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new painting studio in august ♥

Photo:  contemplating a day of quiet gratitude


This year I have been totally consumed with building my new painting studio from scratch.
When the studio passed its final county inspection just over a week ago,
after a year of record-winter weather delays, local county inspection delays,
delivery delays, and general custom construction hiccups,
I was deliriously happy, or maybe just plain delirious …
and more than a little exhausted.
But also so grateful to have a space all my own.


Photo:  early morning after hanging the chandelier crystals


Although there are many things still on order,
like track lighting and the remaining window screens,
I am so happy to share with you a few photos of the blissfully quiet and empty
mostly-finished studio — before the storm of moving in my supplies.


Photo:  back wall of windows facing the forest


Yes, there are a lot of windows in this painting studio!
After raising 4 children during 27 household moves in and out of the US,
and living in all kinds of houses and climates on several continents,
I knew I needed elegant simplicity, lots of light, and serene green views.



The bead board walls in the small bathroom are made from the same wood planks
that cover the raised wood ceiling in the studio.
Before the ceiling was whitewashed and the bathroom painted white,
the natural wood planks looked very much like a Finnish church and sauna,
part of my inspiration.



A small back balcony allows me to step out among the old trees.
Above hangs a huge old brass lantern, now rewired, found in Phoenix.
Old theatre lights from Ohio were rewired to light up the entry landing.



The side entry stairs look like a runway with the county-mandated lighting on each step.



The 1920’s Deco farmhouse sink sat in its shipping crate in the middle
of the floor while it waited installation as my work sink.



To match the wide-plank white oak floor and keep the look from being too heavy,
the library nook has sturdy white oak shelving.



Finally the protective film and shipping labels were removed from the windows,
allowing the sunlight to shine through.




After months of delays, it was an all-out push to finish building the studio
by the end of July.
We didn’t quite make the deadline, but here we worked late into the night,
hanging crystals on the chandeliers that drift down the middle of the raised ceiling.
We figured out the formula, in case you want to try:
One studio chandelier, two hundred+ crystals, two people, two hours. 🙂
As my friends tell me, it will take its own good time to feel moved in.
The contractor will be back a few more times with back-ordered items.
I’ve been pushing and shoving my old green drawers and the drafting table
and cupboards here and there to test what works.


Meanwhile, my middle son and his young family have been living with us
while he finishes his hospital rotations.
And my youngest son is getting married at the end of August,
holding the ceremony at my oldest son’s jazz bistro, The Beehive, in Boston.


So, let me know if you can rush right over and just visit
and share how wonderful the studio space feels before it get filled up.
Actually, I think I should have had the “studio opening” while it was still
completely empty, because I love it so much that way. 🙂
 However, the “studio opening” as such is not yet ready to be announced.
Please stay tuned for local classes and guest artists teaching in the studio soon.


And may you all have the blessing of a dream coming true!
  • Carolyn PeelerAugust 18, 2014 - 2:55 pm

    What a gorgeous space…well worth all the time and effort. Congratulations on this huge (gorgeous) accomplishment!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Beth HuntAugust 18, 2014 - 3:38 pm

    Really really nice. I love it! And I love that you let us all “watch” along as it came together. I will visit one day….hopefully for a class 🙂ReplyCancel

  • TeahAugust 18, 2014 - 4:13 pm

    I was just wondering how it was coming along. It is beautiful Pam. So happy for you to have your dream come true.ReplyCancel

  • Tara HokeAugust 18, 2014 - 7:25 pm

    Beautiful! Can’t wait for your classes to start!!ReplyCancel

  • CharleneAugust 18, 2014 - 11:11 pm

    I covet your studio……
    Oh how I would love to come to a class there. Please put me on your email list. Enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • Eileen HullAugust 19, 2014 - 10:00 pm

    Ahhhh at last! Simply breath taking Pam! Enjoy your studio- you earned it after all those moves!ReplyCancel

