Yesterday was one of those days where I just couldn't get it together at the workshop....I cut a couple of the pieces of paper incorrectly and that threw me off....so I went through some of the exercises and then decided to bring all of the pieces home to construct. Above is the result. The right page with the ringmaster is an accordion book....I'll show you....
On this one I made an envelope and used small brads; I was going to put the two tickets in it...but you wouldn't see them, so on the page above, I just added them there. This isn't quite the way we learned it in the class, but it all came together.
I haven't had much time to do art this weekend but today I finally put some paint in a spray bottle and got a couple of stencils out...messy, I must say! I had no plan for these pages...just using techniques...the spray, stencils, rubber stamps and letters....and this is how they came out. There is some bronze metallic on the pear leaves, but it's hard to tell in the photo. I think I may tweak it a little bit more....
I added some gold polka dots to the "me" and there is now gold around the stenciled letters and here and there...just not a great photo...It hasn't won me over, but it's OK.
I started the 2nd workshop from the Strathmore Visual Journal series over the weekend. It's called Start Where You Are by Linda Blinn. I find her instruction really easy to follow. So the pictures I'm showing are from a lesson about graduated pages...cutting the pages so they are not all the same to add interest to the book. The first 2 pages are the normal size....
These flowers are done with stencils, background with water soluble crayons, charcoal pencil for shadow and collage.
The next 2 pages....
The page on the left is an inch narrower than the previous page. The page on the right is 2 inches narrower....
The next pages...
As you can see, the "tree" page is very narrow. The pages on the left are "connected" by the colors and patterns chosen to make interesting edges...
And the last two pages....
I decided the tree page would flip from summer to fall...and the bird page is actually a napkin.
As I was doing these pages, I started thinking about a very old song (so how do I know that song....) at any rate..."Let me tell you 'bout the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees....etc. etc. When I flip the next page over, the bird page, I'll be back to two normal size pages and I think on these it would be fun to illustrate another stanza in the song....maybe a scene at a drive in movie....I don't know....will have to see what develops...
Today is my son, Tom's, 23rd Birthday. He was born on a Thursday afternoon. This fun photo of him in his pj's taken maybe 17 years ago, really expresses the confident, happy young man he's turned out to be. This will be the first birthday in his 23 years that I won't see him on his special day....because he's enjoying a wonderful, tropical vacation...best known as "Spring Break" ...with many of his friends. I slipped a birthday card into his luggage, but missing will be the special balloon I always buy...probably more for me than for him...but it's a tradition. I know he's having the time of his life...HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TOM!!!
This is the front and back cover of the book I am altering for my word journal. As you can see, the name of the book is Time Expired...haven't thought about how I might alter that, but I've added lots of words to the cover itself...which started out as just a plain royal blue.When you're not sure what project you want to work on, you can always revert to your word journal to do an illustration...just pick any word you like and have fun!
I would say from all of your senses....sight, sound, taste, smell, touch....so I've been working on some pages in my Word Journal. This word journal has turned into something different than my original concept of ...carefully chosen words. The word featured in the art below is not a special word by any means (what makes a word "special" anyway?) but for whatever reason, it's ended up in the book. The word is QUEEN. Maybe it's interesting to me because it's associated with so many different things, the obvious being royalty. And a queen is....female. She's at the top of her game whether it's in chess or the local beehive. My siblings nicknamed me "Queenie" when we were growing up. I was born in May so...the May Queen. So, here are my "queen" pages....
A queen is....a goddess or a thing personified as a female and having supremacy.
A queen is....the wife or widow of a king
A queen is....a female monarch
A queen is....the fertile fully developed female of social bees
A queen is....the most privileged piece of each color in a set of chessmen.
A queen is....you can fill this in....
I ran into some technical difficulty when I was doing the page with the key on it...I had saved a movie ticket stub from a couple of years ago from The Queen...to put on the journal page and it was part of the "dress" I created. Well, in my eagerness to complete the page, I was using my heat gun on it and got too close and it burned the ticket and you couldn't read the words The Queen...lost treasure. And then I had to recreate that part of the page without tearing it. So, I present to you the QUEEN.
