Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I'm Home

and in desperate need of a nap. If I haven't responded to your emails (which I am usually quite prompt about), please give me a day or two this week. 

Unpacking clothes
A nap
All on my To Do List today and not necessarily in that order! 

Monday, June 29, 2015

My Monkeys

I'm going to miss my monkeys! Tristan and I are flying home in the morning. It's been a very good trip. Thanks again to my students for all of their support, store owners for hosting me and my family for their help and patience.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Bringing Home the Goods: Kept Creations and The Great American Stamp Store

Loved the new stencil wall at Kept Creations! Then there was the wall of alphabets at The Great American Stamp Store. 

The top row is from Kept Creations (stencils and tape) while the bottom row is from The Great American Stamp Store (stamps and pencils.) 

I can't wait to play with my new toys! 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

And a Good Time...

Was (hopefully) had by all. I had a wonderful time at The Great American Stamp Store in Connecticut. It's been a few years since I taught in the area and it was nice to be back!

I'm in the Boston area until Tuesday morning when I trek back home. I'm behind on emails and everything else but will respond asap! 

It's been a whirlwind tour! Big thanks to my students, my hosts (Queen's Ink, The Ink Pad, Kept Creations and The Great American Stamp Store) and my family. I'm going to miss my East Coast buds! Next stop, BookArtsLA a week from tomorrow (Sunday.) Right now, I'm going to bed!

Friday, June 26, 2015

A Wonderful Day at Kept Creations

Always a good time at Kept Creations in Whitman, Massachusetts. Next stop, The Great American Stamp Store!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Bringing Home the Goods: The Ink Pad

My excuse is that I live in L.A. where access to cool paper arts related goodies is limited. My other excuse is that I was at The Ink Pad in New York City for two days!!! I had a blast. I love teaching there as much as I love shopping there. I can't sing their praises enough. 

Off to bed. Teaching at Kept Creations in the morning and The Great American Stamp Store on Saturday. Busy. Busy.

L.A. Artists, I'm at Book Arts LA a week from  Sunday (that's July 5th!) This is my only Southern California class for July. Info is on my workshop blog:


(blogging from my phone so I apologize if you have to cut and paste.)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


I'm all set to head into New York City but my Mom is in the shower and since she takes long showers, I'm taking advantage of my time to do this. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Ink Pad in NYC

I love The Ink Pad. Great people. Great store. Just when I thought I had seen everything, I saw the Ink Pad staff set up a class in minutes for seven students and their crazy teacher. I love teaching there and tonight didn't disappoint! Looking forward to doing it again tomorrow (Wednesday) night. 

Monday, June 22, 2015

Bringing Home the Goods: The Queen's Ink

These are my weekend acquisitions from The Queen's Ink in Savage, Maryland. I can't wait to play!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Heading North

Posting this at a pitstop on the New Jersey/New York line. Had a fabulous time at The Queen's Ink. Loved every minute. When I say that I have the *best* students, I truly mean it. You guys rocked this weekend. XO.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Sleepover at The Queen's Ink!

Well, not really but almost! Crazy weather had a lot of folks stay until after class ended. Today was another great day. I am loving teaching here! 

Thanks, Patti, the staff and all of my wonderful students! You rock!!!!

Friday, June 19, 2015

My People Know Me...

Look at one of my Queen's Ink students found for me today! I love that folks know what I love!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

All Settled In at The Queen's Ink

I'm all set up and roaring to go for my weekend at The Queen's Ink! Three cartfuls and then some of goodies into the store! I hope that folks are as excited as I am.

I'll insert links when I'm not on my phone. I'll also be posting to Instagram as much as possible over the weekend.

Maryland, it's great to be back!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

All Ready!

Tristan and I arrived at 9 last night. I spent almost three hours unpacking and sorting my shipped supplies. I'll be driving to the Queen's Ink in Maryland tomorrow with Tristan and my Mom. Really looking forward to my first time teaching at this store! It's been awhile Maryland, I've missed you!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015


We're short a monkey in this photo but she was sound asleep by the time we landed in Boston. Jack was SO excited to stay up late to see Tristan (he even napped!) Now we're off to have a sleepover at Nana's! 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Decisions, Decisions...

I'm definitely bringing all of the magazines. I'm still trying to narrow the books down. I'm thinking of, "An Open Life: Frida Kahlo" and Stefan Zweig's "Selected Stories." If I finish them, I'll have time at The Strand a week from tomorrow...then there's always the Harvard Square Bookstore in Cambridge! 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Jet Pens: New Pens!