StencilGirl and Eileen Hull Inspiration Team Blog Hop

Welcome to the last day of the week-long StencilGirl and Eileen Hull Blog Hop!
All this week members of both design teams have been sharing their creative projects 
using the wonderful products from the StencilGirl and Eileen Hull brand items.
Please click on ALL the blogs on the hop list at the end of this post
to see their inspiring projects and to leave comments for the grand prize drawing!
If you have been following all week, you are here at the last project.
But if you’re starting here at the end, please go back and catch up on all the great fun earlier this week.
For my project, a cute little art journal was made with Eileen’s
  Sizzix Mini Album die, a favorite of mine.

Click here to see the steps for constructing this quick and simple album, 
using wallpaper and baker’s twine, made while I was enduring this last fast-paced month of construction in my new painting studio.
The journal pages in the mini album were cut from white Bristol paper 
with Eileen’s album die to be the same size as the journal cover. 
On these pages, I used two StencilGirl stencils in layers:
the 6″ square Leaves 6 Stencil and the larger Garden Swirl Stencil.
Happily, the 6″ leaves stencil is just a little larger than the 5+1/2″ die-cut page,
allowing the design to float gently off the edges.
Using a Copic marker (YG03), I filled in the leaves with quick strokes
to allow for some natural shading.
Then, keeping the stencil in place, I highlighted with more Copic markers 
(YG61, B00, and Y17) on the tips of the leaves.
It’s really easy to fit the Copic brush tip in the small areas of the stencil.
Next, to add some depth to the overall leaf pattern, 
I laid the leafy areas of the Garden Swirl Stencil over top, 
outlining the stencil shapes with a Derwent Metallic colored pencil 
(Green 91- looks blue), then lightly coloring in where the stencil itself was solid.

Because this was to be a background for writing,
I faded the colored pencil more by slightly erasing it, leaving the faint metallic imprint.
I know, erasing is not much fun.  But if you listen to some blues guitar, you can better 
get in the rhythm of this little life challenge. 🙂
Now the pages were ready for doodling and writing encouraging reminders to myself as I slowly move into my new studio space.
You may have to enlarge the photos to better see the effect of the penciled stencil in the background.
To see another mini album made using Eileen’s Craffiti barn wood and flower wreath stamps, which I sampled when they were first released, please click here.


Such a great prize package awaits one lucky commenter on this blog hop.
Leave a comment on this blog to be entered to win.
All comments left for the entire week August 18-22 on all blogs in the hop
will be eligible for the grand giveaway prize.
One comment per blog post.
Comments will close Sunday, August 24, at midnight Central Time.
Winner will be announced on Tuesday, August 26.

Today’s Blog Hop Order

StencilGirl Talk (see days 1-5)
Pam Keravuori (you are here)
  • rosAugust 22, 2014 - 2:35 am

    love this book you have put all the elements together beautifullyReplyCancel

  • Pallavi IyerAugust 22, 2014 - 5:17 am

    Beautiful book.Love how combined both the stencils and I love your calligraphy/doodling.ReplyCancel

  • Mary C. NasserAugust 22, 2014 - 5:43 am

    GORGEOUS mini albums!!
    And such inspiring letttering!!

  • Ina GoodAugust 22, 2014 - 7:35 am

    your mini book is fab love the bright colors the stencils make this lovelyReplyCancel

  • Amy*August 22, 2014 - 7:54 am

    Magnificent Pam! I adore this mini album inside and out!

