Wednesday, January 9, 2013

{Book Arts} The Thread That Weaves

Have you ever considered the various themes that twine themselves throughout your art? Perhaps a favorite motif, a love of nature, words, or the dreams that inspire you. I've spent several lovely hours pondering that question while taking The Thread That Weaves online workshop with Roxanne Evans Stout. The word that keeps coming to my mind during this experience is beautiful. The workshop is filled with beautiful images, techniques, artists, and most of all a wonderful instructor with a beautiful spirit. We're only into the second week of the workshop, so there's still plenty of time to join in and explore it for yourself. All the details can be found here.

Roxanne asked each of her students "What is the thread that weaves throughout your art?" Some of the lovely and inspiring answers can be found in the post "things that hold mystery" on Roxanne's blog River Garden Studio. I wrote about the things that inspire my art, and gathered bits and pieces from my front yard and wrote down some words that come to my mind when I think about winter and the month of January. These ideas were going to be the theme of my book. But...

On Monday, I took an acrylic painting class and painted my first ever seascape! Lovely shades of blue and green flowed from brush to canvas and lingered in my mind as I began working on the collages for my book. So I decided to follow my muse and dedicate this first book to my love of the sea.

This shimmery, silver thread represents the love of water, and especially the love of the ocean, that flows throughout my art and my life. I plan to use it for stitching waves and other motifs all through my book. I love the structure of this book and I already have 3 more just waiting to be painted and embellished, but for now I will surrender myself to the mystery and beauty of the sea.


  1. Dear Kimberly, What a beautiful blog post, your thoughts about winter are lovely. As I look out the window right now i see silver too. There are always so many possibilities, and I love the way you are welcome to changing your theme and have "surrendered yourself to the mystery and beauty of the sea"
    Your collections are going to be lovely in your book.
    Thank you for this post, and for being part of this workshop!

  2. Hi Kimberly, I am also taking Roxanne's online workshop, The Thread That Weaves. It really is a special workshop. Love what you are creating and enjoyed reading your words. Will enjoy seeing your book flourish. Beautiful colors!

  3. Beautiful theme, Kim and I know how much you love the sea! Can't wait to see more - Enjoy your class!

  4. Hi Kimberly,
    What a wonderful post! I am in the workshop too and loving seeing what the other artists are creating and sharing on the Flicker site and the blogs too. I also posted about the workshop today on mine. Roxanne is so generous and inspiring and it is so great to have a boost during the dark days of January. Something wonderful to look forward to after a tough day at the office.
    Happy creating

  5. I took this workshop with Roxanne at the end of last year and am continuing to work on my book. Your theme and the embellishments you have chosen for the pages are both beautiful!