"The birds they sang at the break of day Start again I heard them say Don't dwell on what has passed away or what has yet to be. Ah the wars they will be fought again The holy dove She will be caught again bought and sold and bought again the dove is never free.
Ring the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack in everything That's how the light gets in...."
I Love This Piece
Up to her neck in snow....
This is someone's son
There's No Room to Work!
Dog Days of Summer
Red, White & Blue Breakfast
A Book I Couldn't Put Down
....in Yesterday's News
Lynne Perrella's Workshop
Workshop I'm Taking
Fun Learning New Things
Teach your children
We all have a responsibility
Daily Painters Abstract Gallery 2
A New Year - Life is a Verb
Brett & Courtney
New Year's Eve
Next Blue Moon on New Year's Eve...2028
If you buy no other music this holiday season
This is wonderful
A Message from Dove Chocolate
"Keep moving forward; don't look back"
Stars At Night
"When it is dark enough, you can see the stars." -- Charles Beard
"Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others....cannot keep it from themselves."
Snapple Real Fact #102
A one-minute kiss burns 26 calories ...fitness tip of the day!
What Time Is It?
Red, White & Blue
Cute Factor is a #10
Ink Sketch of Boomer
Cadbury Mini Eggs
" A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a Song".... Maya Angelou
Tom's April Postcard
Listen to your heart's song
May the road rise up to meet you...
Happy St. Patrick's Day
Cutie Pie Pup
Tree in Winter
Tom's January Postcard
The Hand of History
Election Day 2009
Dianne's Birthday Card
The Purrrrfect card for her
Bill, Dianne, Me, Karen
Tom's December Postcard
Tom's November Postcard
Tom's October Postcard
B.C. Awareness Month
My Left Hand
My Left Hand Creates the Art
My Right Hand
Staff Sergeant Tom
Mr. Shea's Classroom
Our Flag Supporting US
The Gardening Shed
The Youngest c.1965
Jr. H.S. Hunk!
Sisters (me in the middle)
My Son, Tom
College Student, Adventurer, Great Individual, Wonderful Son
"Meditation is simply about being yourself and knowing about who that is. It is about coming to realize that you are on a path whether you like it or not, namely the path that is your life." ---Jon Kabat-Zinn
First cup of coffee, the smell of a newly mowed lawn, the quiet of the morning, smell of freshly polished wood, hearing my son's tires as he pulls into the driveway, freshly laundered sheets, a chick flick, freshly popped popcorn, a good laugh, the first fire in the fireplace in autumn, the smell of new art supplies, hot shower on a cold day, the way new love feels, a good report from the dentist, a tax refund (what's that?), good Italian food, a bra that fits, anything that makes my son happy, when the bathroom scale goes...down, an old love, breakfast on my deck, music, shoes that fit AND look good, my faith, home improvements, time spent with any of my siblings, stars, homemade soup, a rainy day, special friends, CHOCOLATE, breast cancer survivors, smell of my suitcase after a beach vacation, a good book, freshly painted toenails, no traffic, decorating the Christmas tree, good deeds, the beauty of freshly fallen snow, jeans that fit....
The First Page of the Journey -2008
Everyone Is A House
"Everyone is a house with four rooms: a Physical, a Mental, an Emotional and a Spiritual. Most of us live in one room most of the time, but unless we go into every room every day, even if only to keep it aired, we are not a complete person."
"Simply Blue" is the title of my blue art journal...my first journal. It started out as my summer- vacation -at -the- beach -fun- art -project but it became so much more. I "journaled" a page full of "blue" ideas and then chose the ones I wanted to illustrate....the "blues", feelin' blue, blue jeans, red, white & blue and on and on. I love the color blue! If you're having trouble getting started on your journal...choosing a "color theme" is a good place to start. You'd be amazed at all of the ideas you can come up with....yellow submarine, yellow banana, topaz yellow....etc., etc. Notice I didn't use red....I already have a whole list of "red" things I want to journal about!