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Booked 7 (First Instalment)

I was gallery sitting yesterday and took the opportunity to photograph some of the wonderful books on display in “Booked 7” at the Pierro Gallery in South Orange, NJ. The exhibit will broaden your horizons as to just what a book is… Here are some of the books in the show by the many talented artists who make up the Book Arts Round table. Enjoy!

Lynn Keffer Edge of the Pond
Lynn Keffer Edge of the Pond
Benita Wolffe two paths
Claire Simon Leave No Stone Unturned
Claire Simon Leave No Stone Unturned
Cynthia Weiss River
Joan Bess Open the Kimono

Joe Reilly Reeds and Crane

Nancy Boney Between the Sheets

Shari Seltzer cherish each other

Vasilek C. Birrell All Living Things are Related

Vasilek C. Birrell Scotch Roots

Well that’s all for now. I will post more later.

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BeastlyBeasties Original Drawing to be Auctioned off for Haiti

I was recently asked by Frank X. O’Leary”  to donate a drawing for a fundraiser for Haiti this Saturday, 27th February at St. Georges Church in Maplewood, NJ. The money raised by SOMA Artists for Haiti will be donated to Partners In Health. This organization has been working in Haiti for over 20 years providing health care for the poor. The event is from 4:00 to 7:00 pm and includes a silent auction of art work and music by some of Maplewood and South Orange’s talented artists and musicians. I am sure it will make a welcome break from the two day snow storm we are having… Frank was very nice and came by to pick up the piece yesterday evening just in case the hill I live on becomes impassable in the snow…

And so I give you “haiti”,  ink drawing, mat size 11″ x 14″, drawing 7.5″ x 9.5″

"haiti" ink drawing by BeastlyBeasties

More From The Beastie Book

the front section is completed, I will come back later and add to the back ground

the front section is completed, I will come back later and add to the back ground

the tail section is complete

the tail section is complete

working back to the tail

working back to the tail

the tail is done

the tail is done

the tail of another beast is added

the tail of another beast is added

This is a book that I bound using the sink art paper that I made. It is perfect for beasties. I use a MICRON pen, the paper is Arches 90lb. This is a work in progress for a Book Arts Show in South Orange in March at the Baird center.

Now for the fun.. The Beastie Book

I have just begun drawing in the long stitch book I bound with the first lot of sink art paper I made. This is paper that I made by putting Sumi ink on a watercolor paper, letting it partially dry and then washing it off. Color wash was then sprayed on to the wet paper.  My intention is to fill the book with beasties, I expect this will take the rest of the year! See earlier postings for more details. If you like these beasties please check out my other blog: beasties.tumblr.com

For a long time now, I have wanted to draw my beasties on a colored background, an organic background, not flat color. My sink art paper is perfect for them. The Arches 90lb paper is very absorbent, so it is quite a different experience from drawing on the Stonehenge paper that I use for my blog. The drawing is also somewhat complicated as the book is already bound, but is very manageable. Keep checking in and I will post my progress. The beasties will link from page to page through out the book.

The first beastie takes shape

the first beastie takes shape

starting the pattern

detail of the head

going back a spread to add the hind quarters and tail. it all matches up!

going back a spread to add the hind quarters and tail. it all matches up!

More Sink Art – How To

I am posting this new version of sink art as the first post did not come out quite the way I wanted it too. I’m still struggling with wordpress. Hence the funny alignments etc… bare with me. My really great web designer Nik Guinta tells me this is the way to go and to persevere, so here goes… http://humachine.us. Please bare with me, I am still figuring out this program and have not figured out how to make quick links to the sites I have mentioned.


