"Art is my vehicle through life; may we share the ride together." Ron Wickersham

Friday, July 22, 2016

And one more...

I forgot to post this last project from the retreat. It was hanging up right in front of my computer
 and I didn't "see" it!

This is the little banner made from toddler-sized jean pockets. Aren't they just the cutest? 

This project is super simple - add some squares of patterned papers to each pocket, make and adhere a rosette and a few pieces of ribbon, and add letters. I added Stickles to the letters and the edges of the rosettes. The pockets are threaded on a piece of twine with torn strips of fabric between each one. Easy peasy!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

More Retreat Projects

The first day of the retreat, while everyone is arriving, is purely a social one and dedicated to setting up our work areas.

On the second day, we have a variety of make-'n-takes provided for and taught by members.

Jan taught this cute three-dimensional crazy birds card.  The two front sections curve out as does the firecracker.

Roxanne taught this 8x10" mixed media canvas using Tim Holtz tissue wrap, Distress Paint, modeling paste, and Distress Inks. The tag is stamped with images from the Tim Holtz "Americana" mini-blueprint stamp set and attached to the canvas.

We also made the very popular Pinterest-inspired ribbon flags. I had previously made one for myself so this one will go to my daughter if she wants it.

And that evening, mixed media artist Rita Barakat (sponsored by Marcos Paper and Faber Castell) taught this mixed media project on sticky-back canvas using gelatos, gesso, modeling paste and texture cream paint.  I have added this to my art journal.

These projects, along with the patriotic book, were not all that we did over the weekend! There was plenty of conversation, laughter, eating and just fun girlfriend time! If you ever have a chance to go on an art retreat with like-minded friends, I highly recommend it!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

"Vintage Patriotic" AG Art Retreat

Every year at the annual art retreat with my online group we spend at least one day creating our own book using the retreat's theme. This year was vintage patriotic and, since I love everything red, white and blue, this book was so much fun to make!  I spent most of yesterday finishing it up and am loving the chunkiness of it.

Here is the cover which I made before the retreat as I wanted a fabric cover and some sewing on it. I used canvas for the front and back covers, backed with denim for the inside covers.  I knew it would be a chunky book, so I decided to bind it with rings.  There are four 1 3/4" rings on the spine, tied with many ribbons and fabric strips. The book is about 3" fat!

Inside front cover and first page: the vellum pocket on the inside cover holds a tag pocket made by one of the attendees. I documented about the retreat on the little "notes" tag.

Second and third pages (the 3rd page features my father and his WWII service). The photo opens to reveal a mini copy of his discharge papers and some information on his tour in Germany. He was wounded and spent a few months on the hospital ship pictured in the lower right. He always carried this photo in his wallet

Fourth and fifth pages: the photo on the left are family members of a good friend; the right page is a vintage Bingo card with a small flag I sewed.

Sixth and seventh pages: back of Bingo card features the 4th of July; the right spread is for the Pledge of Allegiance.

The seventh page above opens to reveal this spread featuring the Statue of Liberty:

Eigth and ninth pages featuring the Star-Spangled Banner song and flag:

Ninth page booklet opens up showing information about the flag:

Tenth and eleventh pages honor the Women Airfare Service Pilots of WWII. Our former neighbor, Betty Jo Streff Reed, was one of only 1,074 WASP. The top photos are mounted on a card that flips up to read her story.

Twelfth and thirteenth pages: on the left are photos of my dad and I in 1950 in the annual Memorial Day parade in my tiny hometown; the right page is about the women's rights movement in the early 1900's.

Page 14 (highlighting one of my favorite vintage images) and page 15 which is a double-sided pocket made from a paper bag to hold many of the tags that were swapped and that I created during the retreat:

Back of pocket page and inside back cover:

Tags in the pockets:

This was quite the undertaking but I'm so glad to have created (and finished) it! Several pages highlight personal memories and will be a nice keepsake and remembrance of the 2016 retreat.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

On the road again...

It's time once again for another adventure! This week I will be attending an art retreat close by in Grapevine, TX.  I belong to a small online art group and our 11th annual retreat is from Wednesday through Sunday. I've been to all except last year when I contracted a bad case of pink eye the night before the event!

This year's theme is "Vintage Patriotic" and we will each be creating our own personal book using that theme. I've been busy gathering and packing supplies and trying to narrow down some ideas for the book.  Looking forward to seeing these lovely ladies again (we're from all over the US) and having a fun, creative weekend.

Yesterday I spent the day with a good friend making cookies for the retreat - approximately 7 dozen. These are so, so yummy and I think they look pretty cute too!

I have finished this week's PAC for my planner. The art challenge for this PAC was to use stencils.

PAC - July Wk. 2

Here's a step-by-step:

1. Sprayed Dylusions pink, yellow and orange inks through a dotty stencil.
2. Applied yellow paint through a herringbone stencil (hard to see).
3. Added white paint through arrow stencil and a tiny oval stencil. (The white mixes with the Dylusions inks which are not permanent.)
4. Glued and machine-stitched on "dirty" paper towel pieces for texture.
5. Attached some tiny word stickers (Tim Holtz).
6. Outlined words and arrow with black pen; ovals with white pen.

I will share my weekly view calendar upon my return as I still have several days to annotate.

I hope the remainder of your week and weekend will be creative - I know mine will be!

