The altered cigar box makes for fun storage of blank ATC cards ready to go for when I am in the creative mood. The sculpted face was made using a mold and paper clay and headdress are of black feathers. I painted it with Claudine Hellmuth's paint which also made a great sealer. I hung a tag made by one of my art friends on one of the keys - just a reminder of how nice it is to have kindred spirits. I love the Tim Holtz drawer legs.
Paper dolls was one of our exchanges this year in our art group. For myself, I made a banner for all seven art dolls appropriately named "Seven Sisters". Then I submitted the banner to RubberStampMadness, which is one of my favorite rubber stamping magazines. They did an awesome presentation and feature story on my banner. Thank you RSM!
A little bit about my process, I spent a day making all the dolls so it was an easy exchange for me as I really love making paper dolls! I marked on the back of the doll the name of recipient and appropriate date.
I should have done a better job of recording what I named each doll! However, knowing the recipient and making the doll specific for her was very easy!
Pinterest sends me weekly "you might like these" messages. Several months ago (maybe it's been a year?) I remember thinking that the artist that made the Halloween trinket dresser was very clever - it looked like a super cool project. This past weekend I wanted to make my own with the items I had available in my studio. I had a lot of fun engineering this project and have already made notes of improvement for the next one..... "IF" I make another one!
I made the dresser where the bottom drawers can be completely removed without the dresser collapsing.
I made a request to my art and calligraphy friends to exchange blank art journal pages with me. Marj mailed me her journal pages that were beyond amazing and this is what I made for her. I very much enjoyed the freedom to do whatever I wanted - no theme - no rules!
I thought this quote was funny and had the perfect rubber stamp image to use with it.
I love using stencils, color washes, and background rubber stamping before lettering.
We have an attorney in our office whose name is also Sara. It brings a smile to each of us when we greet each other with "Good Morning Sara"....it always does! She had the office she occupies painted with a beach theme in mind with one wall a bright turquoise and the other walls painted the color of sand. Her filing cabinet has been also painted with a softer turquoise.
This is a continuation of my "Completed Project" list. I opened a box that had all different letters and sizes and picked out the "S" and immediately thought of her. I made a few more changes to her letter after I had taken photos of her letter.
I used three images of a sand dollar from the Graphics 45 collection and added diamond glaze to them. I rearranged the sea shell and added a couple of other elements. Many times after I think a project is complete...only to find myself a few days later either adding or subtracting or rearranging elements.
I placed a magnet on the back of the "S" and popped it on her filing cabinet as as surprise.
"Attitude" is a fabric and paper art journal that I have been working on and it's almost complete. This is my first attempt at making a book where the base is paper and each page has a fabric piece sewn onto it......it's a hot mess!
The cover is made from an upholstery sample with layers of fabric scraps. The fleur de lis is a metal piece that I bought at an architectural salvage store in Louisville, Kentucky. I used a Tim Holtz gadget to punch holes into the metal so I could sew it onto the cover. It also was a rusted and dull silver color and I totally changed it playing chemist. After many hours of trial and error....I declared it done! I am very happy with the end result.
The signatures are made with paper and have other scraps of batiks, lace, crochet doilies, ribbons intertwined with tags, rubber stamp images and quotes added. I prepared a total of four signatures, however, how many actually get sewn into the book remains to be decided. The first two signatures have grown immensely fat so the book may end with three...and that's okay too.
I'll post photos of a few of my favorite pages later.
One of our exchanges this year in our art group was "mail art". I received from Susan a great piece that folded out into a mini-book that she named "stream of consciousness". I absolutely loved her idea and how she put it together. I decided to make something similar with a few changes. I used a medical year book that I had picked up in one of my many dumpster dives and cut the cover to the size I wanted. I used my own dyed canvas fabric for the spine. I played the game of using only what I had in my shoebox of miscellaneous images. I used rubber stamps to add quotes or images but only those that were presently on my work table. And the last thing was using the verbiage I had previously cut out from books/magazines that I use for ATC's. Instead I added them and in my own way, it was my stream of consciousness.
Tall Sally was the title of the book in one of my book binding books. It is tall and narrow with envelope inserts sewn in the middle of each signature. The placement of the holes in the spine was something new to learn for me. The whole book was a delicious challenge. I began this book with the idea to send it in for submission with all the time and effort it was going to take be to completed. Yikes...the move, new business, and no art studio for a year put this plan on hold.
After I took the book out of the "to be completed" box, I was no longer interested in what I had started. I no longer liked the cover that I had originally made. The first thing I did was remake the front cover by salvaging the embellishments I wants to reuse. My art style had changed during the time span when I had first started this project. I just had to close my eyes to the first four signatures that I made and move on.....and that is exactly what I did.
You can see the envelopes
One of my favorite page layouts.
I kept my artwork simple.
I did more rubber stamping than collage.
This is where the previous signatures were completed and I started the new signature with NYC. I went from doing a lot of collage to a very simple format.
This tiny book (encyclopedia) would be a great altered book, or so I thought. The red covers were in great shape and it was the perfect color for an Alice in Wonderland book. However, the pages were so brittle that after removing most of them, what was left could not be glued together. The paper kept tearing in the smallest of small sizes! My only solution was to add paper to the group of pages and anchor the group of pages by sewing and/or eyelets. What started out as a great project grew to be a big headache. So this little project was placed, no thrown into a box to deal with later. And later turned into a great length of time.
As the story goes, I pulled out the book with renewed energy and completed the pages in record time. The last trick was to use all dry adhesive. I have a few more of these books and I am going to completely remove all the pages and insert my own signatures since the covers are in great shape.
My favorite thing I did on this book was to add the tiny tea cups as shown.
My art group for one year had an exchange of different book structures. I made a piano hinge book for Judi and it was posted on my blog. I enjoyed that process so much that I wanted to make one for myself. I got as far as making the signature pages, picking out the chop sticks for the spine and the beads. This was all placed in a plastic bag and was part of my unfinished projects for a few years.
I was going to do a different theme than I had done for Judi but with the use of the chop sticks, it occurred to me it would be best to stay with the Asian theme. All the pages are different than what I had made for Judi even though I used some of the same rubber stamp images and embellishments. I did choose a smaller size book and machine stitched when I could instead of using adhesive. I only took photos of a couple of pages.
I am the fifth child from a family of eight children. I was raised on a farm in Northeast Iowa ... about a stone's throw from Minnesota and a short distance from the Mississippi. I am a wife, mother, business woman and a mixed-media artist.