Jill Berry Design Blog

Quasi-Crystal Stencil Giveaway!

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in stencils, Stencils | 11 comments

Quasi-Crystal Stencil Giveaway!

Artistcellar has yet another new set of stencils and wants to give a set away! They are called “Quasicrystal.” I used Quasi and Infra on my page, which was partially collaged by Connie, my friend who made me this journal. You can see the papers she put in on the left, and the handsome geeky dude on the right. He was there, staking his space. I made him a love interest. She is a tiny bit scary. Am not sure why. Too much eyeliner. The Infra stencil adds jazz to her skirt. He is a fairly benign chap, which is why their relationship...

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Sacred Hearts Winner

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

is Becky Massa! Congratulations Becky!

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Young Minds and Maps

Posted by on Apr 6, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Young Minds and Maps

Recently I got an email from a teacher at Logan School in Denver. She had a student who was doing a map project, and would I mind a live interview with said student? In fact I would love to do that I told her. We set a date for her to bring up Portia for the interview. A few days before they were to arrive, I heard from the teacher again. Could she bring a couple more students and another teacher? They all had different projects, running the gamut from traditional cartography to how an artist gets inspired. Bring ‘em on, I said. When we...

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Down Under, Week 1

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Map Making, Personal Geographies, Workshops and Classes | 7 comments

Down Under, Week 1

Week one of 5 Weeks in Australia

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Sacred Hearts, Fiery Love

Posted by on Mar 30, 2014 in Uncategorized | 79 comments

Sacred Hearts, Fiery Love

Sacred Hearts winner is Becky Massa! Congratulations Becky!   It is my turn to use the Sacred Hearts Stencils from Artistcellar in our little blog hop. My friend Kerry came over and we went to town using these stencils with paint and a Gelli Plate on fabric. I wanted the hearts to look rustic. I cut out one of them and tried it out on a collaged journal page. This is the Divine stencil. The wistful young man at the bottom of the page was thinking of a Latina who had recently stolen his heart. I drew her in. Her dancing heart too was on...

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New Face on a Fireplace

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Collaboration, Uncategorized | 8 comments

New Face on a Fireplace

Last winter I went to visit my sister Linden. Her house has this monolithic fireplace that was as ugly as a fireplace gets. It was a giant chunk of white concrete. And it is two sided, so this side faces the kitchen. Ugly, and right in the middle of the house. I felt almost and urgent need to never look at this again. We made a fast plan. We went to a high end tile store and got boxes of leftover tiles for practically nothing, and bought some other filler tiles at Home Depot. We matched the background paint to the grout color. The mantel we...

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Inventing Goddesses again….

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Artist Friends | 3 comments

Inventing Goddesses again….

Bonnie Stahlecker was my first book arts teacher. We are trading goddesses, you can see the one I sent to her here. She needed a goddess of lost tools, I needed the goddess that all bookmakers need, the Glue Goddess. She came in this lovely box in the mail, carefully packed. The best, very best, kind of mail. Isn’t she grand? The box holds her colorfully and securely. She waves her glue brushes around like it is no big deal to glue anything. She would almost appear cavalier about the glueing thing if her hair did not look so worried. I...

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Sea Fever

Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in Map Making | 2 comments

Sea Fever

I am obsessed with the sea. This map is called  “Beach House” and it is fabric, ribbons, paints and papers with some stitching. It was inspired by Valerie S. Godwin’s book that all of you need, called “Art Quilt Maps”. Mine is not quilted, I do not have that in my stable of skills. The background fabric is stenciled fabric paint on cotton, a technique I learned from Liz Kettle.  Enjoy this seaside retreat, and enjoy this poem. Sea Fever BY JOHN MASEFIELD  (w. 1902) I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely...

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Invent a Goddess

Posted by on Feb 27, 2014 in Creative Exercises | 10 comments

Invent a Goddess

There are times we need support, and the spirits out there are just not specific enough. That is when I need to invent my own goddess. This is a goddess I drew to support ADD and ADHD, which is a full time experience at my house. I call her “Addy”. She is a fold out in one of my journals. She is made of disjointed and wandering maps, a piece of “Harmony” sheet music and she holds a small card from Saint Francis, patron saint of animals (pets that love us). This week I made another goddess for a teacher of mine. Years...

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Cartographic Poetry

Posted by on Feb 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Cartographic Poetry

I am lost, and I am found here on this map. It is a place I will go to, in a year or so. Maybe you have been there, and know the way. Sometimes I make maps of things and places I long for. Sometimes I map my dreams, both the waking and sleeping kind. This map is both: a place I am so happy to be going to, and some reminders of how I came to have the opportunity to go there. Maps are about stories for me, as is poetry. This poem is by a Scottish writer, a person sharing my heritage and sharing my sentinments today. “The Constant...

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