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Journal Spilling: Mixed-Media Techniques for Free Expression by Diana Trout. Reread. I might like this more than I did the first time I read it three years ago! Original review: Very good overview of art journaling techniques, complete with prompts at the end. “Spilling” refers to writing (or creating an art entry) without thinking about it – basically stream-of-consciousness. I liked this book enough that I’ve ordered a used copy for myself.


*being beautiful* -Mayhem

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Wildly into the Dark: Typewriter Poems and the Rattlings of a Curious Mind by Tyler Knott Gregson. Good collection of short poems that I didn’t quite connect with.
The Repurposed Library: 33 Craft Projects That Give Old Books New Life by Lisa Occhipinti. Very good look at how to transform old books into all sorts of things, such as lamps, a chandelier, a fireplace screen, an ebook reader cover, and more.
Collage Art: A Step-by-Step Guide and Showcase by Jennifer L Atkinson. Good collection of interesting collage techniques, including using collagraphy, woven paper, fabric, and assemblage. For a book from 1996, it definitely managed a mostly timeless feel.
the princess saves herself in this one by Amanda Lovelace. Very good, most likely haunting collection of poetry. Some of the poems resonated all too well.


“You stay right there, May.” -Chaos

“But WHY, big kitty??” -Mayhem

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Linkity gave Mayhem the day off to celebrate her 12th birthday on the 31st

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The Art and Craft of Collage by Simon Larbalestier. Not a book that has aged well (copyright 1990) – the author spent an inordinate amount of time discussing how to get various effects using photocopiers…
Dreaming from the Journal Page: Transforming the Sketchbook to Art by Melanie Testa. Reread. This time I found something I want to try – mixing a little liquid soap with watercolor so it can be used for stamping. But still not a favorite – in fact, I’d forgotten I’d already read it…


“…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…” -Chaos

Chaos is filling in for May today, although maybe he isn’t aware of that… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Linkity apparently blinked and missed spring – suddenly it’s summer O.O

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Cowboys Are My Weakness by Pam Houston. Rereading is such a funny thing. I haven’t reread this for at least 20 years and remembered loving it – it really resonated with me then. Now? Not so much.
Once Upon a Piece of Paper: A Visual Guide to Collage Making by Andrea D’Aquino. Not much text at all, so it’s a fast read, and I got some great inspiration from it. But I can’t say that it was worth the price of purchase – maybe if I used every scrap of paper in the “paper to collage” pad that came with the book, but my track record on such things isn’t good.
My Monster NotebookMy Monster Notebook by John Harris. Pretty good kids’ book about mythological monsters. (I have this to cut apart for collage and inadvertently read it.)


*staring into opposite distances* -Chaos & Mayhem

Small cat in the big cat bed, big cat in the small cat bed…

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Linkity rejoices at the return of greenery to Minneapolis

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“But your book is the perfect spot for me to sun my butt, Mom. Please don’t take it away!!!” -Mayhem

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