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I like to keep an eye on activity on my blog, website and Facebook page.  It helps me get a sense of what people are interested in, and really helps me to direct my content for future posts.Petal envelope 3 Petal envelope 2 Petal  envelope 1

There is a blog post I did in 2011 that still consistently gets hits every single day.  Yes.  Every.  Single.  Day.  For nearly two years.  What is this spectacularly interesting post?  It was a simple little photo tutorial on how to make a petal card.  Who could have known such a simple topic would gain such consistent popularity?Step 7

I enjoy creating mail art and exchanging it with friends and contacts all over the world.  There is something about the combination that thrills me:  The ephemeral nature of the mail art; the quality added to the art by handling and transit through the postal system; the idea of the interest and pleasure it brings as it passes hand to hand across the world; and the pleasure of contact and exchange engendered when the art reaches its destination.Mail art low res

I long since moved beyond prosaic mail art on commercially made envelopes.  My horizons expanded when I began to make my own packages and envelopes for mail art and to share with friends and family.  As this little blog post has garnered so much interest over such a long period, I thought it was high time I expanded the topic into a video tutorial to share with you.   And so, my dears, here it is at last:  a full length video tutorial on making your own envelopes and packages for mail art and other purposes.  I hope you enjoy it!

Dea Fischer snapshot 1I am honoured and pleased to be a Spotlight Artist for Art Camp for Women this month.   Through the course of this year, Art Camp will be spotlighting several artists in their newsletter and blog, and I hope you will keep in touch with them to meet some of the other great artists they will be bringing your way.

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Art Camp for Women is the only art retreat I have  encountered that genuinely embraces the true nature of a ‘retreat’ – complete, delightful immersion for mind and spirit; an opportunity to engage, share and connect with people who live fully through their creative spirit and provide you with an opportunity to do the same.  This year, I am excited to tell you that Art Camp for Women is giving you an opportunity to win a free camp registration.  What on earth are you waiting for?

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The new Interweave title is out!  Cloth Paper Scissors’ new eMag “Art Journaling Exposed” is now available for download.  The inaugural edition of this wonderful new interactive product features my article on making some quick and easy travel journals. 
I travel quite alot, and it is an ongoing effort for me to continually reduce the amount of luggage space I use.  I am always caught up in difficult choices and decisions about what to take, and what to leave out.  Sometimes, I get a little too ruthless with my editing and find myself in wonderful, beautiful and memory-filled locations . . . . without any art supplies!

A few years ago, I was traveling to California for a family wedding, and, among wedding gifts and extra clothes and shoes, there was absolutely no room to spare.  I reluctantly left my art journal at home.  Yet the trip was so rich…

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The new Interweave title is out!  Cloth Paper Scissors’ new eMag “Art Journaling Exposed” is now available for download.  The inaugural edition of this wonderful new interactive product features my article on making some quick and easy travel journals. 
I travel quite alot, and it is an ongoing effort for me to continually reduce the amount of luggage space I use.  I am always caught up in difficult choices and decisions about what to take, and what to leave out.  Sometimes, I get a little too ruthless with my editing and find myself in wonderful, beautiful and memory-filled locations . . . . without any art supplies!

A few years ago, I was traveling to California for a family wedding, and, among wedding gifts and extra clothes and shoes, there was absolutely no room to spare.  I reluctantly left my art journal at home.  Yet the trip was so rich in memories, special family times and sharing, and I just had to do something to capture it all.  It was on that trip, completely without journal or materials, that I found myself looking with a very different eye at the maps, brochures, ephemera and postcards I had collected throughout the trip.  I had always collected such materials as something I would use later to add to the memory album.  On this trip, there was so much I wanted to hold to my heart and sear into my memory, so many moments that would be lost or slip away if I waited to record them some weeks or months after I got home.   I found myself taking a second look at these materials, and began to see them as fundamental materials I could use to create a travel journal.  The memory value became richly multi-layered.  Everything from the underlying structure through all collage elements, binding materials and trims originated from my trip.  There was a freshness and immediacy to journaling in this way that I found exciting and fun.  Working this way, as I went along, I started to create daily pages of the trip on 5 x 7″ postcards, journaling on the back of some of the postcards, collaging on others.   By the time I got home, I had quite a number of pages already completed, and enough material to create several more.  I did the painting, drawing and writing layers I wanted to add when I got home, using extracts from my written journal.  Then, I bound them all together into the concertina flag book you can see in Art Journaling Exposed.

