Saturday, June 30, 2007
This card is for a swap called "Odds and Ends" - a challenge to use up those bits and pieces of things we save. I decided to recycle old Christmas cards. It was quite easy - cutting up strips of the cards and layering on sticker paper. The metallic piece is aluminum foil run through a brayer and colored with alcohol inks. Don't forget - Christmas is less than six months away!!!!!
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
The next challenge was to use a pencil eraser as a stamping tool! This sounded like fun, so I grabbed a pencil and tried it out. I used a piece of background paper created in the Traci Bautista class at A&S, a pencil with an eraser and a pencil topper eraser, acrylic paint, black and white markers, and a stamped image. I first used the topper to stamp the black circles, then the regular pencil eraser to stamp the green ones. Using the flat edge of the topper, I created the flowers and dragonfly. I added the red centers, stamped image, and then outlined the green circles, flowers and dragonfly. The final touch was the tiny white dots around the image to make it pop! Thanks, Trish, for the suggestions.
I wonder what next week will bring in the way of challenges????
We arrived in Virginia on a hot and humid day which was soon replaced with a thunderstorm and cool and windy conditions for the rest of the week. But we didn't mind - we were at Art and Soul and ready to have fun and make art! We had attended A&S in February 2006 and knew that we were in for lots of fun and little sleep.
After unpacking (a little) and picking up our registration materials, we attended the first of the Manager's Cocktail Hours, soon to be a regular meeting place with our friends during the rest of the week! In an hour or so, it was off to our first adventure, a reception which included tons of wonderful food and a project which was sponsored by Ranger. All of us had brought recipes to share and they were put into our vintage recipe boxes which each of us created that night with the myriad of products provided in our goodie bag. It was the perfect way to start A&S.
The following sections of my blog will tell you about the classes I took. I didn't take many pictures, but my trusty roomie did! She has documented her impressions of A&S on her own blog. You might be interested to check it out and see tons of pictures and lots more chat. Here's the link to her blog:
Tin Souls Assemblage
A picture of me with Kathy Wasilewski
I was intrigued by the description - a book with secret pockets, tags, and much more, so I looked forward to just what "passion" I was going to explore! Class began with assembling our book which meant gluing pages of an accordian strip together to form the pages. Next came decorating the covers and cutting a hole into the front cover, a very scarey operation!The pages were so much fun to do. Using paint, paper, glue, and many other items, we created backgrounds while thinking about what our passion to explore and document. Part way through the morning, I had the idea: dedicate the book to the "passion" of the Art and Soul conference! I had collected bits and pieces of ephemera, trades, post cards, all sorts of things from the retreat, and decided to use them for my book. I needed to created pockets, hidden items, and use a quote - my work was cut out for me!As you look at the scans of my book, you will see that I tried to reference the classes I had taken (and Monday's as well.) Looking carefully you will find a list of my classes on a pocket, an ATC from my artful friend Margaret Rogers who lives in California, a postcard with Traci Bautista's beautiful work (back page), and other little mementos. I had used a bird as the picture to view through the window on the front, and borrowed a bird image which connects the pages. Other images were cut and glued down, and the scariest part was stamping the quote.I really like the final project, a very personal keepsake of a wonderfully inspiring week!
You can see the window I created in the cover,
the beginning of my "bird/wing" motif using
and a phrase.
I listed all of my clases on the library pocket.
The Diarist's Sectional was such an intersting class. Again, the project was created quickly which didn't give me a lot of time to think about it, just create. It is difficult to imagine what the final project looks like, so imaging that you are looking the page, but see three separate sections. What was the process?
We first deconstructed a hard back book, removing the pages in sections, leaving about an inch wide piece of the beginning and end of the individual sections. You can see it in both pictures - in the center of the left pic, and stamped along the left side of the right.
Next was to create pages. We used large pieces of paper and followed Juliana's directions, creating very quickly using many different techniques including washes, scribbling, stamping. It was great fun! The parent sheets were cut to size and then glued into the individual sections.
Each section contained a "flag," a smaller page a little more than 1/3 of the size of the original page. These were assembled in the following manner: top, bottom, and middle; when this was completed, we started over. We were then ready to journal.
Juliana took us through many different journaling techniques. We used pictures, words from poems, and our own thoughts on both the fronts and backs of each flag. To prepare for the journaling, each of us journaled previously,so this journaling was more of a reflection on experiences rather than reporting. I had journaled a vacation to Arizona in April with some friends and my husband. I was amazed at what I discovered about the meaning of the vacation, more than just sight seeing.
While I will probably not use this technique exclusively, I am glad I took this class, another artful journey.