  • Janet JoehlinAugust 22, 2014 - 9:11 am

    Beautiful Pam! This is gorgeous. Your other book with the barn siding stamp is pretty wonderful too! You have amazing talent!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Shari CzerwinskiAugust 22, 2014 - 9:32 am

    Wow! This is stunning! Love the colors and sentiment!ReplyCancel

  • marylouhAugust 22, 2014 - 9:36 am

    I love the vine stencil. The colors on the album are so bright and the shading really adds to it.
    thanks for sharing a great idea.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy AdamsAugust 22, 2014 - 10:29 am

    Wow! This is so beautiful! I LOVE your writing. I just started a gardening journal and you gave me lots of ideas as to how to use my stencils. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Tasha FreemanAugust 22, 2014 - 10:44 am

    Love this mini album!ReplyCancel

  • Candy BAugust 22, 2014 - 11:21 am

    I love the composition and the shading. Very inspiring! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • smokeysmomAugust 22, 2014 - 11:46 am

    Oh, they saved the best for last! I love making mini albums and your’s is terrific. I love how you shaded the leaves…the colors are great, especially for journaling. Thanks so much for playing along in the blog hop and for sharing how you made this terrific mini album:)ReplyCancel

  • Ain't No NinnyAugust 22, 2014 - 12:26 pm

    I am really obsessing on mini-albums lately and yours is so garden-pretty! I love that you combined stencils and doodling in yours. Thanks for sharing!
    deardeniseh (at) yahoo (dot com)ReplyCancel

  • CeciliaAugust 22, 2014 - 12:51 pm

    What a lovely journal, and what delightful calligraphy! I would love to be able to write that way!ReplyCancel

  • Gwen LafleurAugust 22, 2014 - 1:18 pm

    What a beautiful album! And I love your lettering… such a great idea to put together something to keep quotes and sentiments.ReplyCancel

  • JackieP NealAugust 22, 2014 - 1:18 pm

    Love love love! How you colored those stencil leaves in!! What a treasure!! Thanks for sharing! “)ReplyCancel

  • NoreenAugust 22, 2014 - 1:34 pm

    An album is a great opportunity to use several stencils, stamps, and more. Love how it all came together.ReplyCancel

  • BeaAugust 22, 2014 - 2:02 pm

    The use of copics and pencils instead of my usual use of paint with stencils is a fab alternative…beaReplyCancel

  • Jo MurrayAugust 22, 2014 - 2:59 pm

    WOW! That album is so beautiful…you made some superb choices. Love the colours, and that leaf stencil !…well, I’ll just have to get one.ReplyCancel

  • Amante del PapelAugust 22, 2014 - 3:13 pm

    amazing mini album, is fabulous, i love the page that you create!!ReplyCancel

  • Denise SmartAugust 22, 2014 - 4:01 pm

    I really like the way your cover turned out. The vine stencil was spot on!ReplyCancel

  • Heather ThompsonAugust 22, 2014 - 4:05 pm

    your writing style is awesome, stunning project!! love!

    heifer21 (at) hotmail (dot) comReplyCancel

  • Denise SpillaneAugust 22, 2014 - 5:33 pm

    One of the really fun thing about hops is being introduced to artists we are not familiar with. O sure love this little book. And the other example too. Haven’t used my sizzex much but I need these dies and to start using them!ReplyCancel

  • Linda KnoxAugust 22, 2014 - 6:07 pm

    Love your journal! How fun. You must have had a blast making it.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl DonohewAugust 22, 2014 - 8:32 pm

    Great mini album. The shading on the leaves is fabulous. Love the colored pencil and stencil technique. Erasing it so it fades it into the background is very cool…as is listening to the blues.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy CarrollAugust 22, 2014 - 9:32 pm

    Stunning, love all the inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Denise BryantAugust 22, 2014 - 10:31 pm

    Awesome mini album! LOVE what you did with the stencil… great colors!ReplyCancel

  • TeahAugust 22, 2014 - 11:42 pm

    Love it Pam! You make everything look so easy. Glad to see you back creating 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Eileen HullAugust 22, 2014 - 11:47 pm

    Pam I love this album and the new pages that you added! The way you used the stencils was great and it is going to be great to add on more as the studio is filled with all your fun stuff! Thanks so much for hopping with us!


