Wednesday, November 28, 2012

It's an Omen!

For those of you who are fans of Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, you will know why I am seeing an omen here... :)

Thank you again to all of you for supporting me in my little venture. Here's to making it a bigger venture!


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

My Shop is Live

If you look at the bottom of my header, you'll see a few tabs, one of which says Shop.

If you click on it, you will find that you can now purchase my Basic Folded Book Tutorial directly from this blog. The best part about it is that after purchase, you have it delivered automatically via the magic robots that do that sort of thing.

This is only the first item to go in the shop. I will be adding the Alphabet and Number pattern sets soon.

When the lowercase letter pattern set is ready, it will be launched exclusively from this new shop. BTW, I will be combining it with my uppercase alphabet set and selling it at a major discount for those who've already purchased the uppercase set. Yay!

I'm still keeping my Etsy shop for a while, but really think this is going to be better, both for me and for my fellow folders. Who doesn't want to get their product right after they order it? Sheesh! That's the biggest concern I have right now - people having to wait for me to check my mail during my breaks or after work so they can get something they bought. And what about those who buy it WHEN I'M ASLEEP? Poor things, having to wait for me to wake up. And then THEY are probably asleep and won't see it for forever.

A big huge THANK YOU to everyone who has visited my Facebook page and liked it. You made and make my day. :)

On the Rocks

 A couple of weeks ago, I was working feverishly on my lowercase alphabet pattern set. Then, I came down with the worst cold I've had in years. I had to miss a few days of work (in a ROW!!!) and felt like doing nothing more than sitting and staring at a wall.

I've mended now, but the fever for folding books has been tempered a bit. I am impatient to finish the pattern set, but am still a bit torpid. I still just want to sit and do quiet things.

I believe one of my struggles in life is to overcome the need to DO DO DO DO DO all the time. I had a dream once where a person asked me "When are you going to stop?" I looked at the dream person like they were crazy. But since I keep remembering that dream, it is most likely a message to me. (eek!)

Enough about philosophizing. I love this spider webby-looking rock. Spiral stitch, made up as I went.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

New Shop in the Works

I've got such good news!

Two things: 1) Rhymes With Magic Art is on Facebook. Please go take a look! I will be posting my art and my art thoughts (such as they are...) on a quickie basis. It's all good.

And... 2) I'm in the process of starting up a new shop. This shop will be linked from my blog and one will be able to purchase my downloadable tutorials and pattern sets and get them with NO waiting! Right now, the way it is with Etsy, a person has to wait for me to get their email and then I send the file. Ugh. So old-fashioned. With this new shop, the download is instant and I REALLY look forward to that.

I'm a little nervous, too. Yikes!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Hearts and Love

A special order for a customer...

I am sick right now. It's been several years since I last had a cold, but this one's got me knocked for a loop. I can't taste any of my food. What is there to live for? :)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Moody Paintings

This painting was done a couple three years ago. I began to try recognizable things - landscapes in this case. I was still copying my teacher at this point, using the micron pen to divide up my painting. It kinda reminds me of looking out a window. Or through wires. I love how the "trees" seem to evaporate into the sky. It is important to note that my edges are dirty on this piece. I did have masking tape on it, trying to keep it even, but failed utterly.

You can see that I have totally abandoned the "keep the edges nice and neat" thing. Someday art historians will look back at this and say I was in a confused period and my art echoed the chaos in my life.

Baloney, really, but I like how it looks.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

My College Watercolors

I finally found my stride in my art major about four months before my BFA project was due. Before this time, I was still struggling to find my art voice. I actually dislike that term, but I don't know any other way to describe the thing that happens when you stop copying others' work so obviously and begin to timidly step out onto your own road.

I had a teacher I really admired who did little watercolors. They were the most beautiful things to me. He tore his watercolor paper (the large sheets) into 16 smaller sheets - all about 6x8 in. big.  He drew with his micron pen and then watercolored over it in beautiful abstract washes. I was mesmerized. I thought it was magic and I wanted to paint magic, too.
I honestly don't know how I found this style of painting. I think I started out by tearing my paper really small - 4x6 inches (half the size of my teacher's stuff - I was dainty and feminine!). I then taped out a rectangle and drew a few lines to delineate areas of importance. Then I painted and waited to see what happened. I became entranced with how the paint reacted to itself. I fell in love with the more opaque colors - white and raw sienna and ochre.

Some forms reminded me of flowers. In art speak they were "evocative of flower forms". Ha!

Then I did several that reminded me of doorways or ways out. Out of where? I don't know, but that's what they still make me think of. This particular one above makes me think of dying and seeing a beautiful door that opens into light with gold. I still like this one a lot.

