Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Barf Bag Book!

As my husband says, "Who needs fancy art supplies?" Apparently I don't especially on a flight from Phoenix to Chicago yesterday. I might have created this book while watching a movie (since this flight actually had headphones to use, but the movie was "Rio" and I detest cartoons. On the flight out "Thor" was playing, but I had no headphones. Go figure) I made this Barf Bag Book on the plane with limited space and limited supplies. The pretty blue barf bag is the cover and I braided the perle cotton I shoved into my bag (anticipating book making) for the tie. In between the snoring to my left and the woman who kept toppling on to me while she slept I managed to create this little cutie:
The flight attendants either didn't care that I was using the barf bag or didn't pay attention (most likely the latter since the flight was full and we hit storm turbulence over Chicago).
The pages are scrapbook cardstock weight paper, paper bags from my food purchases, scrap paper I had written notes/lists on, and some lightweight sketching paper shoved in the bottom of my carry on.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Painted Graffiti Journal

I've been busy the past week or so playing with, I mean babysitting, Dylan back in AZ but did manage to get some art completed during his naptimes. Mostly I worked on a journal from Dina Wakley's The Graffiti of My Life online class. With drying times it took several days to complete. It's not actually "finished" as I haven't put any graffiti in it. I'll do that when I get home later this week. I also have to work on the "pesky birds" from Dina's class here at Creative Quest that both April and I took. Here's the cover of the journal, the one thing I added to the cover pieces was one of the paper towels I used to blot up the spray ink:
One of the page spreads (using watery paint, inks, gesso, and stitching):
The next three photos are close-ups of some of my favorite add-ins (using paint, ink, gesso, collaged papers, and more stitching):
There is a small piece of the paper towel peeking from behind the stencil:
Loved how my collaged sheet came out, here is one of the hand cut hearts:

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Sneak Peek.........

Well, technically speaking the first two photos aren't really a "sneak" peak since I'm showing the entire piece, but the last three are! I've been super busy creating the past week or so, the creative juices have been flowing and the muse has been working overtime. I'm ahead of my self-imposed deadlines which makes me ecstatic! The first piece is another accordian photo album which came out even better than the green/blue one I made a while ago. I added sticks to the ends which helps support the cloth album and love the way it stands on its own now without flopping. I loathe to put support between the page layers as I like the feel of the cloth better so I had to devise another way for supporting the album. The color scheme is based on the hand painted canvas I recently worked on. Here is the "cover", there really isn't a specific cover as the book can be reversed and/or set up 2 ways in accordian style:
And here it is unfolded:
I have plans for the accordian photo album so stay tuned and keep your fingers crossed!
Now for the real "sneak" peeks! I worked on three other pieces for which I have specific plans so for now all I'm showing are close-ups of each piece.
#1: blue and white dragonfly
#2 rag journal
#3 burgundy photo album

Please keep fingers AND toes crossed for this goal!!!!!!!!!!!!!