Monday, April 18, 2011

Snow, A Barn, A New Book and A Sale

There is snow on the ground this morning and they are predicting a couple more inches today and overnight. I am trying not to complain about the weather, but I've really had enough of winter for this season. But this is nothing compared to the awful weather in the south. My heart goes out to those in the path of those horrendous tornadoes.

I have attempted a sketch of a barn and am planning to add some color - I am thinking that maybe I will first add a bit of pan pastels as an underpainting and then use colored pencil and watercolor to finish up. We'll see. I will show you each step as I make progress. For now, here is the sketch:

Over the weekend, I finished The Vanishing Shadow and am quite pleased with it. I modified the coptic stitch to make it work for an odd number of stations as I decided I didn't want to stitch over tapes like the previous hard cover book. It is made with a smooth heavy card stock suitable for drawing and can take light water media. It is comprised of 5 signatures with 5 folios in each for a total of 100 pages.

And I tried a new style of book. It has a soft cover and uses the butterfly stitch. This stitch had to be modified also as the usual way of using it requires a knot on the outside. This 5" x 4 1/4" book is made with a flecked light weight paper that is suitable for sketching. It is made up of 5 signatures with 10 folios in each for a total of 200 pages.


And now the sale - I am beginning to have a shelf full of hand made journals and would like to make more - you know how I am. I decided the best thing to do would be to have a sale for my faithful readers. I will not be changing the prices on the Faint Heart Art website, but you will get special pricing in the form of free shipping.

All the prices listed here include a $5 shipping fee - that is what it costs for me to ship to anywhere in the US using a small priority mailing box. I will waive the shipping fee, so you get the journals at a reduced price of $5 less than listed.

For non-US buyers, I will mail the journal at the listed price without calculating further shipping costs.

To be sure I am making myself clear, I will illustrate with an example:

Suppose you want the 6 x 6 watercolor journal:

If you are having it shipped to a US address:

You would click on "BUY" which would take you to You would send me $30 and in the comment section you would tell me which journal you wanted - in this case the 6 x 6 wc journal. I would ship it out the next day.

If you are having it shipped to somewhere outside of the US:

You would click on "BUY" which would take you to You would send me $35 and in the comment section you would describe for me the journal you are purchasing. I would ship it to you the next day without charging you the extra postage.

I hope this is clear and that you will find a journal that you would like to have. I am anxious to make more and would like to move some inventory. I thought it would be a good picture to show you the books that I have available so you can see their variety.

Actually the journal in 5th position from the right is a special order and is not available at this time.

Actually, the four smallest ones on the right in the picture will fit two in the shipping box, so if you would like two small journals, you would save even more. If you order two small journals, I would send them to you for $25 (with no shipping charge) instead of the $30 they would cost if purchased separately (with no shipping charge).

Little Miss 3 is due in about an hour, so I think I will get on the treadmill and try to forget that there is snow on the ground and I am so anxious for Spring.



  1. I cannot believe you had more snow! You made beautiful use of your time "by the fire," though. Such beautiful books, Vicki! And what a wonderful sketch of that old barn . . . I wish for you warm sunshine!! Right away!

  2. Sigh! I really thought the snow was finished for the season, but everything is covered with the white stuff again this morning. I knew I was jinxing things by putting the snow shovels away! I'm looking forward to seeing the next stages on your barn painting!

  3. Hi there, I am new to the group but I just wanted to say that I love your books!

  4. I just sent you a payment for the 6x6 - thanks for the sale!

  5. Spring is almost here! Your barn sketch is lovely! I love your books. You're braver than I am! I recently took a class. We made books using pre-made kits, which made it really easy! I've posted a photo of mine on my blog

  6. Well Sandy, now we know who to blame for this snow! lol Vicki - your books are so wonderful, and your barn will make a wonderful piece. I'm looking forward to watching the progress as you work on it. hugs, nancy