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January 2004 - Issue 30

Happy New Year!

I hope one of your New Year's Resolutions was to create more art. It certainly was mine. I often seem to be so busy that creativity time just seems to slip by unused.
Since this is a common problem, I brainstormed with myself to come up with some ideas for making creating easier:

  • Carry a small journal in the car, that way when you're hit by inspiration you can jot it down or sketch it. Just make sure you pull over to the side of the road first....
  • For ideas for a Studio to Go, have a look at the lists submitted by subscribers when I challenged them some time ago. Click here! Scroll about half way down the page.
  • Carry some of your favourite magazines with you when you go out the door. That way while you're waiting for the kids to finish ballet class (ahem, not that that happens in our house... I have boys who ride bikes) you can savour others creations and plan to make your own!
  • If you don't have a designated space in the house to create, collect up your precious supplies in a bin (I'm the Rubbermaid Bin Queen). That way it's easy to carry your stash to the nearest quiet place to create.
  • Don't necessarily feel you have to put everything away before you can create. Often as you sort and organize, you'll find some unexpected combinations of things and it will spark a creative urge. Do it then, don't put it all away or the moment will be lost. (However, you may never get your space cleared.....)
  • Treat yourself every once in a while to a very late night or, if you're a morning person, a very early morning. I love working in the wee hours of the morning when it seems like all the earth is quiet. The satisfaction of what I accomplish in that wee hours is worth one day of fatigue!
  • See if you can wangle a creative weekend at home. When my children were really small, my husband would occasionally take them away for the weekend and I was free to create to my heart's content!
  • Create without limits!

New Subscribers!

I have an opportunity for you!

Over the next few month I will be having a monthly draw from the new subscribers list for a
small handbound journal.

All you need to do is be a new subscriber and I will take care of the rest!

Congratulations to
Wendy Klassen of
Arbroath Scotland

who wins the journal for December 2003!

It was a jolt to discover as I was uploading this newsletter, that I was out of space on my server! I have been uploading things in a cavalier manner, knowing it wasn't going to last forever. Darn. So it's time to do some trimming. I have removed the first year of byhand newsletters. I will work on getting them put on a CD. I will let you know when they are available.


Don't forget if you're proud of artwork that you have stamped with a Quietfire Rubber Stamp, please send me a copy and I'll be delighted to put in the Stamping Gallery.

Don't be shy!

 

Favourite things

My friend Glenys wrote to tell me about Making Memories products. I love these things! Michaels carries a lot of Making Memories products, so they're quite easy to acquire.

I've just been perusing their site and found something I'd never seen before: Ribbon Charms!


I would love to carry all their products! There is just too much fun to be had with this stuff. They also have extensive idea galleries on their site as well.

Everyone from rubber stampers to scrapbookers to altered book enthusiasts will find something in this collection of toys!

Send me your "Favourite Things" suggestions and you might see it here!

A Winner!

Stamping Artist Christine Parkes recently was a winner of $25 worth of Quietfire Rubber in the Holiday Card Contest on the CST list.

Thanks for sharing your creation with us Christine -
Congratulations!!

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Books to Inspire

For quite some time now, I have had a email friendship with photographer Moyra Peralta. She sent me a copy of her book Nearly Invisible which is moving, unsettling and fascinating. Its subject is the homeless. As I am not really a writer - I have borrowed the synopsis from the Amazon.co.uk for a better description!

In the mid-1970s, while working in night hostels, Moyra Peralta began a personal journey to document the lives of the people she met who lived on London's streets. Her subjects welcomed her into their lives so that she was able to photograph in depth their harsh living conditions, their way of life on the street and the camaraderie between individuals. This photographer's deep and committed engagement over the years has given her a compassionate perspective on marginalized groups of people. Her photographic journey includes a visual essay of the last days of the Waterloo Bullring inhabitants, whose 15-year experiment in self-determination is symbolic of many homeless communities. The story culminates on a note of hope, that of moving on from homelessness. The book, a selection of some 288 photographs taken over three decades, contains a critical introduction by John Berger and a commentary by Alan Bennett.

My favourite parts of this book are where Moyra has photographed the possessions her street people carried with them. The cover shows one of those photographs.

Currently Moyra has an exhibition of her photos at the Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool.

Moyra has also started her own website. You can visit it at http://www.moyraperalta.charitydays.co.uk/home.htm

A contribution from the sales of Moyra's book is made to Emmaus UK for the development of communities aiding those moving on from homelessness.