Sink Art

I worked in our laundry room, on top of the washing machine. A little cramped, but it worked. This is a great way to “color” your own paper, and is lots of fun. Be prepared for a mess and wear old clothes. I didn’t and am still trying to scrub the ink out of my beat jeans! I learnt this method from Karen McDermott of the Book Arts roundtable in South Orange. Karen has been running this really great book binding group for many years now. I love it! Karen first saw this technique described in Judy Melvin’s book Art Expose, Judy coined the phrase Sink Art. Check out:  http://www.judymelvin.com/artexpose.htm and http://www.southorange.org/TheBairdArts/page.asp?page=7

You will need
100% cotton rag paper. The paper must hold up to getting very wet several times. I used 90lb Arches cold pressed water color paper. A text weight can also be used.

Sumi black ink. Once dry this great Japanese ink is pretty much water proof.
Sumi vermillion ink
Lumiere – light body metallic acryllic by Jacquard
Adirondak color wash. On the advise of Karen, I got mine from Joggles. They were really quick and the package arrived beautifully wrapped in pink tissue paper. A great touch. It put me in a good mood! http://www.joggles.com/

newspaper, plastic sheeting, large sink, hairdryer, paper towel, a dish to put ink in.

something to apply inks and color with, anything will do. I used a foam brush, toothbrush, popsicle stick… the possibilities are endless

1. Place paper on a plastic covered work area. Make sure the size of your paper works with the size of your sink!
2. Make marks on paper with Sumi ink. The black works best. Move the paper around to make the ink run.
3. Allow the ink to dry for about 30 seconds. The dryer the ink the less that will wash out.
4. Wash the paper under running water, keep washing until you are satisfied with the look. The black ink will wash out and leave a great effect.
5. Lay the paper to dry on a sheet of newsprint. To speed up drying, I blot the paper with paper towel and use a hair dryer.
6. When the paper is dry, repeat the process on the other side. If you are the impatient type, you can try doing both sides at the same time. I often do this.
7. Not happy with the results add more Sumi ink to the dried sheet and repeat the process. This will add depth. You can add vermillion the second go around, or just go for it all at once. The vermillion will not wash out as much as the black does.
8. Wet the paper again. Lay it on a plastic sheet and spray with Adirondak color wash. Move the paper around to make the colors run. Add touches of Lumiere color. You can do one side at a time, I do both at once. If you need the paper to be wetter spritz it with water from a spray bottle. If you do one side at a time try not to get the done side very wet as the color will run.
9. Blot the paper with a paper towel. Place it on newsprint or plastic to dry. The Lumiere will stick to the newsprint if you are not careful. You may want to just do one side at a time with the Lumiere, or dry one side off with a hair dryer, before placing it on the newsprint.

10. Use the beautiful paper you have created for a project. I use mine for book binding. I also intend to draw beasties on it. Check out: beasties.tumblr.com. Be creative and experiment!

Supplies for Sink Art

Supplies for Sink Art

So much fun to receive this package of Adirondak color wash from Joggles

So much fun to receive this package of Adirondak color wash from Joggles. I used a toothbrush to apply the ink first time around. Second time around a squirt bottle.

I used thick Sumi ink directly from the squirt bottle. The paper was then tilted and shaken to move the ink around.

I used thick Sumi ink directly from the squirt bottle. The paper was then tilted and shaken to move the ink around.


The ink was applied from the squirt bottle. I liked the effect, so did not wash it.

The ink was applied from the squirt bottle. I liked the effect, so did not wash it.

Getting ready to wash the Sumi black ink off in the sink.

Getting ready to wash the Sumi black ink off in the sink.

Adirondak color wash was sprayed on to the wet paper.

Adirondak color wash was sprayed on to the wet paper.

Two different color washes have been applied to the wet paper.

Two different color washes have been applied to the wet paper.

Two colors of color wash and two colors of Lumiere metallic acryllic applied to the wet paper.

Two colors of color wash and two colors of Lumiere metallic acryllic applied to the wet paper.

Using different colors.

Using different colors.

The color on this piece was picked up from the plastic bag I was working on. Every piece is unique!

The color on this piece was picked up from the plastic bag I was working on. Every piece is unique!