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    2014 Reading Challenge

    2014 Reading Challenge
    Tammy has read 0 books toward her goal of 36 books.


    Altered Book: Messy Pink

    "The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time."
    ~ Bertrand Russell

    10x20" altered book, golden fluid acrylics, golden fluid matte medium, neocolors, gesso

    How long does it take from start-to-finish to complete an art journal page? With diverse techniques, materials, organization, creative style, levels of detail, etc. the question cannot be answered. Still, I challenged myself to finish everything but the journaling on two facing pages in an altered book in 60 minutes. The clock started when I began to set-up, and included cutting images, creating the art, clean-up and photography. Mission accomplished.

    Color. I like saturated color. I like to dab gesso and drops of fluid acrylics and push them around with a brush or credit card to get started. Leaving part of the page visible is a fun game. The early stages look just plain messy.

    Mod Podge is perfect for gluing images but be careful not to knock it over... I gooped up my writing instruments.

    The true joy of art journaling is to make the page your own, to focus on the process, relax. It's your page. Sometimes I use sharpies or crayons to draw around the images.

    Looking through the kitchen gadget drawer, I find things to use to stamp... lids, wine corks, cookie molds, tiny forks. Play-Doh molds are great too. Stamping and rolling little items around the page is fun. You can stamp with stamping inks or acrylic paint.

    I might journal in some of the open spaces, maybe add quote or swirlie doodles... I've been wanting to dry photo transfers again (the early attempts at photo transfers weren't so successful) using the tutorial at My Peacetree.

    Check out the final version with a quote at Messy Pink v1.2 and the rest of the Tekenfilm altered children's book project. More ideas at Step #574: Create Journal Fodder and Art Journalilng 101.


    Inspired by Chandeliers

     "The field of consciousness is tiny.
    It accepts only one problem at a time."
    - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

     {go to the mosaic at Flickr for photographic credits}

    The decadent, gaudy glass chandeliers that hang in the ballrooms of grand, old hotels. A chandelier of glass prisms hanging above a rustic wood dining table. The chandelier in a home of your childhood. We eat beneath their light, we see them through the sheer curtain along the street, we follow the rainbows bouncing around the room. And I love to look at them.

    Yummy chandelier inspired design and typography for a lovely wedding at 100 Layer Cake. A bit of chandelier imagery in Altered Book: The Road. Other collections include Doodling & Imagery, Rainbows and Silver & Gray.



    digital photograph and an acrylic painted art journal background

    One chilly morning in early March, a flock of birds was flying around, landing on a tree, lifting up and flying over to another tree, round and round among 4-5 trees on our street. The birds were returning, it seemed, in mass. The pale white-blue sky formed a backdrop to birds with gold chests perched on bare trees.


    Links | Creative | Curiouser

    "There is no such thing as blogging.
    There is no such thing as a blogger.
    Blogging is just writing —
    writing using a particularly efficient
    type of publishing technology."
    ~Simon Dumenco

    morning raindrops, japanese maple tree, altered

    1. The Janeville blog, bursting with inspiration and gorgeous artwork
    2. Navigating by Color in Maps and Color Trends in Wine Labels from Colour Lovers
    3. Julie of Moments of Perfect Clarity decoded the colors that have been inspiring her by running her Flickr favs through Color Palette Generator
    4. Retro photography at My Parents Were Awesome
    5. 4 Simple Principles of Getting to Completion from Zen Habits
    6. Beautious works at Lemon Tree Studio and the artist's collection of purse love at My Lily Eden
    7. A Layering and Shading exercise at Art Projects for Kids provides a twist from the Shadow Spheres my kids and I drew on black paper, based on Spheres in Space.
    8. Charmed by ornate retro charms from Terri of Pringle Hill Studio.
    9. Unique rock-inspired red sky at dawn mandala at A Magic Mom and Her Mandalas
    10. A layered celestial design at Mandala's Message (via A Magic Mom and Her Mandalas)
    11. 100 Ways to Screw Up Your Life and How to Get From A to B in 5 Random Steps from Dragos Roua
    12. A photographic tour of desolate Six Flags New Orleans
    13. Fresh + fun wedding photography at Feather Love Photography (via 100 Layer Cake)
    14. Photography prompts are calling me to That Pioneer Woman (discovered TPW via Sophie)

