Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Drum Roll Please ...........

Sticky post so scroll down for more recent posts 

I am thrilled to announce that Soul Food is back for 2015!! There have been a few changes to the way it was in 2014 hence the new name, Slimeline Soul Food. I am over the moon excited to be teaching this round as well!! 


A brand new Soul Food class will run at Community Thrive, from February 1 through April 30, 2015.
You can expect: 
  • 3 Head Chefs: Mystele Kirkeeng, Heather Santos and Jeanette House
  • 17 Sous-Chefs
  • 2 video instruction mixed media lessons per week for 3 months
  • Each artist’s favourite comfort food cooking recipe
  • All downloadable videos
  • Classroom access through Dec 31, 2015
  • Access to a private Soul Food community group on Facebook
Registration will open on January 1, 2015, and you will need to be a member at Community Thrive in order to purchase and participate in Soul Food. 
The community is free to join and you can register here. When your registration is approved, you’ll find the Soul Food purchase link here [from January 1, 2015].
The purchase price for SF 2015 is $65 USD.
  • 10% discount available to our SF 2014 alumni
Everyone who purchases SF 2015 can also take advantage of:
  • 10% discount on Slimline SF 2014 [featuring the head Chefs' 17 lessons]
  • 10% discount on a new class that we'll be announcing on April 1, 2015!
In the meantime, there’s lots happening at Community Thrive to keep you playing: themed art challengesfree mini classes, and other online classes are all available now; and a new round of Mystele’s popular Gut Art class will open in October 2014.


Sunday, October 12, 2014


I've been working with my watercolors again. I can never seem to stay fixed on one style or medium and I actually love that. I never get bored. 
I've sung the praises many times before about my love for the ning Paint My Photo. It is a place where photographers and artists come together. Photographers post their amazing photo's and artists are free to use them as reference for paintings. Here is my most recent painting from the photo taken by Luciole (I'm not sure if that link will work if you aren't a member).
Sunset on the water is one of my favorite times and places ever. And it's no secret how much I adore intense color, lol! Thanks so much to Luciole for taking such a gorgeous photo!!


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Creating the Signatures

I've gotten a few emails about how I created the signatures for my last post of my chunky journal. 
 Here's a few shots of what I started with:
 I went through and tore out every other page.  I then folded each page in half like shown below to create the signatures:
Can you see why I hesitated to share these pics?? ROFL!! But this is me, warts, messy work space and all ;P
 I love the deckled edges from tearing out of the book. I alternated the deckled edges both up and down to give it a nice uniform (ish) deckled edge look to the journal. I used five pages for each signature, which is just a bundle of pages together. 
I created the cover from medium weight chipboard and duct tape. The covers were painted with DecoArt American Paints and collaged with scrapbooking papers, some of the old text pages and printed tissue papers:
This is a different cover than the one I painted with a face. I then created a little template so I knew where to punch my holes in the binding with an awl.  
Then I used the same template on each signature ( again, just a bundle of 5 pages folded together) to punch three holes in the center. 
 Putting the bundles in the center of a notebook, phonebook, or something thick helps hold the signatures in place while you are punching them. I also clip the signatures together and keep them clipped until they are sewn in. 
 I use wax linen to stitch the signatures in. There's a shot of the brand I purchased on ebay. I've tried lots of others but I find the ones I can get in my local stores are too thick. You could also use plain old embroidery floss but the wax thread works wonders for tying a knot and keeping it tight. 
Here's a shot from the top showing how they look all stitched in. The sewing of the signatures in is quite easy but unfortunately I don't have any process shots of that part!! Here is a great tutorial with a slightly different style of journal but great visuals on how to do the stitching.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I HOPE this is informative and not too confusing! Bookbinding is definitely like riding a bike for me. Slightly difficult when you start but once you got it, you GOT it =0)


Sunday, September 21, 2014

A Chunky Journal

I was tearing pages out of an old book that I've been using as a journal for excess paint, etc. When I have extra paint leftover on my palette I scrape it in there, or clean off stencils, that sort of thing. It was getting sort of thick so I was thinning out the pages as I went and yesterday I just bit the bullet and thinned out the entire book (yes, it was a fat book!!) I ended up with enough to make two (possibly three!) little chunky journals. The second one is still waiting for the signatures to be sewn it but here's the first one all done:

I can't wait to start filling it up! The color of these old pages and the feel of them is great! 
I'm sorry I don't have any "how to" pics. I was working on it off and on all weekend and just sort of forgot to take process shots.  
Thanks so much for swinging by! 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


This really didn't start as having a bubble theme. It was more of a play with abstraction and glazing with watercolors. Some of those bubbles have layers and layers of different hues and it was amazing to watch how they changed and evolved. 
 A few of those bubbles have DecoArt Media Line Fluid Acrylics in Interfence Magenta and Violet over the layers of watercolors and copics. They are much more transparent than what they appear here. And YES!! You read that correctly, copics!! I haven't used them much at all in the past few years and it was so fun to see how wonderfully they worked on this hot pressed watercolor paper and a basecoat of watercolors. I noticed some of my nibs became tinted by some of the darker blues and purples but I scribbled off any excess pigments before putting them away and they seemed to have survived just fine. BUT as always, when I try something like this I know I am taking a risk of ruining a nib or two. 
For now, she's done but I have a feeling I'll be doing some ink work in her hair ;)
Thanks so much for swinging by!!