Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Three To Get Ready

Abudanza art journal page

 ...now go, Journal, go! Every once in a while I get to feeling a little guilty for neglecting my "Art Journal". It's basically a chronological catch-all for experiments that scratch an itch for slapping some paint around, maybe even a little modeling paste, and of course gluing stuff down.

There's no rhyme or reason for these pages appearing together other than they happened close in time. One idea doesn't necessarily lead to another but they may be acquainted.

First page shown hides at least one if not two layers of *ugh*. Going for that distressed texture was a no-brainer even though the color combination was a process of trial and error. The raised lettering is a result of paste and stencils. Note: seal them after the first coat of paint otherwise any wiping tends to strip the pigment off. In this case it was a happy accident. The lovely wench image comes by way of  dried pasta packaging. You just never know...

Copper Fetish art journal page

The second page actually was the first to be prepared -- stamping washers and screens into modeling paste - and then nothing for weeks. The color combinations here too took some trial and error: I have something in mind, it doesn't go as planned, so then I try this and then that until finally I can live with it. The dusting with Pearl-Ex powder mixed with gum arabic over the raised surface felt like redemption. It's the rug that ties the room together.

Ok, I snuck in a little stitching, just to fix the copper scrap to the double fabric layer. (That too was a gift from the Art Gods & Goddesses.)

Hydrangea art journal page

I love purple and have a lot of it in paint form because I didn't realize how ginormous 4 ounces of it is. Note: stamping with pigment ink on acrylic doesn't work well so try a coat of clear gesso first. The flower stamps still aren't saturated and crisp but they're sufficient for delivering enough yellow to pick up on the magazine image and its fabric "frame".

My pride and joy here is the stencil I made from a sheet of acetate and a heat pen. I found the design in a Dover clip art book of - wait for it - stencil designs which I scanned and enlarged in Photoshop. I know there are scads of ready made out there but my imperfect rendition(s) suit my primitive style better.

These turned out to be fruitful exercises - light modeling paste and stencils are fun to play with and I'm eager to incorporate them into more pieces. And I'm confident they can play well with stitching.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Frankenflower

Frankenflower, mixed media textile collage

I found this Frankenstein face on a scrap of wood laying in the street. Awesome sauce! I love when the Art Gods & Goddesses leave me little treasures like that.

My first thought wasn't flowers of course.  I just wanted to play around with stamping and acrylic paint. I made a few prints on muslin scraps, was quite pleased, and increased my pile of do-something-interesting-with-this-someday.

Frankenflower, mixed media textile collage, detail-a

Someday arrived much later (two years? more?) and I was ready to experiment with sewing on my hand stampings.  Not in the mood for scary scary but fun - like electricity bolts. In shades of purple embroidery floss so it pops. Then hey, those orange beads I have a million of, use those. (As you can see they also pop up as fringe.) Since this was going the very handsewn route I emphasized the rustic-ness by layering scraps of purple fabrics and a base of orange fabric.

Wasn't sure how the image would read and was feeling pretty pleased at my clever title so I spelled it out in more embroidery floss.

Frankenflower, mixed media textile collage, detail-b

Now what? It didn't seem like an item precious enough for a frame but too fun to stick on a card front. Thus a little hanger of more fabric scraps so it can be displayed - because half the fun of Halloween is decorating! Go see for yourself at my Etsy shop: /www.etsy.com/shop/PegasaurusArt. Or if you'e in Amazon Handmade mode: /www.amazon.com/handmade/PegasaurusArt



Friday, September 22, 2017

Autumn Frippery

Sample, Embroidered leaf stamp

Sample, Embroidered pumpkin stamp
Printing isn't over until the paint runs out. That's what scraps are for - soaking up the dregs of acrylic goodness because...you. just. never. know. when something will be that perfect little something for an experiment. Because I like a quickie every now and then - a tide over between commitments. Projects that is. (What were you thinking?)

In these two samples (each a little over 2" x 2"), the detail of what I was printing was lost but it was helpful for giving me an identifiable shape to to embroider. The leaf shape is a real oak leaf - so perfectly miniature, printed in yellow. And the pumpkin is actually a stamp I made from strips of foam. Just so you know how long I'll hold onto something artsy, these were produced at least four years ago.

