Category Archives: Artist Books

Small Artist Sketchbook 2022 – Pages 10 and 11

We are on a journey through another one of my small artist sketchbooks. As with all my books of this type, I take a sketchbook and fill it with whatever I feel like doing at the time. No planning, just enjoyment.

This book was done between August 2020 and February 2022, more or less (I date each page as I do it).

I don’t go through the book page by page in order, though in general the earlier images are at the front and the later ones following – but sometimes I skip pages and come back later, or do some other thing. No reason, that is just how I do it.

Let’s take a look.

Here’s today’s page spread.

Here are individual views of the pages.

If you have any questions as to the materials or techniques I used, let me know. I love to answer questions!

Small Artist Sketchbook 2022 – Pages 8 and 9

We are on a journey through another one of my small artist sketchbooks. As with all my books of this type, I take a sketchbook and fill it with whatever I feel like doing at the time. No planning, just enjoyment.

This book was done between August 2020 and February 2022, more or less (I date each page as I do it).

I don’t go through the book page by page in order, though in general the earlier images are at the front and the later ones following – but sometimes I skip pages and come back later, or do some other thing. No reason, that is just how I do it.

Let’s take a look.

Here’s today’s page spread.

Here are individual views of the pages.

If you have any questions as to the materials or techniques I used, let me know. I love to answer questions!

Small Artist Sketchbook 2022 – Pages 6 and 7

We are on a journey through another one of my small artist sketchbooks. As with all my books of this type, I take a sketchbook and fill it with whatever I feel like doing at the time. No planning, just enjoyment.

This book was done between August 2020 and February 2022, more or less (I date each page as I do it).

I don’t go through the book page by page in order, though in general the earlier images are at the front and the later ones following – but sometimes I skip pages and come back later, or do some other thing. No reason, that is just how I do it.

Let’s take a look.

Here’s today’s page spread.

Here are individual views of the pages.

If you have any questions as to the materials or techniques I used, let me know. I love to answer questions!

Small Artist Sketchbook 2022 – Pages 4 and 5

We are on a journey through another one of my small artist sketchbooks. As with all my books of this type, I take a sketchbook and fill it with whatever I feel like doing at the time. No planning, just enjoyment.

This book was done between August 2020 and February 2022, more or less (I date each page as I do it).

I don’t go through the book page by page in order, though in general the earlier images are at the front and the later ones following – but sometimes I skip pages and come back later, or do some other thing. No reason, that is just how I do it.

Let’s take a look.

Here’s today’s page spread.

Here are individual views of the pages.

If you have any questions as to the materials or techniques I used, let me know. I love to answer questions!

Small Artist Sketchbook 2022 – Page 1, Pages 2 and 3

We begin a journey through another one of my small artist sketchbooks. As with all my books of this type, I take a sketchbook and fill it with whatever I feel like doing at the time I’m looking at the blank page. It looks to me as if this one was done between August 2020 and February 2022, more or less (I date each page as I do it).

I don’t go through the book page by page in order, though in general the earlier images are at the front and the later ones following – but sometimes I skip pages and come back later, or do some other thing. No reason, that is just how I do it.

Let’s take a look.

Here are the three first pages.

Here is page 1 (there is no accompanying page because it is next to the front cover).

And here are pages 2 and 3.

If you have any questions as to the materials or techniques I used, let me know. I love to answer questions!

A Synthesis, Part 4:

In my earlier posts, I told you about making paste papers and turning them into zines.

Here are the next two zines I made. They are the last of this group. But I feel pretty sure I will make more. If not with these materials, then something else. I really like this little booklet format.

Here are Chapters 6 and 7. Each book has a front cover and three interior page spreads.

Chapter 6

And guess what, this book has an image on the back cover. Why, I don’t know, I guess it just seemed to fit.

Chapter 7

A Synthesis, Part 3:

In my earlier posts, I told you about making paste papers and turning them into zines.

Here are the next two zines I made.

Here are Chapters 4 and 5. Each book has a front cover and three interior page spreads.

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Wordless Storybook Pages 23 and 24

In 2021 I completed a wordless artist book for my little granddaughter, who was about a year old at the time. I produced it by converting a discarded kid’s library book, using the same process I’ve used for similar books in the past.

Look here if you want to see more about how I make these books and to view one of my past books.

This particular volume does have a story, though. I had been working on it off and on for a long time and getting nowhere. Other projects kept coming along. One day I took it out to see about finishing it up and to consider what I might write to accompany the images. It struck me that it was fine just as it was, without words.

And I thought my granddaughter might like it when she is a little older, and she can make up stories to go with the pictures herself.

Like the content, the cover has no words. The book has no title. I guess it can be called whatever the reader wants.

Here are the next two pages. Want to make up your own story?

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Now you’ve reached the end of the book. Thank you for reading, viewing, and imagining!

A Synthesis, Part 2:

In my earlier post, I told you that I took some things I learned in various workshops and used them in a project. Now I’ll give you more information.

Here are the papers I had on hand:

I used the zine technique I learned to turn them into tiny books.

Then, they sat on my table for quite some time. What to fill them with? What did they want to say?

I put a combination of words and pictures in each one. Then I had to give each one a name, or at least something that would give the reader a clue as to where to start.

I decided that these zines were just more chapters in the tiny book series I started in the workshop. You might remember this book from the workshop post. It’s Chapter 1, though it didn’t know it at the time.

It’s not that these booklets are meant to be read as a narrative, just that they are chapters in the ongoing zine-making impulse. Each one stands alone, but it’s part of a group, too – all of these books share characteristics and inspiration.

All right, enough build up.

I’ll show you all the books, a couple at a time. Here are Chapters 2 and 3. Each book has a front cover and three interior page spreads.

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

A Synthesis

Over the past several months I have learned or revisited several art techniques in various online workshops or classes. I’ve chosen my classes based solely on the idea that I was curious and I thought I’d enjoy learning about the subject. I love doing this, even when I don’t want to keep on with what I learned. I just like trying out new things.

As time has gone on, I’ve accumulated some materials and gotten some ideas. I’ve combined a couple of them to make a finished project, which I will show you in a series of posts.

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First of all, I learned to make paste papers from Lorrie Grainger Abdo at the Kalamazoo Books Arts Center.

(Here is the post I wrote on this workshop, with a thorough discussion of how to make paste papers).

I’ve got loads of papers I have made with technique and I love doing it, and the results are eye-popping, I think.

Secondly, I took a workshop on zine-making at the National Gallery of Art (here is the post) with artist Sarah Matthews, in which we made a tiny zine from one sheet of folded paper, incorporating handwriting.

Here, I am showing you a selection of painted paste papers with asemic handwriting in India ink superimposed over the colors. They are all about 9″ x 12″ or so.

What did I do with these papers? Well, for one thing, I used the scan of one of them as part of the cover design for my latest poetry book:

But I did use the actual papers in a project. More later…