Thursday, May 30, 2013

AlphabeThursday - B is for Blue (and Buster)

This week for AlphabeThursday, over at Ms. Jenny's blog, we are on the Letter B.  I thought BLUE would be the perfect word to use, since I am doing artwork on my index card dividers for Round 7.

I began with some ink sprays and Washi tape.  

But what about my doggie, Buster!?  I love this photograph of him, when he was still a puppy, and included him on my card.  I added a crescent moon and surrounded him with circles.  Actually, he likes bones better than balls, and I could have added them, but I didn't think of it at the time!

I might use this Journal Soup Box divider card to place favorite pictures of animals.  A good way to remember what's behind the divider card! 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Glue it Tuesday - records of records

This past week at work, I was going through three boxes of 45 rpm records and writing the proper accession number on the sleeve (in pencil) for our museum's artifact inventory.  All items in a museum get unique accession numbers; maybe you've seen these numbers in a museum exhibit before.

So, two boxes down, one to go.  I hope to finish the third box today, when I go back to work.  We are keeping the records in their sleeves, even though the paper is probably full of acid.  Someday in the future, we'll wrap all the records in acid-free paper...  I've been making pockets for the 45s that have lost their sleeves, at least!

I glued a torn piece of paper I found in one of the boxes onto a 4x6 piece of heavyweight decorative paper (I've really been getting into the 4x6 size lately!)  Then I added some paper that's been laying on my desk... it has two new stamp designs that I've carved recently - a leaf and a fish.  Finally I cut and pasted some piano music I had on hand, since I AM focusing on music!  

Doodlestamper - Flowers
See the row of flowers?  This is from a self-inking Doodlestamper that I just bought.  Have you ever seen this before?  I bought it on the Joggles website, a new favorite place to buy supplies.  There are all different designs; I have a dash line too!     

Catch what other art journalists are gluing over at Aimee's blog, Artsyville!

Friday, May 24, 2013

May 2013 BBArtisans Challenge - Flowers

May's BBArtisans Challenge is all about flowers, and brought to us by Sharla of Beaded Tail.  She says "April showers brought May flowers, so let's see them!  Create something with flowers and let your imagination bloom!"  

Here is Oklahoma, our months and weather has been all mixed up this spring.  We had April flowers and May showers.  But then, May IS tornado season.  

I've been involved with "journal soup," over in my studio.  I'm using large index cards (4x6) as my base for creating artwork.  On this card, there's stamps, a quote, a plastic plant describer (what is that called?) and some dried rose petals.   Because I haven't been using my art journal recently, I thought I'd glue this card into my journal.    

"And she was fair as is the rose in May." - Geoffrey Chaucer
So here's my journal - this is the left side.  To fit my card on the spread, it had to be cut in half.  I taped, instead of glued it, into place.  I used some Washi tape for the  border, then added the little girl next to the quote.   

On the right side of my spread I put the other side of my card.  It became a pocket, as I taped down only two sides.  In my stash of goodies there were a bunch of insect stickers.  Appropriate, I thought...  

The entire spread came out a bit busy, so I smeared some gesso over the background to let my focal point, the index card, show up better.  A little different from what I usually do, but I'm glad to test out the waters of card-gluing.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

AlphabeThurday - A is for the beginning

I was spraying ink and gluing with my current workshop (Journal Soup, taught by Kate Crane)  at 21 Secrets.  And thought since Ms. Jenny's AlphabeThursday was going to be starting Round 7, I could use a set of old index card dividers (4x6)  that I was using and go through the alphabet with everyone.

So, here's the Letter A, which denotes the beginning of new things.  Now this alphabet card was made before I had this bright idea to use them for AlphabeThursday.  If I had known I was going to use it, I would have chosen the word acetate - a  technique Kate teaches in the workshop (here's an example from her blog).  Let's see if I can get a lot of my leftover scraps on these cards and clean up my workroom in 26 weeks!

