Saturday, May 31, 2008

Two journal pages that I have only started (more to follow with them after I finish):

Ooh, my order from Madrat Rubber arrived yesterday!!! I can not wait to use these!!!!

Yesterday, I was listening to KPFK's Beneath The Surface with Jerry Quickley. He had one of the filmmakers from the upcoming graffiti film Bomb It-the movie! Can I tell you how excited I am about this film??? Visit their site and learn more about it.

Check out this cool e-zine called Inspiration.

Some Blog Love for Saturday:

The Laboratory of Living Arts

Faith 47

On The Banks of Bay Creek


Upcoming workshops:

7th Private Home in Thousand Oaks workshop What Next?- open to public email me for more info (description below):
What Next
- You’ve made your journal, your altered book, your artist’s book. In fact, you’ve probably made more the one. You’ve got the gusto, now get the inspiration, the ideas and new techniques you’ve been craving for. In this workshop, we will spend the class working hands on IN the pages of your book. You will learn new mixed media techniques (yup, we’ll cover it all-all NEW ideas!!) that will have you reaching for your paint brush or glue stick on a regular basis! You will need a journal or several sheets of heavy cardstock for this class! Supply list- Students should, please, bring to class: Journal (see description), Scissors, bone folder, cork backed metal ruler, 3 1" bristle brushes to paint and glue with, container to hold water, small selection of collage ephemera to use, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels.

8th Stampin from the Heart LA Storyteller Brand NEW class!!! Sample in the store and online photo here.
The Storyteller- What is a journal but a teller of a story-your story? In this workshop, we will make a unique artist’s book. Page by page, we will start to “Tell” your story weaving layers of acrylic mediums, collage ephemera and the written word. Accompanying this workshop will be a handout full of new ideas and exercises guaranteed to bring any story teller out and onto the page. Supply list- Students should, please, bring to class: Scissors, bone folder, cork backed metal ruler, 3 1" bristle brushes to paint and glue with, container to hold water, small selection of collage ephemera to use, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels.

13-15th Stampers Warehouse Danville FIVE NEW classes!!!! Samples in the store and online here.

Friday, May 30, 2008

A good (and very generous) friend kindly gifted me with a copy of The Eames Design book. It arrived yesterday and I am totally smitten with the book!!! Thank you Andrew! Andrew has an amazing knack and uncanny ability to SEE things that others don't. Make sure you check out his blog. Prepare to drool not only over his artwork but the photographs of things that most people pass by on the street.

The book is A M A Z I N G. It's Behemoth in size. I have picked it up (stronger arm muscles already!) and looked at it at least fifty times always seeing something new in its pages. I had a hard time going to sleep last night as my head was spinning with tons of ideas after viewing this book. I am eager to spend some time with it again later on today.

Another book that arrived in the mail yesterday was The Art of Joan Schulze that I had been lusting over for some time.
I "remembered" that I needed to order it when I went through my nine million magazines (eek-I found MORE that I need to go through. Cleaning them out will pretty much open almost another shelf. Where did they come from?!?! LOL). Make sure you spend some time going through Joan's site. Her work is luscious. A good friend referred to her as a feminine Rauschenberg. Good stuff indeed.


A cool stamp company I just discovered-Madrat Rubber Stamp Company, where have you been all of my life???


First there were Pilot Latte pens on and now there are Pilot Latte Gel Ink Pens SWEETS Color series. How sweet is that??

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Fukuro Toji Book class this Sunday at Zinnia in So Pasadena

I'll be teaching my Fukuro Toji class THIS Sunday at Zinnia in So Pasadena (626 441 2181)

I love the size, shape and appearance of this book! It’s small enough that it will fit in your purse. It’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face as you work on the pages. Learn how to combine scrapbook paper, various ephemera, tape, layered writing, acrylic paint and more to create this unique journal unlike any you have seen before. Learn a new way of sewing the “4 hole Toji” stitch a la Kelly Style. Not only will you walk out with a book with several pages completed, but you’ll walk out full of new and fresh ideas guaranteed to put the kick back into your artwork!