I was reading the Chronicles of Narnia for the first time my senior year of college. There were several adventures that involved finding ways out of caves or darkness and coming to ends of journeys.

My work now still builds on this in ways. I have to say one thing I have decided with my art is not to try to explain it. I do not have that vocabulary within me and have no desire to try to pigeonhole my work with particular descriptive passages. I'm just going to have to let the art historians do that for me.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Honeycomb Book - Tutorial


A while ago, a person showed me a really pretty picture of a book whose pages looked like honeycomb and asked me how it was done. It reminds me of those decorations of the 70's - did anybody else have those at their parties? They were the height o' haute.

I kept the email in my inbox because I promised her I'd show her how it was done. Here's my take on a honeycomb book:

Supplies: You need an old book, glue and a pencil. I also used a colored pencil but you don't have to.

Use a page to fold in quarters (see marks 1, 2 and 3).

Using your folded paper as a guide, make marks in pencil where your folds are.

Using your marks as a guide, draw lines down across the fore edge of your book using a ruler or a piece of cardstock to make them nice and straight. THE TOP AND BOTTOM EDGES COUNT AS A MARK. If they aren't perfectly straight, that's not really a problem. Approximate is good enough.I call this the first set of marks.

Here is where I used my colored pencil. Make a second set of marks between the existing marks and the top and bottom edges - where the arrows are pointing. 

You can see my faint lines inside the circles.

Choose ONE set of the marks - the first or the second set - and put a dab of glue on each mark - not quite to the edge.  See how I put a dab of glue on the top and bottom edges, too? I'm doing the first set of marks where the top and bottom edges are invisible marks.

 Here's where the magic starts. After gluing that first page, SKIP A PAGE and put glue on the page after it. You will see that the first glued page is sticking to the inside cover of the book. The second page you glue (with the blank page in-between) will then be sticking to the unglued one above it.

Continue gluing sets of pages together. An unglued one being stuck to the glued one underneath it. Do the whole book. It took a while and I admit to taking a couple of breaks with this. It was tedious.

After the glue has dried, you will then glue each of the "sets" together by putting glue on the opposite colored marks (the second set of marks). This will then give you...

 Enjoy your honeycomb book. Glue fake bees to it. Real bees might sting.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

My Sister is Stuck in Sandy Aftermath - Please Help!

My beautiful sister, April, is in Mendham, New Jersey.

She was the other half of Rhymes With Magic until we separated the word jewelry from the book art. Now she is on her own at, selling my word jewelry and her own creations (both of words and other beaded designs.) They are beautiful...

This past week Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy left its mark on the East Coast. It left its mark on my sister, the family she lives with and her community. Here is an excerpt from her email to me this morning:

The news is correct, there is a limited supply of gasoline and food. Pres Obama was here for a quick visit, under a few hours, then was off to continue campaigning in Las Vegas.  Everyone is grumbling about that, because he came cause he had to, but did not do anything. 

They announced tonight that starting Saturday morning, you can get gas depending on your license plate. If your plate ends with an "even" number, you are allowed gas on "even" days and same for "odd" numbered license plates. People have been getting vicious. Tomorrow James and Sara are driving back to Allentown to get more gas. They put the word out to the ward, that if people gave them money and gas cans, then they would get gas for others. So far they have more than 10 gas cans for members of the ward, cool, huh? Bethlehem PA was just like here, miles long lines for gas, however Allentown is only 30 or so minutes further and it was regular living, no long lines, so definitely worth the extra drive.
   I have half a tank right now and am trying to not go anywhere. I also have not worked for a week. Scary, but I know I'm ok. We are using the generator sparingly right now because of the limited gas supply. We turn it off every few hours, to stretch out the gas.

I've been trying to take pictures for you, to see, it has made me cry, how much damage and devastation there is. While some are cool, some are really sad.

 On a happier note, there are stories pouring in about people helping each other, strangers as well. It has been uplifting to see power trucks from other areas. Sara saw a row of power line trucks from Georgia, yay!! Another woman talked about how 100 or so power line employees from Colorado were coming to help with the work. The gas supply is so scary that there are police at every gas station, to keep the peace, again, trying for picture

If any of you or your friends are looking for word jewelry, PLEASE SEND THEM TO MY SISTER'S ETSY SHOP and help her and hers to get back on their feet from the storm. You will help her in ways that I cannot right now and I would be so grateful.

Thursday, November 1, 2012


Last year I decided to take part in a Pay it Forward type of thing which is due to be completed this year. I decided to make ornaments for all of my PIF friends. This ornament is one of those empty glass ones you can get at Michaels. I tried out several different fillers - flowers, beach finds, shells, broken glass (looks like diamonds), and curled book pages. This particular ornament is filled with dry heather. For me.