I had so much fun recording the video clips for you when I was filming at Interweave’s studios in Colorado last December.  It is such a cool thing to be able to talk to you personally and demonstrate how to make these things right there in the magazine.  It puts me in mind of the Daily Prophet newspaper in Harry Potter!  The new eMag is chock full of fantastic inspiration from many of your favourite authors, delivered in a truly value-added way.  It is exciting to enjoy the information in this way.  It’s like attending a mini version of a CREATE retreat right on your own computer.  The download is available for both Mac and PC, and as an app for iPad.

All your favourite authors are participating in a blog hop this weekend.  I hope you’ll stop on by and visit with my friends, and check out what’s going on.  Enjoy the blog hop, and we hope you will enjoy this inspirational new title too!  Don’t forget, I will be teaching three workshops at CREATE in Irvine, California, and four workshops at CREATE in Lisle, Illinois.  I look forward to seeing you!

With very best wishes

Dea Fischer

Blog Roll:

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

Traci Bautista

Jane Davenport

Jacqueline Newbold

Jennifer Osborn

Joanne Sharpe

Melanie Testa

Diana Trout

and Outside the Box with Jenn:

I am pleased to share with you the release of my CPS Workshops DVD, “Handmade Book Essentials: Learn to Make Folded, Side Stitched and Signature-Style Books”, published by Interweave Press. 

Make your own books—the only limit is your imagination!

Artist’s books have become a wonderfully varied source of creative expression. Join me and learn how to construct each of the three basic forms to enable you to start creating.

The three basic forms I will teach you include:

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Every artist’s book falls into one of these three classic forms. Once you learn these basic forms, you’ll be equipped to create a variety of different books for your art journals, photos, and more!

Available on DVD, or as a regular or HD download.  I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed making it!  And don’t forget I’ll be at CREATE in Irvine, California this spring to teach you some of these techniques in person.

One of the nicest things about preparing for a workshop like the “Mail Me Some Art” mail art workshop I will be conducting for artsPeak next Saturday is . . . well, . . . the preparation.  An undiluted excuse to play!  I wasn’t feeling too well on Friday, so I curled up in the afternoon with some materials and started to create some samples.  I liked this form so much, I thought I would give you a little taster of what you might get to do if you come along on June 18th.  And remember . . . . the workshop is FREE! (more…)

New Year’s Day ATCs . .  here are some of the results!

Some of our New Year's Day ATCs

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Look what we’ve been up to!  For more than 20 years, my family and I have made our own Christmas crackers for the Christmas dinner table.  Our table, as you may have surmised, is red and white this year. 

All you need are:

  • some empty toilet rolls or same-sized rolls of card stock;
  • your choice of lovely papers;
  • ribbons, string or wire;
  • decorations and embellishments; 
  • things to put in the crackers; and, of course
  • the SNAP!  (Snaps can be obtained from any Michaels Store or from online suppliers);
  • double-sided tape and scissors. 

The crackers are personalised for each guest, both in decoration and content.   Sometimes, we put in toys, or candy or small gifts.  This year, they contain small gifts like jewellery, pocket knives, bookmarks and fishing flies, as well as chocolates.  Sometimes we do knock-knock jokes or puzzles, but this year, each cracker contains a tiny scroll bearing the meaning of the guest’s names and a fortune.   . . . Go on, try making your own!  It really is easy. 

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Home-made Christmas crackers