Gratitude Journal: Back to Studio Work!

 W15 9 4 GRATITUDE JOURNAL 002W15 9 4 GRATITUDE JOURNAL 003W15 9 4 GRATITUDE JOURNAL 011It is good to be back in my finish studio working on paying conservation projects.

I have a NPS project due this month.
Historic Mason Monterey paper and iron “chandeliers” for the Chateau need to be reproduced.  The original historic shades
are a century old — not bad for paper —
and covered in grease and accumulated filth from a lifetime of living in the old hotel.
You can see them in the background.

In the foreground is the test reproduction MPF Conservation (us) made to explore
how to reproduce the shades, sitting next to the next five shades due end of month!

Stepping back fully into my life, grateful for this opportunity!
The surgeon’s screw-up led me to even more weeks on my back — literally —
and so now I am woefully out of shape!
The older we are, that slower the climb out of slothfulness!
I have not painted anytime outside of the finish studio this week because f
rankly my arms and back and hands ached!

BTW, I have to say I am in love with this amazing shade of ink:
Diamine Ancient Copper.  I only wish it were also waterproof!


Working with this lovely hand-made Japanese paper is a treat.
Sheets of 60×72 inches made by two Japanese men “when they feel like it”
has been a challenge for the NPS to wrap their minds around!
We waited two months to have the paper arrive.
And each batch is different, which is why I have to test the batches.
I am working with organic ingredients — lac flakes, hemp, kozo, human beings!

And I am off after posting, to apply more shellac,
this time to a table!  The paper for the lamps has to cure ten days,
then I can wax and fashion it into the lampshade and deliver it JUST IN TIME!

Listen to me: Wear your mask and get a GOOD one.
Not from the local paint store — they often don’t do the job!
It may save your life!

W15 9 4 GRATITUDE JOURNAL LINEMoleskin 8×11 watercolor journal, Pentalic HB woodless pencil,
A cheap office supply Sheaffer calligraphy pen and an expensive Lamy Safari pen,
Diamine Ancient Copper Ink and De Artramentis Black Document ink,
and Holbien and Daniel Smith watercolors.


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hollywood baby turned beach gurl turned steel&glass city gurl turned cowgurl turned herb gurl turned green city gurl. . . artist writer photographer. . . cat lover but misses our big dogs, gone to heaven. . . buddhist and interested in the study of spiritual traditions. . . foodie, organic, lover of all things mik, partner in conservation business mpfconservation, consummate blogger, making a dream happen, insomniac who is either reading buddhist teachings or not-so-bloody mysteries or autobio journal thangs early in the morning when i can't sleep
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28 Responses to Gratitude Journal: Back to Studio Work!

  1. Lynn Cohen says:

    Wonderful art journal pages, love your writing style too!


  2. So interesting to see you planning it out.


  3. Oh the lamp shades look wonderful and I love your paintings in the journal. I’m glad you’re doing better.


  4. artmusedog says:

    What a wonderfully creative project you have and love how you have painted it in your journal ~

    Happy Weekend to you,
    artmusedog and carol


  5. Dan Antion says:

    I am looking forward to hearing more about the lampshades – that looks like an amazing project Kate.


    • This project tested the patience of the NPS (thankfully we had a good working relationship with them) because they wanted them last December! The paper delayed (it always surprises them) then the Long Beach Dock strike — then my surgery. Crazy!

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  6. Beth says:

    I love how you encorporate writing into your artwork. It is just stunning.


  7. I love all of this. I am sorry you are hurting though. I know this getting old stuff is not for sissy’s.
    Wishing you well.


  8. Harriet says:

    Hi Katie,

    Interesting work on the lamp shades and that diamine ancient copper is a very beautiful colour. Talk about falling in love with colours lol! But it’s too hard to pick just one though! Love your journals. Namaste.


  9. jo says:

    Love your journal pages.


  10. happytiler says:

    Glad you are back at it. Wonderful journal pages!!

    Hugs Giggles


  11. Hi Kate. I think the lampshades are beautiful. Wonderful designs. Have a great day.


  12. How wonderful to be able to be able to recreate precious items from the past. Your journal pages are wonderful, too!


  13. You have the sexiest lines in PPF… Glad you are getting back into the swing of things… Xx


  14. Beth says:

    I adore your artwork–I like the way you incorporate your words (and lovely handwriting) into the actual painting. WONDERFUL! Fills my eyes.


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