Each of the mini prints were covered with a choppy square or strips of sheer fabrics because I think it's interesting to introduce color that way. Then it's a matter of playing them off different colored threads and beads plus layered background fabrics.

The stitching is pretty straightforward. There's back stitch and cross stitch. The "open cretan stitch" behaved a little differently in the middle section of the pumpkin - and I really, really like it. Hope I can accidentally do that again.

By the way, a little shout out to The Embroidery Stitch Bible by Betty Barnden. Her book is the perfect size for my plastic shoebox of a sewing basket. More importantly her diagrams and directions translate well  to 3-D for me. That's a big issue because I'm spatially challenged. (Please don't ask me to back up cars and for godssake's, no origami!!)

As these are samples they won't appear in my Etsy shop, but other handiwork of mine already does. So scoot yourself on over: //www.etsy.com/your/shops/PegasaurusArt.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Desert Blooms

Cacti Flowers Trio mixed media collages

Commission accomplished. Not one, not two, but three blooming cacti inspired textile collages. I based these on what I had actually seen with my own little eyes at Joshua Tree National Park this past Spring. The trip was taken specifically to catch the magnificent display of cacti in bloom after a rare wet winter.

Cholla Cactus textile collage, detail

My recipe was to start with a map printed background of where I found these flowers. (Thank you US Geological Survey for making that possible!) Next I sketched out very simple cacti shapes and cut them from various green patterned fabrics. The blooms were pretty similar in structure, but yes really, they had different colors -- and that made it more fun to riff along on the threads and beads I chose to match. The buttons are an echo of the desert floor, shades of tan and brown (and which button hoarder doesn't have an overabundance of these colors??)

Prickly Pear Cactus textile collage, detail

Look, Ma, no frames! I have used this technique before whereby I stain some junk wood boards (after letting mountain winters have their way first) and nail the collages directly on top. To give the edges more definition and interest I sew on thread-wrapped twigs. Variegated thread is quite effective here for that. Finally I use baling wire to make my curled hangers to continue the rustic vibe.

Barrel Cactus textile collage, detail

Each collage is 8" x 10" mounted.

I do offer smaller, similarly styled textile collages in my Etsy shop. They each feature a hand-carved arrowhead stamp on a Lake Arrowhead map background and include colorful plaid fabric as well as beads. https://www.etsy.com/shop/PegasaurusArt


Friday, September 8, 2017

Ordered Thinking

Ordered Thinking textile collage sample

How can a 4" x 6" textile sample give me such fits? Because it has to feel right before I can move on to anything else  such as another sample or a real bonafide project. (And sometimes that 'feeling right' just might mean an emphatic toss in the bin. But that would entail a bit more angst, and fortunately the Muse sneezed in my direction -- so I saw a way forward.)

The crux of the problem was this little fabric scrap I stamped in boxes of blue and pink. How to add interest with stitch - just for practice.  No great expectations.  Except I can be a dog with a bone. Never mind the blow by blows of what about this, what about that. My "story" here is that these boxes reminded me of my own categories of thought -- areas that have yet to be resolved (not completely sewn around), while others are non-negotiable (enclosed). The little gems of beads are epiphanies of a sort. The sun or life force radiates its energy fueling existence as time marches on.

Wow, certainly wasn't planning to make some ontological statement. In my own muddled way I hope others can relate to this thinking about thinking. (Like looking at a a series of reflections in two mirrors facing each other.) Some may just conclude that it's a pointless exercise in navel-gazing.

And that's okay too because frankly I get irritated with having to "get it" in order to get it. What I hope is that I have entertained with the blue and pink textures of fabrics, beads, threads, and stitching.

PS I may actually turn this little textile fluffery into a mini hanging collage with a delicate beaded bottom fringe. If it speaks to you, let me know. In meanwhile other one of a kind pieces can be found in my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PegasaurusArt

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Jarron Con Gato

Jarron Con Gato, textile collage

Still Life - every artist has at least one in their ouevre. No home should be without.  And since painters needn't have all the fun - here's my sewn tableau.

