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03/27/10
Children’s Book Illustration Workshop
Filed under: General, Painting, Creativity, Inspiration, Drawing, Creative Every Day
Posted by: Mary @ 3:55 pm

The children’s book illustration workshop with Chris Umunga at the Guilford Art Center today was awesome! Chris is a professional comic book illustrator and he is also a great teacher who shares so much with his students. I was not expecting to leave the workshop with pieces that were actually pleasing to me. My drawing strength is in landscapes and my people tend to look like blobs or stick figures. Look at my illustrations that came out of this class and you will see why I went home pumped up and inspired to continue playing with these ideas and experiment with my new found skills.


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03/21/10
Collage Bag Book on Front Porch
Filed under: General, Book Arts, Collage, Creativity, Inspiration, Art Journal, Creative Every Day
Posted by: Mary @ 5:03 pm

It was such a beautiful day today that I decided to drag some collage supplies out on my front porch and work with my masonite painting board in my lap. Somewhere on the web I remembered seeing a book made of paper lunch bags, so I have been saving Dunkin’ Donuts muffin bags for an occasion like this one. I took 6 bags and folded them in half, nesting them. I measured in about half an inch from the center edge and marked holes down the fold spaced .75 inch apart, then used an awl to make the holes. There was a small ball of variegated chenille yarn in my basket of embroidery threads so I used that to loop in and out of the holes from back to front to make a simple binding. I cut 4 lengths of the yarn spanning the book to be sure it was long enough to make it all the way back and forth. Then I got out a used puzzle I had been saving for collage work and glued some puzzle pieces on alternating pages of the book. Next I used my old typewriter rubber stamp alphabet to stamp some letters and some words. This is just a beginning and I plan to play with and work on my book some more as this has been a lot of fun!



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