Saturday, November 30, 2013

AEDM-Day 29

Made some papers yesterday with my fake "gelli plate"  This is the best of the lot.  Acrylic paint on the plate, then stenciled with a sponge.  Not sure where it will end up.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

AEDM Day 28--Birds on a wall

Look, Ma, I'm drawin'!

Brush pens and sharpie and washi tape.

I think there may be words coming later

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

AEDM Day 27--Celebrating Art

Created with papers and elements from Holliewood Studio Art Box and Stencils kits (on sale now at DeviantScrap.)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Monday, November 25, 2013

Collage Obsession--Haiku

reflected hunger.
a galaxy of earthlight.
was that a rabbit?

Sunday, November 24, 2013

AEDM Days 22 & 23--Sewn postcards

I bought this itty bitty sewing machine specifically for sewing on paper.  I do have a "real" Singer machine, and have had for 30 odd years, but it's spent the last decade in the bottom of the closet, but in my present locale, there is absolutely NO space for a studio room , and this tiny , cheerfully noisy little beauty will fit on my bookshelf. 

Here's what I've been doing the last few days.

Now, if I can just find my mail art address book........

AEDM Day 21--a journal page--be so joyful

Watercolor paper covered with washi tape, then gessoed, collaged with newspaper and printed paper napkins. next a stencil I made of women holding hands, and then a jelly roll pen for the scribbles  and words.
I don't think it's finished yet...

SPA --Gibson Girls

image by Gibson, frame from Finecrafted designs, background from ItKuPiLLi and altered with color filters and brushes, and the stamp is real US postage.

Linking also to AEDM Day 24.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

AEDM DAy 20--Journal pages

Painted with the lovely, shimmery pearlescent Yasumoto watercolors I found on, then collages and scribbled on.  It was fun!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Three Muses--Blowing Away...

Oh Lord if you're listening,
you know I'm no Christian
And I ain't got much coming to me
So send down some sunshine,
throw out your lifeline
And keep me from blowing away

Oh lord if you hear me,
touch me and hold me
And keep me from blowing away

Monday, November 18, 2013

Word up and AEDM 18--Grace

Grace is one of my favorite words--so full of meaning, and meaning so many things.

Image from Google, altered to a pencil sketch and painted with Photoshop brushes.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

SPA and AEDM 17--Renaissance--the Merry Wives

Photo borrowed from a Renaissance Faire site, altered with Photoshop filters,  Background made with papers from ItKuPiLLi  and a bit of manuscript from my stash.

Also connecting with AEDM Day 17.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

AEDM- days 15-16

Day 15 is a postcard I made.  For the first time I used a spray adhesive, since the Post Office seems to enjoy eating my glue sticked ones.  I'm going to send it off and see how it fares.

Day 16 is the test stamping from a hand carved eraser I made a few weeks ago and promptly lost.  I carved each of the long sides.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

AEDM 14 Faux Gelli prints

Printed on a plate (?) made with a plastic page protector with a magazine inside for padding.
This one is a ghost print (second pull from a couple of different plates)

This one ia a piece of newsprint I used to clean the brayer and the alphabet stencil

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

AEDM-Day 13--another strong Woman

Edna St Vincent Millay

"...captures an electric personality with psychological acuity while capturing the freewheeling atmosphere of America in the turbulent years following World War I. After "Renascence" was published (when she was only 20) and she moved to Greenwich Village, Millay was the queen of bohemia, taking lovers with zest and voicing the reckless gaiety of a generation in her famous lyric, "My candle burns at both ends; / It will not last the night; / But, ah, my foes, and, oh, my friends-- / It gives a lovely light." With her flame-red hair, milk-white skin, and a voice that thrilled audiences (making her poetry readings a welcome source of income), Millay was the archetypal "new woman": powerful, passionate, and not to be ignored. But Milford makes it clear that her first loyalty was to her mother and sisters, and her deepest commitment to her writing. This juicy chronicle has famous names aplenty--critic Edmund Wilson and Masses editor Floyd Dell were among the men devastated by her refusal to be faithful--and lots of dissipation: Millay drank heavily and became addicted to morphine. It also takes a perceptive look at how an artist draws material from her life and at the strategies she uses to protect the wellsprings of creativity."  (From a review of "Savage Beauty", a biography of Edna St Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford.)