Jarron Con Gato, textile collage, detail-a

No deep symbolism here.  More like guilt, pure and simple as the inspiration struck while trying to sneak some new unnecessary fabric into an overflowing stash. (The lovely patterned blue used for the vase/jarron.) I had been wanting to play with stitching figures & objects onto overlapping fabric patches versus adding them separately as in applique. I could then use embroidery - and beads, and buttons of course -  to texturize and hopefully pull together the different elements.


Jarron Con Gato, textile collage, detail-c

Am pleased with my rudimentary efforts and look forward to more exploring of the techniques here. It's downright fun to audition different types of fabric - wovens, sheers, calicos - and play with different threads and stitching styles - thick, thin, machine, hand - and then dive into the touchy-feely realm of beads and buttons.

The collage measures 8" x 10" so it fits into a standard frame but I've also included a removable dowel inside a handing sleeve on the back so it can hang directly on the wall.

Now available in my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/listing/545861731/folk-art-still-life-vase-with-cat-mixed?ref=shop_home_feat_4

Monday, July 24, 2017

Sunny Mum!

Sunny Mum!, textile collage

Went all out when I happened upon a plastic chrysanthemum on the roadside. Would this work for "nature printing"? Well, kinda'. Using yellow acrylic paint and pressing it onto fabric and also onto paper did make a halo of marks - bright, blobby ones, just not very identifiable. So I pencil sketched the petal pattern as a guide for free-motion machine stitching. I have to say I really like this loose sketchy style. It's me; I'm sketchy.

Sunny Mum!, textile collage, detail-a

To carry on this casual look, especially as this print was done on a tea-stained muslin scrap, I layered it on top of coffee-stained yellow fabric squares (they began eye-squintingly bright). Similarly I weathered the blue plaid fabric - a little walnut stain, a little 120 grit. But the embroidery floss and cotton perles maintained their original hues.

Sunny Mum!, textile collage, detail-b

As this is roughly 8'1/2" x 8-1/2", it could technically be framed in a standard square frame but I felt it would display quite well hanging from a stick, a painted and sanded stick. It carries on that rustic flavor.

This is now available in my Etsy shop: https//:etsy.com/shop/PegasaurusArt.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Mod About You

Mod Mad, mixed media artists book, detail-a

For all its sleekness, Mid-Century Modern lends itself well to folk art. I love all those imaginative patterns -- no getting hung up on the strictly figurative. Asymmetry and uneven shapes are perfectly acceptable company to keep.

So I drew up my own shapes (and stamps, see below) and cut them out of decorative printed paper. For the graphic line work I used stitch in heavier embroidery thread. My canvas was lightly paint scraped dictionary pages (coincidentally Swedish! a nod to the Scandinavian influence) layered on bright synthetic fabric. Buttons were sewn on to tie them together - and to delight all those touchy-feely types.

Mod Mad, mixed media artists book, detail-c

The size is 6" x 8" closed, and 24" wide when fully stretched. The covers are chipboard sheathed in cream and brown polka dot fabric. Nice and sturdy too so the book can be displayed upright.

Mod Mad, mixed media artists book, detail-e
I must say I am quite tickled about the stamps I made. It tells me I need to really explore this avenue further.

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

A Dog's Lunch

A Dog's Lunch Journal, 3rd edition

They're back! The third edition of my funky-ass mixed media journals are here. I call them A Dog's Lunch because they are collection of curated and distressed papers randomly arranged (like our brains) and sprinkled throughout with a variety of envelopes and...original collages by yours truly.

I say this is the third edition because I prepare them in limited quantities - four - plus, they are roughly organized around a theme - in this case, butterflies. I make what I would want to have as an artist: so some truly blank, blank pages (creamy smooth bond) and a bunch of other treated sheets that bypass the intimidating sea of white.

A Dog's Lunch Journal, page detail -a

Techniques include laminating with tissue and deli papers (and light sanding to knock back too much texture), painting with gesso and/or acrylic washes, and embellishing with fancy corner and edge paper punches, stamps (butterflies), and paper cut-outs (yup, butterflies). Pages of uneven heights are gleaned from junk mail and vintage books - Swedish dictionary, opera synopses, encyclopedic compendium, and snipped from maps - National Geographic, topographic fishing, road atlas.

