In the Studio - February
In February, I started and finished four more Monday sketchbook collages in a concertina format. Each panel takes me longer than the sketchbook collage pages I was making over the past few years. For the concertina, I still work on one collage at a time but as I do I'm also thinking about the previous panels and the panels to come so I can keep it cohesive. A little more concentration is required but I'm embracing the challenge.
After I finished the last collage of the month in January I used up many of the leftover scraps by making some speed collages. That was such a fun way to finish up that I did it again in February. I started with a big collage (7" sq.) while I still had larger scraps to work with and then gradually made the collages smaller (3" sq. & 1.5" sq.) as the scraps got fewer and smaller.
Completing the handmade books that I started and had sitting around my work area for too long was a goal for last month. I did get these three finished and two more are three-quarters of the way done.
One of the things I like best about creating handmade books is that it gives me a place to use all those papers I've rusted, eco-printed, painted, or collaged. Learning all the fancy binding stitches with the Handmade Bookclub is pretty satisfying too.
Valentine's Day Treat
You may be familiar with this cake as it goes by many different names. In my childhood home, we called it Wacky Cake because that's what the Girl Scouts called it. My sister Sue was a Girl Scout and that's how we came to have the recipe. The origin of Wacky Cake is thought to be linked to the Depression or World War II eras, which makes sense as it contains no eggs (have you seen the prices lately!), butter, or milk.
Hi, I'm Kathy a collage, eco-print artist, and rust enthusiast who loves to teach and help you along on your creative journey.