Monday, November 21, 2011

A book called "Rust"

Jack Frost and Old Man Winter have begun to kick up their heels here in the Northwest. The weatherman has been so dramatical it makes some rush about in fear. The only reason I rush about is to get home to play. I have been finishing off my latest book called "Rust." I have contained 30 loose leaves of handmade paper printed with my photos of rust in a self-made box. The outside is covered with a rough textured paper picked up from Daniel Smith's house of delights last weekend.

That in itself is a story, but thankful we all should be, I did not succumb to purchasing the pine scented paint he was showcasing. Can't you see it? "Where's Jan?" (family searching through the house unable to find me) You aren't sniffing that tube of paint again are you? they'd yell out. There I would be - caught- under the easel, green paint smeared under my nose, sniffing the turpines right out of the tube! Yes, it is true - I have been known to pinch an evergreen or two just to get a hit of the heady scent. You do it too - I KNOW I am not the only one!

I have worked diligently on my book. I haven't let the upcoming holiday and the necessary cleaning frenzy to get in my way of working on my book! I do feel like it needs a rusty object on it, but it may take time to find just the right thing.  I do love the deckle edge on all four sides of  the paper and how the image runs off the page into the fluff. I am very thankful to have a place to put my images collected from all around Washington and parts of Oregon. Of course, I am thinking of making more books - perhaps constructed the same way to hold all my other image collections - rocks, trees, bark.  It may just be the beginning of a book collection. Muse willing. So without further ado-            

I have much to be thankful for this season - but the surprise of the season was to be included in a publication by the Puget Sound Book Artist group. When I was accepted for their exhibition this past summer I had no idea about the publication. Muse and I grinned at each other and agreed I better keep improving my gluing techniques - you never know where things will end up.


  1. Love your rust book and congrats. What exciting news.

  2. hey, great! the photos look wonderful, and you were able to get color right to the feathery deckles! is there a secret? (you MUST know how poor my digital skills are!!!)

  3. Love - love these two books - I wrote a glowing & lovely review and lost it all in the transfer to google - yikes - sufficient to say I'm so proud of you - your talent and creativity is amazing - praises well-deserved - hugs, bigsister