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Saying goodbye to North Light Books

I’ve met some of my favorite people through books: real, live people who wrote the books that introduced me to collage and mixed media art. So I’m a little sad to hear a specialty publishing empire is crumbling. F+W Media, which owns North Light Books and several other imprints, declared bankruptcy recently. North Light published many art technique books, including Destination Creativity: The Life-Altering Journey of the Art Retreat.

Ric ë  Freeman-Zachery and Earl Zachery in 2010, collecting material for the book Destination: Creativity

Ricë Freeman-Zachery and Earl Zachery in 2010, collecting material for the book Destination: Creativity

I was lucky enough to watch Earl Zachery collect photos while Ricë Freeman-Zachery collected the words. And then Ricë turned around and included a comment from me in the book. (I still get a little thrill out of seeing the pull quote.) I’ve also become friends with her editor Tonia Jenny, who edited two books by another artist/author pal, Michael de Meng.

Michael de Meng mugging for the camera during Artfest 2011

Michael de Meng mugging for the camera during Artfest 2011

Fortunately, none of these people rely on F+W to pay their bills anymore. But I still have their books in my collection, and I still keep up with some of their authors on social media, including MaryBeth Shaw, Crystal Neubauer and Gina Rossi Armfield.

Making silly faces with Michael de Meng at Artfest 2011. Photo by Lana Guerra.

Making silly faces with Michael de Meng at Artfest 2011. Photo by Lana Guerra.

If these artists keep writing, I hope Quarry Books scoops them up. (Quarry published three of the five books in which my art and commentary appear). I want them to help my artist/author friends keep blowing people’s minds. In the meantime… g’night, North Light.

StencilGirl Talk: the guest designer strikes again

You knew I couldn't just leave well enough alone with the stencils, right?

StencilGirl Products was kind enough to indulge me again, and I've written a second blog post for them that's live RIGHT NOW.

I also used one of my favorite old stamps, created from Michelangelo's depiction of Cleopatra. Wanna see how I used it in my journal page design? Go check out the post for the reveal... 

Book release: A "World" of big news!

Guess what? The book to which I contributed an art journal page is ABOUT TO DROP!

Credit: Abrams Books

Credit: Abrams Books

A World of Artist Journal Pages, curated by Dawn DeVries Sokol, will hit store bookshelves on April 21st. And yes, it's now available for pre-order on Amazon.com!  Here's a snippet of my contribution...

Want to see more? You'll have to buy the book...

Want to see more? You'll have to buy the book...

My page was one selected for Dawn's new book (she also wrote the hugely popular 1000 Artist Journals). More than a thousand artists from all around the world are featured in this new release.  They've submitted their innermost thoughts, doodles and paintings to this new book. 

Rumor has it Powell's Books in Portland already has copies. If you grab a copy, post a photo of yourself holding the book to my Facebook page -- I'd love to see it!