Sunday, August 31, 2008

Blue and Ochre Color Challenge

Over at the Art Techniques ATC group the challenge for this month's lottery was to use the color combo of blue and ochre. Here's my 'Art Fairy #1'.

The background paper is from K and Co. On the left side I used some scrap from 7 Gypsies that I had punched some butterflies from. All collage images and text are from Lisa's Altered Art. The blue mulberry paper is old and I have no idea now where it came from. The card is outlined in oil pastel, as is the text. Card edges are inked with Hero Arts Brown dye ink. The 1 on her dress is a sticker by Sticko.

Hope your art fairies are good to you!!

The Queen in her Garden

Here's an ATC made for a private swap with Karen Mowrey. She has just started making ATC's and they are bee-utiful - go check them out on her blog Beelieve, as well as her many other creations. She's super-talented and has a thing about these bees!! When I commented on her first ATC posting she contacted me to see if I'd be up for a swap!! This is really the first 'private' swap I've done and it is such fun!! I made this card just for her ;)

The card begins with a gorgeous photo of these sunflowers from a plant book. The slide mount was colored with inks DTP - Tim Holz Distress in Dried Marigold and Vivid! Dye Ink in Brick. The 'queen' is a stamp by Invoke Arts and she's done in Color Box Copper on vellum, then sprayed with Bronze Glimmermist. When you spray the glimmermist on the vellum the paper wants to curl IN THE WORST WAY!!!! So be sure to lightly tape it down to your work surface or secure it with repositionable adhesive - another in a series of LLTHW. The bee was inserted into the slide mount and was lightly treated with EP from Bmuse. The card was also given asimilar EP coat. The Q is from an old dictionary and was inked and glued down prior to the EP coating. The crown ( also by Invoke Arts ) is stamped in copper on metallic green cardstock by Wausau. The lovely jewel is from Me and My Big Ideas. Every queen needs a jewel or two, don't you think?

Off she flies to Karen - a queen of a gal and a good friend!!!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Take a Chance

This altered puzzle piece is for a monthly lottery entry in my Altered stART group, with the theme of chance. I have worked on this for a couple of days and also see it's a good fit for this week's This Thursday, it’s all about… which has a theme of 'Puzzle Pieces'.

This puzzle piece is large, about 6.5" x 6.5". It was painted cobalt blue and then stamped with antique copper small circles. The butterflies were punched from many paper scraps, using a punch made by Marvy. The entire puzzle piece was overlaid with white napkin tissue, stamped in Pumpkin StazOn with an image from PaperBag Studios. The gate portion is covered with a piece of mica, and the handle (European Papers) attached. I went through my small image stash and found the butterfly on the left side. Some pearlescent white acrylic paint was watered down slightly to do some circles on the large piece. The butterfly is made of some lightweight chipboard covered in blue tissue, then stamped with that white paint using punchinella. The text is typed and printed on Kraft paper. The wire hanger uses 26g jewelry wire and assorted beads from Blue Moon Beads and Bliss Beads. Eyelets are from Making Memories. The finished piece is 12" from top to bottom.

This was fun to make and quite different for me! I know for a fact that if you don't open the door and take a chance, you'll be safe... but possibly miss something grand!!

Monday, August 25, 2008

The Optimist

Here's my art journal page for week 4 of Collage with Crowabout, Nancy B's group on Flickr ( her blog is awesome Something Two Crow About ). The pictures provided to us this week were so fun and colorful, and when I saw this girl's face I just clicked back to that optimism and idealism from the late 60's to early 70's. I also had to do a page on a MUCH lighter note than my last one!!

I'm really enjoying these journal pages and find myself wanting to do more and more of them.

"And I dreamed I saw the bombers

Riding shotgun in the sky

And they were turning into butterflies

Above our nation." ~ Joni Mitchell

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Journal Page...

