I’ve been working ‘small’ lately – enjoying making ATC’s, and more collaged postcards. I also decided to create a mini file folder booklet of postcards, and well as a stab-bound little booklet with covers I created with mixed media.
I used drywall self-stick webbed tape as a stencil on the covers of the booklet, as well as on 4 ATC’s (I used black marker to turn the tape from yellow to black. Here are the pieces I’ve made this past week. The ATC’s are 3.5″ x 2.5″ each.
The male images in the ATC’s are from Ten Two Studios. All backgrounds are my personal collages or zentangles. Old postage stamps were added as well.
This tri-fold booklet is made from mini file folders. Each folder is 6″ wide, and when closed, 4″ high.
The female images are from Ten Two Studios, the text is cut from an old 1938 STAGE magazine. The background of these postcards is more of my paint waste paper, with the black swirls from a napkin overlay.
The following stab-bound booklet has pages of Stonehenge paper. The images are from an old book of costumes I had – I like the vintage style. The booklet is approx. 7.5″H x 5.5″W.
This is a book sculpture I created last January – the quote is from Antoine Saint-Exupery. I mounted this book on a picture frame; it hangs easily on the wall.
I created this scene by cutting the tree shape from the pages, painting with gesso, adding plaster of paris rolled and formed, and when dry, adhered to the tree outline with gel medium. I then added the black wire and mica flakes -which are WHITE iridescent, and not brown, as they appear in this image. Before adding the tree elements, I painted the background on the pages under the cut areas.
The rolled pages represent snow drifts. Now you know.
Family and life have taken a bit of my time this summer and early Fall. Time to share art again. I’ve been loving! creating mail art, and have been working to catch up.
These four postcards measure 6″ x 4″. I printed these FREE images a long time ago, thanks to the generosity of artist Lisa Vollrath and the site ” Go Make Something”. The backgrounds are mine: Dylusions spray inks on watercolor paper, with resist design, acrylic paint stamping, and rubber stamp phrases. The reverse of these cards is papered with maps from an old 1950′s atlas. I stitched the edges on my sewing machine.
Another 5 x7 mail art PC.
5″ x 7″ mail art postcard
I am a new member of a great mail art group- the International Union Of Mail Artists. (IUOMA)
I’ve sent out several cards; one I created by using a 5×7 copy of a Van Gogh painting, and collaging over it with used postage stamps, of which I have thousands. (eek!) This card went out to France today.
I’m in a Manila Folder mail art round robin. These are the two folders I’m sending out. (Fronts and backs). I put a tyvek envelope inside each folder so any wet media would not bleed through. Duck brand tape seals the edges. These are the regular sized file folders, so plenty of surface to work with. I’ve purposely filled up all the blank manila areas with paints and etc. That way layering will have to occur, which is what I love about mail art!
I used my sewing machine to sew on a piece of collage on folder #2 (back), which I created this week in our local art group…sewing on these folders is so easy – and fun! I just need to remember when I do paper sewing, to change the needle before going back to my fabric sewing!
Folder #1 – Front
Back of folder #1
Folder#2 – Front
Folder #2 – Back
This 6″ x 9″ mini-quilt is layered with vintage laces, flannel and cotton floral fabric. I love making these small machine-quilted pieces! The laser printed image is from Ten Two Studios, and is sealed with a clear waterproof acrylic sealer. I always have irregularities in my art- I am not one who loves perfection, as I don’t think there is such a thing..
Hop on over to my Etsy shop to see new 6″W x 8″H quilties for Sale! Shipping within the USA is FREE!
Here is one Example:
I’m participating in an ‘Anything Goes’ postcards swap on the Correspondence Collage group on Yahoo. I chose a 4″ x 6″ size. They are comprised of mixed media, including fabric on the reverse sides of some. The feminine images are from Ten Two Studios
Here are six cards ready to go.
This journal is 12″ x8″ x 1″ . I’m using it for a collaborative RR with an art friend. We’re just winging it and everything is open for creativity- not time contraints or anything -my kind of RR!
Front Cover -Old Poster replica, with real vintage 1860′s newsprint
Spine – I used 8-needles for this Coptic stitch binding
Opening page- a ‘quiltie’ I made – my idea of sunrise over the Rogue Valley of SW Oregon, my home for nearly 36 years
I’ve been working steadily in my fabric book. I sewed the little fabric collages and added them to the book either by sewing them directly to a page, or ‘gluing’, using my Liquitex Flexible Molding Paste.
Well traveled shirts. My husband’s old tux shirt front – plus labels from many of his shirts he no longer wore….around the world in 80 shirts….
Moonrise over our valley
A button ‘die’
Button pocket- and old dish towel that was my mother’s years ago.
Based on our local volcano, Mt. McLaughlin – part of the Cascade Range of volcanoes in the Pacific NW.
A little embroidered piece I created and then painted with fabric paint.
Once in awhile I play in my gluebook- a composition book designated for gluing pictures, or just randomly adding a collage. (Visit this yahoo site to learn all about gluebooks!) I was at odds with myself yesterday, so during a nice thunderstorm, I worked on these two pages. This first one has some imagery from my latest Trader Joe’s news, words from a 1937 ‘Stage’ magazine, and the cat is from a 1973 calendar! I had made an envelope from the calendar page, never used the envie, so I figured it was time to use the image. De-stashing my ‘stuff’ is my aim for the rest of my life- lol. The stamp borders are a tape, with the bottom border some washi paper tape.
This next image uses ads from the same ‘Stage’ magazine. I have an internet artist friend whom I’ve known for about 8 or 9 years from the altered books group I help moderate. We have shared a few pictures from his homeland on Facebook, and I thought of him as I saw these old advertisements. I have some other gluebook images in THIS folder.
Two of my book sculptures will be shown in an exhibit at the Red Door Gallery in Aix-en-Provence, France, the last 2 weeks of this month - the Spells and Spirits book and the book on this poster (Blooming Prose). What fun!
Poster for Exhibit at the Red door Gallery – A Thousand and one nights and Mediterranean inspired Book Sculptures
I’ve created another niche book this week. The verse found on one page of the book (a 1946 published book of children’s rhymes, in terrible condition!) led me to the whole project. The Angelic figure is on her flying carpet, gathering her gems amongst the stars. Images in the niche are from various Ten Two Studios downloads.
If Flowers had Wings…
Amidst the Universe of Stars, She Gathered Precious Gems