Friday, August 31, 2007
Not all Pretty
Mail Art received
Mail Art indeed. This one is from Sally Turlington, another Texas blogger who does the most fabulous mail art. This being a good example. Do you see those little scissors? That is not a picture. They are real and glued on.
Sally sent art inside the mail art. How cool is that? I know this is some of here turp paper and brayered paper and she use to have a tutorial on how to make it. I couldn't find that for you but I will work on it and get back to you. Or better yet, you can go over to Sally's blog and browse around. There is lots of cool stuff to see. If you haven't been there, you are missing out!
Thank you Sally, I love all these goodies and look forward to using them.
There is a Name Game going around and I've been tagged by a blog buddy, Sandy of Dream Create Inspire. Here is Sandy's "condensed version" of the tag game.
You must list one fact that is somehow relevant to your life for each letter of your middle name.
OK, that is me. You figure it out. Now I'm going to think about who fits the bill for tagging. Sorry, I didn't come prepared.
I have more blogging for the day and hope I get to it but I just remembered it is the last day of the month. And I have "last day of the month" chores here at my desk.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
This is my Grannie and I have played ART with this image before. The old photograph that I used for inspiration is actually of she and a cousin or friend or sis-in-law. I always get mixed up who it is.
Well anyway, I started out to do both of them as I have been inspired to paint two on a piece. Someone else took charge. So, I will try another day to paint the both of them.
I'm wondering how many of her descendants still have flowers that she passed along.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
And here she is. Princess Ashley on the right and her roommate. She patiently accommodated my chronicling the day. Do you see that look?
Now we are getting ready to send Tim to a new school tomorrow. New routines for everybody. How about you?
I have to go make cookies now.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
A Little Rambling
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Happy Birthday Daughter
My Birthday Girl. I made her a "She Bag" but this one is a bit different.
She likes it ... can you tell?
I purchased the ready made bag at a well known store. I'm sure there is one in your neighborhood.
Then I altered it by adding the She.....s
Is she beautiful or what?
Actually her birthday was on the 11th and while I was altering the bag to turn in into a "She Bag", my sewing machine broke. Bummer!
Anyway, I got it back from the shop and I very promptly finished the present.
This side had a pocket in the middle which is cool but did make it a bit difficult to work around.
Sorry for the poor picture quality.
On the left, "She was meeting by the the birdhouse on Sunday She might marry".
Sure enough is says "the the".
On the right, "She looked shy she was absolutely sweetness and warmth".
This is my favorite side; although, if this picture was focused, you could see that Lady B on the right says, "She was a shy girl, even if she looked gusty".........OK I thought it said gutsy. Gusty gutsy Whatever.
On the left, "She sat dreaming over by the sunshiny window and fell asleep".
I think I must have been half asleep when I put this together. I need a do-over.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Also seems like I am so behind on blog stuff. Need to catch up and reading and greeting.
I received this wonderful mail art over a week ago and I'm just now showing you. Is this so cool? Jill of Jassman fame sent me this little package full of goodies. A really sweet little wall hanging; some home made collage papers; and a little swatch of zebra tissue paper (you know how I love tissue paper). That is a little piece of vintage wallpaper under the envelope. A print of a collage and yep feathers for "the wingkeeper".
How about a Nice Matters award to Jill. I think she is super nice.
Ro Bruhn awarded me with Nice Matters. Right back at cha, Ro. You are one of the nicest bloggers I know. It is really cool to get the Nice Matters nod and I will pass it on too.
So here are just a few of the many many deserving bloggers.
I could go on and on but I'll save some for you to award.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
I know it is not Friday. And I know I haven't shown any "calendar art" in a long long time.
What can I say. The desk oil pastel set got my attention yesterday.
I will be gone Friday and have a weekend away planned so any weekend art that I might do may be in a sketch book. I think I'll try that.
I have something else to tell you about my Etsy shop.
I have a new partner over at the shop. My friend Susan, will be listing some things and as a matter of fact, we listed a few small wallpaper packs last night.
Her art is different from my and I realize now that we will need to tell in the description who the artist is. So, we will do that.
PS Don't you love these colors? You must try them. They are so cheerful.
Monday, August 13, 2007
Collage Art Box
It turned out very pretty I think and so I have listed it at my Etsy shop.
I used some of my wallpaper to finish the inside.
The de Vinci quote stamped around the edge of the lid is "once you have flown you will walk with your eyes turned skywards".
This is the assorted wallpapers I'm offering on Etsy.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Mail Tubes and Wallpaper
I hope you want to buy them tomorrow.
Thursday, August 09, 2007
What a Party!
Watch for me I'll get around to see your show. For sure. What I did see was amazing and so inspiring. Norah'S doing flip-flops with excitement and inspiration.