Don't you agree that Moyra is a pretty amazing lady?
- as well as being a wonderful photographer!

Site Siting

Bookcrossing

Do you have any books that you have read and no longer want to keep, but hate to throw out because it was such a good book? Heard about Bookcrossing.com?

Here is an excerpt from the Bookcrossing website describing itself:

It's a global book club that crosses time and space. It's a reading group that knows no geographical boundaries. Do you like free books? How about free book clubs?. Well, the books our members leave in the wild are free... but it's the act of freeing books that points to the heart of BookCrossing.

Here is what you do...

* Read a good book

* Register it at Bookcrossing.com (along with your journal comments), get a unique BCID (BookCrossing ID number), and label the book. There are even downloadable labels for the registered books.

* Release it for someone else to read (give it to a friend, leave it on a park bench, donate it to charity, "forget" it in a coffee shop, etc.), and get notified by email each time someone comes here and records journal entries for that book. And if you make Release Notes on the book, others can Go Hunting for it and try to find it!

Bookcrossing never sells, gives away, or otherwise misuse your or your friends' personal information or email addresses.

Several of the byhandartists have released books into the wild

Bookcrossing has 197,363 member and 743,687 books registered. Check it out! As I type this on January 1st, I see that there was a book released in Edmonton AB today!

Bookcrossing.com

 

 

New byhand Products
I've scoured the universe to bring you these useful and fun items!
Click on the photo for more information about each.

 

The Star Book Kits and Bare Bones refills are now available!

Please scroll down in this newsletter to see how Lorna completed and decorated her Star Book

Copper Mesh Fabric

2-ply
waxed linen thread

New sizes!

Suzanne's Schedule 2004

Jan 11 Victoria BC Altered Book Project Island Blue Print
Jan 10 Victoria BC Over and Under the Covers Island Blue Print
Feb 7,8 Victoria BC Adding Funk to you Foundational Fairbank Calligraphy Society
Feb 28 Parksville BC Introduction to Calligraphy Malaspina
Feb 29 Parksville BC The Gothic Hand Malaspina
Mar 6 Burnaby BC Altered Book Project Burnaby Community Education
Mar 7 Surrey BC tba Bookmakers of Vancouver
starting
Mar 23
Port Alberni BC Altered Book Project Port Alberni Park and Recreation. Four Tuesday evening classes.
Mar 27 Victoria BC Coptic Bound Journal Island Blue Print
Mar 28 Victoria BC Instant Letters Island Blue Print
April 23 Calgary AB Flag Book Stampers Celebration
April 24 Calgary AB Star Book Stampers Celebration
April 23,24,25 Calgary AB Stampers Celebration Vendor Best Western Port O'Call Inn
May 13-16 Courtenay, BC Vendor? Fibre Arts Symposium
Fri May 14 Courtenay, BC Stitching a Fibre Artist's Journal Fibre Arts Symposium
May tba tba Bookmakers of Vancouver
Fri Aug 13 Richmond BC Vendor Evening Artwerx
Sat Aug 14 Richmond BC The Altered Word Artwerx
Quietfire Design (that'd be me!) will be heading out to these exciting events this year

Stampers Celebration

Fibre Arts Symposium

Artwerx

Calgary Alberta
Courtenay British Columbia
Vancouver British Columbia
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 23, 24, and 25, 2004
Thursday to Sunday
May 13 - 16, 2004

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday,
August 13-15, 2004

At Stampers Celebration I am teaching The Star Book on Saturday, April 24 and the Flag book on Friday evening, April 23.
Throughout the weekend, I (and some of my good friends!) will be assisting me.
This symposium is presented by the Comox Valley Community Arts Council . At the time of writing this, the information was not up on their website, but it should be soon. I hope to be a vendor at this event. Anyone want to come to babysit my booth while I teach?

On Friday the 13th, I'll be part of a wonderful group of vendors at the Vendor's Market from 7 to 10 p.m. Even if you're not involved in the conference, it's a fabulous opportunity to see the goodies these vendors have.

On Saturday the 14th, I'll be teaching The Altered Word.

 

Gentle Thoughts

 

 

 

The Fabric Mini-Book Challenge

In October I sent out the challenge for the Fabric Mini-Book Challenge. Eleven hardy individuals went to work creating with paper, pen, fabric, thread and more! The rules for the mini-book were that they may be no bigger than 5x5" and were required to incorporate fabric. Now, it could be a fabric book or it could be paper with fabric glued or stitched on the pages. Perhaps some copy transfer on the fabric, some hand dying, some beads stitched onto the fabric - imagination was the limit!