There're a few envelopes in different sizes, even a flamboyant Chinese New Year gift envelope. And to corral even more loose stuff there are several taffeta covered double-sided pockets.

A Dog's Lunch Journal, page detail -b

Three original butterfly-themed collages are included because no book is fun without pictures.

The journals are 6" x 8" not including the O-wire binding. There are 116 "blank" pages. Now available in my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PegasaurusArt

Monday, May 8, 2017

Delicate Yet Tenacious

A Middle Of Somewhere, mixed media textile collage, detail-a

A camping trip to Joshua Tree inspired this art journal page. Because of heavy winter rains, the desert was fabulously a-bloom. I was fascinated by even this tiny, tiny guy barely peeking out of the gravel of our campsite. So fresh despite the pounding sun and whipping winds.

I had it firmly in mind to contrast the delicate pink with the grains of decomposing monzograntite. And I had to incorporate the rusty bottle cap found just a few feet away. Rusty anything seems to pique my attention and it naturally (to me at least) suggested the sun. Once home the teabag and the denim fell into place as did a square from the much folded and re-folded park map.

The numbers are the GPS coordinates. Because while space may seem to go on and on, I stood happily anchored at that spot. This was not Nowhere.

A Middle of Somewhere, mixed media textile collage

Years ago the Western deserts cast a spell on and claimed me for their own. Apparently I'm in good company recognizing their seemingly spare but intense beauty. This experimental fabric piece is a souvenir of some delightful emotion.

As always, I invite you to browse around the Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PegasaurusArt

Monday, April 24, 2017

Set Your Intention

Prayer Flag Ornaments, mixed media collage

As a fan of writing out goals, of chanting personal affirmations, of whispering to stars in the night sky I took to the idea of prayer flags as another way to "set my intention" and invite the energy and guidance I need to help bring it about. Not to say that our endeavors can be boiled down to just wishing hard enough, but first a seed's gotta be planted, right?

Prayer Flag Ornaments, mixed media collage, detail-1

These 2" x 3" pockets have a slit in the back so little notes, Chinese fortunes, coins and such can be tucked inside. Friendly talismanic elements - buttons, beads, butterflies, glitter, fabric scraps, and Mexican loteria cards - have been attached to create a cocoon of positive energy. My fellow Airy Fairies, I hope it won't seem too silly but I meditated over each and every one with sincere goodwill - blessing - from my heart to yours.

Prayer Flag Ornament, mixed media collage, detail-2

I made several dozen because they're addictive - positive vibes will do that. No two are alike though. They are available in my Etsy shop: etsy.com/shop/PegasaurusArt

Believing is Seeing.


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Transpiration

Transpiration, mixed media artists book

About eight years or so ago I made this print from a giant leaf I found where I was living in Guadalajara. There were thousands of them really. But then what? The damn thing is a 12" x 18" sheet of (acid free!) manila construction paper. And so it waited ever so patiently because I knew eventually just the right inspiration would strike. It did once I stumbled into the world of bookmaking. This is an example of an "oxbow" binding - basically folded in half lengthwise then into fourths the other way with a slit in the middle two "pages" so it pops open and stays upright.

Transpiration, mixed media artitsts book, detail-b

How to augment those lovely networks of veining without disguising them. With embroidery floss of course. In different shades of rust, burnt orange, and tan - because that's what I like and it went well with the creamy yellow cast of the paper. I had a very firm vision of the teal and aqua french knots snuggling up to leaf's edge as it provides a delightful contrast in color and texture.

Transpiration, mixed media artists book, detail-a

As blue often suggests water it made sense to call this Transpiration- "the process where plants absorb water through the roots and then give off water vapor through pores in their leaves".

