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.

Who's that girl?

I think this was taken in 1966 or 1967. Love the glasses, right down to the masking tape.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Scrap Collage Continued

More scrap pieces, these are on 4 x 5.5" cardstock. What fun! Especially when I have a ton of other things to do...

I have a lot of white/shades scraps, from all the white stuff I've done in the past, and it's good to get back to it a bit. Image of the woman is from ArtChix Studio's "Peek-a-boo" collage sheet.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

GPP Street Team Crusade #9-What's That Smell?

Lavender and Rosemary

This month's GPP Street Team Challenge is "What's That Smell?" The challenge is to associate a scent with creativity, and to use it to get into a creative space psychologically.

Not too long ago, I had to appropriate a jar filled with lavendar and rosemary for some buttons I had collected. I moved the sachet materials into a plastic bag. In it were still some of the sachet envelopes.

I made these sachets in what must've been early 2003 for my first ever swap with the Stampsmith Yahoo Group. It was an "Ophelia" swap, which was to use that particular image (a favorite among Stampsmith stampers) in a piece of artwork.

I chose to base my artwork on that famous passage of Ophelia's speech in Hamlet about the herbs. I stamped the Ophelia image on shrink plastic and on the envelopes for the sachet, and wrapped them in lavender and green tissue paper.

This was my first swap, and was in the very beginning of my making art from stamps (which led me to collage). After moving the sachet and filling the jar with buttons, I get the scent every time I open that jar. It takes me back to that first burst of creative energy every time I open it.

Now, as a result of the challenge (thanks Michelle!), I am going to tuck one of the sachets into my journal, one of those Moleskin things with a pocket in the I can smell it every time I open my bag.

More Scrap Quilts & Postcards

This is a sure sign that I have other things I should be doing: I can't stop. :) Made these yesterday and last night.
This is 4 x 6", made from scraps from my scrap pail (formerly my scrap drawer).
This one, and the one below, are postcard size - 4 x 5.5". Hmmmm...Somerset Studio is doing a green theme issue...could that be why I have so many GREEN SCRAPS laying around?
I don't know what else to do with this one, the background is screaming "LEAVE ME ALONE!!!!!"

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Scrap Art

These are three pieces I made while watching reruns of "Ugly Betty" and "Grey's Anatomy" this evening, inspired by Chrysti in her blog post: Mail Art Party. If you haven't read Chrysti's blog, you should, she is prolific and always inspiring.

Anyway, the idea of this is is to use up scraps you'd be throwing away to make small (4 x 6") paper quilts. No pressure to make "real art," just fun playing with scraps.

My problem: I don't throw scraps away. I have a "scrap drawer." It was so stuffed that I couldn't scrounge around in it anymore. So I decided to "unstuff" the scrap drawer (dump it on my table), and make some art in the spirit of the scrap quilts.
The unstuffed scrap drawer.

I made a couple rules for myself: one, I had to make the 4 x 6" size; and two, I had to use *only* stuff from the scrap drawer and nothing else.

I have a lot of "stamped scraps" in my scrap drawer, even the Mona Lisa. This version is from Lost Coast Designs, an awesome company with lots of great Da Vinci images and all sorts of whimsical designs.Above, the second piece. You can see the influence of "Ugly Betty" in the color palette here.
And above, the final scrap quilt.

TomTom the Studio Cat is on my lap, sharpening his claws on my arm, which means it's time for bed.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

The Paris Series

An exercise from Bernie Berlin's ATC book -- the magazine image exercise where you gesso over a face and then draw over it... well yesterday I started a series of Paris Hilton altered mug shots, how silly is that?
Sister Paris

Paris Pink

Paris Paris

1960s Paris

Paris Gray

Goth Paris

I don't know what got into me . . .

Saturday, June 09, 2007

ATC Exercise

Decided to try an exercise from Bernie Berlin's ATC book -- the magazine image exercise where you gesso over a face and then draw over it.

Here's a face from a clothing catalog. (You should've seen the ones I tore up and threw away -- this is harder than it looks.) I've enjoyed messing around with it, though, and realized how out of practice my drawing skills are. I have had fun learning how to use my Pitt drawing pens the way they're probably supposed to be used.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Chunky Book Photos

I am hosting a chunky book through ArtChix Studio's Yahoo Group. The theme is red. I've gotten a lot of questions about Chunky Books in general, and I thought I'd post a few pics of the books I've participated in.