Please enjoy our efforts! We love hearing the round of applause!

Becky Stratton
Shorelines WA

In a swap awhile back, I had received a memopad that had been turned into a purse book. I didn't have any memopads that shape, so I decided to sew my own purse shaped book. Normally I make them larger. When I decided to enter the mini fabric book swap, I decided to try a mini-purse book. The napkin and little charms just went well with the fabric and beaded fringe that I bought. The purse book is just a normal codex bound book, just cut into a purse shape with handles and beaded fringe. I tried to stamp a design on the fabric, but couldn't get good coverage, so I used the napkin instead.

Anne Atkinson
Saanich BC

Pam Donaldson
Kenmore WA

Mary Paranchych
Edmonton, AB

This is how I made my book.
I cut 2 pieces of Davey Board 5 X 5. Covered the front and back covers with quilting batting, using PVA. I then covered that with 1st the Angel cloth and then the green cloth. Took the cloth around leaving 1 on all sides as overlap. Glued. Then I glued the End Papers on. I cut up the yarn, strung it through the Chinese coin and glued on.
The Angel fabric, gave me the idea of making it a Christmas Memory Book. I photo transferred the picture of Santa Claus, A Christmas Carol, the holly, and the date on the back page. Sewed them onto the paper by machine.
I entitled the first page in a hand I learned at a workshop. (Kersals and Versals). The second signature had The Christmas Carol on the front, and on the second page, I wrote the last line of THE CHRISTMAS CAROL by Tiny Tim.

The 3rd signature has my very favourite song on it JOY TO THE WORLD not the Christmas carol but rather by Three Dog Night. Did some calligraphy in that.
The 4th signature had nothing except a fold-over page with a surprise in it. I had hoped that each person would use this book to write in and keep as a Christmas Memory Book as I have intended to do for many years.
The other thing I now realize is that I should have put a few envelopes in it, or some photo end corners for photos. Next time!! Oh the Stitching. I think I used the Kettle stitch. When I was in Kelowna in September the BOOKMOBILE PROJECT was there. So I went for a one night workshop 2 hours and learned how to make a small book using 3 ribbons and this stitch. So I used that same method. However, I now realize that I should have used the 3 instead of 2 ribbons on this book.

Sharon McGreevey
Durham NC

Well, this is the first time I have used sticks in other than a piano hinge book. I found this to be much easier and to give a fairly stable format as the sticks are actually inside and supported by the pages and the holes are on the edges of the page . The theme for the book - fabric - got me thinking of quilting, then I looked for a brief quote about quilting, then I made quilt squares to finish the pages.

Kathy Mostardi
New Hamburg ON

My initial idea for the book was to use some batik fabric I had had for years and it matched paste paper that had a string design in it. "Strings" became my theme. I bonded the fabric and paper with "HeatnBond" from the fabric store, cut it to size and then glued yarn on in a random fashion. The calligraphed phrases weave through the piece and all are common idioms using the word "string". I initially wanted to make the book into a scroll but mailing a round form became a problem, so I just folded it in the end.

Marilyn Smitshoek
Vancouver, BC

I started out with no real idea of what I was going to put in the book. I just knew that I wanted to do a fabric cover, possibly padded. When I found the fabric with the large pattern of colored squares, I knew that was what I wanted to do. It suggested a fall theme to me, so I started collecting stuff--leaves, poems, a leaf stamp, reprints of a photo, papers, etc. My original plan was to make it a bit longer and to also do imprints of leaves with watercolor, but I ran short of time. Last I decided that the accordion fold would be the easiest way to put it together. My biggest problem was that i kept getting covered in glue. I seem to be adhesive challenged or something.

 

Tina Shoaga
South Cryoden, UK

Tina created 4 completely different books for the mingle (below and right)

The blue book was just covered with the fabric and some kind of ribbon binding fashioned. The image is from Oxford impressions.
The 2 tag booklets were first painted with acrylics then fashioned into a book form. I can't remember if I added pages or not? I used a fabric image from artchix and then embellished with buttons and beads. The last one was just covered with upholstery material (I think) that I had sewn some beads onto. Thanks for challenging me to come out of my comfort zone. I want to work with fabric a whole lot this year.