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

AEDM Day 11

Made this yesterday, but didn't get to post it.  Another of the Strong  Women series, Camille Claudel.
An older sister of poet, playwrigth and diplomat Paul Claudel, beautiful, talented Camille Claudel (1864-1943), at the age of 20, became mistress, model and collaborator of Auguste Rodin, who admired her sculpture and was influenced by it. When she broke with Rodin, who refused to marry her, she continued to sculpt, paint and exhibit. But in time, living in poverty and semi-obscurity, she destroyed some of her work, her friendships and family ties, and became "nothing more than an anxious shadow hiding in the recesses of her dark studio, asking only for silence and oblivion." In 1913, Paul Claudel had his reclusive, paranoid, now unattractive sister incarcerated, and she remained in sanatoriums for the rest of her life.

Collage Obsession and AEDM day 12--Show and Tell

Continuing a series that began with the 52 Starlets Challenge, Portraits of Strong women.  This is Karen Blixen, who lived on a ranch in Africa for many years.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Art Every Day, Day 10

Just finally open up me tiny little sewing machine--it really looks like a toy, but stitches paper pretty well.  I've been wanting to try stitched cards for a while now, and here are my first attempts. 

I may have to break out the old Singer and see if it still works.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Art Every Day--Day 9

Some more journal pages.

I was looking at ways to duplicate a gelli plate without the expense of buying one--I already spend WAY too much on art supplies, and really don't want the mess and storage of making one.  I found a tutorial that uses a plastic sheet protector, the clear plastic type that goes n a 3 ring binder.  I put an old magazine inside to give it a bit of padding, and have been making papers since yesterday.  Not very good ones yet, but not bad either.

I made this small duck tape journal a few months ago  It's made of scrapbook paper, with 20 6 x 6" pages.  Since the other side of each page is blank white, I used the prints I made as backgrounds. Also magazine cutouts, washi tape,random words, jelly pen and sharpies.  The lines on the pictures are white acrylic applied with a very dry brush.

Thanks for visiting.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Tag-a-long--Remembrance Day

Tag from Pink Lottie, poppies brush from Stampington , bow from RDH designs.
linking also to Art Every day Month day 8.

Three Muses--Grungy

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Art Every Day--Day 6

some journal pages...I am beginning to appreciate both journaling and this every day thing.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Art Every Day --Day 4

Some more long pages from the Long and Short Journal
 scrapbook paper, stamped with hand made houses stamp, painted with fluid acrylics, black and prange markers.

 Letters cut from scrapbook paper, and a ramdom thought inspired by them/

cot outs from a magazine, , handmade and rubber stamps, white paint

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Take a Word--Hearts

Art Everyday month-Day 3

Art Everyday--Journal cover and page 2 peeking out

I collected some pieces of double sided 12 x 12 scrapbook paper to make a 6 x 8 journal.  As I was looking at the cut off 12 x 4 pieces I decided to make a little journal of long and short pages.  I painted and stamped on some of the pages in preparation for the journaling, but the cover is the first (mostly) completed page.

Thanks for visiting, and for your comments and encouragement.

SPA--Map City

Random road map. Layer inverted and a skyline PS brush used as a clipping mask.  I think it looks very cool!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Art Every Day month & So Artful--Trees and Orange

The background is made with digital papers from Karen's Scraps and Graphics; the trees are a digital brush from Jerry Jones at Shadowhouse, and the green was digitally painted.

Friday, November 1, 2013

How I wish I could Live MyLife--Or maybe here I have begun

I love this quote...

It is how I want to live from now on!

In fact, it is how I lived for several years, and I miss the freedom and the wings.

In many ways, I hope to return to that place.

Tag a Long--Day of the Dead

The Fabulous Deborah is guest host for this week's Tag- a-Long challenge, and her theme is
Day of the Dead.
This is a paper and glue tag, although the original image, which I found on Pinterest, was digitally altered and colored with markers.  There's pink and green glitter too (look, Ma, I'm usin' glitter!), but it doesn't show on the scan.  I drew the wonky outline in photoshop so you could see where the image ends.  I told you I couldn't draw a straight line...

Homeward Bound

Digital journal page in the style of Michelle Caplan, for Digitalmania and Art Every Day Month.