Join us at Ms. Jenny's blog, on my tangent... and see how everyone is starting out the Round 7!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

21 Secrets - Journal Soup

the storybeader's new soup box
I've spent some time this past weekend watching Kate Crane's (Journal Soup) workshop video in 21 Secrets.  She has a wild imagination and neat techniques.  It's fun watching what she creates.  There's lots of different materials we can use as our base - I'm saving the completed pieces for inspiration and to use for later art journaling. 

Wild Swans card
One of the lessons Kate showed us was using ink spray on top of glued paper.  She emphasizes including objects related to our life in our artwork.  My card (above) is about the book, Wild Swans, that I'm reading for my book club.  One of the activities we partake in at our meetings are choosing quotes from the book that move us for some reason.  I included two quotes on my card that I have ready:

"A place a cat tries to hide in is a lucky place." 
Dr. Xia (the author's grandfather) said this when their city was being bombed.  He and the cat were in his bedroom.


"It doesn't matter whether the cat is white or black, as long as it catches mice."
Deng Xiaoping, the secretary general of the Communist party, said this after the horrible famine in the early 1960s.  There is an underlining meaning to this, having to do with the pragmatists putting through a succession of major reforms after Mao's mismanagement, I believe. 

Anyway, I thought my friends at the Glue It Tuesday lounge would get a kick out of this card, and the idea of journaling outside your journal!  Catch what other art journalists are gluing over at Aimee's blog, Artsyville

Saturday, May 18, 2013

May 2013 Treasuries, part two

I thought since I was on the computer thanking Etsy curators for including me in their treasuries, I'd do a second installment.  Help me thank my team members by visiting their shops along with their treasuries!

My Part Two focuses on special occasions, colors and nature.
Great topics for Etsy treasuries!

Cynthia (AntiquityTravelers) was thinking ahead to the approaching wedding season  and put together her (Black) & White Wedding treasury.  Her shop is full of fun, one-of-a-kind jewelry, like this beaded necklace with sari silk and tassle.  

Margaret (SplendidLittleStars) brought us a colorful treasury this month: pink!  I've always loved her hand dyed silk scarves; take a look at this Hawaiian Sunset Scarf with pink, yellow, and orange.  The scarves are so luscious, you just want to reach out and touch them!

Ayla (Eyelah) was Inspired by Nature in her BBArtisans team treasury this month.  And I can see why - there's beauty all around us.  Many of the fabrics she uses for her pleated pouches are covered with flowers.  Here's a favorite of mine!

And we can't forget about Dad!  Natasha (StalkingTheWildSnark) gives us a manly treasury, called For Dad.  With Father's Day coming up, she's right on top of things.  I know the men in my life enjoy maps, so the nautical tie tack pin would be a perfect fit.  

Friday, May 17, 2013

May 2013 Treasuries, part one

There's so many Etsy treasuries that I was in for the month of May, I thought that I'd split them into two or three posts and feature the curators in smaller groups.  Help me thank my team members and visit these flowery treasuries, along with favorite pieces out of their Etsy shops. 

Sarah's (MagnoliaSurprise) flowery treasury is called "Flowers and Butterflies for Mom."   She has available a 10-piece set of flowers, crocheted that is!  They are made to order for moms to enjoy, forever.  Great to use on a dining table, or let the children play with.   

Jamie (PoppyHillCreations), another BBArtisans team member from Etsy,
has another flowery treasury called. Garden in Bloom!
I know it wouldn't be hard to find flowers among Jamie's digital instant downloads in her shop.
Her Spring Flowers are a favorite of mine, and something new.

LeAnn's (pasqueflower) spring-themed treasury is simply called Bloom!  
She's featuring more BBArtisans team members, including me and my art journal.  
LeAnn has a number of floral table runners in her shop; her Art Deco Runner is my favorite.   

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Glue it Tuesday, Week #9 - Journal Soup

The new workshop I just started this weekend is called Journal Soup, taught by Kate Crane.  I spoke a little about it in my Short Term Goals for May.  The idea is to work on small pieces of paper and add them to your little storage (and display) box.  You can do this as a "warm up" exercise before you start a spread in your art journal.  Use what you have.  Save quotes and images your want to use for later.  Be inspired by techniques you try.  

