Monday, July 24, 2017

Vintage Mini Journal Flip Through

My aunt gifted me this old leather bound album of photos.  The binding was broken and there was some minor damage to the photo mats but I could help but feel these unknown people had stories that we will never hear.  I wanted to give them a better resting place, give them a name and identity.

To do this I purchased vintage calling cards and a box of used vintage floral postcards on eBay.   Using Tim Holtz Idea-ology COLLECTOR Ephemera Layers I wrote their stories.
I gave this young woman the name Mary.  I see her as an inspiring actress, spending her weekly wages on theater tickets. The blue bachelor buttons post card was one of my favorites.

When I saw this photo I was immediately reminded of Alice from the TV show The Brady Bunch.  I saw her as a traveler, sending postcards home from all the far and exotic places she visited.  

 This young man aspires to be a chemist, attending school so he can take a position in his father's Apothecary.

These beautiful stories all came together in this mini journal: 

Please enjoy this flip through.

I gifted this beautiful journal to my aunt who gave me the photos.  I had to include this photo of my assistant Allistair who "helped" with the gluing and ribbon cutting.

Joining Microblog Mondays and Mixed media Monthly: altered embellishments (using Distress Ink, glitter glue, and Liquid Pearls on ephemera)

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Get up. Get dressed. Paint: Left with a messy cleanup...

I love the painting and creating part.  The cleanup part...not so much!

For inspiration and a starting point I used THIS journal page.  My goal was to create a spread of two separate pages and join them together using the same colors and and elements. I still have trouble using the elements to lead the eye from one page to the next.

Now if you will excuse me, I have the aftermath to clean up.  What painty mess are you creating today?

Monday, July 17, 2017

Transforming a decorative napkin into art.

There are so many fun projects using decorative napkins..  I use them in my art journals, tearing images from them to add color and interest.  I often use them for backgrounds, especially when creating handmade postcards.  Transforming this:

Into this:
5x7 watercolor paper base

Using stamped ink and embossing to add layers and texture

This HMPC is for a swap requiring a book page be used somewhere on the PC.  I used it for the flower and as a layer under the photo (from the Simplicity Desk Calendar).  This is the flower before I painted it.

Ready for mailing.  Hope my partner enjoys it!

Today I am joining in at Microblog Mondays and Mixed Media Monthly Challenge: Altered Embellishments.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Get up. Get dressed. Paint.: fluorescent pink & lime page and painty papers journal

Starting with torn pieces of book pages and white gesso
My inspiration for today's spread comes from THIS Go Where Your Heart Takes You via Stampington & Company.  I wanted to use different colors from the red and black but couldn't decide which.  You can see I pulled out fluorescent pink, lime, sky, lemon, and black.  Often my intuition takes over and I end up using a color I didn't get out. But I had my mind set on using the fluorescent pink and black
Creating the layers before painting

The aftermath
My version using fluorescent pink, lime, and black.

This tiny green heart makes my heart swoon!

A reminder as I wait for my teaching assignment for the fall

Painty Papers Journal

Delicious painty mess!
 I had been wanting to join in with Rae Missigman’s Art Marks 30 Day Challenge but didn’t because of my commitment to completing all the unfinished journal projects I have started.  But I simply couldn’t ignore my desire to try it any longer, especially after stumbling on THIS post to easily create a mini painty papers journal by Art and Whimsy.
In my hurry to stitch the signature I left out this tag I wanted in the middle.   *sigh...
I made the journal 5x5 as that is as small as I am comfortable with.  And I only cut and stitched one signature giving me the opportunity to make any changes to the other signatures I might want to make once I have some experience with the challenge.

I have not decided on a cover.  I will either repurpose an old file folder or use some heavy cotton fabric.When I figure it out I will share what I make.

It's not too late to join in!  Here's the link again: Rae Missigman’s Art Marks 30 Day Challenge.  Let me know if you join in so I can follow you along.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Get up. Get dressed. Paint.: Visiting an old 15 Minutes of Mixed Media

Returned from vacation yesterday and found myself needing some inspiration to get back into painting.  Discovered this 15 minutes of mixed media with Rae Missigman and got to work.
Starting out with a page of leftover paint and stamped images.

The messy aftermath

I enjoyed going back to her earlier videos as she used supplies I had forgotten about like the paint pens and the Sharpie Meanstreak.  Simple, fun and got me back into my craft room painting.