    Weaving Paper with Kids

     "Discoveries are often made by not following instructions,
    by going off the main road, by trying the untried."
    ~ Frank Tyger

    kids art project - weaving paper

    My 9 yr old daughter and I have been weaving paper! Here's how she describes her 5x7" weaving project,"Weaving paper is pretty hard and pretty fun. It doesn't look especially good when you start but it looks great when you finish. The hardest part is actually the weaving itself. When it's done it looks like busy streets squished together." Her tips:

    Tip #1: Don't leave any space between the woven strips.
    Tip #2: Don't put two strips with the same pattern going the same direction.
    Tip #3: Keep the colors wild, it looks more interesting if the colors are crazy.

    How to weave an Artist Trading Card:
    Above, my daughter's 5x7" weaving. Below, my 2.5"x3.5" weaving.

    1. Cut 15 strips of 3" length and 10 strips 4" length cardstock, guesstimating not measuring. Detailed patterns with bright colors work well.
    2. Cut cardboard or heavy cardstock into the size of an ATC artist trading card (2.5"x3.5")
    3. Tape the ATC to your work surface. This will be function as both your guide and your backing.
    4. Tape the tops of the longer strips to the top of the ATC and to the work surface. Ensure they touch but NOT overlap.
    5. Weave the shorter strips through horizontally. Pointed tip scissors (these Fiscars are my favorite and easy on the hands) help lift the vertical strips as you weave the horizontal strips in. Push each horizontal row up tightly against the one above. If your vertical strips overlap, you will have trouble tightening the rows.
    6. Lift the weaving, pulling the tape off the work surface but not off the woven strips. Turn it over and put a thick layer of Mod Podge on the back of the strips and a thin layer on the ATC.
    7. Tape the weaving to the ATC, being careful to fix any strips which have gone astray. Rub the back of the ATC firmly. Turn over and check that everything is in place.
    8. After a few minutes the Mod Podge will be dry. Trim the edges of the weaving strips down to the size of the ATC using sharp scissors or an exacto knife (an adult should do this step).
    9. With parchment paper on top to protect your book, set the ATC under heavy books (Harry Potter works!) for a day to dry without warping.



    Children's Mandalas #1


    "Circus Castle" mandala, 8x8" drawing paper, pitt pens, drawn by my 10 yr old daughter.


    Video: Athena Mandala

    The watercolored purple Athena mandala began as a pitt pen doodle in a 5x8" watercolor moleskine. I'm always interested in exploring more, more, more creative things to do. So using the video mode on the Nikon D90 DSLR and a tripod, I filmed myself drawing this mandala.

    It was edited in iMovie, then uploaded to YouTube... but the quality was worse (it's not huge, so it's not a compression issue), so I tried Vimeo and the quality is clearer but I obviously still have a lot of things to learn. So I will continue playing with these tools and make some more videos. The original is of better quality - you can see the ink lines clearly - but here many of the lines are out of sync. So my apologies for the quality, but I wanted to share my fun.

    I like learning technology by figuring out how to do a project I want to do, rather than via a tutorial of a project someone else does. So in this process, I learned the basics of iMovie, YouTube, Vimeo, finding copyright free music for videos, adding music to a video, creating title and end credits in photoshop... trial and error and lots of google searches! This took a LONG time! So if there is something you are curious about, there is nothing wrong with just jumping in. As they say, the water is fine.



    "We can choose to throw stones, to stumble on them,
    to climb over them, or to build with them."
    ~William Arthur Ward

    Ghent, Belgium, summer 2009.