Jackie Doll
Edmonton AB


Lenna Andrews Foster
East Granby, CT

Two of Lenna's covers

I had never made a soft fabric book before until I made these books for this swap!!
Here's what I did: I picked fabric for the outside of the front & back covers. I chose it for it's richness of color and the Celestial theme.Then I picked a different fabric for the inside of the covers - bold and spirited, and a third, plain fabric for the "pages".
I cut squares - I should have measured! (this was a problem!) Because I did this free-hand I had to keep trimming to make them square! GRRRR!
First I worked on the covers. I sewed the Artchix fabric images onto the front cover fabric by machine, and then I hand sewed the stars and brass gears and brass word charms on by hand (all artchix artbits). Then I cut some flat batting (warm & natural) and sandwiched it in-between the outside front cover fabric and the inside cover fabric & pinned them together. I did the back cover the same way as the front; two fabrics with batting in-between. Then I laid the 3 "pages" in-between the covers after stamping them with Quietfire design & lennalines stamps - using white Fabrico ink, and ironing to heat set.
I brought this pile of fabric to my sewing machine, and first worked on the covers. I did a plain stitch around the edges, leaving them rough, & then did a zigZag stitch around 3 sides (not the side where all the pages would be sewn together) on both of my covers. Next I stitched through all the layers of outer fabric, batting and inside cover fabric to kind of "quilt" it.
Once all the covers were done, I placed the purple stamped pages in the middle of the 2 covers & sewed down the binding side - on the left. I did not like the binding so plain, so I searched around & found this great mesh ribbon - gold, that my friend Ann had given me & that finished the mini books up nicely : O)

first page of her all-fabric book

second page

third page (gee, we like the use of those Quietfire Stamps!)

last page

Suzanne Cannon
Port Alberni, BC

This book with through a number of changes before it took final shape. I settled for an accordion book. Then I discovered this quote with "doors of possibility" and the idea of using the house shape was not too much of a leap. The title on the cover was hand lettered then scanned and printed on an iron-on transfer sheet. The quote on the inside was typeset and also printed on an iron-on transfer. Copper screening was used for the door on the front cover and a washer and brad as the door knob. Both fabrics were tea-dyed and the accordion is lined with warm and natural batting.

The roof the second "house" was some metal pieces I found at the local hobby shop. The ruler ribbon on the third "house" is from Out of Hand (as was the harlequin fabric for the outside of the book). The Bingo card was from B-Muse and the flowers in house four were from Andaman Paper. The door to house three is a scrabble tile and the door to house four is a piece of twill.

This book is 3" tall and each panel is 2" wide.

inside of Door of Possibilities

We are born into a vast room whose walls consist of a thousand doors of possibility. Each door is flung open to the world outside, and the room is filled with light and noise. We close some of the doors deliberately, sometimes with fear, sometimes with calm certainty. Others seem to close by themselves, some so quietly that we do not even notice.
Terry Teachout

Outside of Door of Possibilities

City and Guilds of London Insititute

byhand subscriber and artist Shirl Van Eaton has participated in many of the challenges in this newsletter. She has also been a student of the City and Guilds over the past few years. I asked Shirl if she would tell us a bit more about City and Guilds and show us some of her work which she has done most graciously.
Thanks so much for sharing your butterfly pin project with us Shirl! Wow, what a lot of work....

The City and Guilds of London Insititute was established in London, England, in 1887. Its' purpose was to provide training, qualification, and certification for artisans of all vocations with embroidery as one of the more artistic of those vocations.

Students of the City and Guilds Embroidery course receive instruction in basic design skills using a wide variety of artistic media to express ideas. Design ideas are drawn from nature or man made items, explored through paper, fabric and stitchery and interpreted in a final assessment piece.

 


Butterfly pin, flat
The butterfly pin shown is one assessment piece produced using fused hand-dyed silk for the wings and many beads for the body. The artist, Shirl Van Eaton, studied under Gail Harker who owns and operates the Gail Harker Creative Studies Center in Oak Harbour Washington.


Presentation Board (with a whiskered onlooker!)

Each assessment piece requires a presentation board showing how you went from the inspiration source to the end result, a book or innovative rendering showcasing the materials, time spent, cost, design ideas, full color mock-up etc., and an appropriate container to house all this.


