This year at PBI, I also took a marbling class with Steve Pittelkow. I've been marbling on my own for a while, after taking a class from Nancy Morains a few years ago. But I still learned a lot in this class; as always, there is no end to what can be learned!
Fellow classmate, marbling:
Many marbled sheets from the class, drying in the paper studio:
So what did I learn? Firstly, Steve made me use eye droppers! I thought, what is this madness with eye dropers? How can it be done!? I struggled and wished and wished for whisks; but I persevered and at some point I got used to them. I also learned a lot about working with acrylic paint. My first class was taught using watercolours, and evidently one needs to treat them differently! Steve also had a lot of good tips for solving the myriad of problems that inevitably occur. It was a great class, thanks Steve.
A few of the papers that I made in the class...
I practiced the moiré a lot.
One of my favorites made during this class, a nice Spanish wave on a stone pattern.
And for the first time ever, I actually tried some traditional ebru marbling.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Saturday, May 26, 2012
I just spent nearly 12 days at Paper and Book Intensive without posting to my blog even once. My reliability decreases every year. But do not despair, I intend to share lots of information about PBI now that I am back home. One of the classes I was taking, was tool making with Shanna Leino. My first introduction to tool making! Shanna makes stunning tools, both bone and steel. Check out her tools (and her books too) at www.shannaleino.com. Here is Shanna, cutting something in class last week.
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Once again, I'm attending Paper and Book Intensive and it starts tomorrow! It starts early. I have to leave home around 4am to get myself to Michigan on time since the event is being hosted at Ox Bow again this year. I'll be taking classes from Shanna Leino, Steve Pittelkow, and Larry Yerkes. More details to follow over the next couple weeks!
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Just a couple of the fun journals that I had left over from last weekend's Halifax Crafters Spring market (which was a great time, by the way). First of all, an aged journal with an actual 1936 newspaper on the covers. first time I used birch bark, I've been wanting to make books like this more often - the bark is a tricky material, but the result is very satisfying! available on Etsy.