Sunday, January 01, 2012

Old Books and New Art....

While I had my long break over the holidays I did a lot of cleaning and clearing out in the studio and I dabbled with art every day but I don't have much to show for all that time. I managed to do one new winter girl....

She looks much better in person and not so washed out. I also did a sketch....I might try to turn her into a painting later.

I spent a lot of time going through some hardcover books left over from my old online book business.

There were a lot of them! And after all this I still have tons more. I think I'll have enough to keep me busy for awhile!

Most of them were nothing special so I removed the text blocks and saved the covers to use either as canvases for paintings or for covers for all the new books I'll be making with my new Christmas present....

HB gave me The Cinch binding machine! Now I can make spiral-bound notebooks and journals....when I get the hang of it. There's a bit of a learning curve when you put the spirals in but I'll learn all the tricks as I go along. I set up an area in my garage space to do book binding. I have a big table out there and plenty of space to lay out all the pages. That way I can keep my regular studio for mixed media art. Hopefully I'll have some journals to show you soon. Until then I'll keep doing other art. Let's all make 2012 beautiful!


  1. Anonymous9:56 AM

    beautiful work, what a great magic machine,, I think I would like one of those very much, I can see some lovely journal making in your future,, Happy New Year!

  2. Happy New Year Janet! What nice header you've got yourself. I'm going to change a bit on my blog too this year, I hope. As usual a nice girl or two. I'm sure you'll get the hang of making journals. I too have a lot of empty hardcovers to future use, some of them with beautiful patterns on them.

  3. omg omg omg!!!!
    how cool is that!
    and those covers are so yummy
    so many so much possibilities
    i am sooo happy for you
    and i wish i could join you in your new binding adventure
    i have been these days with needle and waxed thread too making journals and oh i want to do that, i will google to find out more about it
    very happy new year to you dear Janet!!!
    very happy to start with your news and presents

  4. This looks like a wonderful project you are undertaking here.

    Happy New Year Janet. May 2012 be blessed for you.

  5. I am sending all my unbound journals to you.... just kidding! Lucky girl. I love your ladies. You have so much talent you just amaze me. Happy 2012 Janet. I shall be watching all the great things you create this year.

  6. Happy New Year to you and HB, Janet!! Those book covers would be great for journal covers. OH, that spiral binding machine will be SO handy for you once you get the hang of it. I like you latest art pieces too. It sounds like 2012 is going to be another busy and creative year for you. ENJOY!

    Serena xo

  7. Love your new book binder. We have the Spiral type in our library. It is a piece of cake to do. Just line up all the slots with the spiral piece and twist in.
    Happy New Year to you dearest Janet. Love

  8. Well how lucky are you Janet.
    I love the new header as well.

  9. The CINCH looks like fun! Lots of journals to come! Happy New Year!

  10. I like the new header and all those covers..New things for the old covers.

  11. Have fun with your new toy!

  12. I liked your idea of a summary of the last years blog...and a new header, you have been busy. Have fun with your new gift, it will be handy to have. I have not always done the "new word thing" but this year it just seemed to really speak to me. You are blessed to have all of those book covers to use.HAPPY NEW YEAR to you,HB, and of course the kitties.

  13. Anonymous10:02 AM

    Hi Janet...Great new header! Your new girl looks great and so does the will make another great painting. That looks like a fantastic book binder...I know you will enjoy! All the art journals you can make...I can't wait to see what you do with it!

  14. I like your Winter Girl...I can't get over how many book covers you have to play with! What fun! Good luck with your Cinch; I hope you figure it out without too many frustrations. Cutting paper to go into those covers is the most time-consuming part; I got a guillotine paper cutter for Christmas to help me with that!

  15. Oh what fun Janet! You indeed will have a lot to keep you visit. Wish I could come over and play! Thanks for visiting me in the new year! Happy 2012!

  16. Oh my, Janet... looks like you are going to have some fun!!
    Yes, lets all make 2012 beautiful. *hugs*
    p.s. I like the way you are storing your book covers. :] Time for me to reorganize, thanks for sharing!

  17. shawn1:35 PM

    Wow what a great present! And I LOVE your girl sketch!!!

  18. Great present and all those book covers, wow. I see lots of new journals in your future.

  19. I'm agog. I've never seen such a bookbinding machine. Too cool.


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