Pin, back view


Pin, front view


These boxes contain the actual materials used and samples done for the project. The open pages of the book at the top are two pages of a large accordion book containing the whole story of creation of the piece. The paper is hand-dyed Arches Text wove. The larger box in the picture is covered with hand decorated paper depicting designs taken from a study of butterfly wings and the two specimen samples and the open book fit into the opening.


closeup of the butterfly pin


byhand Altered Book Project

This month we would like to present our "Altered Photos" spreads.

We hope you enjoy our Photos spreads!

Please click here to go to the complete page of Photos

 

 

The byhand Altered Book Project II has begun - look forward to some more great altered pages!

 

Stolen Moments

Here are some very helpful tips from the byhandartists Yahoo group. These will help those stolen moments be even better! Thanks to the tippers!

We've talked a bit recently about writing with embossing powder....

The most important thing (in embossing) is PRISTINE paper..don't use hand lotion when you are handling your paper, if you are using lose card stock purchased from a scrapbook store grab from the bottom usually the top sheets have already been handled far too much.
Vickie "mack"

If you still find powder where you don't want it, which happens on dark linen or other textured card stock, use a dry, fine paint brush to remove it.
Diane in TN

One thing I do that releases excess powder is turn the piece upside down and do a little finger tap on the back before I use the heat gun..
Vickie "Mack"

Rub one of your anti-static sheets from drying clothes over the paper before stamping it to prevent the powder from adhering where you don't want it!
Diane in TN

...just be sure there are no oils in the dryer sheet....some of them have scents infused by using a slightly oily base and the powder will stick to anything it touches.
Vickie "Mack"

I decided a few days ago that there wasn't any reason you can't put detail EP in a melting pot....and made some great embellishments if you want to take a look I created a page of them with recipes :)
http://www.b-muse.com/UTEE-PolymerClay.HTM
Vickie "Mack"

...the adhesive that "glues" the embossing powder to the page is in the powder...has nothing to do with the ink all it is doing is holding the powder in place long enough to melt.
Vickie "Mack"

...if you use Bic erasable pens to write, you can emboss it.
Rose in Victoria


This is a sample of lettering with a gel pen that I embossed.

 

... I don't know anything about liquid embossing fluid but I do know that you can quite easily emboss using gel pens. The "gel" is actually glycerin and it stays wet enough to allow you to sprinkle embossing powder on and heat per usual. In fact you can use plain ol' glycerin to write with and do the same thing.
Jen Worden

When Zoe asked: What do you keep your PVA or its equal in so that the brush stands upright, other than those extraordinarily expensive glue pots.

Judi R. replied: Put a clothespeg (strange piece of equipment used before the invention of dryer fluff) facing in both directions on your brush and then it won't sink into the container, you can move the pegs as the glue level goes up and down.

I just use the glue bottle and wrap a bit of plastic around it when I leave it, the stuff never seems to actually dry out. I guess that a small yogurt container with a hole cut in the lid the size of the brush would work too. I also use the peg method when I am soaking brushes that perhaps didn't get quite as clean as they could have. On that note, not-so-clean-brushes that is, a friend from tole society told me that Oxy-clean (get it at safeway or anyplace like that, with the laundry detergents) can get almost any brush clean, even those poor soldiers that have been soooo neglected. Even works on oil paint and gives the bristles a wonderful new lease on life. Not that any of US would have brushes like that around. I haven't tried it but she swears by it.

Lorna's Star Book

In November Lorna came down from Kamloops to have a weekend of bookbinding classes I was teaching at Island Blue Print. Although she didn't complete her book in class, she went home and did a magnificent job. She sent me these photos and complete description, which I really thought I should share!

Thanks Lorna!


First The strips of paper with dark brown were created by sprinkling instant coffee on damp card stock (some plain some with etched pattern -fingernail) and leaving it dry. On left tucked in strip is a Book mark- (inscription "Let each man exercise the art he knows") - made from part of a wood business cards from Lee Valley, clipiola and wooden bead. On right, cut out stamped oak leaf: inserted tag with "When love speaks the heart listens". I used my computer for these (not being a calligrapher .yet) - on onion skin and then glued them to the tags. Worked well. The strip across the bottom has wee wooden beads sewn on. I got these beauties at Wal-Mart. You will see them later too. .

Second The background, bear and dragonfly was done on the computer. I was playing with transparency and learning a lot. Printed it on onion skin and glued (glue stick) it on - looks like part of the paper. Quote printed from computer - mulberry paper backing; page trimmed with strips of thin wood.