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Seriously

Saint Phocas, mixed media collage

A good person can really piss off bad people. Doubt I have much to worry about. Apparently Saint Phocas did but wasn't phased that he was a thorn in the side of the Emperor Diocletian what with aiding persecuted Christians. He even offered his legendary hospitality to the Roman soldiers sent to kill him although they didn't realize who he was at the time. (About 303 A.D.) When they learned his identity they were ready to lie to the boss. But Saint Phocas insisted, at peace with who he was (a Golden Rule practicing Christian) whatever the consequences - and he certainly wasn't going to risk these soldiers' job security. So yes he did take his creed seriously but not himself. (Reference: gallows humor)

Saint Phocas, mixed media collage, detail-d

This subject became rather than arrived fully fledged. Ironically it began as monkeying around with a creepy clown picture from a AAA Roadways magazine. Wasn't working so as I kept noodling with the paint, this somber visage appeared. Not scary, not sad necessarily. It needed counterbalancing - yellow flowers of course. It also needed an identity. With those stitched arches reminding me of halo's, I turned to the internet for a little 'saintly' research.

Saint Phocas, mixed media collage, detail-b

Saint Phocas is my man. He's a patron saint of hospitality and gardening. And as he was happening just before the rise of Emperor Constantine he does have that rather stern visage of Byzantine iconography. The pieces fell into place and now, a quiet little piece on living purposefully.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Of Knots & Loose Ends

Knots & Loose Ends, mixed media collage

An inevitable tension we've all experienced - feeling in knots, at loose ends. Do we mull it over more or act; how do we protect ourselves while revealing vulnerabilities.

Was not thinking these thoughts as I was creating this! Often a piece is made to explore combinations of materials - I like this and I like that - how can I put them together in an interesting way.

Knots & Loose Ends, mixed media collage, detail-1


I love to stitch. It's touchable mark-making. That's my excuse to bliss out and get lost in a rhythmic poke and pull. And then I have a souvenir full of color and texture.

But it's supposed to mean something, right? or at least have a point of departure for wondering minds. I like that last part - I don't want to play 'Gotcha' where the viewer either "gets it" like an in-joke or not. My intention is more a nudge or a spark for one to explore their own imagination.

Here it occurred to me that there's some tension and energy amongst the threads - some dangling loose, others tightly coiled, and still others just trying to cover ground. Much like our thoughts.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Boxed In

Boxed In, mixed media textile collage

This photo was actually an image transfer "fail" that got squirreled away in my Miscellaneous/This Could Be Cool Someday box. (Actually I have several.) After being passed over for couple years, she finally declared herself Ready For Her Close-up. All because a torn scrap of window screen made an ultimatum. Don't ask.

It's out of my hands sometimes what winds up in my hands. This doll face was copied from an ancient coffee table book I've treasured since childhood. (And frankly she's shown up in another piece of mine some time back: "Deposition" /photos.google.com/album/AF1QipOkB6mp-F8p6Nf-kVhnlHrhv96Gqww1CSnRfwRb/photo/AF1QipMeFu-z-k-QfWerUQkuBIHQrD5NzuOpKNbK4gjJ ) I tried to be spontaneous and 'quick' but my fingers preferred to fuss over french knots and cross-stitches. Kinda' boxed myself in so to speak - it's a challenge to make embroidery look dashed off yet thoughtful.

Boxed In, mixed media textile collage, detail

Not yet listed. I was thinking of saving this to combine with other individual pieces into an artists book. But I may just set her loose to see what happens. It depends on hauling out the tripod and studio lights to make it official.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Easter Promise

Promise, mixed media artist book, detail

Couldn't think of a clever title for this post - I'm trotting out more eggs, and if you remember the last time what with the polka dots and egg salad... This go-round is "serious" but in a totally good news sort of way. A thoughtful, lovely decoration for Easter that hearkens to what this holiday means for those of the Christian persuasion.

Hopefully I'm not stepping on any toes here - my focus is on the message of rebirth and renewal. A beautiful concept no matter whose church or temple or mosque's doors you choose to walk through. Eggs make an elegant symbol for that (regardless of pagan origins). Come, celebrate, ALL ARE WELCOME at this table.

