Friday, June 8, 2012

It all started with Rainbow Sherbet...





....and ended with this little book.


But let me back up.

 I’ve decided to play along with Summer of color 2012 – six weeks of color prompts hosted by Kristin at Twinkle Twinkle. This year the colors are based on ice cream flavors and this week’s prompt is Rainbow Sherbet – bold oranges, pinks, yellows and a touch of white. 

 

Naturally, I started with an index card


But not just one index card.
Whenever my card idea involves a specific background technique, I will usually make multiple cards with the same background so I can have extras or in case I mess one up.

The first layer of this card is liquid watercolors sprayed through stencils.  Four cards fit nicely under an assortment of makeshift stencils

After spraying, I a grabbed a piece of copy paper to soak up the paint.
I rather liked the way it looked and set it aside.

Meanwhile, I’ve got handmade books on the brain.  I just gave away 10 little books as part of the All Together Now blog hop, and I’ve been itching to make more.  If luck would have it, the current theme at the Butterfly Effect is books!
 
I looked around my work table and saw the extra pink and orange index cards and thought they would make perfect little book covers, and that the cool blotter paper would make great pages.  Out come the stencils and spray again to make more pages.


Some trimming, some hole punching, some stitching, and I’ve got a sweet little Japanese Stab bound notebook in rainbow sherbet colors.




Since one book puts me in the mood for another, I decided to make a small accordion style book.  I went digging for one I’d made in the past to use as a reference and I stumbled upon some sheets of  plastic slides I recently bought at a salvage store.  Now THOSE would make interesting pages…


I painted the frames with alcohol inks, and bound the pages with washi tape.  
 I dug through the scrap basket for bits of my painted paper in complementary hues and collaged them into small covers. 
 
 I wrote a favorite quote on the film part of the slide using a white soufflĂ© pen. 
 It reads, "Art is the only thing that can go on mattering once it has stopped hurting."
 I think I will add some kind of closure to it.
 
 Now, before I put some kind of closure on this blog post and head out for some ice cream, I'll show you one more sherbet inspired index card:


Happy Friday!

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47 comments:

  1. Wow! You're on a roll! :) Awesome books and I totally love the sherbet rainbow colors. :)

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  2. Gorgeous colors, great little books...and for some reason I'm craving sherbet!!

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  3. Wow! Once you get going, you go! Love the card and all it inspired. :)

    Sharon

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  4. My goodness - your energy never ceases to amaze me! Love the index cards, and what a fabulous idea for little book pages, with the white writing on the plastic... I just love that...

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  5. What they said! Love the rainbow sherbet books!

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  6. Love how wonderful those sherbert cards and pages turned out. Those little slide books are too cute.

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  7. Is it wrong that I really want ice cream now? That little slide book is awesome!

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  8. This post was like reading an artsy-cool version of "If You Give A Moose A Muffin"! It is so fun to be able to see your progression of thought :)

    xo
    Kristin

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  9. What amazing work! So Inspiring (plus now I really want some sherbert)

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  10. Super duper yummy! I love the colors (and flavor...) of sherbet, so summery and fresh. Looks like you have a healthy addiction on your hands... mini-books.

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  11. Love, love, love those copy paper pages! The dangers of blog hopping - now I either want to go make a book or eat some ice cream.

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  12. These are really gorgeous Karen. I love the bright colors.! What type of liquid watercolors did you use on the first layer?
    I've been palying with different watercolors, and I'm not sure which ones are best for me. The Sakura Koi colors aren't very transparent. Which are your favoites?
    Thanks,
    Vicki

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  13. Amazing work! You've been very busy!!

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  14. Loved your artistic journey! I have decided that everything in life should start with Rainbow Sherbet and end with something using washi tape. What a wonderful world that would be :)

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  15. Another post full of scrummy artfulness! Love your books!! :D XXX

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  16. So, so lovely! I just want to gobble those sweet colors right up! And I enjoyed reading through your creative process...Bravo!

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  17. your little books turned out absolutely gorgeous! love the pink and orange sherbet, and the fold-out book.

