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Saturday, January 31, 2009

One World-One Heart

Feb 5th: Because the response was so great, I decided to add another book to my giveaway. I just had time to finish it this morning.

What a great idea, plus a way to get out there and meet people. Thank you to Lisa for setting this up. I am new to the world of blogging; actually I started to write in my blog because of One World One Heart. You see, I made some comments on other blogs and put in the address of my blog which had nothing in it...(not a great idea she thought)! At the same time I decided to make a book out of leftover polymer clay experiments and give it away. This book is 3x4 inches assembled with unlined drawing paper and will make a great sketch book for ideas or else it can be an attitude, gratitude or platitude journal. All you have to do is leave a comment; the giveaway ends on Feb. 12 when I will randomly select a winner. This is open to everybody; just make sure I can contact you. Double click on the logo above and you will see all the participants.
Voilà le livre!

This is the second book I made with polyclay leftovers and I am happy to put it in the draw.

Here's hoping many of you come for a visit and stay for a while.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Skiing weather

I just realized that I should have posted the picture of the pendant that I took the picture of, to make the picture in the previous post. Got it?? I am usually mixed up that way.
So here it is:

I went skiing this morning: great weather and snow. The trees are heavy with snow.
And I am finishing up the books that I made with polyclay leftovers. The covers are sanded, buffed, the holes are drilled all I have to do is assemble them. I hope to have time this afternoon. Maybe I will ... if I get off this computer. So....see ya

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Hearing Second Hand Smoke at the Mall

What is muzak?
This post is about creativity; the subject fascinates me.
"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."
Pablo Picasso
If you have a few minutes to spare, listen to this TED talk which is quite funny -or should I say entertaining- and interesting.
Thanks to my sister Pierrette for this link.

Below is a photograph of a clay pendant taken up close and turned into a kaleidoscope image. Polymer clay can take you to different places, come to think about it.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Learn and live

I went to work and made my covers with some "experiments" in my box. They turned out fine. Got the paper signatures made and put everything together to see the final appearance and discovered that the covers were not the same thickness. I wanted to make sure the front cover which was made out of cut up clay sheets would be solid enough:in other words, it would not be flexible. That cover is thick. Now I have two books to make, one with thicker covers and the other with thinner ones. If you look at the shadows cast by the covers you will see this.
the outsides

the insides

Not to worry, I have a good idea for the second book. More play for moi!

TIP: it is not a good idea to drink tea while painting with watercolours!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Monday sun

Oh yes...sunny and minus 35C here. This morning I woke up with this project (crazy?) and I intend to follow through on this one. Question.... do you have all these sheets of clay that are experiments or cool samples of what you already made some time ago? Well, I keep everything and think to myself...I'm going to do something with this later on. Later on is here and I have this bin full of sheets that are begging to be used. Recycling? - this is to give me good conscience and to give me permission not to throw all this stuff out.

So, my project is to use these sheets to make book covers. So I am going to get outta here and get to work.
Bonne journée!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Lemon drops

Well, I don't like titles so I am writing down the first thing that comes to my mind.

I am posting a better picture of my book cover. And I want to get some practice doing this blog thing.

and this is the back cover. It was made using liquid clay.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Why not....

...start today! I procrastinate and think and think and procrastinate. That is not going to get me anywhere. I set this blog up a long time ago and didn't follow up; I once knew how to do it all and today I forget. So now I am jumping in and whatever happens happens.
These days, as I clean the studio, I am thinking of throwing everything out and starting all over. But then again I procrastinate and think and I won't do it. So there!
Recently, I have been making books: polymer clay covers and binding them with the Coptic stitching. They make great books for sketching, writing or whatever. I sometimes call them the attitude, gratitude or platitude journals. I am going to try to insert a picture of one here:

OK I got the picture in all right but not in the right place (I fiddled around and got it). Anyway, this is the first book I made using the Coptic stitching method. Since this first one, I made quite a few more. It gives me the opportunity to play with all kinds of surface techniques (the polymer clay covers) and I can try all kinds of stuff inside the books.
"Livres d'artistes", we call these en français. Enough for this first post. I am going to learn as I go. Isn't that what life is about? (she ends on a philosophical note!)


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