Things of art, and things that aren't, and things that wish they could be....

Monday, February 20, 2012

February 16-19

Digital collage

February 14-15

Layered digital images with crackle medium and matte medium

Friday, February 17, 2012

February 13th

The background is tissue paper and modpodge. The center is a woven bunch of scraps.. ( and ppl wonder why I keep Images are a mix of printed and silk.

February 11 & 12

The left page is a mixed background with a tape transfer tag. The right page is a Pergamano card that I've slipped in and can take out. No journaling done yet. It's been a crazy couple of weeks...

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

February 7-10 Bod

This spread was done with a wall paper base and toilet paper casting. The color was applied to the casting with markers and Perfect Pearls. It has yet to be journaled. ( Toilet paper casting: Mix some glue with water to thin it down. Choose a rubber stamp that has good deep pattern detail. Lay one square of toilet paper over the stamp and use a stiff brush and glue mix and "pounce" the glue in the grooves. Do this 5 times. Take a towel and press the excess moisture out of the toilet paper while it's still on the stamp. Carefully peel the toilet paper from the stamp and invert. Put on a pan and bake it on a low heat until the casting is dry. Paint or chalk as you wish)

Monday, February 6, 2012

February 6th

Digital photo, enhanced with chalks and vintage music.

February 4th and 5th

These pages use a basis of patterned card stock with a cut-out for the iris-folded butterflys, which are made out of napkin scraps. Punched floralets and napkin bits were used in the design.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Jan. 31st- Feb. 3rd

Dried flowers, on stamping and sprayed with acrylic

January 30, 2012

Pages covered in pattern paper and embellished with wet embossing, ribbon, fibers, feathers and transparency.

Yard Bird

This is my first attempt at a Zentangle. I feel an addiction coming on......

Monday, January 30, 2012

Bod 2012

The page was gessoed and then sprayed with Glimmer Mist. I messed with it some and then sprayed it again and added Perfect Pearl spots. Just threw them on... the fiber patches are Bernie Berlin's fused fiber technique. ( That involves laying down a piece of paper or cardstock, laying a piece of fusible webbing over it, putting down your fibers, topped with a couple more strips of webbing and sprinkled with embossing powder. Put the "sandwich" between non stick craft matting and iron on cotton setting. The whole shabang will melt together. When cool, peel off the craft sheet) Purposely, I didn't make these patches "pretty". Nothing's pretty about waiting for test results about your child.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Bod January 24-27

This is my first attempt at enhancing napkin pieces. It was fun! The black and white strips were the silverware wraps from my lunch with my girls.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

BoD January 23, 2012

The background is a digital collage printed on rice paper. Watch works are transparencies as is the lady and dress forms. Stamping was done on the pages.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

January 21 and 22, 2012

This double page background is gessoed with tissue paper over it, then covered with matte medium. The glass mirror is a magazine picture with part of the glass made transparent with packing tape. (Secure packing tape on the image and wet the back and rub gently until the back paper is gone. The ink from the front will remain.) The lady is printed on transparency. The words are stamped and the music is torn from a vintage book and distressed.

Friday, January 20, 2012

January 17, 18, 19, 20, Book of Days

Stenciled with metal ribbon, stamped with flowers stamps, embellished with punched flowers, and kissed by me.. lol
Two-Socks... my 18 year old puskis, and art pardner.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The background is a mix of acrylic paint and gesso, topped with alcohol ink. The frames are slide mounts wet embossed and the leaves are transparencies with wet embossed images. The tipin is decorated inside with a napkin and fibers.

Monday, January 16, 2012

BoD January 14 & 15, 2012

Layered and brayered stamping on gesso with added napkins, transparency and graphic.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

January 10-13, 2012 BoD

4-Day Spread Mixed Media for Book of Days 2012

Friday, January 13, 2012

Thursday, January 12, 2012

BoD January 7 & 8, 2012

The left page is done with fabric paper and transparencies. The right page is a mosaic of wallpaper, fibers, and transparency.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Book of Days, Jan. 3-6

This page was done to honor my mother. It was done with a Victorian mother and child, napkins, dried flowers, and ink. My mother was born the year this book was published.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Looking Forward-Book of Days 2012

This page I used some of the existing graphics in this 1919 book. The page color is done with chalk and then sealed with fixative, then stamped. The tag is patterned card stock. I took a strip of this cardstock and made a transparent "tape" with it to attach the tag. The binding was reinforced with ribbon and then chalked over.
To make a tape transparency, pick a piece of patterned cardstock or any graphic that was laser printed. ( Inkjet printing is another whole matter).
Apply a piece of clear packing tape and bray it down so that it's tight. Soak the piece in water until the paper on the back rubs off easily. Volia!! a transparency.

Friday, January 6, 2012

This is the January 1 post... Starting the journey into 2012.
This spread incorporates Effy's ink background/ acrylic stencil technique. The "feet" are gold acrylic and the words are embossed clay.

This is the inside cover of my BOD. Fancy-cut envies hold a "goodbye" to 2011 and a "Hope" for 2012. the stamped envies are decorated with artist trading cards. The marposa are stamped and embossed transparencys dusted with Perfect Pearls. The envies are glued to wallpaper .

Book of Days 2012

This is the cover of my Book of Days 2012 with Effy's group... This is my first serious, major, altered book. I have helped my grandson with one, but he really did it himself.
My word of the year is " Acceptance"... The book will center around accepting what happens in life, the things I can change, and the things I can't. It's great therapy!!! Even the beginning has proven refreshing. I hope to keep blogging about techniques used in this epic..
The cover of the book is acrylic paint, medium, napkin, feather, fabric, and mullbery paper.