At the last minute I decided to take a Tim Holtz class at a local store. The class was called "the Artful Hand". The deciding factor was that everything was supplied to the students including the articulated wooden hand! Tim had a ton of supplies for us to use and he is really organized. Above is my project.
Below is another view.
It was also great fun to see some former Creative Block customers and Art Continuum attendees. It is nice to be remembered since I am so far removed from all that now.
To answer a few questions from the comment sections of previous posts:
1. The Farm stand was Pickering Hill Farms on Detroit Road in Avon OH, across from Avon Commons.
2. The vintage shops we really like are the Medina Antique Mall in Medina and Antiques at the Bank on Lorain in Cleveland around 44th street, I think. The cigar boxes were found at a little shop in the French Creek district in Avon that was almost empty. I think it was going out of business. I actually don't know the name because we were just stopping at whatever looked interesting.
3. The last book...I covered the boards using a variety of scraps cut in 1'" x 2" pieces and then edged with ribbon. The interior is an accordion fold attached to the book boards, so it isn't really bound. I was playing with some pre-cut board I purchased at Hollo's Papercraft in Brunswick, trying to use up scraps. I keep a medium size plastic bin near my worktable and toss all scraps into it. I use quite a bit of it on later projects. I had seen a paper quilt at Pam Sussman's book retreat last month. The artist had used the tiniest bits of paper to construct the "quilt". I was quite taken with the riot of patterns and was just playing around with the idea. Thanks for asking.
I try to make something everyday even if I throw it away, save it for another time, hate it, whatever.
When I don't play with my art supplies for awhile, I find it really difficult to begin again. Do you have that problem?