Monday, September 12, 2011

A virtual art show - Great Lakes Showcase 2011

This past spring, I was honored to have four of my art books selected to be included in 2011 Great Lakes Showcase.  The majority of materials and stamped images used in these books are from Club Scrap.  For those of you who aren't lucky enough to live near my lift bridge, here's a peek at what I showed.


First, a book with a heart in the window.


Heart paperclip in window

Inside of book with pocket

Next, a shaped book.  I did a tutorial on how I made this book.

Then, a book with some seaweed in the cover.

Finally, a book with a shell in the cover.
Window book with shell


I really enjoy putting beads on my spine.  One of the threads is left over from sewing the binding.  The other pair of threads are created by tying a long piece of linen thread around the kettle stitch at the top.


Binding of window book


The books with floating items in the cover were quite involved, and I have four posts showing you how to make this type of book:
  1. Decorating the style stone
  2. Creating the covers
  3. Adding the floating element to the cover
  4. Assembling the book
The last book, I am happy to report, earned a third place showing at the Great Lakes Art Showcase. Even better, the publicity I received led to connecting up with the The Studio Gallery at Presque Isle, and my books are now available in their gallery.  If you're visiting Marquette, this is a lovely gallery with some gorgeous work by nine different artists.  Check them out!



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