Supply list: Clear Packing Tape, Please bring a small stash of collage ephemera (color copies, handmade/decorative papers, etc…), scissors, bone folder, cork backed metal ruler, one permanent black ink pad (like Versafine or Memories), full roll of paper towels, full roll of waxed paper, container to hold water in, 3 1” bristle brushes or favorite brushes to paint and glue with.

Questions? Please drop me an email. To sign up, please phone the store. Zinnia is open 11 to 6 Tues- Friday and 10 to 5 on Saturdays (Sundays-call first).

Last night David, Tristan and I high tailed it over to Storyopolis in Studio City for "An Evening with Will Eisner: The Spirit Lives". I thought I'd share some of the photos from last night with you:

If you don't know who Will Eisner was, you will by the end of this year. Get a heads up on all the rest and start with this. Maybe then you'll know that the Octopus wasn't ever shown except for his distinctive gloves. We never saw his face (sorry, Samuel).


Some Blog Love:

Julie Evans

Not Paper

Irina Troitskaya

Thanks to Dear Ada for the info on the artists above.

More Blog Love:

Stuart Kolakovic


Upcoming events at Meltdown Comics in L.A. to take note of:

Mark Evanier signing Kirby: King of Comics on June 7th.

Ralph Bakshi signing Unfiltered: The Complete Bakshi on June 14th.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Two journal pages from last night:
The above page is actually an "envelope". I received the envelope containing tape I had ordered from overseas. I loved the stamps on the front, so I carefully pulled those off. Then I flipped the envelope over (backside up) and glued it down in my journal. The left hand side can be used like a pocket-it opens up. :) I then started gluing scraps of papers down (moving them around to figure out what I liked best and where it worked). Then, I used my Caran d'ache Neo Art Watersoluble Wax Pastels and colored the envelope. I also added tape, stickers and writing. Not perfect, but fun to do.
Also quickly eeked out this page last night using two quotes I found in a great quote book I have been reading lately.

The quotes I used on this page are:

A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit.
-- Elton Trueblood (1900-1994)
(I messed up on the page and attributed it to Eleanor Roosevelt. I will have to change that...)

and the other quote is:

"No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted."
Aesop, The Lion and the Mouse

This is one of my favorite quotes from the book:

"If your workplace is safe; if your children go to school rather than being forced into labor; if you are paid a living wage, including overtime; if you enjoy a 40-hour week and you are allowed to join a union to protect your rights -- you can thank liberals. If your food is not poisoned and your water is drinkable -- you can thank liberals. If your parents are eligible for Medicare and Social Security, so they can grow old in dignity without bankrupting your family -- you can thank liberals. If our rivers are getting cleaner and our air isn't black with pollution; if our wilderness is protected and our countryside is still green -- you can thank liberals. If people of all races can share the same public facilities; if everyone has the right to vote; if couples fall in love and marry regardless of race; if we have finally begun to transcend a segregated society -- you can thank liberals. Progressive innovations like those and so many others were achieved by long, difficult struggles against entrenched power. What defined conservatism, and conservatives, was their opposition to every one of those advances. The country we know and love today was built by those victories for liberalism -- with the support of the American people."-Joe Conason


I'm teaching my 2 needle coptic book tonight at Stampin' From The Heart in L.A. (310 391 0466). Afterwards, I'm hoping that I can get out of class and over to Studio City in time for the Will Eisner event at Storyopolis.


Speaking of events, there is a book and paper fair this weekend in Pasadena. More info here. I have Saturday off, so I may try to get to the show on Saturday.


Democracy Now had a great interview with Utah Phillips on the show yesterday. Phillips died last Friday. I loved listening to what he had to say...

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The Storyteller workshop-

It's still a work in progress, but you guys (I hope) get the idea. It's a journal constructed from one piece of paper. In the class we will focus not only on the (easy, peezy, one two threesy) construction of the journal, but also delve into mixed media layering techniques AND collage AND more...(I have lots of secrets up my sleeves with this one).

