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
I have been creating book and journal art these past few weeks, but wanted to let you know my happy news! My Book of Spells and Spirits will be on exhibit in May at the Red Door Gallery in Aix-en-Provence, France! I was contacted by the gallery owner asking me to be part of their Year of Paper and Culture show, with May focusing on Book Sculpture! Did I say yes?? Of course. I am delighted to share my art and revel in the internet as a mode of exhibiting my art, leading to real-life gallery exhibits, among other things. I will also have this book sculpture at the same exhibit - Blooming Prose!
This is a 5 x 7 mixed media postcard on paint waste paper, which I created today. The Asian images are from Graphic 45. The original ephemera is a patent medicine ad from an 1869 New York Times.
Here are five collaged ATCs I created tonight. I love making postcards and ATCs from my larger collage backgrounds. I add imagery and text, or paint, and have fun. That’s what creating artful pieces is about for me…having fun- and having satisfaction in working with paper, paint, pen and glue – and books. (I have a new book sculpture I will share soon).
These ATCs incorporate images from a 1937 magazine, ‘STAGE’, as well as a Jumeau doll image from Ten Two Studios, some scrap art, and a bit of newsprint from an 1869 New York Times. The woman, lower left, is early 20th century actress Katherine Cornell.
Here is one more Red Box Cat. This painting is on 11 x 15 Cold press watercolor paper; I used acrylic paint and Dylusions inks.
These are copies I made in PS Elements – they will be in my Zazzle Store when I have time to design product.
Beach scenes this time. Collage, embellishment, acrylic paint and watercolor.
ATC – Beach scene
Postcard – Beach sunset
These Artist Trading Cards are painted (and drawn) on cold press watercolor paper. The paper was some of my paint ‘waste’ paper which had both acrylic paint and the water soluble watercolor inks from Ranger (Dylusions) .
I drew my design idea on the paper, and then painted with the Dylusions, and filled in some areas with Faber Castel Pitt artist pens. The clouds of the barn scene were created by brushing on a bit of water on the ink, and then blotting it away, which also removed the ink.
These are for trade in an ATC art group I belong to.
I created 3 mixed media mail art postcards today – they are 5″ x 7″, on corrugated cardboard substrate, backed with cold press watercolor paper.
I also painted an 11 x 15 piece of cold press watercolor paper, using the new Dylusions spray inks from Ranger, as well as acrylic paint and Bic permanent marker.
I have a new Zazzle store…I hope you will take time to see the cute note cards listed – they feature my Red Box Cats!
I think the series of whimsical cats will become stationery; I’ll let you know when it’s available as such.
I merged the kitties for fun -
Approx 9″ x 12″ – acrylic paint on watercolor paper.
Cat and Mouse
I’ve decided to paint some ‘abstract’ cats, and perhaps some fish too. These first two are painted on watercolor paper with acrylic paints and black permanent marker. They are roughly 9″W x 12″H. I plan to paint some more – colors may be ‘natural’ or not, depending upon my mood. I call these my “Red Box Cats”. I will not be making prints. Not sure yet what I will do with the series.
I created this 15″H x 12″W mixed media collage on cold press watercolor paper. The background was waste paint (cleaning off my brushes). I added 2.5″ squares of other paint waste paper by tacking them on, then machine-sewing them to the watercolor paper. From there I added actual newspaper ads from an 1869 Philadelphia newspaper, some watch parts, smaller squares and circles of davey board and scrap paper, stenciled numbers and circles with acrylic paint. I tinted the newsprint with Ranger’s Adirondack Butterscotch Color wash.