Monday, December 17, 2007

In This House Finale

I finished the "house" this weekend, made an "outside" front door with a picket fence. I covered the backs of the pages with dictionary pages and smudge over them with gesso and acrylic paint. I may at some point start decorating those too, but for now I'm calling this done.

Friday, December 14, 2007

In This House 7

OK I lied. The last one wasn't the last one...I had to make one more because (no I'm not compulsive or anything) for two reasons.

One, I want the "backs" of the rooms facing out when the house-book is closed, and for that I need six, not five, rooms (I'm not using the first one I did cuz I changed my color palette). Two, I forgot my romance room. Gotta have that.

For this one I used the layered paint technique inspired by Chrysti Hydeck, a saucy vintage image, the famous phrenology head, and a transparency of a birdcage. Also, some silver metal roses from ArtChix Studio.

I didn't consciously attach a symbolic meaning to the head in the birdcage, although in retrospect it is a pretty good metaphor for some of my past romantic relationships. heh.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

In This House 6

This is my final "room" for this particular project (I'm not including the first one I did), and I didn't have any particular theme or idea in mind here. I started off simply wanting to use a new "Paisley" stamp from Stampabilities. It evolved from there. I used some things that I've had laying around for over a year: the little tags with the faces on them, the "inchies" I made around the time of the White Chunky Book, as well as the eyelets and wire (that I have plenty of but don't often use).

I also used some snippets of text I've collected from old romance novels. I actually think the text is not easy to see -- they don't "pop" out as separate from the background. I actually struggled with that for a while and decided to leave them that way. I think I don't want to do the artistic equivalent of "shouting," let them be messages that the viewer has to look for.

Monday, December 10, 2007

In This House 5

Oddly enough, I consider myself a writer first, and an artist second. I've been writing since grade school, and have only been doing art for about five years. But then again, I've done much more artwork than writing poetry in the past five years....So this room is for the poet in me.

I had a hard time with the background on this one, and it ended up to be about eight layers of paper, gesso, image transfers, more gesso, another transfer, and then finally I wrote across the entire background in white India ink. You can't see it terribly clearly, but it's there. All of the writing is snippets from various poems in my manuscript.

The word "POET" is done in faux typewriter keys -- a typewriter alphabet (Stamp Camp) stamped onto glossy white cardstock, cut out with a circle punch, and then adhered to washers from the hardware store. They are glazed with Diamond Glaze, which I hope clarifies after it's dried for a couple of days.

It also occurred to me that I might post a poem now and then, but I'm more hesitant to post the writing than I am the artwork. Go figure.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

In This House 4

I had a hard time calling this one "done." I kept wanting to add more collage elements to it, but that just didn't work.

When I was doing this piece, I was thinking about the bedroom I had in an apartment in Minneapolis. My apartment was part of the 2nd and 3rd floor of a renovated house. My bedroom was on the third floor, away from the rest of the apartment. There was a south facing skylight in the roof, and I positioned my futon directly across from the skylight, so I could watch the moon traverse the window. It had a magical effect on the room, it felt like a spiritual and austere place.

Although parts of my life were in turmoil, it was also one of the happiest times of my life. I had a gorgeous baby girl, I was in school (which I love), and I had this great place to live. I wasn't doing art at that time, that would come much later (although I did let my daughter paint on the walls....).

Sunday, December 02, 2007

In This House 3

I've always been an introvert, even as a young child. My mother often says that I could keep myself entertained for hours. I've always needed a certain amount of solitude, which has caused some conflict in relationships. I get pretty ornery if I don't have my "down time."

On another note, over the past couple of months I've been so busy with the chunky & skinny books, and making things to sell at a home boutique, that I really haven't had a chance to just do creative work for its own sake. I am really enjoying doing these "rooms" because they truly are creative introspection.

