Monday, August 18, 2014

We're going on an Alaska cruise in September. I made this journal to take with me to collect memories and impressions and postcards and memorabilia. It's a recycled book with 3 signatures sewn in with the triple chain stitch which I learned in Mary Ann Moss' class, Full Tilt Boogie.



Lots of space to write and add stuff. I'll add photos when we return.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Scrappy Journal #30

A Bit of This, A Bit of That
Scrappy Journal # 30

This book is inspired by Remains of the Day (pages) and Full Tilt Boogie (exposed spine sewn tape binding), classes offered online by MaryAnn MossIt includes a variety of papers, including scrapbook, painted and gelli prints, paper bags, and plain cardstock. The pages are embellished to create visual interest as well as pockets, flaps, and little places to tuck photos and things. Machine stitching to add things to pages; hand stitching for binding. Covers are an old repurposed book. A fabric collage is attached to the front cover. There are 8 signatures with 3 or 4 folios each; approximately 134 pages!

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Unfilled, this book is a piece of art, created to be visually stimulating, with some pages left blank to give the eye a place to rest. There is some consideration to page placement, but mostly I generally place colors together that are pleasing to me.

I generally use my scrappy journals to “document life.” I love looking back at them to remember what was going on at a particular time. They are like small snapshots of life. They are more interesting (to me) than a regular scrapbook or photo album because photos and text intermingle with found images, papers, and "junque."

I'm working on a few that I'll list on Etsy. I love making these and I love it when they go out into the world.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Easily distracted

Friend and blogger Jacki Long, inspired me to play with her line drawing and see where it took me. I also had a Picasso postcard on my desk. So ... here is my "Funky Faces". 

Funky faces. Watercolor, acrylic paint, old book text collage, gesso, markers

I had a lot of fun doing this ... I think it may be a repeatable activity. Next time, I'll try my own line drawing. Yes, I'm easily distracted ... but as long as it's fun, that's OK with me.



Thursday, July 24, 2014

playing

Just playing with photoshop ... keeping cool on this warm summer day

original


No, this wasn't a project selected for this week ... I was just in the mood to play.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sorting, sorting, sorting

Recently, I've been struggling with something ... what kind of art do I really want to do? It all started a few weeks (months?) back when I began to sort my art room. I removed all the piles of things on top of surfaces and on the floor ... removed them to our guest room. That led to sorting drawers, paper and fabric. Okay ... progress. Empty art table, sorted drawers. Now what. 

Since that initial burst of energy, slowly projects have been brought back into the space. Projects that seem interesting for a day or two. Then something else catches my fancy ... and I'm off in search of stuff in the other room to bring back. Currently my art space has six projects in various stages. Once again, all the stuff mingles (paint, fabric, beads, unfinished books) ... mingles to create a visual chaos. Once again, I make an item on my "to do" list to clear it all off.

Last week I had an idea ... only have one (maximum two) project out at once. Pick something to do and do it for the week. Try not to be distracted (which means stay off the computer where I'm constantly inspired!). Try to make progress with this one (or two) projects. Try to keep in mind that I can always do something else next week.

So today, I'll be selected my projects. My 2nd half 2014 planner which I'm making and one other - not sure which of the remaining 5 I'll choose. The rest will be moved to the guest room. 

Yesterday, my inner mentor sent me a strong message. Seek art projects that bring me joy, make me happy. Do those. Only do those. Let the rest go (ya know, all those things that other people do that inspire me but don't fulfill me). My inner mentor suggests that if I only work on things that bring me joy, I will actually find that inner voice that I've sought for years (and have written about before).

So, in thinking about this, these are 10 art projects that bring me joy:

  1. Creative doodles
  2. Using these to create greeting cards
  3. Making scrappy journals; bookbinding
  4. Visual documenting my life (in my scrappy journals)
  5. Fabric collage - creating art quilts
  6. Hand stitching and beading
  7. Creating background pages; decorating with everyday stuff (sometimes used in #3)
  8. Playing with photos
  9. Creating postcards with these altered photos
  10. Funky fibers - knitting, weaving
That's still a large list ... but it's a place to start as I continue this journey (and as I sort through the piles that have gathered throughout the last few years.)



"Creativity is a pathway to personal and spiritual growth"
~ Janice Elsheimer


Monday, July 21, 2014

Scrappy Journal

This is a one-of-a-kind handmade artist book/journal. The cover is fabric that I have machine stitched. Decorative stitching is added for texture and interest. 

The inside pages are a variety of papers, including painted cardstock papers and scrapbook papers. I’ve left pages unembellished, allowing freedom to use it for journaling, photos, art, or junque journaling.




 There are four hand-sewn signatures, each with 2 or 3 pages creating 40 pages to use. There is a pocket sewn into both inside covers. A ribbon is included as a closure The size is roughly 6 by 9 inches.  This journal is meant to be filled with photos, journal writing, quotes, and whatever is desired. 
To see other scrappy journals,  “scrappy journal” under labels.

Friday, July 04, 2014

Travel Journal

I recently visited the East Coast and made this travel journal to hold memories. 

I used a Pennsylvania/New Jersey map to create an accordion style book, folding the bottom to create pockets.

The pockets contain photos and ephemera. Some photos have journaling on the back. Washi tape reinforces the borders of each spread. I wouldn't use a map again as it's too light weight.

I love how interactive the book is. However I watched my husband "read" it, holding it in his hands like a real book. It was not "natural" for him to pull things out of the pockets. My daughter, on the other hand, immediately laid it on her lap and knew how to "read" it. It's always interesting to observe others open and "read" books that are interactive.

The cover is a heavy piece of scrapbook paper. There is a sheen that you can't see here. I glued the front and back "pages" to the cover, so it doesn't really open as an accordion.

A bead from my stash and waxed linen creates the closure. I really like the way it turned out. It's a fun structure to capture memories. Thanks to Kiala Givehand and her BIAD series for the inspiration.


Saturday, June 21, 2014

Inspiration

Following along with Roben Marie Smith creating art using Kiala Givehand's Inspiration Deck, I created the following art journal page. This was really fun. I stopped at 20 items:

1. Add collage.  2. Add acrylic paint.  3. Create and use shapes from old book pages.  4. Add a tag, label or envelope.  5. Doodle.  6. Write with paint brush and india ink or paint.  7. Add a photo.  8. Doodle or draw random shapes. 9. Add acrylic paint.  10. Add washi, tissue or masking tape.  11. Use stickers.  12. Use your favorite rubber stamp.  13. Add ephemera. 14. Add acrylic paint. 15. Draw something. 16. Write something with your non-dominant hand. 17. Add paint using something other than a paint brush.  18. Add numbers.  19. Use black gesso or paint to cover something up. 20. Add doodles or text using a white pen or marker.

Bloom
 This page was created on a background page with excess paint and tape and collage. It was inspired by Diana Trout. I'm thinking of taking her Wildflowers class (even though I promised myself I'd not take any more classes or buy any more books ... until I've worked my way through the classes and books I already have.)
Clearly I have flowers on my mind
Working my way into summer with lots of projects going on.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Another transformation

Here's the other painting ... quite a transformation.

 FROM ...



TO:



Really enjoying intuitive painting ... when there is no plan and many paths.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Anatomy of a Painting

On Friday, I had a desire to paint. Haven't had that urge in quite some time. Looking at videos of Connie Hozvicka of Dirty Footprints Studio painting the feminine, I was inspired to do some intuitive painting. Here is the transformation. You can click on each to see more clearly.

 





I find intuitive painting to be quite fascinating. I worked on another one at the same time but left it in the ugly creature stage until another time.