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Judy Wilkenfeld

Katie, the wax journal is magnificent, the colours, the size, the textures - well everything - you are truly inspiring and I am not such a colour girl. I know i sound over-effusive but I want to feel it and see it irl - and I dont often say that.
Happy New Year to you and your family - hopefully you will be able to get out and about whilst we are boiling away down here.
Thanks for being so wonderful to me this past year.


I LOVE your beautiful book!!!
Also, thank you for sharing your studio yesterday. Trust me, yours is wonderful and full of life-which is what it should be!!!! :) Signs that an artist lives there!! :)

Maija Lepore

Seriously cool journal!

judy wise

I love it when you talk waxy. I think my favorite part is that spine with it's embodiment of foreign places, the gathering together of many individual skeins of history and the glorious texture. A feast of stories and imagination. Sometimes snowed in is good indeed. xo

kelly snelling

i would like to squeeze this book until all the magic drips out so i could drink it. it is perfection.

Judy Merrill-Smith

Oh, I so love this book of yours. And thanks for sharing messy studio pics -- I'm so glad that I'm not the only one who works in that much chaos (lol)! Is your traveling sewing machine a Bernina, and do you like it? (I'm in the market for a traveling machine, too.)

alex s

The little book of mysteries! It is gorgeous! Makes me want to touch it, of course.


ps: you are so lucky to be snowed in with studio time. I'm so frazzled that I've actually lost my box of paints. I'm not kidding. They have simply vanished...maybe they ran away because they feel neglected.

Susan Tuttle

Oh Katie! This book is sheer delight! I love how small and chunky it is.

What treasures you have within it! -- I especially love the page with the tree on it.

Happy New Year my friend!



What a beautiful piece of art Katie, I can almost smell the wax. The colour and texture are fabulous, there's so much to see hidden in those stunning pages and you haven't even finished yet. Happy new year to you and your family, I hope you're not snowed in for too much longer, I can't imagine what that would be like, while we bask in sunshine.

Jennifer White

Absolutely beautiful Katie... I can't wait to meet you and am signed up for your class at Valley Ridge in '09. I saw the journal that Kathy M. created in your class this past summer and absolutely fell in love with all the textures....


How beautiful this is!! I would LOVE to handle it!! Your work never ceases to amaze me. :)

Two weeks!!....



I didn't know you could give cockatiels spaghetti! I'll have to try!

I love your tiny book. Encaustic techniques have a really special quality to me. And your use of colour always has a wonderful sparkle. Something very elemental about this wee treasure. Tactile, yet affects you beyond that, too. I love it. xoxo

Diana Frey

What a delightful treasure your new creation is! All of the fabric, wax and embedded objects speak to my creative soul. Love your idea of saving silk threads! Thank you for sharing, Katie. Wishing you and your family a joy-filled new year!



It seems being snowed in has been inspirational for you. This book is lovely and definitely "waxes aesthetic" on its own!

I'm sorry you didn't get to come to CA. but you obviously didn't waste time fretting about it!


Michala (kayla coo)

Beautiful work, I have enjoyed visiting your blog.x

Laura Miller

oooooooo, these journals make me crazy in love. I just want to touch it and stroke it and I want to make one!!! Soon, mistress, soon.

Carol Wiebe

Utopia is a state of mind
And it can be a place you find
Release the clutter of your thoughts
And step outside that noisy box
Into a vista clear and calm
Where silence is a healing balm
Joy is a bell that tolls for thee
But it is hearkened


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