Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Mixed Media Moods September Challenge

 Those talented gals Mixed Media Jenn and Dee Dee Catron are up to it again! 

And as the winner of their last MIXED MEDIA MOODS BOARD CHALLENGE,  I felt a sense of loyalty to participate in this one.  And this one, really did scream at me because of the old vintage typewriter, of which I have 2. Something about typing on them is very invigorating, and that old text from them on some vintage paper is fabulous.   And I also collect old keys and vintage crochet doilies.  Oh and of course, old books with those weathered pages, well WHO COULD RESIST?

But since I waited until the last minute to git er done, I went for a quick tag-size piece,
and a mini green leather book/journal.
This is my tag cut from a piece of grasscloth wallpaper, and covered with a bit of paint clean up cloth.

Added some wool roving, a scrap of grasscloth and a vintage fabric button, pinned on a bit of twine, and voila...a wonderfully textured tag.
The back shows all that great texture, with a ginkgo leaf from a friend's tree.  If you look closely above the tag, you'll see my mini vintage typewriter pencil sharpener.  Just had to include it here with the others.

This mini book/journal (1-1/2" x 2-1/2") has a soft leather sage green cover, and a swatch from an upholstery fabric book for the inside cover.  The pages are made from the paper torn from a corrugated box, and I'll use that exposed corrugation for another project very soon!
with a little fold out page, I picked a sage leaf from my herb garden to add
a Captain green paint chip, pages are all tied up with waxed cotton thread, with a bit of elastic to close around an old red shoe button...tucked in feather!
I just loved this Mixed Media Mood Board, because it made me drag out my old typewriters.

Thanks Jenn and DeeDee..keep up the good work!  I am always inspired!


Saturday, October 15, 2016

Finally..long overdue book returned!

Back in April of 2013, my art friends and I began an art journal book swap...hop. The idea was to snag a discarded book from the library book sale, alter the cover, make it your own, then pass it in round-robin fashion to each member.  Each person is to add their own art flair and pass it on.  Well, since we are a lackadaisical group of talented chics, and some of us still have to work for a living...this book swap hop has taken years to complete.

This is my cover, painted, with fabric square, vintage button, yarn scrap..I left part of the title words ART and BY...
This inside cover page has a library pocket with library card for each member to sign in when they received the book, and sign out when they pass it on.  I also left the original owners name "BETTY HARRIS" in this discarded book, thinking that she would enjoy the ride and artful companionship along the round-robin route.

I left the title page as is...thought it was an appropriate addition to an art journal hop...I am guessing that Betty Harris was an art teacher.
Oh my...this was my page that I totally forgot about since April of 2013.  And I plan on re-vamping this baby.  What was I thinking?  Ha, I even put in a little sticker...HAWAII or bust! And since I went  to Honolulu to see the fam in 2014, guess I can cover that up, too!  But there is a real dried red zinnia flower from my garden underneath my wooden pineapple.  Yeah, this page needs a makeover!

This lovely spread is from a very talented painter, Victoria. I wish I had this talent.  Fine details here. 
    Wow, I guess she was the first one to have it...way back in 2013!!!
Next up is Alicia's 2 page spread.  She always has something to do with her endless supply of sheet music.  And how fitting it is that my ukulele club has just added this little ditty to our repertoire.  Thank you, Alicia for joining our red, red, round-robin.

This spread is from Andrea with lots of fabric and lace, and wonderful textures.  And oh, those wonderful pineapples...Love this!  And hey, I spy those rooster postage stamps!!!
Thank you Andrea for all of your fiber goodness!  

Lucy was going for LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!  Lovely, Lucy!  Love is all there is!

Now Victorian "Rosebud" Sandy, always puts a flourish on her work.
Paints, and stamps, and of course ribbon and lace.

Next up is Judie, who just happens to have beach sand and shells hanging around to add to her work.
With a lovely mirror to capture the sunshine...she wonders where I am in this landscape.
Ha...I'm off to gather beach glass...or drinking a cocktail with an umbrella somewhere!
And check out the stained glass ukulele that Judie added to her page...
dangling along the bottom edge with all the other bead, button, bauble additions! Love this!

And our Kitty Kat has that ALOHA SPIRIT going on here...
and I spy those ALOHA postage stamps!  Oh, I'm there!

Now I wish you could smell these pages from Dear Nina of Happy Herbs Soap.
With a backdrop of large dried tobacco leaves, to the edgework of dried patchouli leaves, she made a rope heart filled with dried lavender buds.  After all these years, it still smells AB FAB!

 At Two Crow Cottage...

Thanks to all for adding to my book...I will be re-doing my own page though.  
And I have a couple blanks so that I can continue the art journaling...trying out a few new techniques that I learned from Mixed Media Jenn and Dee Dee Catron


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Dream, dream, dream!

Mixed Media Moods Challenge

Well, I am just having a good old time with this challenge!  Those talented gals Mixed Media Jenn and Dee Dee Catron  have collaborated for a new Mixed Media Challenge, and this one got my wheels a-turnin!

Here is an old piece of cardstock, 8 1/2 x 11 inches, that I just couldn't part with.  An old flyer actually from the summer concert series or some such thing, but I keep those discards to use again.  I am a paper hoarder, if it can be used again for something else, then I will haul it off.

And I knew I wanted to gesso the page first, because I haven't used gesso in quite some time.  And then I couldn't find the gesso, so I made some.  Yes, the baking soda kind, and it came out quite well.

So, with some gesso, some paper scraps, rubber stamps, fibers, old lace, paints, and oh the buttons only came into play, when I found that fabric colored turquoise color one.   The blue dream words came from an old bookmark.  Yes, another stash. 

Yeah, this mood board was the perfect inspirational tool to get my butt in gear.  And oh, I didn't stop here.  More for this challenge to come!  Got a cool ATC and some mini tags to share, that are being used for another project.  Thanks to Dee Dee and Mixed Media Jenn.  LOVE THIS!

Pop in on those gals to see what they are up to...the inspiration will get you going, too!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Mixed Media MOODS Challenge II

I've been following Mixed Media Jenn on Youtube for quite some time now.  She has collaborated with DeeDee Catron for some Mixed Media MOOD fun!  

So here's my first take on this challenge.  ATC's made out of a piece of corrugated cardboard from a delivery box that I saved because I loved the design on it.  This is both sides of the piece, that I cut 2 ATC's from. 

With a little bit of paints and some very cool textured papers, a torn strip of dyed fabric, attached with a little brad, I added the words from a song that came on while I was working...
"DO WHAT YOU LIKE" by Blind Faith. 
(and I just saw Steve Winwood in concert this summer at Bethel Woods, aka Woodstock...he was FANTASTIC!)

The second ATC from this project took on a mind of its own while I was tidying up the work space.  Bits and pieces...scraps of other projects, stared at me begging to be included, so here is the second card gaining its own internal PEACE. 

Yes, I do what I like, and it gives me peace!

Hop on over to visit these talented gals and 
enter the Challenge yourself!  Aloha!