I glued a cut-down envelope, instead of using a small paper bag like Kate did in her video example ( I never get bags that small!)  Also on the card is a pretty stamp I receive in the mail, along with some of the bubbles I made in Tammy's Watercolor Playground workshop.  Kate will use six different techniques on paper in her workshop: spray ink, collage, drawing, text, self-carved stamps, and acetate.  I'm excited to try them all.

I'm linking with Aimee at Artsyville for Glue It Tuesday HERE.  
Come see what other art journalists are gluing.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Glue it Tuesday, Week #8 - Wild Swans

Was so happy when I got home from work Monday and saw my book club selection had arrived.  It's called Wild Swans : Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang.  I've been having trouble with Amazon lately, so I decided to try another online book site called Biblio.  The other book that I ordered from them arrived last week, so I think I'll give this company a try.  I like being able to use my PayPal account too.

I painted my journal page with red and ochre acrylics (need to get some paint on my paper plates for a future project!)  Then I glued bits of the mailing envelope, the shipping order page, a photo that I had and other scraps that reminded me of China.  

The book is a true story about a Chinese woman, and the lives of her mother and grandmother in the 20th century.  It's a thick little paperback and I'm excited to start it.  I was reading the chronology in the beginning of the book and was taken by something she wrote for the year 1975 "Father dies.  I meet my first foreigners."  She is a little older than me (she was born in 1952) so it should be very interesting.

This post is for Week 8 of Glue it Tuesday.  
Come by Aimee's blog at Artsyville and see what other art journalists glue.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Short Term Goals - May 2013

Last month went by so quickly.  But I did fulfill my goals; lost some weight, started my workshops, and organized my calendar.  Which reminds me to print up a calendar for this month!  Now, May will be just as busy!  I need to complete some more workshops, get well before my meetings at work with the new exhibit fabricators, and visit with family one or two weekends this month.  How will I ever manage that?

Here are three short-term goals:

Watercolor Playground by the Storybeader
1)  21 Secret Workshops
I decided to watercolor with Tammy Garcia (Watercolor Playground) - I'm so thrilled with her great instructions.  And if I work outside my journal with Kate Crane (Journal Soup) this month, I can clean my craft room a bit.  Kate has 6 lessons, where we use lots of our leftovers on various sheets.  Then everything gets stored in a box for later use.  Great idea.  The BBArtisans Challenge this month is "May Flowers" and there's a Flower Power workshop with Ro Bruhn, so I may start that this month too.  I really enjoy going through the workshops one by one, finishing them as I go...

the culprit!
2) Get Well!
Even though I want to stay busy with my workshops, I need to spend a lot more time exercising my ankle.  And if it doesn't stop hurting, I will make an appointment with the surgeon and see what my next step (that wasn't done on purpose) should be.  I don't want to go back to physical therapy because it's so expensive, since I haven't met my deductible yet.

in the craft room!
3) Clean House
My third goal?  I guess I should help DH a bit more around the house, and start cleaning again.  I'm real bad about that, and I've let the entire house go to hell!  Here's a view of just one wall in my craft room, and it's a mess.  Also, I need to box and bring unused clothes to Goodwill and get to the recycling center!  

Do you have any goals for the month of May?

Friday, May 3, 2013

Month in Photographs - April 2013

April was such a quick month - but you've heard that before!  I learned so many new techniques in my 21 Secrets (3) workshop.  I wrote about the three classes (online workshops through videos) that I've taken so far: Doodling Our Way (1), Go Green (5), and Imagine You.  Can't wait to try some more projects with instructors this coming month.  I decided to use this photograph (2) from my Imagine You journal page for my Goggle+ header (if you're on Google+, come by and join one of my circles.  If you have a Google+ page, I will befriend you too).  It was beautiful weather most of the month; don't think I took enough photos...  Here's DH in the backyard (4), cleaning up.  We ended the month with buying a 2012 Scion IQ (6).  And then I got a terrible cold!  Hopefully, I'll stay well in May and enjoy the car...
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