Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Valentine Book Collaboration

There are 16 of us participating in a valentine-themed collaborative book in my altered art group!! Each one of us has made 16 pages and each will receive the complete book with original pages and cover from each participant. Very fun and I got way into this!!

I posted this earlier to show the backsides of the pages. Now here are the pages. I made 2 sets of 8 pages, using 2 different central images. The beautiful girl with the angelic face is a freebie I snagged from Suzan Buckner's blog (Thrifty Collage Artist) awhile ago. This is such a gorgeous image and I thank her for sharing so generously. Go visit her blog for a real eye candy treat!! The ethereal woman sitting by the lake is another freebie but I don't know where it came from!! I love the colors and soft romantic feel here.

The first 5 pages are done with metallic inks, chalk inks, stencils, blue tulle, and various embellishments (buttons, rhinestones, small floral bundles). I love the background paper too, the colors are gorgeous.

The next picture is one of a set of 3. I cut down a paper doily, inked it, and glued it down. The golden 'halo' is a paper candy cup the I flattened and cut in half. The golden angel was on sale after Christmas - I got 18 or 20 of them for less than $1!!!

The girl by the lake uses a teal/turquoise blue cardstock base. The first set of 4 had a colorful tissue layered over and around the photo edges. It seemed too bright so I painted over it with a mix of colors, applying with a nearly dry brush. The flowers are Primas and I used colored beads for the centers and included a dragonfly bead perched on a petal. The edges that frame the photo were coated with clear microbeads.

The final set of 4 uses a layer of white napkin tissue that I stamped using various images from Paper Artsy, Printworks, Heidi Grace, Inque Boutique, and Lost Coast Designs. All were stamped with StazOn. The napkin tissue was layered on the cardstock and torn to frame the image. Prima flowers were added and the brads at the center of each are from Making Memories. A final glimmer of color was painted around the edge of the photo frame with Twinkling H2O's.

I had a great time making these pages and, although nontraditional, was captivated by the romantic sensibility I was able to achieve. PLUS I tried several new things, all of which I like....

Very FULLfilling.
(My formatting with the photos is not what I intended but I'm too tired to fool around with it.)

Friday, January 23, 2009

Some interesting info....

I rarely read only one book at a time. I don't know why, just the way my head works I suppose.

Today I was reading Living the Creative Life by Rice Freeman-Zachery (this book is awesome, if you don't have it you should get it). In chapter 3 she relates a story from Melissa Zink, one of the featured artists. Melissa is referencing her affection for the German artist Kurt Schwitters, who, as it turns out, is considered to be one of the first mixed media/collage/found art artists. I searched online and found a huge gallery of his work at Museum of Modern Art - NYC (scroll down until you find his name, then click on any of the titles to see the images). His work is wonderful, and I read more about him as well as the Dada art movement. All I can say is WOW!! This is completely fascinating to me.

I love the way everything is connected....in ways we don't know or understand but it is. It's good to be curious and learn new things!

In fullness,


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

In the spirit of hope and renewal....

Here's a song that I want to share with you all.....

Stevie Wonder - Saturn

Packing my bags-going away

To a place where the air is clean

On Saturn

There's no sense to sit and watch the people die

We don't fight our wars the way you do

We put back all the things we use

On Saturn

There's no sense to keep on doing such crimes
There's no principles in what you say

No direction in the things you do

For your world is soon to come to a close

Through the ages all great men have taught

Truth and happiness just can't be bought-or sold

Tell me why are you people so cold
I'm......Going back to Saturn where the rings all glow

Rainbow, moonbeams and orange snow

On Saturn

People live to be two hundred and five

Going back to Saturn where the people smile

Don't need cars cause we've learn to fly

On Saturn

Just to live to us is our natural high
We have come here many times before

To find your strategy to peace is war

Killing helpless men, women and children

That don't even know what they are dying for

We can't trust you when you take a stand

With a cold expression on your face

Saying give us what we want or we'll destroy
I'm......Going back to Saturn where the rings all glow

Rainbow, moonbeams and orange snow

On Saturn
People live to be two hundred and five

Going back to Saturn where the people smile

Don't need cars cause we've learn to fly

On Saturn

Just to live to us is our natural high

Colin Powell says that "perpetual optimism is a force multiplier".

