Last evening, while watching a favorite PBS Masterpiece re-run, I created this journal page for my ‘Green’art journal. Mixed media on watercolor paper. You can read more about its creation and dimension in THIS POST.
You can view the WHOLE ALBUM HERE.
I created these ATC’s 3 days ago. The woman images are from Ten Two Studios.
I enjoy using my ‘paint waste’ paper as backgrounds for ATC’s. Add a few elements and you have an ATC! Let me know if you want to trade!
One of my favorite art passtimes is to use up ‘stuff’ by turning it into something artful- usually an altered book or journal. I purchased nothing in making this jigsaw puzzle journal. The puzzle was my mom’s, and so were the manila file dividers, both of which I saved after she died in 2010. I love doing jigsaw pouzzles! I also collect postage stamps -the two seemed perfect for me.
The papers I used for the pages of this journal were on hand, as were the supplies needed in constructing the journal. I’m already thinking of my next project.
Here is another short slideshow showing my embellishment of the jigsaw puzzle journal covers.
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