... that got started on Friday, while I was freaking out/obsessing on/being angry about MONEY. I despise dealing with money. I don't know why, I'm some sort of whack job I suppose. Last week I was embedded in lots of money talk - with my daughters, particularly Christine; with my husband all the time (he owns his own business); and worst of all with myself (looking at my debt after 15 months of unemployment, trying AGAIN to get work lined up, loans, BLAH BLAH BLAH). Money strikes at my very core of security and generates fear, although it is irrational ~ as fear often is. I have NEVER wanted for anything (materially) and have always provided for myself or have been provided for - truly a spoiled baby boomer here.

So here's a page I came up with, I really like the quote here. The suit, by the way, really did appear in the Elvis film 'Clambake' and it's estimated value carried by the flying pig is accurate, as the picture and info came from a rock auction catalog that arrives at our house occasionally. I'm sure Elvis would never have imagined that one of his suits could fetch this kind of MONEY, even if it was for the part of the 'millionaire'.

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming :)

Thursday, August 21, 2008

'Life is sweet'

Here's an ATC for a swap at Art Techniques with a theme of sunflowers. The bottom layer is some beautiful French country pattern paper from Frances Meyer. French Script (Hero Arts) was stamped in red across part of the card, then covered with sunflowers from a beautiful napkin recently RAK'd by Sharon over at Norah's Art. I used the white tissue portion of the napkin over the remainder of the card, to soften that gorgeous French country pattern a bit. Used yellow Magic Mesh below the sunflower, then colored cream cardstock with Walnut Ink and bronze Glimmermist and stamped the words in red (stamps from Stampendous, used Memories in Port Red). Word slips were edged in the same red ink, as well as the entire card. Some pretty red French knots in the corners and a bee charm on the flower (European Paper) and ~ voila ~ 'La vie est douce'.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

'Birdsong' ATC

I am in a swap in my Altered Art group with a theme of music. The background I used for this card has been around a long time, done using the inky layers technique from Bernie Berlin's book. The bird image was received as part of a fun stamped image swap we did in this group awhile ago. Each of us stamped different images in black StazOn on white cardstock, sent to the hostess, then she sent back a mix of images excluding the ones we sent. What a great way to get a fresh set of images! So I watercolored these cute birds, sprayed on green Walnut Ink and bronze Glimmermist, scallop punched them, coated with Glossy Accents with some glitter mixed in, edged in gold pen, and attached to the card with pop dots. The card is also edged in the same gold pen, and I added the 'b' brad (JoAnn Essentials) and some soft fibers.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Art Journal Page

We are in week 3 over at Collage Play with Crowabout, a fantastic group put together by Nancy B of Something Two Crow About.

Many thanks to some recent posts by Suzan Buckner's blog (Thrifty Collage Artist) and Be...Dream...Play/Elizabeth B.. The fact that I attempted - and am pretty pleased by - the background for this page is directly attributable to both of these extremely talented women.

This page definitely reflects my artistic state of mind - 'I'm lookin' for my mojo!!' Have any of you seen or found it??! Please send it my way..........

This page is dedicated to both of my beautiful daughters, Christine and Stephanie :)

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Colorful Art Journal Page ~ Summer Daydream

The challenge is color for This Thursday, it’s all about…. I made this journal page today - I wanted to try this prism painting technique that's in the book "Art Escapes" by Dory Kanter. She recommends drawing a simple everyday object but I just felt like drawing lines and shapes. I used my Derwent Watercolor pencils, and limited myself to 3 colors for the base and 3 different colors to mix in. I also made a rule for myself, that 2 adjoining edges would not have the same base color in them, so each shape would be a different color than those around it. I like working with these watercolors, I felt like I had good control with my brush and the effect has the feel of stained glass.

I stamped the background flowers (I Brake for Stamps) in Cherry Pink StazOn. The girl image (Lost Coast Designs) and the butterflies (Hero Arts, Skipping Stones Designs) were stamped on napkin tissue, torn, and glued with gel medium. The letters are from Inque Boutique. All stamping is done with the pink StazOn.

