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Fabulous Friday Finds

Posted in altered books, Art parts, Artist Books, Found Objects with tags , , , , , , , on August 10, 2012 by madelincwolf

Well, on the West coast it is still before midnight, therefore, I still have time to post my FFF’s!  Today’s offering is all about my love of paper and books.  People discard the most wonderful things.  A few weeks ago I came across these book plates. There was a huge box of several different kinds near the dumpster at my friend Anne’s studio.  I took what I thought was a lot, she took some.  When I brought them home I got the idea to make pads of paper for notes.  I used PVA glue thinly applied to the top edge of a clamped set of papers.  It worked!  I will also use some of the images for collage or ?, too.  I went back the next day to see if I could snag the rest, but they were gone.  The book about  Holman Hunt was found by Anne near the same dumpster.  She gave it to me!  What a sweet thing to do.  It has some beautiful color plates inside.  Before I alter it or cut it up, I feel compelled to read it.  I was taught to respect books.  Do you have trouble defacing, or cutting up books like I do?  I’ll just have to get over it!

Round Robin Book Spread

Posted in Artist Books, Books, collage, Uncategorized with tags , , , on July 8, 2012 by madelincwolf

Spread for Anne

Last week we had our Artist Leadership Network meeting.  We are swapping small blank books with each other every month.  This is the spread that I did for my friend Anne.  The Buddha face  is from one of her postcards used with her permission.  I love her artwork!  you can see her artwork at .  The fold at the bottom can be flipped down to see more writing.  We are having a great time working in each other’s books.  I highly recommend this form of art play!

Giveaway Items and Quilting Finished

Posted in Books, Boxes, Give Away, Quilting, Quilts with tags , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2012 by madelincwolf

Giveaway #1

These are the giveaway items won by Sara C. of Scrapbasket in my first ever Giveaway.  I just thought that you might like to see them in their finished state.  Sara, as it happens, is a fellow quilter and creative type whom I have known for  quite a number of years.  Her quilts are a mix of traditional and contemporary and everything in between.  She has an eye for color and imaginative use of prints.  In fact, I just finished quilting one of her quilts last week shown below.  Now, don’t get the idea that the drawing was rigged.  In truth, I know many of my subscribers personally.  Who knows, one of you whom I don’t know could be next.  Let’s see those comments!

Sara’s Africa Quilt

And The Winner Is…

Posted in Books, Boxes, Give Away with tags , , , , , , , on January 1, 2012 by madelincwolf

First of all, thanks to everyone who subscribes to my blog!  I plan to run more give aways in 2012, so stay tuned.

And now, drumroll please!!  Congratulations! The winner of the Coffee Cup Holder and a beautiful, inked  Book Box complete with a blank accordion book inside is Scrapbasket.  

Please get in touch with me within 5 days to arrange receipt of your gift.   (If I don’t hear from you , another name will be drawn)  I will post a photo after delivery so as not to spoil the surprise.

Winner was chosen by random drawing.

Another Box

Posted in Boxes with tags , , , , on October 11, 2011 by madelincwolf

Another Box for a Book

Today, after having getting to the studio I set my timer for 15 minutes.  I needed to add to the sides of the box lid to have my idea complete.  These boxes have a life of their own.  I find that when I allow my mind to play with the pen without much serious thought, wonderful images happen, mostly.  My previous box was not so successful, but I had a good time doing it.  When I tire of the outsides, I may just begin to make the books that will dwell within.

What I Did With My Blank Box

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on September 16, 2011 by madelincwolf

Today in between working on my quilting projects and other duties, I finished decorating a box I started several days ago.  I have a large supply of these blank boxes, well mostly bottoms, which come from a ceramic ornament business in my building.  They are perfect canvas for me to do my art.  I use Faber-Castell permanent India Ink pens for  drawing on them.  It is very meditative to just let my brain do what it feels like without trying to over think everything.  FUN!  I plan  to use these to house my small accordion books.  I may even sell them with blank accordion books inside. too.  What do you think?

Inked Box

It’s About Time!

Posted in altered books, Artist Books, Books, Challenges with tags , , , , , , on August 16, 2010 by madelincwolf
Altered Book Spread

ALN challenge: It's About Time

Deadlines come and deadlines go.  I am always glad when they are extended.  Our Artist Leadership Network challenge for July, picked by me, dealt with our feelings about time.  Never enough, rushed,finding time, making time, time out, all out of time: the list goes on.  I chose to do a two page “spread” in a very old book whose pages are oxidized and starting to crumble.  I picked various words from the text and made “found” poetry. Crayon, Pigma pen, Sharpie and gesso were used and then the collage elements were added.  I am pleased with how my first altered book spread turned out!

