I have been using up scraps of fabric and other items…making journals and books.
It’s been awhile since I last posted. I confess to posting quite a bit on my Facebook Page. However, I would like to share my One-of-a Kind journal with better images. It is for sale, via PayPal, for $150., with FREE shipping in the USA. (You can contact me through the contact page on this web site.)
This journal is 9″W x 12″H. The covers’ substrate is artist canvas board. I hand beaded and embroidered fabric, which adorns the front, with some border machine stitching. There are 6 signatures of quality Stonehenge brand watercolor paper – 6 pages Per signature….36 pages total.
I’mpleased to be the guest artist at Art du Jour Gallery in Medford, OR for August-Sept. The focus is on my book art. There was the gallery’s 10th anniversary celebration yesterday , which was a wonderful ‘do’! My art is featured in their Salon area. Pics follow:
For the postcard collector, enthusiast, I am selling off my collection of dressed rabbits on postcards. Check out my auctions!
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!
I’ve been able to smile because I’ve been able to do what I love- create mixed media paper art. I’ve been lucky enough to acquire a new sewing machine with a longer arm and larger bed for sewing- it makes sewing on larger paper/fabric pieces much easier. Since I last posted, I’ve created this fabric book: (SOLD)
I also created a fabric covered journal, with a beaded front cover: (THIS JOURNAL IS AVAILABLE IN MY ETSY STORE:
Last night I made some ATC’s, for fun. LMK if you’d like to trade!
This past week I completed four journals. One was the jigsaw puzzle journal. I have two more photo’d, with one to go. I’ve also added a junk mail envelope made for a swap.
First, the Yellow journal. Watercolor paper, acrylic paints and sewing. The covers sandwich heavy fusible webbing, and are then sewn.
Next – a ‘Serendipity’ Journal. I used my serendipity papers to cover book board, for the covers, with marbled paper I purchased in Italy in 2007 on the inside covers. The pages are all from an old atlas, which I deconstructed and then rebound into this journal. I once again used file folders as signature covers.
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.
These postcards are 4″W x 6″H. The backgrounds watercolor paper which I used as paint waste paper – a blend of several acrylic paints. Each card is backed with a piece of watercolor paper with old used postage stamps glued all over. After adhering the two sides together, I sewed around the edges with my machine. The newsprint is actual 1858 newspaper ads – I ordered the ephemera from The Prints and the Paper on Etsy. The female images are from Go Make something, a great site for FREE images. Thank you Lisa! The black swirls are napkin fragments added to the final collage.
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.
I love making my mixed media 4 x 6 postcards – these will all eventually wing their way to fellow mail art friends. The IUOMA has been going for 25 years! Come join the fun!
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!
And here are two more spreads that are NOT fabric. The first has a background made with Dylusions inks.The next has a vintage cigarette ad altered for fun with tissue overlay.This last is pure silliness – I was in the mood for drawing and ‘tangling’ – with a bit of fabric ‘cheek’ thrown in… I think these two completed signatures of blank pages are about all I’
m going to do for now- soon the journal will wing its way to Amy.