I will be debuting the workshop on Sunday, June 8th at Stampin From The Heart in L.A. (310 391 0466)

Class description:

The Storyteller What is a journal but a teller of a story-your story? In this workshop, we will make a unique artist’s book. Page by page, we will start to “Tell” your story weaving layers of acrylic mediums, collage ephemera and the written word. Accompanying this workshop will be a handout full of new ideas and exercises guaranteed to bring any story teller out and onto the page.

Supply list- Students should, please, bring to class: Scissors, bone folder, cork backed metal ruler, 3 1" bristle brushes to paint and glue with, container to hold water, small selection of collage ephemera to use, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels. Questions? Please email Kelly


Blog love!!!


The freedom to read is essential to our democracy. It is continuously under attack. Private groups and public authorities in various parts of the country are working to remove or limit access to reading materials, to censor content in schools, to label "controversial" views, to distribute lists of "objectionable" books or authors, and to purge libraries. " (quote from here)

I do not endorse censorship and I foresee a post coming here soon ("I am Criswell. I see all.") about censorship...something that has recently occurred and really burned my bridges.

That being said, this list has got to be one of the ridiculous lists I have ever seen. Did the author actually READ any of the books on it? To label a book as "bad" or "evil" just does not sit well with me *at all*.

Quotes on books and some on censorship-

"I believe I belong to the last literary generation, the last generation, that is, for whom books are a religion." Erica Jong

"I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us." Franz Kafka

"Every burned book enlightens the world." Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Censorship of anything, at any time, in any place, on whatever pretense, has always been and always be the last resort of the boob and the bigot." Eugene Gladstone O'Neill

"All these people talk so eloquently about getting back to good old-fashioned values. Well, as an old poop I can remember back to when we had those old-fashioned values, and I say let's get back to the good old-fashioned First Amendment of the good old-fashioned Constitution of the United States -- and to hell with the censors! Give me knowledge or give me death!" Kurt Vonnegut

"An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all." Oscar Wilde

and one of my most favorites:

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
-- Benjamin Franklin

Monday, May 26, 2008

Journal pages-

I hope that everyone's been having a nice weekend. I taught on Saturday at Janet's house. We had a ton of fun and made not one, but TWO two needle coptic books. Good group!
Sunday, Tristan and I got up early to make the $6 9:45 a.m. showing of Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull at Century City's AMC theater. The movie was "good" (not bad, but not great). The acting was's just that the story line wasn't the best and it made a better sequel to Close Encounters then the Indiana Jones series.

I've been trying to finish up a sample for my new class called "The Storyteller". It's a journal form I've never taught in a class before but one I think you will all be very excited about. We'll also be exploring (hands on, diving right in) new collage and mixed media techniques. I'm loving the size and format of the book (and I hope you will too!). I hope to post pictures of it tomorrow on the blog.

I received issue #2 of Lines & Shapes. I really like this little book. It's pricey at $25 an issue, but so far I have been very happy with the issues I've bought. You can see some of the "insides" of each book on their site. I suggest looking through it though as it's not something everyone who reads this blog will enjoy (but I love it!!) I get a lot of inspiration and ideas from books like these.

I also received my three "Paumes" books that I ordered from Japan. WOW! I think some of you know that I collect and treasure these little books. The ones I ordered this time were the new ones:
If you go to their site and click on "book", you will see more pictures, etc...
The one thing you need to realize is that the books are not in English. They are in Japanese (sometimes they are in Japanese AND French). I just love looking at the pictures in each one.
With the rapid decline of the U.S. dollar, the shipping cost was high ($20 to ship all 3). It was about the same cost to buy them through Kinokuniya in the States. Again, not something everyone will enjoy, but I adore them!!


I have three workshops coming up this week. If you're interested in learning the 2 needle coptic stitch book, sign up now! I have new classes that I'm eager to debut and won't be teaching this one again for awhile :)

Wed night, May 28th Stampin from the Heart 2 needle coptic 6:30 to 8:30 310 391 0466

Sun June 1st Zinnia So. Pasadena Fukoro Toji 626 441 2181

To sign up, please phone the store. Questions? Please drop me an email. :)

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Music for the weekend...

