Friday, September 30, 2011

GPP Street Team Crusade 55: Disappearing Act

I don't get over to Michelle Ward's Green Pepper Press Street Team Crusades often enough. The crusades are always fun and instructive.

This month's Crusade challenged us to create a background using two colors, allowing them to blend, and then creating a focal image with a stamp using the same colors, allowing the image to "drop out" into the background in places.

I ended up using three colors and an alphabet stencil instead of a stamp.

The issue with this was that I couldn't decide which color I wanted to have "disappear". So I started stenciling over my stenciling using all three of the colors (hot pink, orange and yellow), which gave me this effect of a printer with the registration off a bit.  OK, off a lot.....and I love the result. (Honest, I did not futz in Photoshop with the saturation levels in this scan.)

September 2011 GPP Street Crusade: Disappearing Act

Also, please feel free to visit the main page of my blog for my daily art collages and a blog giveaway on the creation of my 500th daily collage. 500!!! I'll post the 500th collage some time on October 1st, 2011. If you leave a comment on the 500th collage post, you'll be entered to win a pendant of your choice from my Etsy shop.

One a Day - September 29th, 2011: Number 498

September 29th, 2011: Number 498

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Monday, September 26, 2011

One a Day-September 25th, 2011: Number 494

I wanted to mix it up a little for this collage, so I tried out some techniques described in Michelle Ward's article in the September/October issue of Somerset Studio. I've messed around with doilies before, but thought I'd go back to basics and see what happens. I stenciled and tore and sprayed and painted and glued down fragments in layers.Then a sort of melancholy romantic theme began to emerge.

I didn't like it very well when I finished it last night, but after a good night's sleep and a work day, I'm happier with it. I always think it's interesting when I don't know what I'm doing until I've done it. I think that makes sense...

September 25th, 2011: Number 494

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Daily Collage Number 500 - Target Date Saturday October 1st

I'm counting up to daily collage number 500!  I will produce number 493 today (Saturday, September 24th). Which makes the target date for number 500 Saturday, October 1st, 2011.

Leave a comment on the 500th collage, and I will draw a winner of a pendant of choice from my Etsy shop:

Friday, September 23, 2011

One a Day-September 22nd and 23rd: Numbers 491-492

September 23rd, 2011: Number 492

September 21st, 2011: Number 491

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Monday, September 19, 2011

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Friday, September 16, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

One a Day-September 13th & 14th

September 14th, 2011: Suggest a Caption

September 13th, 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

One a Day-September 11th & 12th

I really like this one -  it took restraint to not add splats or anything else.
September 12th, 2011
September 11th, 2011

One a Day-September 9th & 10th

September 9th, 2011

September 10th, 2011

DC Trip Collages 9/2/11 - 9/8/11

When I travelled to DC, I cut myself some slack on the daily collages. Instead of forcing myself to do a collage a day, I put together a little travelling collage kit (scissors, glue stick, paper, a couple of pens) and collected things for collage.

My flight left at I didn't bother going to bed Friday night. So while my flight took place on the 3rd, it felt like it was one long day starting on the 2nd.

On the flight I sat next to a very tall, muscular man. Now I'm 5'3" and I was feeling claustophobic, I can only imagine how he felt. For the entire flight, he hung his suit coat over his head and covered his face.

September 2nd, 2011
I went to pick up my rental car and as soon as I left the airport I got lost. I drove around DC for about two hours (on no sleep) until I found a place to pull over (not easy in DC) and call my daughter.  With the help of her GPS, she found me and I followed her back to her place.

Between getting lost and the fact that I didn't buy insurance at the rental counter, I barely drove the car. I had reserved an economy car, but all they had left was a sportscar (Eclipse). I sat so low in it I had to lean over to see over the steering wheel.

Note: if you rent a car, find out if the credit card company provides rental car insurance if you use that card to pay for the reservation and to secure it. Many of them automatically provide it when you rent a car. Don't get suckered into buying the rental company insurance that costs more than the rental itself.

My daughter didn't have any coffee so I drank the single serving stuff that comes in a teabag.
September 3rd, 2011
On Sunday Anna and I went into Takoma Park, which is where we lived from 1994-2000. We went to Mark's Kitchen where we had burgers (mmmmm ginger burger) and mud-pie. Then we went to my favorite off-beat gift shop, "Now and Then". Then we went to S&A Beads.

