Blog: EarthSpirit
by Mayah

Handmade Art Book: "To Be An Artist"

Had an amazing amount of fun learning out to make a mixed media art book!

Date:   5/31/2017 12:27:54 AM   ( 3 y ) ... viewed 1455 times

I took an art class a week ago, the first art class since I was in college! (I won't tell you how many years ago that was) I had so much FUN, learning how to make a mixed media art journal --paper, glue, paint, magazine pictures, washi tape, stencils, and whatever embellishments you want to put on it! I worked on it at home for an entire week after the class, and here it is:
"To Be an Artist" cover; mixed media art book mayah(c)2017

The entire book is approximately 8" X 6" and is over an inch thick. The pages are held together with waxed thread; to keep the book closed, the long thread is wrapped around the outside. I put colored beads on the ends of the thread, representing the four elements of fire (red), air (white), water (blue) and brown (earth). The two beads on the other thread end represent plant beings (green) and animal beings (tan).

The instructor, Kelly Kilmer**, uses her art books as journals, inking words with colored ink pens, but I decided to make mine into a themed book, hence the title "To Be An Artist".
ribbon added on page 1
piece of plastic bag on page 2
page 3
the little green tag fits inside the envelope on page 4
strip of junk jewelry and dried flower petals on page 5
page 6
dried dandelion flowers on page 7
tinsel added on page 8
decorative strip of cardboard on page 9
nice example of washi tape adding texture and pattern on page 10
dried flower petals added on page 11
seed pods added on page 12
feathers added on page 13
gold metallic ribbon on page 14
left hand side of center pages 15 and 16 middle and right hand side of center pages 15 and 16; fine mesh added over central figure
page 17
washi tape visible; good example of stencils on page 18
jewelry chain and sequins on page 19
page 20
page 21
difficult to see in the photo, but the "FUN" has glitter on the letters on page 22
double page; page 23 is the left hand side of "Dare to be Different"
page 24 is the right hand side of "Dare to be Different"
"Nourish your Soul"--used dried tea bags--"Pause" "comfort" "renew" on the tags; inside of plastic mesh on page 25
sea shells from Southern California beach on page 26
Kamut wheat seeds in bag; mushroom from a photo by L. Goldman++ on page 27
pieces of mica on page 28
page 29
inside back cover; extra long as the right hand edge is the part that folds over the front cover when the book is closed. rose photo by L. Goldman ++ on page 30
back cover with spine of the book. little photo of dancing girl(right hand side of my name) by L. Goldman++

++I wish to thank my friend "Your Enchanted Gardener" Leslie Goldman, whose keen eye for the beauty of nature graces his photographs. I have been fortunate to have received some of these photos on greeting cards over the years, as well as many gift packs of organic seeds. Leslie, I hope you approve of what I've done with them! Leslie's Plant Your Dream blog:

...And special thanks to my friend and fellow mixed media artist LFIRE for the ongoing encouragement to create art, the courage to call myself an artist, the inspiration that her art work gives me, the gifts of her art all through the year, not to mention the trinkets, stuff, things, and junk she snail mails to me, some of which ended up on the pages of this book! Check out her Curezone blog "Dreaming a New Reality" and see her latest art and writings here:

** "Kelly T.M. Kilmer is a mixed media book artist living in Southern California...she believes that there is an artist in each and every one of us. Kelly’s classes are designed specifically to bring that artist out...Kelly has been teaching mixed media workshops every weekend for over seventeen years now in the U.S. as well as abroad."

Kelly travels around the country giving art classes; check out her blog to see her mixed media art and what, when, and where her next art classes will be held!

Blogs from 2017:

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Art: Collage Postcards Mixed Media Class #3

Art: Peace-Pax-Shalom Mixed Media Class #2

Art: Collage Faces Mixed Media Class #1

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Eco Art: Home Made Valentine's Cards

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