Miriam Makeba Pata Pata

Nina Simone Ain't Got No...I got life

and because this one always stays with me when I hear it-
Billie Holiday's Strange Fruit

Saturday, May 24, 2008

One more...

there's also this one...

Kilmer Family Movie of the Week...

Friday, May 23, 2008

Journal pages from last night-

The one above isn't done yet. I started it at about 10:30 last night...I was called away from it 'cause hubby brought out his Film Noir DVDs that I bought him for Christmas. We watched "Illegal" with Edward G. Robinson. Good film. (Did you know that Edward G. Robinson gave Frida her first major sale, buying four of her paintings in 1938?)

Teaching tomorrow in Simi Valley (it's a full class, a fun group and I'm looking forward to it!!). Not sure yet about Sunday's Snippets class yet at the Art Bar (holiday weekends can be hit or miss with sign ups. Either people stay home or they head out of never knows! If you're interested, sign up asap! I'll be checking with them Saturday afternoon to see if it's a go or not.).

Hopefully by Tuesday, I will have my sample for my new "Storyteller" class to share with you. It's a workshop I am very excited about!!

I'm almost done with the journal above. It's been a stretch for me (book size/shape wise). I'm not used to working in a long, landscape form. It's pushed me and I've struggled with it. I do like experimenting with new journal forms as it keeps me on my toes! I'm already thinking of the next journal size/shape and overall construction.

There are 5 journals listed in my etsy shop at the moment. I'm not sure when the next time I will be adding more to the shop, so if you see one you are interested in, please don't hesitate :)


Eager to see John Cusack's new film "War, Inc." Cusack's interviewed on today's Democracy Now.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Two journal pages from last night:

On the dancing rabbits page, I used a quote from Kurt Vonnegut.


California residents-
2 weeks left to save not only rent control but also renter's RIGHTS. Please get out and VOTE. More
here. NO on 98.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Finished up some journal pages from the post a couple of days ago and a new one-

(I may still do some more to the above one)

Yesterday afternoon I decided I needed to trim my hair. So, I just grabbed a hunk of it and chopped off about 6". Weird feeling. I feel like I'm missing something. Very weird. Scary to look in the trash and see a chunk of your hair like there's a person lying dead in there. Of course, no one noticed even with me saying "Notice anything different?" while I waved my hair around. *sigh*

Tristan and I went to the post office at the Grove yesterday to mail a bunch of packages. I think media mail is now what priority mail used to be. :P

We also hit Barnes & Noble. No new books for me, though Tristan did buy two more of the Indiana Jones books that he loves. And yes, the boy is counting down to the movie. I did buy the new issue of Mary Jane's Farm. Disappointed that it now has ads in it, but what can you do? I usually read it and then cut it up to collage.

Getting ready for my special coptic book class in Simi Valley this weekend. It's a 5 hour workshop. We'll be making TWO journals-a "mock" dummy one to learn the stitch, and then the "Real thing". We'll also be learning and utilizing various NEW mixed media and collage techniques. I'll be teaching a much shorter version of the class a week from today at Stampin' From The Heart. There's room in both workshops, and we'd love to have you join us! I also have plans to teach this Sunday at The Art Bar, my "Snippets" book class (I LOVE this book).

Thankful that it's cooled down (wish the mugginess in the apartment would go away). Munchkin his home sick today, so we're just trying to take it easy.


Next Wednesday (May 28th), there is a special Will Eisner event at Storyopolis. You do need to RSVP, so please note the details on this page.


Oh, please. Like I need another reason NOT to fly American.


Sheesh, as we Irish would say, let's not back up the hearse yet...Kennedy's one of the few in office that I actually like. Cut him some slack and let's hope for the best instead of already burying him, for crissakes.


