Monday, May 31, 2010

Movin' Beck's Book

I guess I just like to play with my scraps and buttons but figured it was appropriate for Becksbuttons Book. ..... say that 3x it is before it gets movin' on......-- Jan

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Off Goes the Book

A beautifully bound accordion book arrived in my studio at the beginning of May. This is what happened while it was here on two pages, one fold.

Right about that time I was subbing for an art teacher at an elementary school. The teacher said do whatever I wanted with the kids, so gave them a lesson on cubism via self that was the inspiration.

The paper inside the book is so soft and thick, almost like fabric, and the colored pencils felt really creamy while drawing.

What's Up Philly Book Exchangers?

Hey! Let's see some action on this blog...We have 16 books out there and not many pictures or comments.....

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Going out for June 1st!

Jan's book invites one to think about tactile contrasts! So many patterns and textures to explore...

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

MaryJo's book update!

Tonight I'm passing along MaryJo's book to Ruth - but here are some photos before it continues its journey!!

I mixed it up on this one, a little paint, a little fabric. I LOVE the book and had to stop myself from doodling on all the pages :) Good choice MaryJo!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

May: Burlap + Embroidery + Beads

This is a really lovely little book made of burlap...I've been adding to it w/ embroidery and beads...not exactly sure how it'll turn out because I'm just kind of winging it, but we'll see...

Sorry the pics aren't great, I've been working on this project on the train...and took the pics with my cell phone.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

book's in the mail

here's the page i added to the book that came to me for april.... should be to Melissa soon!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Book 1 on its way......

Well if you remember what Traci Nelson said about her book. "........Journal filled with 60 pages in hopes that each artist will share words and/or art on two pages each day of the month so not only a book exchange also an art-a-day challenge no matter how big or small the creation and reflect the artist and mindset of the day."

I tried to take that literally and here are a few pics of what I added. I work with fabrics for my art and also with buttons and interfacing and thread. So my contribution has bits and pieces of most of the handbags I created in April and some earlier. I have boxes of scraps so everything came directly from my workroom. Some other pages just reflect in words what my day was like...... the map and earth page are part of the original book .........

And I definitely found it a challenge altho I probably doubled the weight of this thing but I look forward to seeing other contributions -- Jan

Saturday, May 1, 2010


I received Celia's handmade book, and I nearly forgot to snap some pictures before I sent it off today.

And one a little more pleasant...


Book #2

Adding to the index card art is addictive! So many options. This book is so welcoming. When it first arrived, it opened up its playful world to me.