Friday, July 8, 2016

DLP unPlanner - July

It's the beginning of July and I'm current with my planner! So glad to be finally home and able to work the week while it's happening.

The new theme for July is: "I Vote Yes - Saying YES to New Experiences"


I don't always keep to the theme but it's nice to have a starting point. For the July divider page I went with red, white and blue - love these patriotic colors and what better ones to use for July?

I used another of the Bo Bunny calendar dividers and added a portion of a Bo Bunny July paper for the center. I also used a journaling card for the pocket and stamped various-sized stars randomly over the background. I colored in the border with a marker slightly diluted with water.

For the tag I inked a star embossing folder with red ink and ran a manila tag through the Cuttlebug. The ink transferred to the tag without a lot of fuss! I added an image and star cut from a vintage design journaling card, two self-adhesive ribbon strips (very old!) and stickers to spell "YES!"

Back - monthly view
I used the back of the calendar as it was, also coloring the border and adding a striped piece of paper for the spine, some washi, stickers and stamps. This is still a work in process since there are still several weeks to go.



I didn't want to use a full weekly view page for the first three days of July so I used the pocket from the divider that I had cut off. I divided it into three days on the front and then decorated the back with stickers and paper cutouts. This is adhered to the left spine of the next week's page as a tip-in.

Week of July 4 - 10

I printed this week's page on kraft card stock and decorated it with red, white and blue stickers, paper, stamps and washi.

The art challenge for this week's PAC was to add texture in any way. For the background I repurposed printed color name strips left over from a box of upholstery samples my daughter had given me. This hardly shows now but with mixed media you never know where the process will lead you. At least I know it's there!  I then colored this with Neocolor II water soluble oil pastels and added texture paste through a stencil.  Next I dripped red acrylic ink from the top down and added white crackle paste through drywall tape. I tore a heart from a fibrous, handmade paper and tied on an old Jenni Bowlin cardboard button with baker's twine.

The new prompts will be posted tomorrow and I'm ready!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

DLP unPlanner - June catch up

It seems that I am always a few months behind and am always playing catch-up! I can't believe that in a few days June will be over and we will be at the half-year mark for the unPlanner!

Here are June's PACs (Pocket Art Cards). This month I cut down a four-pocket protector to stack the cards vertically. I stitched (messy, yes) the right side closed and added paper and painted reinforcers to the spine.

Week 1's challenge was to pick a shape and repeat it. I chose some stenciled scrap paper with circles and enhanced the circle theme.

Week 2 we were to doodle a flower.  This card was left over from a few months ago when we were supposed to have someone else doodle on our card. My friend, Lynette, had graciously done two cards and I had saved this one. I added the large doodled flower.

Week 3's challenge was to use tissue paper. For this card (top) I covered the background with a "dirty" inky paper towel. The text strip is a torn piece of Christy Tomlinson's printed tissue paper.  I also stamped the butterfly and word "fly" on regular white tissue paper and glued them on. I love that the tissue paper disappears once it is dry. This is a great way to add stamping to textured surfaces.

For the fourth week we needed to incorporate watercolors. I used green and blues to create the background and then stamped and heat-embossed the quote. I matted the card on black card stock - very simple.

Before I left I shared my June monthly divider and monthly view calendar.  Below are the last 2 1/2 weeks of June.  I still have a few days' to fill in on the last week.

Here is my monthly pocket page. I used a two-pocket page protector. 

n the bottom pocket I finished up my Washington DC and Colorado memories. We went to the Holocaust Museum and everyone was given an ID card of someone who was in the camps. It made it very personal. I also added a portion of the brochure from the Library of Congress and two photos which hinge with washi tape. The bottom photo is from CO and the top one is the four of us saying goodbye in the Albquerque Airport at the end of the trip.

The top pocket holds photos and the movie ticket stubs from my week of babysitting in Austin.

The back pockets hold: photos from the reunion; Delta bag claim check; and, my favorite, a scrap that Drew (age 4) wrote his name on all by himself while we were in DC. This is my favorite part of the entire project - getting to keep random scraps and mementos together along with my calendar.

So, I think I am officially caught up! Now on to July!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

I'm Back!

I've finally returned, at least for a few days! (Going to Albuquerque for the weekend to celebrate Drew's fourth birthday...)

I was in Vermont - my mom turned 88 on the 15th. She still lives alone and is going strong, having more energy most days than I do! We affectionately call her the energizer bunny.  My two brothers were there and we had a nice lobster dinner and strawberry shortcake (her tradition).

One reason I had gone was to attend my high school 50th reunion. Can't believe it's been that long! Class of 1966 had the largest class ever graduated from Stowe High at 30 students! Most of us had gone from kindergarten all the way through twelfth grade together. Sadly, seven have died, but we had a very nice turnout of about 20. We had a cocktail party at my best friend's house (she was 6 mos. old when I was born and we've known each other since) before all going to dinner together on Friday night. Saturday we had a meet-up at another local friend's house before the actual Alumni Banquet.

First Grade - 1954

Senior Year - 1966


From there I flew directly back to Austin to babysit Carl and Mitchell for a week while Kelly and Josh were on a 7-day cruise.  They were so good, especially since they had never been away from their parents for that long. We had fun going to the movies and just playing together.  Mitchell is such a cute age right now (14 mos.) and Carl is just a hoot.

Other than the birthday party this weekend and an upcoming art retreat in mid-July, I'm hoping to be home for awhile and get back to creating!