Thursday, June 26, 2008


Wheat Fields
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After a change in my medication I am starting to actually feel better and am back to working. I had these blue and white colors out for my custom order but I printed on some other papers as well including some old book pages I have been collecting over the past months. I have to be really careful when I rip the pages out of the book so as to not tear them badly, a little tearing is fine it adds charm, and then I am good to print.

I still need to write about my trip to Ohio, but that can be saved for another day.

I need to get off my butt and sign up for a monotype workshop at Mass Art in mid July! This is important to me so I shouldn't be dragging on it. Jon also suggested that I take a sewing class so I could maybe make a baby carrier for myself.

Our new sofa comes tomorrow and I need to be up for their four hour delivery window. We sawed our old sofa in half, it was the only way to get that monster out of the apartment. We switched our livingroom and bedroom so now our bedroom is right off the nursery!


Phare-Camp said...

Hey Marissa:

try using a bone folder and a ruler to score those book pages before you tear them out. The scored crease will help keep the tear somewhat straight while still giving you a nice torn edge.

great direction with these works. they would also be very cool incorporated into your collage work. can't wait to see where this goes.

Patti P-C

Eli Griggs said...

Marissa, you can also make a simple scoring tool by fixing a large broad-head nail into the end/middle a length of a half-inch hardwood dowel, running inline with the stick. Leave about a inch of nail with head proud of the wood and use the edge of the head to score with.

If you have a lot of pages to remove from a single book or if you just like really fast, straight lines close to the spine, you can drill a half inch hole through the middle of a small block of wood and intersect it with an undersized hole drilled through the middle side of the block, into which you can screw in a common wood/drywall screw, just about a half inch longer than the length of the pilot hole. Run the dowel through the block, adjusting it to make the score in the proper place and use the wood screw to lock that position by screwing it into the dowel a quarter inch.

You'll have to give the tool a slight tilt to make it score, so take that into account when you choose your block but a 1x3x3 inch square should be fine.


Cocoa Pod said...

I'm glad you're feeling better, Marrissa! Sounds like you have some great plans.