until you look closer. Then the eye of the viewer quickly finds something that is not quite right— floating houses, landlocked boats, airport runways to nowhere, birds who drive cars….What goes on here isn't whimsical (which has the danger of devolving into cute). There is something more engaging, entertaining, and intriguing going on—sometimes playful, sometimes a little dark—something that bears a little looking at.


The Third Botanical Event: Grandma’s Poppies

Left: The first poppy of 2009. Readers of my blog will recall that I mentioned there are three botanical events in my year. The first is the plum tree. The second is Grandma McKenney's tulips. The third botanical event of my year didn't happen "on time" this week for only the second time in 17 […]


What if It’s a White Dog?

Above: direct brush painting of a Cocker Spaniel, using a #10 round and Schmincke Pan Watercolors Trans. Orange and Cobalt Blue. I made this current journal with the new Folio paper (i.e., Folio paper made post 2001). The journal is approximately 8 x 7.5 inches, so the spread is about 16 inches wide. This is […]

Thoughts on Memorial Day

I no longer live in a country that observes ANZAC Day (April 25) but a childhood in Australia keeps it close to my mind. And every Memorial Day I do think about Gallipoli, as well as U.S. relatives who served in the military. Memorial Day is a time for reflection and for planning action, especially […]

Adventures in Bookbinding: Roz Shows You How to Support Glue Seams in a Casebound Book

I couldn't help myself. Even though my little Optios only takes 60 seconds worth of video I made another short film. This is a how-to video showing how to support or reinforce glue seams between signatures in a casebound book. It lasts just less than 7-1/2 minutes. I set up the tripod so that I could work in the book without getting between the book and the camera. This meant that in a couple places I was reaching around the tripod in an awkward fashion, but I didn't block the action! (Someone should film me making a film this way!)


Edward McCain’s Photography

Above: The main altar and chancel of the Mission San Xavier del Bac, ©2003 Edward McCain. Seems like only a few days ago I was talking about how grateful I was to have talented professional photographers for friends and now there's an article on Edward McCain in the Arizona Daily Star. Writer Doug Kreutz has […]


Interview with Ricë Freeman-Zachery

Left: Fabric art piece 15.5 x 16.5 inches, ©Ricë Freman-Zachery. This is just one example of the stitching and beading Ricë does on her art pieces. You can see this piece and others, including journal skirts and other artwear at Ricë's Etsy Store. Click on the image for an enlargement. Trish (I can't find an […]


The Second Botanical Event: Grandma’s Tulips

Tulip6423 Left: This year's tulip crop. Click on the image to view an enlargement.

In my May 4 post I mentioned that there are three botanical events in my year. The second one happened Thursday: Grandma McKenney's tulips bloomed.

I'm not a gardener. I used to be a vegetable gardener, and a rather good one at that (employing companion planting techniques to keep down insects and generate larger healthier produce), but maturing trees (which blocked the sun) and the incident of the Brussel Sprouts plant from the Planet Zoltron, pretty much put me off gardening. That and spending so much time working with the dogs. (I have to be honest, I prefer tracking with a dog to gardening any day—I can stop on the way back at the farmer's market!)

There is one thing I never was, and that's a planter of flowers. I don't much like flowers (which is odd because I spent so many years teaching botanical illustration). I think they are beautiful of course. And I enjoy sketching them, but I don't want to grow them. I think it goes back to having too many things to take care of, too many living things.

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