Sunday, March 14, 2021

4 Needle Coptic Stitch

Last week I attended Ali Manning's @vintagepagedesigns #handmadebookclub class on #copticstitch using 4 #needles I was also introduced to #corkpaper #corkcloth which I used on this book. We produced a hardcover without using #bookboard. I chose not to trim my pages even though they were sticking out because I wanted all sides to have #deckled edges. I also left off the closure since I am a sketchbook artist and want to be able to open the book easily and quickly.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Flat Style Australian Reverse Piano Hinge Binding Book

 A fun book taught by Kit Davey ( This book is 3 x 3 inches and requires no sewing.

Sunday, March 07, 2021

NE EBAY AUCTION ITEM - Benten - Goddess of Creativity - Paper Clay Sculpture - Handmade One of a Kind

Note: The box shown in the first photo IS NOT included.

Benten - Goddess of Creativity
Paper Clay Sculpture
Handmade One of a Kind

Benten is one of the 7 Gods of Happiness and the Only Women in the group.
Also known as Benzaiten she is the goddess of every thing that flows including water, music, words and eloquence.

She is holding a Japanese Lute.

She was handcrafted by Lydia Velarde using paper clay, collage paper (both handmade and store printed), acrylic paint, gesso and matt medium.  

He body structure is hollow but she dried hard and sturdy.

Her height is 5 inches
Width 2.5 to 3 inches at bottom
The very top of her hair is 1 inch wide

A great addition to your studio or workspace.

Shipping fee includes packing materials.
Returns accepted buyer to pay shipping.

Monday, February 08, 2021

Wooden Book With Sun Embellishment

 Ali Manning's Handmade Book Club Challenge is wood. I created this book using wood for the covers and a sun embellishment using Creative Paper Clay. I tried a Coptic Stitch for the binding but I didn't like how the end columns turned out so I added black thread to the binding. While adding the black thread the yellow thread broke so it came out very messy.

 I will use the sketchbook as a test to see how the paper clay holds up on the cover. The sun has been gessoed and varnished several times and I used E6000 to glue it to the cover. My sketchbooks take a lot of abuse so it will probably be run through a 3-month test. 

Thursday, February 04, 2021

Sketching a Live Musician With SFSketchers Meetup Group

On Tuesday I joined the San Francisco Sketchers on Zoom to sketch a jam session. I also tried an exercise using 3 colors: Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue and Cad Yellow Light.

I did not take a screen shot but gave myself the challenge of drawing a live subject.

Prismacolor Marker and watercolor.

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Painted Paper Clay

 I finally painted my little #paperclay #embellishments and started a few more. I'm not going to stiop until I use up my package of @creativepaperclay. These will be used on top of a few books and boxes I am making. In photo no.2 I have already covered a metal black box that a fountain pen came in. There are still many steps until finished.

Friday, January 29, 2021

First Try at Paper Clay

My friend, Kathy Pzrekopp introduced me to paper clay last week. She gave a few friends a demo on zoom and taught us how to make the heart on the left. I mad a few other things including some useing rubber stamps I had carved.

These are my first projects and tests for applying the black paint.

This is our "text book" for using Creative Paper Clay.