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

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

MIA- Oh my gosh!

I can't believe it's been since early Oct. that I've posted here. So much has been going on!

As soon as it got a bit cooler here in Texas, we decided to start cleaning out our attic and garage. Yikes, what a task. We still had boxes and boxes of all five kids' stuff from their school years and college plus lots of miscellaneous stuff we've moved from several houses, some of which had not been opened! Time to clear out so our kids don't have to do it later...

There's been lots of traveling this fall as well. Babysat in Austin the weekend of Oct. 12th; then in Albuquerque 10-/20-26. Had a few days at home before taking off for an artsy girls' 10-day retreat on  Nov. 3, returning on the 11th in time to leave again for Albuquerque on the 12th for another week of babysitting. Returned on the 18th and we are going to Kansas City tomorrow for the Thanksgiving weekend to be with my sister-in-law and family. Our Albuquerque kids/grands will be coming up on the train to join us.

Needless to say, I have not done much creating except at the retreat. I will share those projects next week. I just wanted to let you know that I will be back with more regular posts shortly!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Altered Book Spreads

Finally got back to working in my altered book. Some of the backgrounds had been done before our trip but I had to add focal points and final touches.

The background of this spread started with a collage of fabric scraps glued to the pages. Then I added a layer of white gesso, a floral napkin and some stamping before adding the image and sentiment circles. Have you ever tried Mod Podging fabric? It transforms into a totally different texture and is very fun to do - great way to use up scraps too.

There are portions of a napkin collaged to this background as well. The female image came from a fashion magazine with butterfly wings behind.

I like the quirkiness of this spread. There are layers of collaged book text and small images from magazines covered with scraped acrylic paints, gelatos and stamping. The robot image is from a tech magazine of my husband's with a spiky flower as a "halo." The female head is from a Stampington magazine paired with an octopus-like plant for a body.

I think I'm finally getting back in the groove of making art. I missed it this past month!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Home from Alaska

We returned from our family 7-day Alaskan cruise late Sunday and I've been recuperating ever since! 
We had a fabulous time and saw gorgeous scenery, had beautiful sunny weather, ate lots of food and made many memories that will last a lifetime!  If ever you have a chance to go to Alaska, don't pass up the chance!

Here are a few photos to give you a sense of our adventure.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Altered Book pages

I had completed these spreads in my altered book before I left for Kansas City. I haven't gotten back to much art since I've returned as I'm getting ready for a 7-day Alaska cruise with my entire family. We leave on Saturday so I'm busy packing but thought I'd post before leaving.

The left page of this spread has an image from a fashion magazine. When open, the spread (below)  has flowers and stems created from fabric over a background of paints and stencils. 

The background of this spread is crinkled tissue paper glued over a collage of book text. Then I scraped on acrylic paint and stenciled the white circles. I decoupaged pieces of a Jane Davenport napkin on top along with half an image from a fashion magazine (I used the other half in a previous altered book - love it). It's hard to see the sentiment which is also a decoupaged napkin. I may have to go back and outline it in white...

I hope you are enjoying my altered books as much as I am enjoying working in them. I'm itching to do more, but that will have to wait until after Alaska.

Monday, September 10, 2018

MIA again - Life happens

The last part of August and first week of September have been a "wash." Sadly, we have been in Kansas City keeping a bedside vigil for my mother-in-law. She lasted 12 days without food or liquids and finally passed away in the early hours of Sunday, Sept. 2. All plans and details fell to my husband and his sister and there was lots to do. We finally returned late last night and I am now trying to catch up on things.  I hope to post a few days this week before we go off on our previously planned family Alaskan cruise next week.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Altered Book page

I finished another spread in my current altered book a few days ago. 

This background has lots of decoupaged book pages for the first layer, followed by scraped paints and gesso through stencils. I also used burgundy spray ink and dripped it from the top of the pages.

The focal points are images from a magazine doctored with collage sheet images. Edges and outlines are smudged with black Stabilo pencil.

Since I don't have the energy or inclination to venture outside in this oppressive heat, I'm enjoying playing around in my art room and catching up on all kinds of projects.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Scrapbook Pages

I've been trying to catch up on many scrapbook pages for the grand boys.

I did this page awhile ago, at the end of the school year. It commemorates Drew's first year of outdoor soccer on K-league.

Our entire family traveled to Vermont to celebrate my mom's 90th birthday in June. I made four identical pages, one for each boy, so they would remember their great grandmother and that special day.  I also did several pocket pages for all the photos of different activities they did that week.

John, Dana and Drew and Grant spent several days in Montreal before returning home.

(made two of these double-page spreads)

They also went to White Sands for a day - the boys had never been.

(made two pages)

Drew's birthday was in early July so this double-page spread commemorates his Ninjago birthday party.

His party was at the same park as his third birthday party so we took the opportunity to take another photo of all four boys at the base of the same tree. What a difference three years makes!

(made one for each of the boys)

In early August Carl flew alone for the first time from Austin up to Dallas Love Field to visit us for a few days. Of course, that needed to be documented!

And Drew's first day of school (first grade) was this Monday. Carl doesn't start for two more weeks but I will be making a similar page for him.

I think I am officially up-to-date with all four books!