As part of their sponsorship program, JetPens sent me a $25 gift certificate to play with. I had a few things in mind. Here's what I ordered:

Zebra Craft-Star 1 Markers-I like these water-based paint markers a lot. One thing that I found out immediately is that unlike some of the other paint markers, you should not over pump them. (Like the Derwent's Graphik Line Painters, they will leak if you pump them too much.) You shake them (ALWAYS with the cap on) and pump the tip a couple of times on scrap paper to get the ink flowing. I like the colors and how vibrant and smooth the pens are. The tip is extra fine and quite yummy. Not sure how long the ink lasts since I haven't had them long but for $3, I found them to be worth it.

Sakura Decorese Gel Ink Pens-I also liked these pens in pastel, opaque, matte colors. They do have a slight smell to them so fyi. They dry raised (almost like the Glaze and Souffle pens.) They do take a couple of minutes to dry (like the Glaze and Souffle) but they are smooth when they write. The funky cap design cracks me up but the nice thing is they have a little color swatch on the top of them. The pens also come in white (you can see an example written on the tape above.)

An additional FYI-

Both of the above markers and pens write on washi and paper tape as well as (dried) painted pages.

I would definitely buy these pens/markers again especially if they were made available in more colors. 

Thanks, JetPens!

Friday, June 12, 2015

On My Desk

Well, really, on my tray table on the floor. I've been crazy busy trying to get everything done for my East Coast classes. I mailed the last box out this morning. I still need to pack my bags but I'll wait until I get home from my Art Bar class on Sunday to do that. I know that life can easily overwhelm us so it's nice to have a place where one can focus on being in the moment. 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

A Look Inside: Found: Moments of Me

After I finished, "Here in My Head", I spent three months working on three 28-31 page journals for my "Making My Mark" online classes (I make new journals with new material for each of my classes both online and in person.) While I worked on those classes, I kept a small journal that I started on the 21st of January. It became, "Found: Moments of Me." I'll be sharing the pages with you over the next few weeks.

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Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Three Years...

Dancing with my Dad at my 21st birthday October 1995

excerpts from On The Death Of The Beloved
John O’Donohue
Though we need to weep your loss,
You dwell in that safe place in our hearts,
Where no storm or night or pain can reach you.

...Let us not look for you only in memory,
Where we would grow lonely without you.
You would want us to find you in presence,
Beside us when beauty brightens,
When kindness glows
And music echoes eternal tones.

When orchids brighten the earth,
Darkest winter has turned to spring;
May this dark grief flower with hope
In every heart that loves you.

May you continue to inspire us:
To enter each day with a generous heart.
To serve the call of courage and love...

Monday, June 08, 2015

Almost Ready!

A week from tomorrow, I'll be trekking back East. I've shipped at least 12 boxes. The above box is the last one that's going out tomorrow. (Big thanks to my sister, brother in law and my Mom for all of their heavy lifting.) The above box is filled with canvas panels, canvas strips, masking fluid, gouache, tacky glue and tapes for various classes (tape for all of the classes and the rest is for my class at Kept Creations in Whitman, MA.)

If you're in Southern California, I have three classes this summer. I am teaching a one time only class at the Art Bar in O.C. this Sunday. I have two classes in Los Angeles (July 5th and August 16th) at Book Arts LA

This month I will be at:
19-21st The Queens Ink Savage, MD
24th The Ink Pad NYC
26th Kept Creations Whitman, MA
27th Great American Stamp Store Westport, CT

I hope to see you there! 

Sunday, June 07, 2015

What I'm Reading: Stefan Zweig

I'm a bit obsessed with Stefan Zweig at the moment. I found two more of his books last night at Iliad in North Hollywood. I just realized that I left my copy of The Post Office Girl out of this shot. That was the first Zweig book that led me down the rabbit hole. 

Last month, David found a hardcover copy of Amok for me. We were in the bookstore and he came up to me and said, "I found something you will like." I saw the spine and smiled. He said, "Open it." I squealed when I saw what was inside the front cover. No. Not an autographed Zweig. Something almost as good. Inside was a bookplate that read, "From the library of George Cukor." Yes. "Philadelphia Story" Cukor. I wonder if he had plans to adapt it. I wonder what Wes Anderson would think.

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Dan Clowes at Meltdown Comics

David and I went to the Dan Clowes Eightball Event at Meltdown Comics last night. We had been looking forward to it for weeks and we weren't disappointed!