Third Clipiolas fastened on with Crystal Lacquer. Stamped expression rubbed gently after stamping with powdered Gold Leaf and Metallic Powders (Island Blue Print.) I just put a WEE tich on my finger to do this. Loved the results and used it throughout book to mellow tags, and enhance stamping etc. The wire in the cut out is from some Christmas decoration I got several years ago at Art Knapp's. Glued wee gold stars in the back ground (tunnel). I love the quote (from internet) about the stars and think it would make a great stamp. Author unknown Again rubbed with metallic powder. . Background tree stamp done with a sage shadow stamp pad.

Fourth A left over piece of ribbon with tags attached with bards. Letters stamped then colored with Chartpak pens. Page is made from three pieces of paper which created pockets. (Actually I ran out of the paper for the page and had to manufacture this - it worked) Tag in left says "Life without love is like a tree without blossom and fruit. " - printed on onion skin with same transparent background as behind bear. Copper tag embossed with "Cherish" - printed it from computer backwards, glued (glue stick) it to back of tag and dry embossed it. Tag here has "Hugs" on one side and your wee heart stamp on the back - again treated with metallic powder.

Fifth Wee envelope treated with metallic powder to mellow it Used two sided tap to fasten the copper book dart that holds flap closed. Bottom envelope made from bronze vellum and clipiola used to hold flap. Of course - glued into place with Crystal Lacquer. Stamped round tags in each one. Mulberry paper scrap behind them. On left is the square with circle. Hmmmm It is a shaker style mounting. I used a piece of sheet foam for this. Background is a piece of the "coffee paper" and stars are loose to shake - except for those that decided to stick to the edge. Front is stamped with the tree stamp. A piece of wool tied around edge (nice way to disguise the foam) and then fastened on with a brad. Top of page trimmed with coffee paper.

Sixth Stamped around edge with a home made shadow stamp using soft pink and sage green shadow stamp inks and rubbed with metallic powder. (Not sure which color likely the copper?) On left is swirled, heated embossing powder - clear, colored and metallic- melted right on the card stock. Wood beads positioned in hot liquid (but had to be glued later). "Create Without Limits" was stamped with black ink first and then into hot liquid embossing powder (on parchment paper ) When cooled - attached to book page with double sided tape. The pop out is covered with some of the ribbon and the lace, which came off - was mounted in behind.

Seventh Coffee paper used for book cover; at the top and pocket at bottom. Clipiola used so book can be taken out to read. Booklet stitched together with embroidery thread and beads tied on. Background piece is wheat that was lacquered onto mulberry paper. (It use to be on the front of a note book -I save a LOT of stuff.) On right, twisted wire fills the circle and organza bag fastened on with crystal lacquer. (while setting, use parchment paper inside bag to keep front from sticking) The "stone" inside the bag is Brazilian agate stamped with the wee heart and embossed with copper. I printed the wee book on my computer after figuring out the layout so I could fold and cut it. It is in sepia color on onion skin. The story, found on the Internet, http://inspirationpeak.com/kindness.html goes like this.

A Wise Woman's Stone
Author Unknown

A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did without hesitation. The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a life time. But a few days later, he came back to return the stone to the wise woman. "I've been thinking." he said. "I know that you can give me something more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone."

I used copper book darts on ribbon ends held in place with wee drop of crystal lacquer. I guess that is about it. I am considering doing a melted powder with "Create Without Limits" for the front cover. Will see how it goes. It certainly was a creative experience.

Totem Pole Challenge

This idea started with the Altered Islanders, and Susan Horton's Westcoast themed altered book.(You may see these in the March 2003 byhand) Each person in the round robin was requested to create an altered totem pole from a tongue depressor! I thought this was a good challenge and suggested it to the byhandartists group. Let's have a round of applause for the creative bodies that rose to the challenge!
Thanks!

 

Ellen Harper
OR

 

 

Veronica Goff
Jackson, TN

 

 

Anne Atkinson
Saanich BC

Suzanne Cannon
Port Alberni, BC

If there is any information you would like to see in this newsletter, let me know. Each month I will email you to let you know the new issue is published. If you know someone who would like to receive notice of byhand, just have them email me and I will put them on the list. Bye for now and thanks for visiting!

suzanne@quietfiredesign.com
(250) 723-0321 Quietfire Design

The original title lettering of byhand was done with a Mitchell's Roundhand Nib, size 0, and Higgins Eternal Ink. Quietfire Design Rubber stamps were used to create the other designs.

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