In This House 2

I love the white-on-white theme, and have worked with it often in the past. So it's no surprise that I love Nina Bagley's house in "In This House," and that my own "house" project took a turn from the bright-girly colors of the first room to the shades of white in this one.
I call this room "The Wedding Room." When I got married, I didn't have a wedding for various reasons, and I still regret that. The whole story behind it is too personal for blog posting, but that the piece is solitary and wistful offers clues. Also that the vintage lace is so worn it is nearly falling apart. I want to make the story part of the piece, so I may use the back of the room to tell the story - write it out and slip it into an altered library pocket. The back story. :)

Thursday, November 29, 2007

In This House 1

I just received the book "In This House" by Angela Cartwright and Sarah Fishburn (see link to Amazon to the left). Interesting concepts and lots of eye candy. This is a perfect time in my life to do a project of my own like this. Sort of a retrospective of my life. I like the term "revisioning," as it suggests that I'm looking at my life through new eyes or a different perspective.

Here is my first "room" -- it may be the front of the house itself, I'm not sure yet. I found this picture of myself a few months ago. Classic sixties elementary school picture. It's hard to relate that girl to me, and I'm interested in who she was. I mean, though, really, the masking tape on the glasses? And I'm still *smiling*?

...anyway, I wanted something girly and bright, and of course I can never get enough rick-rack.

Anna's Angels

More inspiration from Cloth, Paper, Scissors -- this time it's patchwork collage. These were inspired by an article written by Kelly Rae Roberts, who does FABULOUS work.

I've had fun with mine, I've done about ten of them for a home boutique I'm participating in. I think these two kind of look like Annie Potts...

Sunday, November 11, 2007

New Work

In spite of the numerous deadlines, family events, and hosting the Red Chunky book, I managed to do some artwork. I am still working with Chrysti Hydeck's background technique as described in an article in the July/August 2007 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors. It's addictive! My hope is that it is evolving into a style that's more my own -- I've already altered the process somewhat. I'm not sure all of these are finished, either. I think several of them need captions or words or...something.

Like this one titled "Zero" after Emily Dickenson's famous snake poem, with the ending line "zero at the bone." I want to work that line into the piece somehow, and I have a feeling I'm going to end up laser printing it in reverse and transferring it on. Suggestions are welcome.

I love this one, I had no idea what I was going for when I was working on it. Browsing through an old Hymnal, I found the perfect caption for it: "Seeking the Lost."
I think she needs a cartoon bubble over her head (below) that says, "I'm in trouble."
I need a caption for this one (below), any suggestions? I'm thinking something absurdly intellectual, about the last thing you'd expect.
The fish needs a caption or a word too, I just have no ideas. Again, suggestions are welcome.
This is a piece of scripture (below) that I ran across in some ephemera online, I love the sentence structure. This is a little on the cutesy side for me.
Following are two ATCs using the same background technique with gel medium transfers. (They are spoken for.)

Monday, October 29, 2007

Red Chunky Book Winner! and Update

The winner of the best art for the swap is... Joan L. (RSJoan) of Sheboygan, Wisconsin!

Congratulations Joan!

This was an almost IMPOSSIBLE decision to make, as there is a LOT of fantastic artwork in this swap, and SO MANY people did such a lot of work on their pages. But in the end it boiled down to the piece of art that kept giving me the "ohs" and "ahs" the most often through binding 45 books...Each piece of Joan's is different and original, but the basic elements are the same -- layering of paper, skeleton leaves, Artchix images, transparencies, and/or faux postage, red German scrap, and a lovely spattering of paint. Yum!


Today I mailed out books to all of the players outside the U.S. and to Helga, and to Joan. Each day this week, I will take a load of books to the post office either before or after work, and they should all be in the mail by the end of the week. I can't be home for the PO to pick up, and I can't logistically take all of the boxes to the PO at once, so this is how I'm doing it. They are all going Priority Mail.

Any questions, give a shout! -Kim

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Altered Abbey Skinny Book Swap

Sent off my Altered Abbey Skinny book pages to Chrysti today, what a project. I've uploaded them all to my Flickr account, to see them click on the image below.

All of the pages are 4 x 8" on 140 lb watercolor paper. The backgrounds were done using Chrysti's background technique as described in the July/August issue of Cloth Paper Scissors, that involves laying acrylic paint and ink using various direct and mono-printing techniques. A total of 26 pages in all, I was sorry to come to the end of them.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Red Chunky Book Update

45 taped boxes...

