Rhonda Bell Designs

Rhonda Bell is a mixed-media, fiber, and paper artist living in Austin, Texas. She is editor for All Info about Art Swaps site. A site dedicated to trading and exchanging art. that includes articles on Artist Trading Cards (ATCs), Altered Books, Altered Playing Cards, Art Dolls, Assemblage Art, Art Journals, Collage, Mail Art, Zines, Decos (decorated friendship books), Chunky Books, Greeting Cards, Tags, and other paper crafts.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Michael deMeng is giving away a piece of art for the holidays.

Michael deMeng posted this on one of my Yahoo! Groups:

"Okay here's the deal. I've been thinking that because of all the
support that everyone has given to me this last year, I've decided
to give a little something back. I'm giving away an art
freebie...that's right, free art. I'll be giving away one of my
mixed media "trashy novels". Those of you who have taken a Book
Shrine class will have seen the piece before. Here's the prize:
http://www.michaeldemeng.com/bookcombo2.jpg The rules and the
skinny. 1. Email me on December 15th (the next full moon)
between the hours of 6 p.m. and 12. p.m EST 2. Send the email
to: assemblage@michaeldemeng.com (IMPORTANT: must go to this address. Any
entries sent to my other addresses will not count.) 3. The
Subject line MUST read: "Where's my book, dag nab it?" 4. You
are limited to 2 emails. 5. To win: you must be the 66th (year
of my birth) email I receive between those hours. All I ask is
that you speak kindly of me and forward my site to someone who
might be interested (this is an honor system sort of thing). I
will annouce the winner the morning of Dec. 16th (I will mention
your name unless you don't want me to...please indicate) and will
send the Art Book out that same day. Not sure if it will get there
before Xmas...but should be close. Ho Ho Ho."

And who knew we had same the birth year?!?! He'll be 40 next year too!

Anyway, Michael does incredible art. I've been able to see his work and the work of his students the last two years at ArtFest. I'd love to take a class from him.

Anyone who wins this will be LUCKY and the owner of a fine piece of art.

Saturday, December 10, 2005


Met up with Kristi at Stamp Salado today before heading over to Kates for Art Get Together.

I was very good and didn't spend a ton of money at Stamp Salado. They have so many cool rubber stamps and supplies I would have loved to buy. But my goal for today was to get some cardstock to make some holiday cards. I also bought a white pigment inkpad. Plus I bought a product that lets you make handmade paper. Too cool.

Kate and her mom have the coolest studio. It is the envy of all us gals. Lots of space for tables and supplies. Plus a bathroom and kitchen area. There is also an unheated/air conditioned area that they are going to have all their kilns and such. Can't wait to play with that stuff some day.

Kate bought my Paragon kiln that I've had for about 2 and 1/2 years. I used it once or twice to fire PMC. It sat in the garage in Austin for the last 2 years so I decided it needed to go. I'm glad it went to a good home and will have lots of company with three other kilns!!!

I worked on holiday cards while most every one else played with polymer clay.

Attendees: Kate, Peg, Pat, Amy, Karen, Joan, Ava, Kristi, and Elizabeth.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Calendars Received

I sent the calendars out earlier this week and everyone who has received them really likes them despite the fact that a couple got messed up at the printers.

One of the pages had embellishments on them that caused the binding machine to jam so the embellishment on that edge had to be removed. Well, when they recollated the pages the January pages didn't get put back in right. Sigh.

But other then that they turned out great!!!