On 01.02.02, I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Too late for surgery, I had chemotherapy, which failed. In May the chemotherapy was changed and I was soon in remission which was celebrated and welcome and lasted nine years - until October 2011. There was progression in 2011 so more treatment was indicated and I am now back in partial remission. But I'm not only a cancer patient - I also enjoy my family, walk my dogs and am learning to draw and paint. Life is good!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

This or that?

In tomorrow evening's art journaling class I'll be demonstrating how to bind a simple Japanese stab journal. This one took me forever so I'll need to find some ways to streamline it to fit the demo and the project in a two-hour class session. I gave this journal wide ribbon closures and bound the hinged spine with ribbon as well.

While the book turned out well, I seem to be more taken with the simple accordion sketchbook that we made last week. I'm still adding drawings faithfully and, even though I made those pages smaller than the pages in the stab book, there's a sense of roominess because the hinges aren't so bothersome. Still and all, the students will now a have a choice between the two. If I were a real teacher I'd be teaching the coptic stitch next week, but no, that isn't going to happen. No apologies, I'm not a real teacher!


  1. I made a book a few days ago by stitching all the pages together then glueing onto some board for front and back for a sketchbook, its a bit higgledy piggledy but then that is everything I ever do. I was inspired to make this book by reading your posts so thankyou, I may have a go at making an accordian book and i love the book you have done. Good luck with the chickens and eggs

  2. I think you are a 'real' teacher and an inspiration too... so thank you for sharing... I'd love to see a tutorial or how to... on this journal... it looks very interesting.

  3. Not a real teacher because you don't teach everything? Not! A real teacher awakens the appetite for learning in a student so they want to gain more knowledge. It seems to me you are giving the group enough to go on with room to grow - just what a REAL teacher should do!


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