Friday, May 24, 2019

Project share and a new tangent...

...collage. Much in the way that Zentangle relaxed me, gluing things to paper has weaseled its way into my daily artsy endeavors.
These are for a monthly swap series I've been making for the Facebook group Trashy and Flowish Junk Journals. Each month, we're given a template to incorporate into a 6" x 8" journal page. The idea is that at the end of the year you end up with 12 pages to bind into a journal.

I had two partners for this dress form swap. In a different swap, my partner had sent me a bunch of vintage buttons. I had so much fun with them.

The flower at the top is made from tea bags;-)

Monday, May 20, 2019

The Cheese Stands Alone...

At my day job, what keeps me in art supplies and a roof under which to craft and create, I'm a Cheesemonger. I work behind the cheese counter of a small, family owned specialty food market.
Back in January, I competed in The Cheesemonger Invitational. The video below  is from a CBS Sunday Morning feature of last years competition. It's pretty fierce and when all was said and done, I placed 11th out of 37 cheesemongers. I won a trip to visit Wisconsin dairies in October so I'm really jazzed about that.

My signs describing the 3 cheese presentations/pairings I had to create

I did NOT create these cheese boards. They were at our meet and greet party to kick off the 3 day event. They were prepared by the guy who won last years competition and is going on to compete later this year in France.

This is a CBS Sunday Morning feature from last years competition:

Yes, I'm a curd nerd.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Project Share: Baby Journal

This is the project that pretty much de-railed me from everything else over the last couple of months.
It was a labor of love, created for my niece's baby shower last weekend. We know it's going to be a boy. A big boy apparently...he's currently known as Brutus😉

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Re-Booting, Catching up and Diva Challenges

Somewhere along the way my holiday blog break detoured into a black hole of sorts...well, more like a rabbit hole of many artsy diversions along with family stuff, work stuff, dead computers and more family stuff....and YouTube;-)
Through it all, I started all of the Diva challenges in my Trainwreck Journal but never managed to finish any of them until yesterday, whilst hanging out, on rainy day off, at my neighborhood cafe.
This current challenge almost did me in though. After my second failed practice attempt I decided to go big and do it in pencil first. Much better. Although I'm pleased with the results, it vexed me in terms of knowing where and how to stop it, or how to integrate other patterns.

My morning at the cafe...

...finishing up abandoned challenges, which was it's own challenge I believe:

I'll be posting my Project Shares in short (hopefully), random posts as I try to get pictures off my cell phone camera.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, December 3, 2018

Project Share-Two Swaps

It's official. I'm hooked on this whole junk journaling thing and I'm really enjoying the swaps organized in the Facebook group Trashy and Flowish Junk Journals. Until I can achieve the bandwidth to make video flip-throughs of these projects, I decided to create separate posts to document the art I send away. I also realize that I need a way to archive ideas that I might otherwise forget down the road.
I sent out two swaps last week.
This first one is a Flow-ish Journal. This is basically a stash swap where the contents cover an assortment of inspiring journaling papers, images and ephemera that can later be removed by the recipient to use in their other art. Elements are not permanently bound or glued.
I'm not a scrapbooker or card maker so my own stash consists mostly of images I've collected throughout my years as Theatrical Costume Designer/student as well as  cards and papers I decorate myself.

This cover is a file folder that I collaged, painted and stenciled

I've tucked in several decorative napkins which are fun to use in collage
I also have a very large collection of art related postcards

I have a lot of costume reference images
the butterfly is a napkin I fused to cardstock and then stitched on the sewing machine
there's a little cluster in the corner using scraps and postage stamps

there's a piece of eco-printed watercolor paper
a belly band made of cardstock infused with a napkin
 french playing cards
 and paper clips with fibers attached otherwise known as Hairy Paperclips

coffee stained ledger paper
painted junk mail envelopes
a napkin/cardstock journaling card
copies of my hand drawn butterflies
and stamps on resume paper

I made a snippet roll
scraps and small images stitched onto a strip of fabric

tea dyed doilies

magazine pages stenciled and outlined a with gold paint pen
pieces of "Drop Paper" (sheets of calligraphy paper used under what I'm arting)
hand made tags
the pages are held in place by a length of bakers twine that wraps around the spine and the papers slide underneath the twine

the two signature covers are mixed media paper stenciled with tea

stenciled magazine pages

a decorated recycled envelope holding some clusters

I collaged some napkin scraps onto an insert
from a box that held 12 small wheels of cheese
(I work at a cheese counter)

some more drop papers that I added some stamping and stenciling to

I folded up some tourist maps into pockets to hold some of the handmade tags

This is my latest "Signature Swap". It's an 8 page signature (two 8 1/2" x 11" sheets folded in half) to form a completed signature. The decoration is permanent with pockets and bands that can hold tags and journaling cards.

That is all.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Diva Challenge #377 and a photo bomb...

Diva Challenge #377
featuring: Fengle and Pokeroot

I can't say I'm much of a fan of either of these patterns, but it was a fun challenge getting them to work with the previous weeks challenge.

Other stuff I've been doing:

My first attempt at Faux Gelli printing
In lieu of a $40 gel plate
I squirt the paint onto an .89 cent sheet of fun foam
and roll it with a brayer

then layering on some stenciling

I made a collage out of the paper I used to clean off the brayer
adding some stamping and stenciling to 
then I color copied it

playing with my new circle punch

I have several art journals in the works:

random watercolor backgrounds on the latest Trainwreck journal

My Travellers Notebook Junk Journal
the cover is made from sheets of baby wipes
I use in clean up from other projects
I glued several together to create a large sturdy sheet
ran it around the sewing machine several times
then finished it off with painty circles

the signature is made from a bunch of random papers 
including a coloring book page

I glue in fun things and there's space to write notes 
I coffee/tea dye index cards and use those to write notes,
 ideas and art prompts from my YouTube sessions at the cafe

I paint, stamp and art random pages

My 2nd Junk Mail Journal
literally made from junk mail
initially a challenge prompt from one of the Facebook groups I follow
but I have so much fun with this that I finished one
and immediately started another

I play with color combinations and stencils

Glue more stuff on...

Thanks for stopping by!