I believe that.


Saturday, January 17, 2009

Longing for travel....

....but I have to be 'green', so to speak, due to lack of green hehehehe.

When Misty Mawn gave this green prompt the other day all I could think about was Paris. So I journaled a Paris travel snow globe which I can look at here and have the feeling of being there.....

Check in on Misty's blog for some awesome journals, spotlights, links to other blogs, and to the Flickr group she set up for us!

Au revoir for now!
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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Orange Journal Page

Misty has asked us to work with orange on Tuesday....

I used some paint, some beautiful mulberry paper, vintage text, Italian paper scrap.... and I was led by the text.

I am enjoying these prompts immensely - thnk you for your leadership and inspiration Misty :)
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Monday, January 12, 2009

Paper Bag Book

Last week I posted this, and now that the envie has been received I can reveal its contents!!

I had a lot of fun making this book and the recipient loves it (most important :). I used inks, stamps, brads, watch pieces, embroidery floss, twine, various collage images, napkin tissue, decorative paper, vintage music sheets, paint, ribbon, fiber, various ephemera.


My Blue Page

Misty Mawn asked us to work with color in our journal pages, with the first color being BLUE!! I LOVE color, and the page here was actually begun yesterday, and with a very different vision in my head. I like where this page took me and I LOVE the way I was able to release myself into the creation process. I did a lot of painting here and I like it. I am so intimidated by paint, but when I'm able to move past that I really enjoy messing around in paint.

My mantra for 2009:

growing into full

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Yesterday's journal page....

This is fun. In using my leftover pieces I'm finding things I'd forgotten about - like the main image here, received as a RAK.

Have a full day!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

In process.....

16 pages for a 'fat' book swap in my altered art group!

Here are a few of the backsides of the pages I made today. They are steeping in coffee now.....

Full Journal Page

Here's the next page for this month's journal challenge with Misty Mawn.

I am using all 'leftovers' on these pages, with the exception of the painting and coloring in the background.

All papers, images (collage and stamped) are coming out of my scrap bins on my worktable. I'm trying to be spontaneous here.The photo here is what remained one day after I played around with gel transfers. It's been around awhile as I took the picture of the flower in my backyard last spring!!

Thanks for visiting.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Full Journal

I was visiting one of my favorite blogs recently, Norah's Art from Sharon T, and she posted about a journal collaboration of sorts which is being led by Misty Mawn ( Misty Mawn's blog ). I investigated and have decided to participate.

Here's my first page for my 'Full' journal this month. The info about the daily journal voyage is here. Misty is incredibly talented and inspiring, as is Sharon (have you read her fantastic article in the current issue of Cloth, Paper, Scissors??).

Have a full day :)

A special envelope for a special someone

Sending out today.

You know who you are..........


Saturday, January 3, 2009

Quiet Beauty

Here's something we don't see much of around these here desert environs...beautiful and still this morning, hundreds of perfect water drops.

I spent time enjoying their perfection.......
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Thursday, January 1, 2009

Sugar and Spice ATC

I have not made an ATC in awhile so it was really fun and relaxing to create this fun card for the current swap in my Altered Start group.

"Jane at Play" is on a painted background. The paint is very shimmery and iridescent in real life as I used some Golden Acrylic Interference color here. The white dots are done in paint with a stencil. The little girl swinging her teddy is from a Dick and Jane book from the bargain table somewhere; the text came from the book page as well. The flower sequins and brads are by Queen and Co. A little drawing and some ribbon across the top and there goes Jane!