It was nice to see that the neighborhood newspaper "Takoma Voice" is still going strong.
September 4th, 2011
On Labor Day we went to Rehoboth Beach in Delaware. That probably wasn't the best idea: it was crowded, the water was too cold even for toe-dipping, and the traffic sucked. I of course sought out the tacky seashell gift shop and bought some *pink* sand. For my daughter, who drove, it was a labor of love. Anyway, the saving grace of the day for me was the discovery of a Chico's outlet on the way there. Whoohooo!
September 5th, 2011
On Tuesday I took the Metro downtown.  The day was unusually cool for DC in September, and it was drizzling on and off. After I had been wandering around unsupervised for a couple of hours, I met an online friend in person for the first time. We hung out and then trolled the various museums. And their gift shops of course (do you see a pattern here?). This was especially cool because you never know how you're going to click with someone in person, and we "clicked" right away, which made for a great time. This was extra fun because both she and I are introverts, and meeting new people can be difficult if not nerve-wracking.

I bought a "mighty wallet" (made of Tyvek) in the Museum of Natural History gift shop. It had a Neko Kitty print design. Hence the "might mighty mighty" on the collage.
September 6th, 2011
On Wednesday it rained all day, and I didn't want to walk to the Metro (which is a good 1/2-3/4 mile from my daughter's apartment),so I stayed in and played with the various images and goodies I had collected thus far. In addition to the various brochures and maps I picked up along the way, I have some gorgeous gift wrap (Audubon and William Morris) from the National Gallery of Art (giftshop). 
September 7th, 2011
I left on Thursday.  I had my daughter grab her GPS and drive the rental car to the airport. We left her place at 3:30pm (my flight left at 8pm) and got to drive through the beginning of the rush hour. ("Rush Hour" is a misleading term, as it is "Rush Hour" all day in DC).  I wasn't supposed to let anyone else drive the rental car but in this case it was probably a good thing. I'm not an aggressive driver, and you pretty much have to be to get anywhere in the traffic in DC. Since I wasn't supposed to let her drive it, we did a "Chinese fire drill" at a red light just before we got into the airport.

We got to the airport much more quickly than we expected (by 4pm), so I got to wait four hours for flight time. Then the plane was delayed an hour and a half delayed due to weather. The bright spot in all of this was that the plane wasn't full, and I got two seats to myself and was able to spread out and work on my collages. I arrived in Omaha at about midnight, appreciating the lack of traffic and my 1997 manual tranmission Corolla.

September 8th, 2011

Thursday, September 08, 2011

First Ladies Exhibit

Went to the Museum of American History in DC a couple of days ago. I walked through the "First Ladies" exhibit, which consisted mostly of inaugural ball gowns. I saw the gown that Michelle Obama wore, it is much better looking in person. Saw her shoes, too. Wow. She has big feet.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Hello Kitty and the Target Zone

I was in Target last week, and went into the Target Zone - that state of mind where you wander through the store looking at stuff and trying to think of reasons to buy it.

This time, however, I zoned out on Hello Kitty merchandise. The first thing I found was a small tin Hello Kitty lunch box.  I resisted that. Then it was the Hello Kitty t-shirts in Juniors. I resisted that too, probably because I already have one. When I found that, there were sold out, so I took the display piece. Anyway, the next items I resisted successfully were Hello Kitty nail stickers, lip gloss, and other cosmetics marketed to grade school girls.

Then I passed by the back-to-school items, dangerous because everything was on sale. The Hello Kitty backpack. A Hello Kitty lunch tote. ANOTHER Hello Kitty lunchbox with matching thermos, soup container and water bottle. I walked away from all, proud of myself for resisting these even while in "the zone".

One my way to the registers, feeling proud, out of the corner of my eye....I saw....HELLO KITTY DUCT TAPE. I caved. I didn't even have to think about it. No guilt, just absolute delight. Oh but it gets even better.

On Saturday afternoon, when I arrived at my daughter's apartment, the first thing I saw was on the top of the fridge. It was....A HELLO KITTY LUNCH BOX. Later that day,  she received a matching hot pink HARDHAT. Hello Kitty rocks. Pink rules.

Thursday, September 01, 2011