Art Process: calligraphy and book arts.

A cornucopia of calligraphy and book arts techniques from the studio: watercolor methods, book page design, working with leather, gilding, pages from my visual journals.

The labyrinth with the heart at its center was the site and stage for a deeply personal family saga this year. At the winter solstice, our son married his beloved in the heart of this labyrinth. They joined paths by walking to the center and exchanged vows while poised on the heart. My part in [...]

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A New Year

by Cari on 01/05/2015

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Another year, another leg of the journey. I mark the arrival of 2015 in my journal with calligraphic numbers written with double pencil and tinted with Inktense pencils. I spritzed each number separately with water so the colors would dry in layers instead of mix. Then I had to flatten the paper with humidity and [...]

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The double spiral is a form I have returned to again and again. When casting about for a form to represent the lyrics for “Let Union Be in All Our Hearts,” I finally opened the flat files and pulled out my old folder of spiral templates. It felt a bit like coming home. I briefly [...]

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Lured by the siren call of gold, I was delighted to spend a weekend last November with Pacific Scribes, studying “Gilding ABCs” with Judy Detrick, an artist whose immaculate work and clear devotion to historical sources I have long admired. Manuscript gilding, the laying of gold leaf on vellum or paper, requires special consideration and [...]

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This past autumn, I had the honor of being asked, by one of my long ago wedding clients, to create a new piece of art to celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary. I was asked to make it the same size as the original one, follow roughly the same layout with an arch of lettering at [...]

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A leather strap closure to wrap a book or portfolio together is something I use all the time, on paper or leather covers. It is fairly easy to do and dates back to the 2nd century CE. Here are the steps, illustrated with photos: Cut three slits in your cover paper, whichever side will be [...]

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Open Studio

by Cari on 04/17/2011

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This is one of the first things I see as I reach the top of the spiral stairway to my studio: a manzanita tree branch I secured in an old tin can and have used off and on over the years to display small items for sale or as now, just to hold some of [...]

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I know this probably looks like laundry day at the Renaissance Faire, and to tell the truth I did buy a bolt of this gauze to make Ren Faire shirts for the family, years ago. Sewing shirts never happened, but the fabric has come in handy for other things, among them what you see here, [...]

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Sweet Summer

by Cari on 07/01/2010

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I’m home again after two weeks on the east coast. Above is a glimpse of my journal page for summer solstice. Though it is now July, I still feel I have been dwelling in the long days of summer solstice, squeezing everything I can in to my trip. There is much to tell; it will [...]

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Journal Glimpses

by Cari on 05/11/2010

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A couple of glimpses from my art journal: above, from a wonderful trip to Yosemite National Park last week, where we were lucky to enjoy some beautiful warm weather, a little hiking, waterfalls on every rock face, and a picnic lunch by the green, green Merced River where I had a few minutes to get [...]

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