to you in living colour by Quietfire Design
January 2005- Issue 41
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Welcome to the first newsletter of 2005!
We have lots of new subscribers this month - I hope you enjoy byhand!
Here is what's in this months newsletter:
Please note that shipping of byhand Products has increased for a number of reasons - mostly that Canada Post has raised their rates! sigh. sorry.
If you've never been involved in art swaps, why not join the byhandartists? We are just beginning a Mini Leather book swap, and Decorated Altoid tin swap and another round of Decos. Now is the time to sign up! Start your 2005 year with a creative boost!
into my other website: It changes every month!
While you nourish your
creative spirit by reading this newsletter, don't forget your creative
body needs nourishment inside and out!
Recently Forbes announced that USANA is #16 in their "200 Best Small Companies" ranking. Well worth a second look!
Books to Inspire
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Bound and Lettered
Previously Tabellae Ansata,
you will find this issue is full of byhandartists! Both myself and Nadia
Kurjata-Munarolo have written articles here and each of us has included
artwork by the other along with that of other byhandartists and subscribers!
What a hoot!
New from Vickie
I found this a wonderfully interesting
read. (Not just because I was one of the artists interviewed!) Vickie
has covered many of the aspects one must consider when turning their endeavors
into a business. She has interview 20 very different artists and the replies
are fascinating! You can tell which ones are the writers - their interviews
are much longer! Some sell online, some in galleries and some have their
brick and mortar stores. It's fun to see another side of the artists you
know and love. Included are interviews with Suzi Finer, Rice Freeman-Zachery,
Sherrill Kahn, Tera Leigh, Marny Madrekis and lots
Please contact Vickie to order! Check it out!
11 & 12, 2005
There are 15 spots in this workshop - as of this newsletter 5 places are taken!
The workshop for this retreat will be the
Copper Book, which we will do on Saturday and Sunday.
The Spa evening at the hotel will include
facials, snacks and the possibility of libations!
I am arranging massages, as well, but move over, I'm first in line! (kidding!)
I'm sure this will be a fun and relaxing evening!
If you're interested in coming to play,
please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and please put Retreat
in your Subject Line! Thanks!
I've had emails from more than 30 people
from Oregon to Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg and of course, Vancouver Island!
You can see more of the Copper Book creations in the Class Photos section of my website.
I can't tell you how
pleased I am that you are offering product here on the island and it is
available in Canada! I also appreciate how easy you make ordering, answering
questions and shipping.
Nadine M. - Victoria, BC
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I'll live.... (sniff)
Don't be shy!
Although it is not released until February, you know this book is going to be a winner!
Here is what they say about
I am accepting pre-orders
for this publication. Please email me if you would like to reserve one!
$18.50CAD plus shipping.
Small brass decorative corners, just 1/2" along each leg. I haven't tried applying these, so I can't tell you all about it - yet! Package of 10 for $2USD
Suzanne is a member of the
Recently I had the pleasure of meeting artist Izabela
Gereb. She has recently move to Port Alberni from Vancouver.
The Underemployed French Knot
You've used all sorts of attachments to keep things on your ATCs, altered book pages and cards, but have you tried the French Knot?
We're going to borrow a technique from the needle artists this month to add more texture and interest to our projects!
To the right is a closeup of the page I did in Lizard's deco. The hole in the bee charms was so small that I couldn't even use a tiny eyelet to hold them in place.
First I pierced three holes with my awl where I wanted the bees. I chose a very small needle (probably a #24 or #26) and used only 3 strands of 6-strand floss (I chose a thread colour to complement the colour of the rubber stamp ink I'd used).
I knotted the end of the thread, came up through the hole from the back, added the charm and completed the French Knot. Make sure you keep tension on the thread at all times. See the illustration below (it's better than I could draw it!). You can do more wraps around the needle to increase the bulk of the knot. Make sure you practice a few before you do the "real thing"!
Get out your cardstock, your stamps, your
collage items, your pens and ink and rev up your creativity!
Sign up deadline, February 1, 2005. Email email@example.com to sign up
Due date: March 1, 2005 to me at Quietfire Design, Box 1231, Port Alberni, BC Canada V9Y 7M1
Artists Trading Cards are 3 1/2" x
2 1/2". The great thing about them is that they don't have to take
a lot of time to make. It probably takes longer to design them! They also
don't cost a lot to mail - and we like that.
Additional information will be sent out when you sign up!
The byhandartists third round of decos is nearing completion. Here are some more fabulous pages from those decos which is bound to stimulate your own creativity. Most of these pages are from Groups 1 and 3 (the cheeky group!). More next month.
The Premium Subscriber Sale is now on! You must be a Premium Subscriber to participate in this sale! To learn more, click here.
A few months ago, byhandartist Ellen Harper posted scans of a wonderful journal she had made. On each page of collages she had a single word which was the focus. I thought this was such a great idea that I challenged the byhandartists to make their own. Each week I assign a word and the artists create around that word. We've only just begun!
The above artwork is a digital collage by Therese in Trenton. Nice, eh?
Please come and join us!
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!
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.
Artists whose work is shown in this newsletter retain the copyright on their own work.
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