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House

House
mixed media in art journal

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Spine

Book Spine

I am a horrible person who feels no pangs of regret when pulling spines off old books, to use in collage. But if I didn’t pull spines off books, you would never get to see the pretty stitching underneath.

The book’s pages will also be cut up and recycled.

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Representation Matters

Representation Matters

A book on sketchbooks, written by a man, contains artwork mostly by men. Not at all surprising. Call them “visual journals” and the author will much more likely be a woman, and the artists represented will be mostly women. Art is for men, but craft is for ladypeople. I’m reminded of a Joanna Newsom interview in which she said that men were harpists and women were harp players. We don’t let women play in male spaces (still!), but we also devalue the spaces where women are allowed to play.

(I may not even have noticed, except I started to wonder how many drawings of teen boy sexual fantasies there would be in the book. A lot. And all of them drawn by men, so I looked at the artist bios and did a quick tally of the genders: 31 men, 10 women, and one non-binary person.)

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Jingle Bell Jack Book

Jingle Bell Jack Book

Jingle Bell Jack Book

Skeleton Drawing
Jingle Bell Jack Book
8 x 6 1/4 inches
exposed spine sewn on tapes with waxed linen thread
96 pages recycled from old student work
cover recycled from a creepy children’s book

And finally the point of all that rummaging through old art. I found enough old drawings and sketches that were on decent(ish) paper that I was able to cobble together a nice sized book out of it.

I still have a mountain of old sketches on lightweight paper and newsprint, but those aren’t suitable to binding. I’ll probably tear them up and use them in collage. My end goal is to get rid of the giant box they’re stored in, because it is awkward as hell and a giant pain in the ass to store. It’s going to take me a while, though.

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Recycling Art

Old Student Work
old student work

Old Notes
notes

I went through a big box of old student work, looking for papers I could recycle into a new art journal. I have no idea why I saved those old Foundations I projects. They are of absolutely no use. I also found dozens of 18 x 24 inch newsprint and sketch pads with covers full of assignment and class notes. Surely a small sketchbook would have been more reasonable than taking notes on the covers of my sketch pads?

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Girls can’t be cowboys

Girls can't be cowboys
mixed media collage in art journal

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Sketch

Sketch for a Painting

This is the sketch for the red boat painting. I’d intended the stars to be the Pleiades, more or less. I thought I might be able to use a stamp to create them, but that didn’t work, so I painted them freehand.

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Sewn on Tapes

Sewn on Tapes

Sewn on Tapes

Sewn on Tapes
exposed spine sewn on tapes
4 5/8 x 4 3/4 inches
handmade paper and recycled boards
14 signature of 2 sheets (56 pages)

I’ve never sewn a binding on tapes before, so I gave it a try. I’d probably make a few small tweaks next time, but it turned out pretty well.

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Red Paper Boat Under Stars

Red Paper Boat Under Stars
acrylic on canvas
12 x 12 inches

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Piglet Is Entirely Surrounded by Water

I made this sketchbook three years ago and finally finished it.

Piglet Is Entirely Surrounded by Water

Piglet Is Entirely Surrounded by Water
8 x 6 inches, 24 pages of Canson 140 lb cold press watercolor paper, single needle Coptic bound with black waxed linen thread

Radish
Radish

You are what you are
You are what you are (sour AF)

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