Boxes lined up for collating

Collating in process

Binding in process

The coil binder in action

The back page...

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

A Monthly Rubber Stamps Club (AMRSC) Winner

I won the August "Stamp Artist of the Month" contest at A Monthly Rubber Stamps Club:

A real quick update (I am SO overextended right now...).

I used stamps from smARTworks, who has some of the best background images I've seen.

It's worthwhile to join AMRSC, I've belonged to it for several years - their vendors include some of my favorite stamp companies. This was, however, the first time I have entered one of their contests - whoohoo!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

GPP Street Team - Make Some Noise!

This challenge is a no-brainer for me, except for the part about embedding audio on my blog. I gave up on that and will just give you a link to MY BOYFRIENDS MYSPACE:

David Furst - Call Me A New Day

He wrote, sang, played guitar, and produced this song. It was recorded two years ago, and I wish you could hear him now! His voice has gotten stronger and even has that sexy gravelly thing going on. Oh did I mention he's my BOYFRIEND. It feels weird saying "boyfriend" seeing as how we're both in our forties, but "domestic partner" doesn't sound right either...

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Red Chunky Pages

I have been busy this past month, cleaning out my daughter's room (empty nest!), setting it up as my studio, cleaning out the old studio, high school class reunion, and hosting the Artchix Red Chunky book swap. Wooohooo! Here are my pages:

Back to work for me!

Monday, July 30, 2007

GPP Street Team Crusade #10-Spread the Luv!

This was my first attempt at the spray-paint-stencil thing and I can't tell whether it was fun or I'm just stoned from the fumes. No seriously it was fun. I played around with different things as stencils -- the punched edge of a discarded calendar page, the stripes were made by putting a refrigerator shelf on the envelope, and the paisley effect was done by using the stencil three times, first in gold, then in black, then with white enamel. I kind of like the beveled effect it has.

It's a 6 x 9" envelope and the recipient is to be surprised!

Thanks Michelle for the challenge, and kudos for keeping up with all these comments!

Friday, July 20, 2007

Anna's Birthday - 19 years!

A "Baby Teeth Trinket Box" (altered children's board book) for Anna's 19th birthday. The transparency is of a picture of her holding a crystal ball when she was about ten months old.

Inside the box is one of the first pieces of jewelry I got her, a little ceramic heart pin with her name on it, and a tiny bottle with her baby teeth in it. "Eeeew that's gross!" she said, but what are you going to *do* with baby teeth anyway?

Monday, July 09, 2007

Three ATCs - new background techniques

Here are three ATCs I did over the weekend. I played around with the background techniques outlined in Chrysti Hydeck's article in Cloth Paper Scissors. I didn't actually go through all of the steps, I just stopped when they looked "done," whatever that means.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Things I am doing when I should be doing something else...

...taking pictures of the cats.
Serena, the UberKitty.

Spanky "you'll never catch me with my eyes open"

TomTom the Studio Cat snoozing on my foot.

July 4th - Bluegrass in the Vines

Went to a bluegrass concert at Prairie View Vineyard, a small vineyard outside of Lincoln this afternoon. What a great way to spend the fourth! And away from the insanity that this city indulges in every year. (that's a rant for another time)

Lye Soap, a Lincoln bluegrass ensemble, opened for the Earl Brothers of San Francisco. I had forgotten how much I LOVE live bluegrass, not having heard it much since I lived out east.

The Earl Brothers were passing through Nebraska on their way to the Winnipeg Folk Festival.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Two New Pieces For Sale on Etsy

Just put these two nudes up on Etsy for sale: They were done on 4 x 6" stretched canvas. The backgrounds are torn/peeled paper, and the images are from Tallulah's, put on the canvas with a gel medium transfer.

Friday, June 29, 2007

ATCs for an Art Party

Made these seven ATCs for an art party tomorrow. Created by sanding and gessoing playing cards, then layering paint and collage papers -- used a few techniques including dry brush, monoprinting, and sponging for the layered background.

Printed the green butterflies on a laser transparency, and adhered them with gel medium on two edges. I finished with a good coat of Krylon Crystal Clear gloss finish.