I've managed to complete my pages for Diane H's book, which are due Tuesday. Talk about down to the wire! But I have a great excuse - really! My house is under contract. Woohoo! The past month has been a flurry of showings and open houses, until, finally, a buyer! So then it became all about appraisals, inspections, applying for my own mortgage because, oh yeah, I had to also go and find a place to live. Found a great condo that checked all my boxes and God willing I will close and move on the 13th of June. The amount of paperwork just to apply for the loan is staggering! I can't imagine how big the pile will be for the actual closing!
Anyway - back to art!
This month I got Diane H's book to work in. Her theme is Native American Plains tribes. Until I found a beautiful piece of golden leather in my stash and a new stencil from Gwen LeFleur I had no idea what I was going to do. I also love the paintings of Susan Seddon Boulet and featured a couple in my spreads. She specialized in painting mythological figures from all cultures, but especially Native American. I was going to do some bead-work on the leather until I discovered I would have to pre-punch the holes for my needle to pass through. Eek! So I just decided to stick with the whip stitched edge with artificial sinew and skip the beading.
For the definition pages for each god I transferred the script onto handmade paper using gel medium and stenciled a design with paint onto Lokta paper. The images are from an all-over new stencil by Gwen LaFleur. It is supposed to be an Art Deco design but I thought elements had a Native American vibe so I used it to create the borders.