Book and Paper Arts (page 1 of 4)

Illustrated Journals: Drawing in Churches

There is almost nothing in the world I love doing more than drawing in churches. For me, keeping an illustrated journal is not about being the best at drawing or painting – I can’t hope to do anything like that. It is about creating a page that is part visual memory, part field guide. And by drawing in a church, or cloister, or crypt, I feel that I am capturing part of its soul as surely as primitive people believed that a photograph did the same to them.

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Altered Book Angel

Altered book cover with found angel. She is from a French postcard, 1917, while the book cover is from a French schoolbook, 1916. Wings are handcut from a variety of vintage papers, including handwritten letter, 1901. Wired for hanging. Approximately 4.5″ x 7″ (11 cm x 18cm).

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Altered Art Portable Shrine

For centuries, pilgrims from different religions have carried tiny shrines with them to aid them in their meditation. This piece is not only an homage to these talismans but is also a one-of-a-kind of mixed-media, altered art. The handmade assemblage is contained in a vintage, Players Cut cigarette tin. Inside is an effigy of St. Therese on old, wooden game pieces; a vintage wooden thread spindle turned vase holding three, die-cut, altered map butterflies, symbolizing spirit, beauty, and freedom. The butterflies are on individual coils and are three-dimensional, and can be adjusted. As part of a multi-layered collage, there is a fragment of an antique dictionary (1887) with the definition of “Hope” and a reproduction, celestial map.

In the other niche is an antique, cigarette lighter case, mounted on scraps of handmade mulberry paper and eco-print. This case opens to receive your handwritten prayer, intention, meditation, inspirational quote, tiny photo, dried flower, or other memento to help in your personal reflections. You can either write on the small scroll seen here, or add something of your own.

The front of the shrine, somewhat distressed by the years, now also has a decoupaged butterfly and birds’ eggs.

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Recent Altered Books

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Altered Books and Altered Book Covers – April 2016

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Paste Paper Pages

For information on how to create paste paper pages, go to:

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Paste Paper Altered Book

To see instructions on how to create paste paper pages, go to the Workshops page at

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Illustrated Journal Pages – Asheville

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Illustrated Journal Pages – Skomer

Skomer is an island off the coast of Wales which serves as a wildlife refuge with millions of pairs of breeding birds. An overnight stay is often cold, wet, and indescribably satisfying.

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Illustrated Journal Pages

A mess of illustrated journal pages mainly from the last third of 2015. I got behind! That is the dilemma with sketchbook journals: if you are doing it right you don’t have time for eating what you’re drawing, let alone posting it.

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