Friday, April 27, 2007
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Here is another blue bird box. Notice there are no feathers in the nest. The picture below is of this box. I thought you might like to see the neighborhood with the carpet of wildflowers.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
My friend and I went on a treasure hunt yesterday. You know Texas always does things big. I'll tell you 25 miles of garage/estate/junk/antique sales on a country road was one great adventure. It is called 25 Mile Antique Alley (I think) and is on the third weekend of April and September.
"Famous Last Words"......my mission for the day was to find paper ephemera. You know like old games, flash cards, old letters, wallpaper, anything paper for collage purposes. And I said, "I am not going to buy any books. I don't need anymore books. I have more books now than I will ever get around to altering."
But how could I pass up a big old dictionary for twenty-five cents. You wouldn't either. Would you have passed up a second one maybe for fifty cents? No Way! So having scored those two, after all they weren't for altering, but in essence "paper for collage purposes", I could justify five bucks for a great old big one in Spanish. That fellow just wouldn't come off his price.
Check it out. Second photo above. Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, Random House, 1947, is a book of verses or poems that is beautifully illustrated. It is so wonderful and I don't know that I will be able to rip these pages out. Although, I thought I would.
I know I needed the German Hymnal and the German Language book.
This little book is not old. Oh mercy but fair game for altering. It is After Dinner Games and is illustrated in such a whimsical, contemporary and yet vintagy way. My brain is whirling with what to do to it.
This little Diary has some really good collage fodder inside.
And look at this cover. I think you can tell by the photo that it is in relief. I can't wait to put a piece of metal over it and burnish....and then alter this little jewel. It is a motivational book and here are some of the chapter titles: "I dare you to adventure," "I dare you to do things," "I dare you to be strong," "I dare you to think creatively".....and so on. Well buster don't dare me. I took it!
This one, I got for the cover. So cool!
Friday, April 20, 2007
There is a whole lot of thinking going on. Does this doodle make you think?
Maybe you were thinking I missed a couple of weeks with my calendar doodle. I did.
Maybe you were thinking I haven't been doing any ART. I don't think I have.
Maybe you were thinking she's crazy. I am.
OK, so here I go. This week I had a new set of gel pens at arms length right here on my desk. I have had gel pens before and never managed to use them until they quite playing nice. I was trying to cover as much of the page as I could with gel pen but I did use a bit of oil pastel crayons to finish off the background. Gel pens don't dry to fast. And I kinda smeared. But I liked the smeared look. How about you? I even put my finger prints on the page. If left long enough they eventually dry. I don't know why I'm telling you this because I am probably the last one to play with gel pens.
I like seeing what writes on top of what. I can report that gel pen writes on top of oil pastel and those Zig calligraphy pens write on top of gel and oil pastel.
So think about that.
A blogger buddy, Jeannie has nominated me for the thinking blogger award. I hope I gave you something to think about today.
Now I am suppose to send you to five or so thinking bloggers. Actually, I think that all bloggers are thinkers and I'm having a hard time with naming just five. So I think if you just click on any of those in my sidebar.....you will find a lot to think about. And if you are one of those in my sidebar......consider yourself nominated for the THINKING BLOGGER AWARD.
Speaking of my sidebar....I still haven't got in back into shape since having to change over from old blogger to new blogger. Lazy...procrastanator...comes to mind.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
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Sunday, April 15, 2007
We had our own little Art Party and I think everyone enjoyed the day. I know I really learned a lot. I won't go into that part as I just want to show a little and tell a little for now.
This is my beautiful Daughter and most wonderful assistant. She took the workshop too. It was a surprise to some there that she had never made an altered book before.