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October 29, 2012

lost in time...

I save every single piece of clean-up paper towel from my projects. After painting I have all of these messy, colorful papers hanging from every inch of my easel (and yes I can be that messy!).

Meet the newest, "clean-up paper towel" art.
She is named "Lady Lost In Time".

Using clean-up paper towels is so fun and creative.
Your imagination will find the picture wanting to emerge.

First, the paper towel is affixed to a board, canvas, or watercolor paper
using your favorite collage medium. I used Golden's Soft Gel Gloss.

Its difficult to see the deep textures created by the paper towel and gel medium

Once the paper towel is dried I rotated the board until I could see the picture emerging.

Then just add a little bit of watercolor, using the same colors that are in the paper towel.
Watercolor has a cool effect when used over the gloss gel medium.

Since she will be entered into the upcoming Christmas Show at our local Art Space for consideration, I had to get her matted and framed. Here is a HUGE SHOUT OUT to Aaron Brothers Art & Framing.
Aaron Brothers always helps me get just the right mat and frame, especially for entering my art in shows.
The staff have a great sense of color, something I totally lack.

So here is Lady Lost In Time, matted and framed and ready to go...
(well maybe, I am getting a little attached to her)

As normal for me, my lack of patience and photo skills really do not show the deep textures, color and details of the paper towel or the finished piece.

The first one I ever did was Hummingbird Lady.

Its a creative and fun way to recycle acrylic paint clean-up papers along with (for me at least) getting those imagination juices flowing when I have been in a non-creative mood!

Try and let me know what happens.

Have a Marvelous, Messy Monday!

October 17, 2012

making a journal was "almost" done...

Our local art council is looking for different types of art for the Christmas season. I spoke with the Gallery Manager about making unique, one of a kind journals. She thought the idea was good but had to see one first to make sure it would fit the theme.

So I created 40 pages of various 5"x8" pastel cardstock, 
hand drew lines, added dragonflies, flowers or doodles to the pages
prior to having them hole-punched:

I painted a 10"x12" cover to wrap around the journal:
There were layers of paint sealed with Golden's Soft Gel Medium.
The cover felt like soft leather.

Feeling SO excited I went off to our local office supply/print shop which I have used for years.
Holding my pages and cover like it was a newborn baby, I explained to the girl in the print shop exactly what I needed and what the outcome would look like.

I need two holes punched through the cover and pages so the journal could be bound with yarn and charms.
Simple, right?

I explained that the holes would have to be punch all at once to ensure it would all line up.

We drew it out, wrote out detailed instructions as I nervously explained this was my prototype for an art show.

No problem! I was told it would be a very simple job and ready for me on Saturday and I would be called to pick up my job.

Saturday came...Saturday afternoon came...Saturday evening came...no call.

I went to the store and asked if my job was completed and was told there was a "little" problem.

It seems the cover was folded in half and punched by itself so it would not be able to wrap around.
They cut the cover in half and as I took a BIG breath I thought it would be okay.

Then I noticed that the holes in the pages were not centered!

There are only two ways to sort of fix this problem.
1. Cut 1/2" off the bottom of the cover 
                 however then the holes will still not be center.

2. Cut 1/2" from the top of the journal pages to center the holes
                             although this option would look awful on the pages as they were drawn to fit.

Either way it's not going to work.
Today I talked to the Gallery Manager and asked if I could bring in a prototype of the journal
although the holes would not be centered.
At least that would give her an idea of what the finished product will look like.
I am going to bind this with thick wool yarn and charms hanging from the front.

It's not the end of the world and I even have gotten some better ideas for the pages so it will all be good, even though I did shed a couple tears Saturday night.

Keep smiling and remember that for every mistake something good will come from it!

October 04, 2012

is summer over yet...

I was so happy when warm weather came our way.
I rejoiced in the heat while my friends complained.
I drove around with my windows down, even though I had air conditioning.
I always enjoy Summer!

However when the beginning of October is almost 100 degrees here,
something is just wrong.
As much as I enjoy Summer, Autumn is my favorite season.
And I am ready for the Fall season to begin.

I think between the weird weather, back epidurals and not feeling well,
not much creating has been accomplished lately.
One thing I have half-done is a handmade journal.

I am using 5"x8" blue, grey, pink and green pastel textured cardstock for the pages and adding lines and images with matching colored pencil. Then going over the image with a very light touch of glitter watercolor.
The journal will either be spiral-bound or hole punched and use twine to bind it together.
I still have to make the cover and the back using watercolor paper, collage and paint.

There are such easier ways to make handmade journals and I think it's the drugs I was on that started me in this direction...it must have been because this is a lot of work.
At least it can be done from a recliner.

I have a question about the "NEW" blogger.
How do you add someone's badge to your blog?
I want to add her Badge to my blog and I cannot figure it out anymore???

Please comment or send me an e-mail if you know how.
Either way, check out her site.
Traci ROCKS when it comes to getting creative!

I've opened the windows and feel a cool breeze coming in.
Tomorrow is suppose to be in the 70's, YAY!!!
Have a great evening.