  • Laura StrackAugust 23, 2014 - 1:55 am

    Oh my, what a gorgeous mini garden album. Love your stencil coloring on those leaves and your fabulous handwriting! Thank you for sharing such wonderful tips on your techniques! Great Blog Hop!ReplyCancel

  • Cath SheardAugust 23, 2014 - 2:11 am

    What a lovely project. Thanks for the inspiration – I am beginning to realise how much more I can do with my copics.
    cathsheard at xtra dot co dot nzReplyCancel

  • Martice Smith IIAugust 23, 2014 - 2:27 am

    Wow! You have such beautifully elegant calligraphy/doodling! Such an inspiration visiting your blog today. Thanks for sharing your tutorial!ReplyCancel

  • Sue ChesleyAugust 23, 2014 - 4:30 am

    I love the journal and your lettering is beautiful! Thanks you for the tutorial and the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Eileen HullAugust 23, 2014 - 8:31 am

    Pam you have such a gift- thanks for sharing your beautiful lettering with us on the hop! Can’t wait to see what starts flowing out of you once you are situated in your amazing studio. Enjoy it all!ReplyCancel

  • LizAugust 23, 2014 - 2:04 pm

    Ooooo, that mini-book die is a must-have! Thanks for sharing this project.ReplyCancel

  • GillAugust 23, 2014 - 2:42 pm

    I love your book – my favourite project today!!ReplyCancel

  • Liz LumsdenAugust 23, 2014 - 3:49 pm

    Love you mini album, especially the cover!

    puffinliz at yahoo.comReplyCancel

  • NANCY LEFKOAugust 23, 2014 - 4:00 pm

    great project…your lettering is beautifulReplyCancel

  • Debbie K.August 23, 2014 - 6:23 pm

    What a lovely album, Pam. The stencils are PERFECT for this project. Thanks for the inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • CharlotteAugust 23, 2014 - 10:25 pm


  • MarciAugust 24, 2014 - 9:48 am

    Great design and stenciling! uoldhag49 (at) yahoo (dot) comReplyCancel

  • MarciAugust 24, 2014 - 9:57 am

    Great ideas on the stenciling and lettering! uoldhag49(at)yahoo(dot)comReplyCancel

eileen hull’s mini-album die with sizzix

Although I still don’t have access to my art supplies while my studio 
is in its last weeks of construction (the painters are re-scheduled for next week), 
I bit the bullet and went shopping for a little more . . . 
not too much more, though, since I do have stacks of stuff,
all of which I’ll have to move!  🙂   
But enough to start a really quick and really easy project,
using a few papers and scraps, some twine, a knob,
and Eileen Hull’s new 
Eileen’s Scoreboards XL die will cut through matboard (or chipboard 
or thinner leather) to make a nice sturdy cover.  
The die is also scored along the fold lines, allowing for several depths of spine.  
Plus the die has an indented space to hold any small magnetic die shape with which  
to cut a window in the cover, if you wish.
After die-cutting my cover from matboard, 
I cut a piece of wallpaper large enough to wrap the outside of the cover, 
gluing the wallpaper around to the inside for finished edges.  
Wallpaper is a fun book cover because it is so pliable.  
For the end paper, I die-cut and trimmed down a piece of patterned card stock,
then glued it in place to secure (and hide) the wallpaper edges.  
The cover then folds easily along the pre-scored lines.  
Since I wanted a thicker album, I folded on the two end score lines to make a deeper spine.
Next, using the same die and a collection of patterned scrapbook papers and 
smooth white bristol paper, 
I die-cut the pages for the mini-album.  
To do this, start with papers cut to measure approx 6×12″,  then fold each one in half 
and place the fold along the appropriate score line on the die
(depending on the size spine you’ve chosen).  
Be careful to place the fold just to one side of the score line, so the fold stays uncut.  
For this album, I die-cut 16 papers for 8 signatures of 2 pages each.
For neatness, I die-cut an extra page the same size as the album,
folding it to match the spine, and used it to enclose the signatures.
To attach the die-cut signatures to the album cover, 
I threaded lengths of thick baker’s twine through each signature 
and tied them along the spine.  So easy and colorful!
And I can still untie and rearrange the pages as I fill them.