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  18. Oh that little stab book is gorgeous. Fun technique. I enjoy doing series too. xox

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  19. Somebody (can't remember...) commented on your Rainbow Sherbet colors on Flickr, and I remembered my love of it as a kid. But I DID also love the colors, and couldn't understand why I'd be drawn to it over the last few years when creating (knitting, printmaking, mail art, etc.), since I don't think of myself as a pink-lovin' fan. I also keep seeing these luscious colors & think of India for some reason, even tho I haven't had the pleasure of traveling there.... I keep finding time and time again the sights, sounds, smells, etc.of my childhood keep influencing my work, and I Love It!
    Thanks for the gorgeous art work, AND R.S. pic! YUM!

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  20. Oh how great is this, thanks for showing your process!

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  21. The card a day challenge is great to visit but i'm stii exhausted from the 29faces each day, glad you have joined in though! I love your summer of color Book as well!

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  22. Love your books, I have wanted to try Japanese stab binding, I am moving it up my to-do list! :)

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  23. Fantastic little books, they are so inspiring. I have never made a book before but after seeing yours I think I might just try. Thanks for sharing

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  24. My goodness! You are incredible! I want to be you, or at least inherit some of your book-making yumminess, when I grow up.

    I LOVE your colors!

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  25. Wowzer! That is awesome! Seeing all of your sherbet cards hanging gave me the biggest smile! Thank you so much for joining in this year and for helping to spread the word. It is a pleasure to have you playing along. Oh, and please feel free to link this post to the widget (as of tomorrow) for your chance at winning the Sherbet giveaway ;) Kristin xo

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  26. Love the techniques. I'll have to try them. come by my blog I'm hosting a giveaway that ends on June 12.
    http://georgie-hornpuddinnpie.blogspot.com/2012/06/rainbow-sherbert-delight-summer-of.html

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  27. Great books and love thew washing line to hang the pages to dry. BJ

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  28. Oh my!!!! You got so busy.

    I love everything that you posted about. Your books are totally gorgeous.

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  29. Goodness me, busy busy busy in your house. I can be the same sometimes when I am in the right mood and insperation just hits me at the right moment.
    x x x

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  30. Wow! I love it all! Those little books are wonderfull!! :)

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  31. Wow, fabulous work - the techniques are great and it's so nice to see some of your stages in making the books. I love everything!

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  32. Great book and thank you for sharing the process with us!
    ManonX

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  33. Oh my goodness, I LOVE that sherbert colored book! LOVE, love it!

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  34. I LOVE your sherberty book- so beautiful!

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  35. You've been busy - I didn't realize I'd missed so many of your posts! I love this post - it just oozes creativity. Your booklets are adorable and I never would have thought of using slides like that. Your sherbet book is excellent and the tip I picked up there is work in multiples - I often do, but I particularly liked the idea of using multiple stencils for so many painted page results. I want to go play now!

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  36. love the little book, so clever i like the thought process there its really really cool! i found your blog through the summer challenge and now im following, great work rly inspired by this!
    bonitabonbons.blogspot.com

    oh p.s Im having a giveaway on my blog so if u stop by make sure to enter!

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  37. Awesome books, loving them. Annette x

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  38. Aaaahhhhh ...pretty....some beautiful work here....loving that concertina book...fab work...xxx

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  39. Jaw hanging open here! Seriously, you are one of those people that has a Harry Potter time windy back clock aren't you?

    Gorgeous books, I especially love the one you made out of slides, that quote is amazing!

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  40. these are awesome. i am DYING to try my hand at making some books but seem paralyzed about getting started. yours are wonderful and i'm going to try to find some time to play with bookmaking this weekend!

    did you just use copy paper for the background pages of your rainbow sherbet book (the ones you have hanging from clothes pins)? it soaked up the color so beautifully-- they are really vibrant!

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  41. That is an insane amount of wonderful right there... you are like the fountain of rainbow sherbet gorgeousness... can't wait t see what you make for next week... and yes I am insanely late getting here... sorry...xx

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  42. thanks for sharing your entire creative process! Wow!!

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  43. oh my goodness, this book is wicked! I love it so!

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