Kansas City Public Library is the place for book lovers. I posted about wanting to visit the Central Library and I finally did last week. It is a beautiful library. The fifth floor has an open roof top where you can see the city and also play a round of chess with human size chess pieces.
When I first saw photos of the library, I thought the walls were faux books and that is what attracted me and why I chose to visit the Central Library Branch. It turns out the parking garage is designed with faux books. The steps to the garage are stacked cement books. It is so incredibly cool. They are metal and painted with different spine covers. Bibliophiles, you will love this!
Photo: Kansas City Library Credit: Alie Preusser
If you are in the Kansas City area be sure to visit the Central Library Branch. It is in the Central Business District and close to the Power and Light District.
By: Alie Preusser
The journal is complete and now it is ready for me to document life, love, parenting, creating art, and all the things I enjoy. After taking a workshop on maps it inspired me to include some maps and journal some of the places I have lived. Now that I am an Army wife the journeys will continue and I am going to include map art from each place we live.
Post about Jill Berry and the map making seminar is, here.
Middle stage post is, here.
I absolutely love libraries and am a total bibliophile. The library is the first place I seek out in a new place. What I cannot believe is that the coolest library is so incredibly close to me and I have never been there.
While helping my son with a project I saw photographs of the Kansas City, Missouri library. It looks amazing! This is my next adventure and I am so excited. Have you been to this library or heard of it?
Slideshow photos courtesy of Google Images.
A previous post explains my current project, which is an altered book journal. I am doing this as part of a workshop. There are several layers that I have applied and I am nearly done. Since I am not quite done, I would like to share the middle stage. It is pictured below.
Middle Stage: Front Cover
Beginning Stage: Back Cover
The front cover started with a collage of magazine cut outs, layered onto one another. Then I painted over those and added another layer of scrapbook paper cut outs, and painted on top of those. I also included some gloss varnish and gesso for more texture. Now I will do some more painting and add embellishments.
The back cover has scrapbook paper of sheet music. I am going to layer a map on top of that. I am not sure about the shape yet. I took a map class yesterday and am going to incorporate what I learned on the back cover.
I will post the final product when I am done.
Have a great weekend!
Today was the free webinar hosted by Create Mixed Media entitled, My Journey with Maps. Artist Jill Berry shared her passion and knowledge with map making. The class had some interesting ideas and ways to create maps about family, rites of passage, or actual road trips. Jill uses mixed media to create her maps and also Photoshop.
Jill Berry's Book
Her book is on sale for 50% off until the end of the month through Create Mixed Media. Jill also shared some of her map collection with us. She has some nice vintage maps, maps from McDonalds, etc. It truly was fascinating and inspiring.
During the webinar it was brought up that maps are slowly becoming extinct and probably will become extinct. I have a few maps that I am now going to keep and create some treasures with, especially knowing that they will soon be hard to come by.
Photo Courtesy of Jill Berry; Personal Geography
I would strongly urge teachers to visit her blog or purchase her book. She has projects that could be done with elementary through high school students, great for art and English teachers. I know I am strongly inspired to create a few on my own and then create a lesson for some fourth grade students I am working with.
My original post can be found here.
Well I am still working away with the Jeanne Oliver Creative Workshop projects. Currently, I am working on an altered book journal. I have made these in the past and realized that I have always made them for someone else. As with some projects I was struggling for inspiration and the process was not flowing, I kept painting over certain parts, tearing other parts off and starting over, and then I walked away for a little while.
Thankfully, I have a wonderful muse and it happens to be my husband. He was my muse before we were married too. With his help, I figured out that I needed a purpose other than the workshop to create this journal. After talking to my muse and watching some inspirational videos from other artists, I decided to make the book for myself.
It will be the place where I write down ideas, questions, wishes, etc. A place other than Evernote where I can store ideas and read through them again. Today has been very productive now that I have a purpose. I am hoping the altered book journal will be done tomorrow so I can post a picture.
Photo: Vintage Journal. Credit: Alie Preusser.
The journal featured is one I created in Jeanne Oliver’s Class, Creatively Made. So far, I am really enjoying the class. There are several projects each week that we share with one another. There are guest artist videos and a lot of inspiration. People from all over the world have signed up to be a part of this adventure.
I will continue sharing some of the projects we create throughout the course.
The beauty of a chapbook.
1. Pocket Sized
2. Poems, ballads, stories, etc.
3. Simple or complex with different bindings
4. Create your own
There is a workshop at the University of Utah’s Book Arts Studio on March 19th. I have taken workshops there before and their studio is brand new and amazing. The instructors are inspiring and knowledgeable.
“Participants leave with the foundation needed to begin designing, digitally printing and constructing their own line of boutique books.”
I think this will be a fun one, although I will not be attending.
Also, Utah educators be sure to visit the above site, they offer free workshops for teachers. You can take away some interesting projects for your students. The workshops incorporate language arts, science, history, math, and arts.
On an earlier post I spoke about the site Create Mixed Media. Today, I am going to share the link to do thermal book binding. There is a free PDF available that gives instructions.
Thermal Book Binding
It looks so cool. I would like to try it over the weekend. Through workshops at the University of Utah, I have learned many binding techniques, but this is a new one to me.
|Example of plain chipboard
Happy Friday. I am posting a book (a few pages). I made for Scott for Christmas. The project did not take long. It was simpler than others I have made in the past. This one did not have a lot of layers or painting.
I found the chipboard book already scalloped at Target. It has a metal ring that keeps it together. I painted the board and then layered paper and pictures.
The Army stickers are from K&Company. They have stickers for all branches of the military and you can order them online or find in any craft store.
This quick chipboard book is something that I will do again for others (family/friends), especially since there is a brand new Target close to me. With my longer projects I take a regular board book, sand it, prime it, then paint, layer, etc. They turn out really cool, but take much longer to create.