Bookbinding – Coptic Stitch

I began my class at the Smithsonian this week in Coptic Stitch Bookbinding. The class is taught by Kate Wagner of Moonlight Bindery. It is not as difficult as I expected, the stitch itself is quite easily memorized. I love how the books open flat, making it easy to write or draw inside. We did a practice book in class. Below are my second and third books. The red flower cover contains drawing paper. The orange book is bound with pages I sewed together using gelatin printing on Fabriano paper, pages from old knitting magazines, strips of patterned papers, vintage photos, other ephemera, and even plastic sleeves to hold more photos. I followed the videos on Mary Ann Moss’s “Remains of the Day” course for the stitched pages. This was so much fun, I see many more books ahead. Katie creates books using Lego base material as the covers. It seems as if there are endless possibilities for coptic bindings.




Playing with Shakespeare

In Art Journal Caravan 2013 we “travel” each month to a new county. We even have passport stamps to collect. Below is my journal page that I will use at the end of the year as my cover image on a printed collection of pages.


Since Great Britain is our first Port of Call, I had to make my first page about Dr. Who, a wonderfully quirky sci-fi show that has been running, on and off, since the 1960s. I like the old shows for their low-tech, kitchy sets and aliens. The new show is much faster paced and more adventurous, but, still just as quirky.


Each week we receive new prompts such as one called Poetic License. A series of randomly generated numbers are given and we are challenged to do something with the words we take from a kit with numbered words and short phrases. We can add words, try to make sense of them, or do what ever we wish. There have been some creative uses of these words so far. This week, I fit the words into the famous Shakespeare quote from Julius Caesar.

Here is my take:

This is the original text:

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.
The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones;
So let it be with Caesar. The noble Brutus
Hath told you Caesar was ambitious:
If it were so, it was a grievous fault,
And grievously hath Caesar answer’d it.
Here, under leave of Brutus and the rest –
For Brutus is an honourable man;
So are they all, all honourable men –
Come I to speak in Caesar’s funeral.

I hope Shakespeare doesn’t mind my playing with his words, and maybe, would get a little laugh from it.

On the Road in 2013


After spending several years paring down my life to the essentials, I am ready to expand on those things I value most. This holiday season has been a happy one, enjoying the company of family and friends, yet also being content with extensive time alone to contemplate the next stage of my life.

Connection, Creation, and Contemplation are my trio of words for this new stage.

Connection: Joy flows through me when I spend time with the people most dear to me, sharing the happy moments and the sorrows in life. I wish to continue to strengthen relationships and to develop new ones.

Creation: I have always loved to make things – drawing, painting, collage, encaustic art, digital art, knitting, and spinning will continue to draw my attention and creative energies. This year I would like to focus on developing my own artistic style. I have also begun writing as a way to explore my thoughts and creativity and wish to continue this process.

Contemplation: I have meditated and done yoga for many years, but I feel a need to go even deeper into my spiritual development this year.

I may have gone overboard, but, I have set some goals for myself and have signed up for several programs and courses throughout the coming year in order to support my above intentions:

— Blog on a weekly basis
— Create a Digital Art Journal Page on a weekly basis – supported by Art Journal Caravan 2013.
SouLodge 2013 – a year long program that will support my journey
Apothecary Circle – a year long program promoting health and wellbeing through herbs and natural foods
Misty Mawn’s Face to Face workshop – to continue my exploration in drawing and painting faces
Milliande’s CAPI – Create Art Portfolio Ideas – to develop my own artistic style
— Bookbinding Workshop at the Smithsonian
Shambhala Buddhism courses and workshops to continue on my meditation path and to live my life more fully in the present.
— Hike more and spend more time in the wilderness to connect with my Artemis nature and ground myself in the natural world and seasons.
— Practice Lovingkindness Meditation to open my heart more fully.
— Take a poetry writing class later in the year.

That’s all. If only I didn’t have that pesky full-time job.