Saturday, September 6, 2014

Far Away

 14 x 14 oil on panel

I took a year off painting to work full time—overtime on the second edition of my book, Books, Boxes & Wraps: Binding & Building Step-by-Step. When the manuscript went out for the second set of proofs, I returned to the studio to paint again. I put a new panel on the easel and wondered if I would even remember how to paint.

The experience was one of great joy! I felt alive and free . . . and this is what happened.  Far Away will be in the National Association of Women Artists' 125th Anniversary Exhibition in New York City next month.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Books, Boxes & Wraps: Binding & Building Step-by-Step — Second Edition

At last . . . 

I am happy to announce the Second Edition of Books, Boxes and Wraps: Binding & Building Step-by-Step is now available, but you should be forewarned—opening this book can easily lead you to create many, many more!

This second edition is an expansion and refinement of the first—more projects, more information, more instruction. 

The clear, step-by-step instructions and graphic (yet beautiful!) line drawings offer easy-to-follow guidance for both the novice and the seasoned artist. All projects can be made with the simple tools listed in the first chapter—which also describes how to use these tools, where to find them, and, in some cases, how to make them. Information on choosing papers, inks, adhesives, cloth, ribbons, and threads is given in the final chapter, and an up-to-date list of resources is one of the appendixes.

Described as “a workshop in a book,” Books, Boxes & Wraps is an invaluable aid to teachers. It’s been assigned as a college textbook and is often employed as a creative resource for classroom projects.

For crafters and calligraphers, bookbinders and writers, artists and homeschoolers—this is the guidebook for you! It’s a concise yet comprehensive workbook on creating all different kinds of books and boxes—from traditional to contemporary, from rustic to elegant, from large to small. 

To see finished samples made from directions in the book, click here.