We thought that the event started at 6 (it actually began at 7) so we showed up several hours early expecting a line. Well, we started the line! We had picked up our book Wednesday night and we had that along with a few other Clowes goodies. Eager and excited? Yes!

When we were penpals (1994 and 1995), David sent me two comic books to read. One was Grant Morrison's Doom Patrol and the other was Dan Clowes' Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron. Now you know why I married him. 

One interesting non Clowes related tidbit that David overheard while browsing the new Mind Webs Bookstore inside Meltdown was the owner, Bret, being interviewed. He was talking about how he finds a lot of his books at library sales and the like. The interviewer asked Bret who has the best private library. He said, "Harlan Ellison. I haven't seen it but a friend saw it. Udo Kier has a great library as well." Can I put seeing these libraries on my wish list?

Here's the video from last night:

Meeting Dan Clowes was extremely cool. He seemed genuinely interested in talking to everyone he met. (At one point, because the line was so long, the Meltdown staff was instructed to try to hurry folks along. This happened just as it was our turn.) Dan couldn't be rushed. He ties with my Mother in how long it takes him to sign his name. It was fabulous. He even did a quickie sketch in our Eightball book. Meticulous. Intense. Extremely Funny. Thoughtful. All words I'd use to describe Clowes.

He graciously signed our books and Death-Ray "action doll." We talked about how San Diego Comic-Con is just too massive and he feels claustrophobic there (who doesn't?) and how different it is now then 20 years ago. It was definitely an enjoyable evening and from Meltdown's record, we can't wait to do it again in three years!

Big thanks to Dan Clowes, Mark Frauenfelder, Fantagraphics and Meltdown Comics for a great night!

Friday, June 05, 2015

Los Angeles Summer 2015 Classes


Summer is here and I am looking forward to teaching two brand new classes at the Book Arts Los Angeles Center (at the location where Stampin From the Heart used to be.)

These are my ONLY local classes for July and August. 

July 5th: An Artist's Playground
August 16th: A Gypsy Heart Journal
BookArtsLA 11720 Washington Place Los Angeles, CA 90066
Each class is four hours in length. 
Class time is Noon to 4 p.m. 
Cancellation policy: Students are allowed to cancel 72 hours (3 days) before the class. After that, you can send someone else in your place, transfer to another one of my classes or receive a kit.
The class fee is $85 per person which includes a vast array of mediums and materials to complete the necessary project. It is well known that I do not travel light to any of my classes. I will be bringing such things as:
  • all materials necessary to complete the project (handmade paper, decorative paper, board, glue, etc...)
  • bookbinding supplies (thread, awl, needles)
  • rubber stamps 
  • ink pads 
  • decorative tape
  • stencils
  • pens and markers
  • gel medium
  • collage ephemera and much, much more.
I do not travel light to my classes at all!

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Sunday, July 5th:
The Artist's Playground- Learn how to combine your precious bits of ephemera into a truly one of a kind artist's journal. Create a playground of self expression and discovery. You will learn how to step back and see things in your artwork that you haven't noticed before.
I have been working on this class for over two years now and am very eager to share it with you. You will be inspired in this class.
Supply list:  scissors, a selection of favorite collage ephemera, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of paper towels OR an old rag, permanent black ink pad (if you have one),  1" brush to glue (I like chip or bristle brushes) OR a few of your favorite glue sticks (large glue sticks will last you longer), roll of waxed paper OR an old catalog or magazine to glue on (if you don't want to use all of your waxed paper for this.)

Sunday, August 16th:
A Gypsy Heart- Construct a rich, lusciously layered portrait of you in journal form by bringing together color, text and images onto the page. You will make visually stunning and authentic pages, all contained in a hardcover book bound by your own hands. You will leave class with several pages completed along with new ideas for the rest of your book.

Supply list: scissors, a selection of favorite collage ephemera, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of paper towels OR an old rag, permanent black ink pad (if you have one), 1" brush to glue (I like chip or bristle brushes), a few of your favorite glue sticks (large glue sticks will last you longer), roll of waxed paper or an old catalog or magazine to glue on (if you don't want to use all of your waxed paper for this.)

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Being Mindful: Curating Your Images for Collage and/or Art Journaling Pages

In my Fremont classes this weekend we were talking about collage and selecting materials to use in our work. I know that I have mentioned many times my system of working. I know that for many people it's still hard and that folks have it in their head that they need to spend hours or sort through every piece of collage material in their possession to find the right image or maybe they're overwhelmed with supplies. I hope that what I'm about to share helps you. Keep in mind that what I'm talking about doesn't only apply to selecting collage supplies but art materials in general. We don't need a lot of supplies to create meaningful pieces.