A tribute to Roslyn Zinn.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Journal page from last night-

How do I get an invitation to this?? Huge congrats!!!!

Several years later and I finally finished this book. I loved her quotes and speeches sprinkled throughout the book. She was a damn good woman who fought for what she believed in (and rightfully so). We have a lot to thank her (and those who stood with her) for.

Malcolm X would have been 83 yesterday.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Barron Storey Exhibit at Norman Rockwell Museum

Second Post of the Day-Heads up New England Residents!!!

(The above pictures are from Barron Storey's exhibit in L.A. in fall 2007).

Saturday May 24 5:30 p.m.

Life After Black: The Visual Journals of Barron Storey

Info here and here.

Damnit, I wish I was going to be in Boston this weekend!!! Those of you who have been reading the blog for awhile have heard me mention Barron several times. He is one of my absolute most favorite artists.

I have both of his published books: Marat Sade Journals and Life After Black. I also collect various publications that feature his work. One of these days I hope to be able to afford original artwork from him. His work has been a tremendous influence and inspiration on me over the years. I do hope that those of you on the East Coast will make the trek to the museum. I know it will be WELL worth it. Then make damn well sure you let me know how it was ;)

Newsflash! Barron has a blog!!! What the hell rock have I been under?!?!

Journal pages and the weekend....Above page has a quote from "Mother" Jones on it that says "I hate your political parties, you republicans and democrats. I want you to deny what I am going to say. You want an office and must necessarily get into the ring. You must do what the ring says and if you don't, you won't be elected."-Mary "Mother" Jones
The next three pages (above and 2 below) are from my "Inspired" class at Staci's house. I started them in the workshop and want to add more...

What did I do yesterday? THIS:

I spent several hours going through every issue of Somerset Studio, Cloth Paper Scissors, Quilting Arts, Juxtapoz, Home Companion, etc... and ripping out what I wanted. I'm now left with about 4 or 5 file folders (see above) of "what I want". I couldn't believe how much I tossed (RECYCLED) from most of the magazines. Eek. I had every issue of Somerset. I had every issue of Cloth Paper Scissors. I had every issue of Quilting Arts. Nope. Now, I have everything I want from every issue of the above. Sometime soon I will go get some binders and put them into their own little piles...but right now it's still too hot. :)

As far as the zines go, I'm hanging onto: The Studio, Dogeared, I.Q. and Pisces Rising. Those are my treasures that I can't part with yet...


I have two workshops scheduled for this coming weekend:

Sat 24th Private Home in Simi Valleyworkshop Special ONE time ONLY 2 needle Coptic, Multi Layered Book-workshop open to public

Sun 25th Art Bar Snippets 714 558 2445www.theartbar. net/ If you like the journal that was on my blog from Jan until early March, that's the one we're making this Sunday!!!

To sign up for Saturday's workshop, please email me. To sign up for the Art Bar's workshop
on Sunday, please contact the store.


On a very sad note, I just found out that Roslyn Zinn, artist and wife of historian Howard Zinn, died on May 14th.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Journal pages from last night-

One thing for sure, I will always speak my truth. I don't believe in censoring myself or my thoughts in my journals, so please do not be offended or take things out of context. My journal is my tool for thought, creativity and freedom of expression. It's one of my safe places. Freedom of thought and freedom to be yourself are extremely important to me, as are peace and the right to live (not the right to just exist, but the right to truly live).

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Journal pages from the last few days:

I hope that people realize that yesterday's post wasn't about ME. When I write posts like that it's to try to have people just stop and think-maybe, think about things in a way that they don't normally think of them. Ditto with my commentary in my art-to offer a different perspective. The post wasn't about ME or my life, but since I think we are all very much responsible not only for our own lives but for the lives of those around us, I'm trying to point this out in the posts and commentary. Life isn't just about "me", it's about all of us. I write the stuff on my blog and in my art to make people (hopefully) think outside their box. Not to force my own opinions, but to make people just stop and think.

It's about effing time. Score another one for human rights! Keep fighting the good fight...