Sunday, March 31, 2013

Quotes about Art

My friend and artist Cody recently turned 17. Her mom and I have been friends for thirty some odd years! When asked what she wanted for her birthday, she requested I make her something. Last night I made this book for her. I started with a Tim Holtz book kit that had the cardboard front and back, the ruler decoration, nuts and bolts and 10 plain paper pages. The background lettered image is a torn out portion of a print of a painting I did on canvas. I then used an old washer, a piece of old denim jeans, a leftover escort card and used calligraphy nibs to embellish the cover. I used some earth tone rubber stamps to color the paper with the book title as well as the fabric ribbon.

I took the blank pages and used liquid acrylic paints to create a variety of abstract backgrounds. I used paper towels and sponges to manipulate the paint. This is one of my favorite quotes.

After painting all ten pages, I added the calligraphy. I totally winged it and didn't do a layout or use guidelines...(which shows, but I tell myself that's part of its charm : )

And finally a view from the top so you can see all of the colors of the pages together. I'm happy to say Cody loved the book and was familiar with most of the quotes!


  1. This is wonderful!! What a beautiful and thoughtful gift. I'm sure it will be treasured.

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  3. OH MY GOODNESS!!! What a treasure. It is beautiful. Everything about it. The sentiment, the calligraphy, the thoughts. These are gifts that last forever. Your friend is very lucky and I am sure you feel that way too. Happy Birthday to your friend.

  4. Oh Lisa!!! She will cherish this forever, it's so beautiful...and so, so special! xo

  5. You did the calligraphy and you don't
    think it's fabulous? ???
    It's fabulous and so is the book!
    What a wonderful gift to your young friend.

  6. OH what a treasure this is, lucky Cody! What a beautiful beautiful gift. Your lettering and painting are gorgeous! You are SO very talented. It's been far too long since I've visited..and I've missed such beautiful work. Hope you've been well, Lisa! : )

  7. Just discovered your wonderful blog while clicking around. What a serendipitous discovery. Beautiful work.

  8. Thank so much Paulette, Mary, Shirley & Marie : )


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