When selecting materials, limit yourself. It is overwhelming when we have access to all of our supplies. Narrow it down. Be mindful.

Sort through your collage stash, pull out pieces that appeal to you *right now* not material for tomorrow or three weeks from now. Material for today. Think about how you are feeling right now and your mood. Think about the season/time of year and what feels right for today. Touch your supplies. Don't spend more than a nano-second as you sort. 

If it appeals to you right now, put it in the NOW pile. If you like it but want it for later, put it in the LATER pile. If you feel that you are done with it, put it in the GIVE AWAY or recycle pile. 

I recommend whether you are taking a class or working at home, sort your supplies. I go through my now journal bag and rotate my collage ephemera every three to four months depending on my mood. I tend to rotate my supplies with each new season or if I get bored. I swap out old supplies for new to me ones or ones I've forgotten about, etc... 

I also sort my images but ONLY by Focal or Background. It's what works best for me. I don't like sorting by color or anything else as I like serendipity. 

Think about limiting your material. Let's say you're taking a class and collage supplies are on the list. Sort through your stuff a few days before the class. Be mindful. Select maybe 25-30 focal images (your focal image can be anything from an animal to a person to an object to an abstract image. Select what interests you at that moment in time depending on your mood, thoughts and interests.) Sort through your background papers (these can be anything. I use a lot of magazine and book pages for collage. I also will use scrapbook paper, handmade paper, vintage papers, newspapers, etc... If I can glue it down and it is of interest to me, it goes in the pile) and select about 40-50 pieces of all different sizes. Look for a variety of colors, textures, shapes and patterns that are of interest to you. Place these in a container of some sort and this is what you will work from.

When it comes time to do a page, instead of sorting through your entire stash, you are now limited to using what is in the above mentioned container. This is your NOW stash. You need to do a page, sort through and select the first focal image that feels right. Maybe the image relates to how you are feeling or relays what you are thinking. Maybe you just like the color. Grab it and use it. Now sort through your background papers and select a small handful (anywhere from 4-8 pieces.) If you need to limit yourself to two or three colors that you feel go together. Look for different patterns and textures, things that you like. Cut or tear the papers as desired.

I'm not a big fan of the "just glue crap down and make it work." Yes, gluing stuff down and then doing things on top of it can be fun but it also can be stressful to some and not have any meaning to others. I call the above mentioned process, curating my images. It's not anything new and I have found over the years that it is what works best for me. I hope that what I have shared here helps you in some way. As always, please let me know if you have any comments or thoughts to share.

More Links on Collage Here:
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Where I Find My Images (and supplies)

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Congratulations, Tristan!


My baby is now a high school graduate! He'll be attending the Experimental Animation Program at Cal-Arts in the Fall. He's already preparing himself by learning 3D and 2D animation, Visual FX, Stop-motion and lots more. We're all so proud of you, Tristan! These last 18 years have gone by so fast. We can't wait to see what you do in the next four years of your education.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Saying Goodbye to Bev


2015 has been a tough year for my family. We lost my Uncle Joe (my Dad's brother) in March. Yesterday we lost my cousin, Bev (my Dad's niece from his sister, Elmira.) My heart is very heavy. 

I absolutely loved Bev. The photo above makes me smile as it captured her perfectly. (The photo below makes all of us crack up laughing as she was never an angel-and she'd tell you that photo below made her laugh- but Bev was the most loving, giving, and one heck of a wise cracking woman that you would be lucky enough to know.) 

She gave so much love to her family and friends especially if you were a kid or a furball. How much she loved her nieces, Elysha and Joelle and her nephew, Frankie. She doted on them with such a strong love. They were her pride and joy and how much she loved teaching them to bake, play games and just enjoy each other's company.

To my sister and I, she was always more like a favorite Aunt then a cousin. I remember our last outing. She was trying to help me find more places to teach at. She would turn up her radio listening to hard rock as we drove around looking at art places. She always wanted to know how Tristan was doing and if he was happy. She always went out of her way to make sure that everyone else around her was taken care of and happy. It's something that she definitely got from her mother (my Aunt Sis.)

We were all very close. Things won't ever be the same without her. My family is getting smaller and smaller and the deaths this year leave a gaping hole. I'll hold on tight to the memories formed around Bev's kitchen table.