To decorate the cover, I collaged a few scraps of paper, 
punched a hole with my Crop-a-Dile, and inserted a Tim Holtz knob.
The inside title page is white bristol paper on which I lightly gel-transferred
some blue sky in a couple wispy layers, yellow numbers to simulate the sun,
plus some random areas of type, 
all torn a bit haphazardly from some handy Time magazine pages,
then wrote the month, drew a little bird,
 and added my initial on a Dennison label.
During these last few weeks of studio construction,
I hope to fill the pages of my new mini-album with quotes of encouragement
and thoughts of patience,
as I anticipate building my creative “nest” in my new space.
Hope you are enjoying a lovely month of June!
This hot afternoon (25th) included some waiting time in the car, so I came prepared for a quick doodle in my new journal.  Here’s my encouraging reminder for the rest of June, including a serendipitous water-drip emphasis from my Starbucks iced tea cup.
  • Eileen HullJune 25, 2014 - 3:10 pm

    Pam, I love your album- great tutorial and love how you will fill it with notes about your new beautiful space! Arrived home and now catching up on the latest. I am hoping the studio is close to being done? We need to get together so I can catch up on what all is happening here!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly YlitaloJune 25, 2014 - 6:17 pm

    I love your mini album, Pamela Jane 🙂 Just got a real treat and attended the mini-album class at Mary’s Scrapden in Evansville, IN. I have the die now and am excited to do some fun new album. Yours inspires me!!

    Happy June…happy new Studio!ReplyCancel

  • CharleneAugust 15, 2014 - 7:32 pm

    A girl with NO STUDIO must punt! I am very aware of this… as we are sisters of the NO STUDIO souls… HUGS!ReplyCancel

studio restart button

Around here, the big news today is that I finally pushed the restart button on my “new studio” construction project.  The contractor has been fired (not a simple thing to do) and the head of the company, who remembers my original vision from almost a year ago, has taken over the endlessly-lingering schedule.  With grace and energy, he acknowledged the problems and has promised speedy solutions.  Finally, I can stop butting heads on every single design and materials decision!  It’s been tough trying not to be pushed into a conformist square hole at every step, first by the county, then by the weather, and then by the exigencies of standard modern construction.

Until today, progress has been mostly one step forward and two steps back for months.  The contractor made several arbitrary decisions that couldn’t afford to be undone.  Fortunately, others have been resolved.  For example, ugly lighting boxes built out from the wood ceiling have once again been recessed and hidden; boxy cladding has been removed from the beams; standard fake-wood molding has been removed from around the windows and the windows smoothed into the walls as originally requested.  The real-wood baseboard-molding battle has gone on for weeks as I insist on my simple but not standard stacking idea.

But I’m persevering with my thinking-in-three-dimensions exercise, even as I try to relax and unclench my jaw.  Maybe the “only-three-more-weeks” refrain I’ve heard since January will now be true.  Here’s a little photo update:

Front south-facing wall with Palladian-style windows and west-side entry
Raised wooden ceiling (a little like a Finnish church) and exposed beams

Back north-facing wall of windows

Back wall opened to the spring forest

Another view of the forest from the back doors

Vintage deco sink for my painting work space

Books waiting to be transferred to my new space
Let’s hope this is the end of being tied up by delays and steps backward.  If my studio is really finished and ready to start moving in by the promised three weeks, you’ll be the first to know! 

  • SandyJune 11, 2014 - 8:23 am

    This is really going to be fantastic!!! Can you see how green I am!! Don’t envy your having to deal with contractors though. I have watched what my daughter had to deal with getting her kitchen remodeled!! UghReplyCancel

  • Pamela JaneJune 12, 2014 - 1:30 pm

    Fingers crossed, Sandy, that things will go more smoothly now. It will be such a relief when I am finally able to move in. All this waiting has been hugely counterproductive. 🙂ReplyCancel