Promise, mixed media artists book, full spread

Back to nuts and bolts. The eggs and final background layer are made from scrapbooking papers onto which are sewn a patchwork of glitzy fabric scraps. I used both free-motion machine stitching (because I like its wobbly, spontaneous look) and more careful embroidery with silver thread. Each of the pages are titled: Risen, Reborn, Renewed, Rejoice. Beads add nice extra sparkle, and I also like running my fingers over them. The backside has several designer paper eggs sewn on. And the covers are layered with white and off-white scaps sewn down grid fashion.

Promise, mixed media artists book, cover

This is now offered in my Etsy and Handmade at Amazon shops, as well as Illumnio:
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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Spark It

Spark It, mixed media textile collage

My heart candle started off as a vague 'what if' session of scrap play. Once the basic idea sifted out I challenged myself to push the embroidery but relax. Think of the wonderful people in my life and translate those warm fuzzies into stitches. Lots of them. Lots of pleasurable poke and pull colorful stitches. And then add beads. Because sparkly stuff is pretty too.

Although this was not intended for someone in particular I do plan to try it as a reproducible picture for cards. Which means trotting out the tripod-mounted camera and 5500K studio lights. That'll be awhile.  I'd rather just sew another one or 10 of these.

Eventually it'll live in the fabric book I have in mind as a catch all for textile collages not meant for splashy wall display. Quiet pieces that one can cozy up with while sipping tea and daydreaming.

Here's where to have a look around:
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Cracking Good Times

Crazy Good Egg Salad, mixed media artists book, partial open

Artists like to get silly too - at least this one does. Word play inspired me to make these four eggs  and combine them into a concertina bound book. Go ahead and roll your eyes, there are: Egg Citing, Egg Zalted, Egg Cellent, and Egg Zemplary, It's not specifically "Easter" but when else does one trot out egg-themed decor. If we can have rabbits cavorting in flowered hats, we can have a breakfast food tarted up with sequins.

Crazy Good Egg Salad, mixed media artist book, full spread

Each panel was made on a layered fabric background (including polka dot tissue paper laminated onto fabric) while the eggs themselves were made from textured scrapbooking paper. I added free motion stitch which lent itself well to the casual fun tone. And then I topped it off with silver embossed lettering and bead studded sequin.

Crazy Good Egg Salad, mixed media artists book, cover

The book measures 6" x 8" and unfolds to 24". The cloth covered mat board covers are sturdy for upright display on a table or shelf. The papers used are acid-free.

This is now offered in my Etsy and Handmade at Amazon shops, as well as Illumnio:
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Monday, February 13, 2017

Creepin' On Saint Sebastian

Saints Sebastian & Irene
When I first came across this image, I thought what a hot dude, his death scene looks kinda' sexy. So wrong. Turns out it is Saint Sebastian and he's not dying. He's being saved by the lovely Saint Irene (though he will later die violently confronting the very Emperor who condemned him the first time). It is a moving story as are all the tales of the saints. That status is never attained without unimaginable sacrifice.

I like to see what I can do with a found image (thank you, vintage Swedish dictionary), fabric scraps, and embroidery. In particular I was trying out a sandwich of paper image, ultralight fusible web, and sheer chiffon. Seems to have come out pretty well. Now it's open season on whatever printed picture I find intriguing.

Eventually these explorations will be collected in one artists book. In the meanwhile, other works are available at:
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Monday, February 6, 2017

Set Me Off

Coffee Me, mixed media artist's book

A gift of Mexican coffee in retro-vibed red and white paper packaging really got me going. A paean to my favorite beverage was overdue. Something quick and spontaneous-y - like a good caffeine buzz.

I doodled on the packing paper, going over parts with free machine stitching in red and added personal observations. I layered this on polka dot fabric and alternated pages with ones of vintage bark cloth (thanks Grandma!) and rough cut coffee mugs. It's small too, 5" x 3".

Coffee Me, mixed media artist's book, detail-1


The whipped cream topper for me are the beaded ends of the binding threads. Dangles are irresistible. More are definitely in the future.

Coffee Me, mixed media artist's book, detail-2

This is now offered in my Etsy and Handmade at Amazon shops, as well as Illumnio:
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     www.amazon.com/handmade/PegasaurusArt
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