Artist Books

Posted in Artist Books with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 28, 2010 by madelincwolf

"Red Stripe" Beer Brewing Log, 4 7/16" X 10 3/16"

I have started making books and I love, love, LOVE the process.  Both my son-in -law and a friend are beer brewers.  I think that the graphics on a lot of 6-paks are really wonderful.  This is a perfect way to repurpose these throw-away items.  I just hope that they are useful as I don’t know if the brewers make notes on their brewing processes, successes and occasional failures.  I used ledger paper found in an old hard-cover ledger that I bought at a thrift store for a couple of bucks. The edges are bound with Duct Tape and the stab stitch binding is made with waxed hemp.   Below is a view of the partially-opened book.

Here’s another book that is very much tongue-in -cheek.  I like to have fun!  This one is a craft journal using Kraft paper for the pages.  This is my first attempt at sewing signatures and using first and last pages glued to the covers.  I need some more practice with that as the signatures are a little loose.  Blue Duct Tape finishes off the edges.  Vintage buttons and cording I made from thread form the closure.  Real macaroni are glued to the front.  Have you made any repurposed books such as these?  I would love to see them!

Craft Journal, Closed

Craft Journal, Open

Away Too Long

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on July 24, 2010 by madelincwolf

Passion Flower

Our neighbors have lovely vines growing on their fence next to the gate to our parking area.  The Passion Flower vine is flowering right now.  I could not pass by without taking a picture.  At the end of this post I will attach another of a butterfly on the same vine apparently laying eggs.  Later in  the week I found the butterfly on the cement, dead.  It is sitting in the ash tray in my car, which used to be reserved for my cell phone before it became illegal to use it while driving.  It made me sad to see it lying there as it was so beautiful.  Live, Love, Procreate, Die.  It’s what LIFE does.  Get used to it!

I’ve been away too long.  Life gets in the way of blogging.  I don’t want to blog for the sake of blogging just to keep my presence “out there.”  I had a damn summer cold/sinus thing that still clings to the hope of bringing me low again.  Haven’t quite shaken all of it.  I lost four workdays and that makes me mad.  It is difficult for me to give myself time to just be.  There are all those restorations and quilts to be finished.  There is my own work, my quilts, my books, my art challenges that want attention too.  I savored my illness.  I drank ginger and lemon tea and warmed my chest and nose with my rice bags.  I put my feet up and let the drone of the television lull me to a semi-aware state.  Why must I be forced into taking time to soothe my soul?  I would enjoy the whole process much more if I could breathe and sleep at night.  My goal for the next week is to take time out of every day for myself.  I’ll let you know how it goes.  Funny, our art challenge this month is “It’s About Time.”  I chose it.  No mystery there!

Butterfly Captured in a Moment of Time

Artist Book-making Workshop

Posted in Artist Books with tags , , , , , on March 22, 2010 by madelincwolf

Last Friday night I met with 3 friends and our dream group facilitator to lead an artist book-making workshop. One of our member’s graciously offered her lovely home in the Oakland hills for our meeting. It was quite a shlep up the stairs with the bags of materials that I brought.  Luckily the person I rode with helped me.We  had a potluck dinner that was great and then did a reading and a mini silent meditation (Not my strong suit, but what the heck).  We also looked at the Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazines I brought for inspiration as well as my own book upon which the workshop was based.  Then the fun began.  I had prepared the folded pages of the paper (in this case, printing paper strips salvaged from the fabulous recycle bin my studio’s building) with washes of acrylic and Lumiere paints attaching a piece of decorative paper to the covers with matte medium. There were plenty of papers, paint, my handmade fabric beads and decorative threads, paints, pencils, stamps, and stencils for them to let their  creativity have full reign.  I did a couple of demos and was there to help if anyone needed it.  Before I knew it, it was 10:00 p.m. and clean up time.  I took a number of pictures some of which are below.  The rest I will upload to flickr at some point.  Everyone had a good time and completed their books, including binding them.  I would like to do this again, perhaps with the two other friends who couldn’t come to this workshop.

One other thing!  I made a small book at to commemorate the experience.  With the help of a special code through Target, it cost all of $1.99!  I learned a little something about making a book and what not to do next time.

The Artists With Their Books

Elizabeth's Front Cover

Zoe's Front Cover

Cathy's Back Cover

Suzanne's Front Cover