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Friday, April 17, 2015

Grab A Bunch of Artists....

People often ask me if I know of a mail art group in various different parts of the country. Or, they tell me how jealous they are of our SF group.
But, you know, you can easily host an artist meeting in your house. In your studio. Around your kitchen table. It doesn't matter where -- just get together and make stuff.
My pal Monica cleaned up her studio and hosted an artist get-together
and we all had too much fun. 



Monica did go way beyond the call of duty though and made us an incredibly delicious dinner which we ate at her studio work table.
But, you don't have to do that! You can have snacks or maybe a pot luck instead.
But we were sure happy Monica cooked for us!

There is just nothing like hanging out at a kitchen table or in an artist's studio....

Lots of good stuff to look at.....


After we ate we cleaned off the table and brought out all our art supplies and things for "Show & Tell".
Let the games begin...



We had demo's of paper folding into cool little books and how to punch hopes with a Crop-A-Dile and passed things around to share...

You may already know all all about these things - the Crop-A-Dile - but I didn't. My pal Dori told me this is what to use when punching holes in book covers for altered books and Monica had a couple to share...
They really work! I punched holes in the artist book I am making and I found out you can punch holes in metal bottle caps or cd's too...

Here is a page in the altered book I worked on at the get-together...


Monica showed us how to fold these little booklets....I like that the pages inside look like little envelopes...
Dorothy showed us how to to make these cool cards......using no adhesives...




Yes, there was dessert.

I encourage you to do this -- invite some pals over and make some art. Even if you just start with just one other person. It is so much fun and so inspiring to see what other's are working on and a terrific way to spend an evening.
We want to make it a regular thing. Definitely!
I want to host one in my studio too.
So, if you don't have a formal, public art group, just go ahead and start up your own.
You won't be sorry. That I can guarantee.
I can't wait for the next one.
(Monica??? Are you listening???)

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Tie One On!

Isn't everything better with a ribbon on it?
I think so! And have I been busy making little books?
You bet!

I love air mail stripes.This paper had the airmail stripes but nothing else  going on so I had to do a little stamping....

They have a postal theme going on for some mail art pals....

The fun part is filling up those little pockets with tiny treasures.

Paris is a good theme.


Give it the ooh-la-la!


For Limner -- Black Mail! She coined that mail art expression and I like it.


It is a challenge to find things the right size to fit in the little pockets...
This old (altered) photo fit just fine.

And I finally figured out something to do with those boxes (and boxes) of vintage language cards I have been picking up at the library book sales all these years...

Postage stamps fit perfectly inside. And gift cards.

As do birthday greetings...
You can make these booklets with four or eight pockets....

I just can't stop....
I picked up these fun little pencil pouches (with an elastic to fit around a notebook) at Daiso and some notebooks, which I re-covered in better paper...now my pals will always have a pen and paper when they need to jot down a note!
Clever?

I needed one myself...I am always coming up with ideas I need to write down...



So, there you go -- that's what I've been doing all week (among other things). Now that I have given all these out to the folks I made them for, I can show you.
But I'm still making them. I have so many ideas.....

a bon voyage booklet, a wedding anniversary booklet, mail art pals booklet....
I guess I better go start folding more.....

Any other suggestions? What do you think I missed?
You making them too? Do tell.
What else can we use these for? It is so much fun to make things.
And fun to get things too -- I have gotten some little booklets in the mail after I posted the tutorial
(thanks to KSP, Dori & Linda)

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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Stacks of Heaven

Honestly, I think this must be what heaven looks like. can you imagine little cherubs hovering overhead?
I can. And, there would be food too.....

SF Library Spring Book Sale
This really is too much fun. The Friends of the Library does this TWICE a year. God bless 'em!

This is my friend's cart while we were waiting in line to pay in line to pay....(she is lucky I didn't grab that Birds book right out of there...) Just kidding, Monica! I wouldn't think of it.

My other friend's stash (she only bought FIVE books?????). Well, she was riding home on her bike...Strange Birds and Their Stories????

My cart....why yes, it is filled all the way up to the top...

And, spilling over a little bit....

I got a typewriter book....

...and three shorthand books....just in case one wasn't enough...

And an old Paris par Arrondissemont....
I love these little books with the most beautiful maps in Paris tucked inside...I always look for these and they are hard to find. This one just fell into my lap.

You can still use them today...in Paris the streets don't change...

How could I pass this up? By the FUNK Brothers?

You know you've always wanted to know this..
...and this....

And this one is already coming in handy....I am checking up on all my Aries friends...

I was tempted by a Red Handed and Red Headed Devil...you know who you are (and thanks!)

Ahhhhh....the yearbooks......do you miss those hair styles?
Happily I went to HS after those were popular.

I bet this was the French teacher...oohlala.

She looks more like a teacher than a student...love the pearls.

What would they think of 2015? No iPhones for this crowd.

I always look for flower and bird books....but so does everyone else....scored a couple this time for a change...


I am going to have to think up something special for these pages....so pretty...

I hope Ray doesn't mind that I have Olga's book now. 1943. Wow.

So, another day at the Library book sale. May they never run out of books.
And thanks for the fun, Monica and Leslie and Red.


Now it's time to PLAY. Yes, I am ripping things up. I have to make things to justify bringing more books home. They really spur my creativity.
Cards, collages, altered books....let the making begin!
And guess what? Tomorrow is DOLLAR DAY.
I believe I have to go troll the tables and see what treasures I can come up with for $1 each.
Happily the books I like are usually not what the scanners are trying to scoop up so hopefully I will find some more treasures.

What would YOU do with all these books?
I could always use a few more good ideas. Next Book sale is September in case you want to plan your SF trip now. See you there!

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