'What a day for a daydream...' ~ John Sebastian and the Lovin' Spoonful

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Art Journal Page

This is a page I made for the second week in Collage with Crowabout. I struggled a bit here, but once I got the '2' down onto the paper it became much easier.

I printed the collage elements onto a transparency in negative and they turned out very cool! The elements this time had lots of texture and graphics, stripes, crackled painted wood, etc. I only used one of the transparencies here, over the word 'life' - I like the grungy effect of it. I also had a great time making those bees!!

Part of my struggle here was using the number 2 - I dislike even numbers, and especially in my art I love the number 3! I tried to be true to 2, using things in pairs when possible. I am definitely learning a lot through this group, it's terrific!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Celebrate with me!

This is my 100th post here! I can hardly believe it! I have made so many friends here in blogland, I just love it! Everyday when I look at your blogs, see your work, leave comments, and read the comments here... it just fills me up. I appreciate all of you! I see new things every day on your blogs, learn new things every day from you, and hope I'm able to give back in kind.

I made this 4"x 8" canvas board to celebrate 100, and want to give it away here! You have to leave a comment on this post NO LATER THAN FRIDAY AUGUST 15, 12 MIDNITE PDT. I will randomly draw the winning post on Saturday morning ~ and post your name HERE. Good Saturday morning to you!! The winner has been selected randomly - the old school way, by writing each name on a slip of paper, throwing all the slips on my desk, closing my eyes and seeing where my finger landed ;) AND WE HAVE A WINNER (you are all winners, thanks so much for commenting and visiting); JILL is the name selected!! Since I have your snail mail I'll get this out in the mail on Monday!! Be sure and check back to see if you've won this canvas - it's got a hanger on it and everything!

Thank you for visiting with me, inspiring me, and connecting with me :)
"Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best." ~ Henry Van Dyke

Pocket ATC

The current ATC swap at Altered Start requires our ATC's to have a functioning pocket. "Get in the Game" uses metallic cardstock from Wausau (gorgeous colors!!) and a face stamped in Encore metallic blue. The stamp is from Lost Coast Designs. The pocket was made by stamping game images from Tim Holz onto some scrap paper (K & Co). I cut a 3.5" square and started folding and ~ voila! The game images are stamped in Adirondack Denim ink, the pocket was edged with the blue metallic ink before gluing it down. The game tickets are also from Tim Holz and done in Adirondack Denim. The words are from a great set from Impression Obsession. After the tickets were cut out I covered each one with Glossy Accents. The entire card is edged in the blue metallic ink.

"Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier." ~ Colin Powell

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Bee ATC's

I am in a swap over at Art Technique ATC's, and the theme is yellow. I think of bees when I think of yellow, I don't know why!

Here are my cards, 'Bee Home 1-4'. All have painted backgrounds using the 2-step crackle process. The bees, skep, and honeycomb are all stamps by Invoke Arts. The flower stamps are from Hero Arts and Autumn Leaves, and the traditional house is made with 2 stamps (one from Inque Boutique, and the roof portion is from an unknown source). All backgrounds and edging on cards is Versacolor pigment in Lagoon Blue (LOVE this color). The bees and words are stamped in black Ancient Page dye ink. The doodads on each card are from my stash....

"Home, the spot of earth supremely blest,

A dearer, sweeter spot than all the rest." ~ Robert Montgomery

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Collage Play

The uber talented Nancy B, of Something Two Crow About, has started a collage group on Flickr. I'm fortunate to be part of the group and in great company there, seeing some friends I know all ready and making lots of new ones - love that!

My intent with this group is to do art journalling/visual journalling/whatever this is called! So I plan to try new things, grow artistically, and further develop my style and artistic voice. Here's my firs one, 'La Vida Loca'. It measures 8 1/2" x 10" and is done on watercolor paper - which worked really well for this! I used oil pastels for the background color, with water added for a 'wash' effect. There are bits of paper here from my 'bits of paper' stash, along with some of my papers I made, and images from Nancy as well as from my collection. The lettering is done by hand, in oil pastels again, and outlined with red Sharpie. I'm working on the lettering, very challenging for me!