So here is what I've been doing. I'm tellin. Serious mail art out of here today! I can't show but maybe you'll get a glimpse in an up coming issue of Cloth Paper Scissors.
Or, maybe you won't. All the same, I've done the "Take 3! Triptych Challenge. I have so much fun with this challenge and learned some new things.
The hardest part of all of this is ....well you know how I just gotta show. Can't do it. But I did want to tell anyway.
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
ART Party Time
To participate, bloggers were invited to post something "artful", maybe a how-to or tutorial and then let her know. She has everybody linked up so you can just go over and blog around the world today and enjoy all the parties.
So, I decided to share with you a little inspiration today. I showed you "Timothy" back in late June but never managed to get back and tell the rest of the story. So here is the "how-to" with a little background about the way this came about.
I had been painting journal pages with my daughter and granddaughter in my "A Long Time Ago" journal. That is the one that is kind of a scrap book journal in that I use photos in the art. So it was time to do a "Timothy" page.
I selected several recent photos of Tim in action. You know, Tim just being Tim. One was a series of him chasing a yellow butterfly. Really cool action shots. Another was of him all dressed up after attending his big sister's graduation. Tim struck the pose with the gazing ball. Tim being, Tim the Model.
Using plain copy paper and my ink jet printer, I printed the selected images. I printed many different sizes. I cropped some and printed just the head or hands. I printed mirror images of some.
Here is the key to this fun bit of mixed media magic: Don't try to plan the composition ahead of time. Give your muse free reign. Just have the plenty of copies of the pictures that she might use. Next, cut out the pictures. If you are concerned about the ink jet running, I have found that you can seal the print with a layer of Golden's Soft Gel Gloss (not matte).
Paint your background. In this one I was drawn to the ball shape and so I used that element in the background. I used bubble wrap to stamp with and then anything circular that I could find at the moment. I did some collage of various papers and stuff. Let the background dry.
Here's the fun. First, send the inner critic, the one with all the expectations out the door. (If you've attended my workshop...you know how to do that) Then, invite your muse to play with the pictures that you have prepared. Start moving the prepared images around on the background. Play with the possible compositions and let magic happen. You will not end up using all of the prepared photos. When the magic happens, glue it down.
You may not wish to paint on the pictures but do give a few highlights or outlines to incorporate the image with the background. As you can see, on the left side of the spread, I used the head of one photo and the hand of another. The part in between is painted.
I really liked how each side of the spread was a complete composition and could stand alone and yet together told another story. This is one of my favorite pieces. Also, isn't it cool that little boys can make really cool pages too.
I hope I have inspired you to give this a try. It is really fun to Imagine and tell a bigger story with your photos.
If you do try....please, please, please show and tell and let me see too.
OK, I've got to get back to this desk. The party is over for me but do stay and enjoy.
Sunday, August 05, 2007
Kids Book of ME Workshop
It was a fast paced 3 hours but these little kiddos kept up and made the most amazing little Book of Me.
However, I'm sure there were a couple who were maybe 5 or 6. I just can't judge age anymore.
Friday, August 03, 2007
Mail In Mail Out
I received this beautiful Art Swap piece from Ro Bruhn. My photo does not do it justice. You might like to visit her to see a better picture.
Thank you Ro for swapping with me. I love love your art.
original collage by
Ro gifted me with this Swiss Lace applique and a little dangly fob that she made with Australian beach glass. Ro said, "The glass is a piece that I found at the beach where I walk during my lunch break, it's all
the way from Australia, although who knows where it originated from."
Yes, who knows, and now it has found its way to Texas! I wonder what it was when....
Here is my package on its way to Australia yesterday. "Here it comes, Ro"
But do you see the Ms and Es on the desk around it. I'm getting ready for my Kids Book of Me Workshop Saturday morning. Hope to get some photos to show and tell.
More MAIL OUT
My other swap is leaving Texas today. This jazzy package is headed to California.....
Now, I didn't crop this snap shot because I thought you might get a kick out of seeing were I sit 8 to 5.
I'll point out a few things...from my chair.
In the bottom left corner is my calendar that I doodle in. No doodles this week.
Just above that is my inspiration journal. That's where I jot down "inspiration" when I'm blogging around. You know how things just pop into your head. If I jot it down, then I make room (in my head) for more inspiration. It helps with AAA, Art Anxiety Attacks.
Now look beyond the package. Do you see it? It is a wonderful counter top with a shelf above it and there is a light under the shelf. It is for big ART projects. I mean after all, don't all insurance offices have ART projects going on?
Now one last thing; at the end of the counter on the left, do you see that square light spot. Yep, I have a birds eye view into "his" office and can keep and eye on whether or not he is really working.....or is it I can look busy if he should start this way.
Have a great weekend. Mine is loaded with plans. I'll fill you in with...
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Learn about the Crusade No 10 over at Michelle Wards stop. Just go here .