I thought of the Latin sense when I saw the image of the Chevy's parked on the street (thinking of Havana in the 50's) and the woman's face (she just seemed LATINA to me). Ultimately these pages will be bound into a book with my Bind It All, so I have created a left margin to accommodate that process.

Libertad = Liberty or Freedom!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Back to School 2008

Ah, yes, I remember well the preparations for back to school with 2 daughters...

Now they get themselves ready!!

Turquoise is the theme for this week's Think Monday Think ATC challenge, and I love that color! I had this tissue background around from a project from several months ago - perfect! I love the texture you get from this technique. The little girl is from Lisa's Altered Art, though I updated her dress using paper from Die Cuts with a View. I also gave her a bag, stamped from a set by studio g with black StazOn on yellow glitter cardstock from DCWV. The dots are a stamp from Paper Inspirations, also done in black StazOn. The words were typed, printed, cut, and glued. It just seemed like something she'd be saying....

Happy shopping!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Collage/Altered Art Challenge

I found a new challenge site recently ~ Mind Wide Open. The site provides an image to be used in art and sent back, then the images are voted on and the winner receives a gift certificate at one of Gail's online shops. There is a beautiful image up for the current challenge, along with incorporating or being inspired by the word 'secret'.

I made this collage, 'My Secret Wish'. The image was printed on transparency film. I put her on a watercolor background and put pattern tissue below the image. An orange crown was placed so it would appear to be on her head, and a napkin butterfly was placed to line up with her face. The words were stamped in black StazOn with Stampendous stamps. The fan is an old Carrie Lou & Me stamp, done in rusty brown StazOn on beautiful paper from Star Fish Dreams (??). All the brads are by JoAnn Essentials. The edge of the fan is glittered with Crayola glitter glue. The key charm is by 7 Gypsies, and the butterfly bead is from Blue Moon Bead Co. Honeycomb stamp from Stamper's Anonymous is done in rust brown StazOn, and the beads are from a pack of pearlescent colors.

If you're looking for something a little different, please take alook at this fun challenge! There are also lots of great tips there and a cool tutorial on altered tins :) - click above or on the badge on my side bar.

"Nothing weighs so heavily on us as a secret." ~ Jean De La Fontaine

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Approaching 100!

Blogposts, that is!
This calls for a giveaway!! Stay tuned so you can WIN ;)

Disguises ATC

The current swap in my Altered Start group has the theme of disguises. For awhile I was stumped... but I remembered this fun Halloween stamp I have had FOREVER.

'Who are you??' is inspired by one of my favorite TV shows, CSI (the Vegas edition ~ the original and still the best). I am secretly in love with Gil Grissom, such a shame that he's leaving mid-season... My card is made with yellow police line cardstock, emblazoned with CSI. I used a multicolor Kaleidocolor stamp pad to make the inset piece on glossy cardstock. My CSI 'investigators' are embossed in black EP and colored with pigment inks, then cut out (VERY TRICKY) and glazed with Glossy Accents. I wrapped black fiber around the card and added the phrase, edged in blue from the Kaleidacolor pad. Finished with black jewels from Doodlebug and edging both cards in black Sharpie.

Listen to the evidence...

Friday, August 1, 2008

This much beauty and fun...

...must be illegal. Or fattening. Linked to increased spontaneity and joy? Is undergoing scrutiny by the FDA, CDC, IRS, DOJ, HAHA, YAYA, and various other (nefarious) agencies?

Well I don't care about that! I did receive the most beautiful array of napkins from Sharon over at Norah's Art. She is directly responsible for making me napkin crazy ~ along with several friends now ~ and this is how she treats me ;) My head is all ready awash with places and scenes for each of these beauties!! And then there's the envie she sent them in - now posted above my desk so that when I get back to paying these **^%%#$$@@& bills I can have some mental peace (I HATE dealing with $, am I the only one?).

Go visit Sharon, but be sure you have some time to spend there...

Beauty prevails.