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

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Collage Challenge - Weeks 17 and 18

Week 17

1) squares (graph paper, chair seat, postage stamps)
2) text or a quote (quote on vellum - upper left corner)
3) a postal item (postcard, postage stamps, 
air mail sticker, rubber stamp cancellation marks))
4) a pen or pencil (fountain pen image from magazine)
5) something that represents summer (flip-flops, image of boy at beach, red flower))
Bonus: dictionary page (left side of page)

Week 18

1) a name (Daphne)
2) an animal (panda, dog, frog, butterflies)
3) a travel item (suitcase)
4) something in black and white (background papers, panda,
 dog, stamped face)
5) something written or drawn with non-dominant hand
(border around name tag)
Bonus: a triangle (postage stamp)


Thursday, May 6, 2021

Weekly Challenge - Christmas Cards with no red

My online art group has been having weekly challenges and this week's is to create five Christmas cards using no red. This was harder than I expected - Christmas papers almost always have some red in them and red is just a great pop to add interest to anything.

I found a box of Christmas scraps and unused pre-stamped images from years ago and I decided to challenge myself to use some of these up. I ended up making six cards without adding red.

A few facts: the card in the upper left was punched with a tree punch that I bought a long time ago but never used; the middle upper card has scraps of G45 papers; the middle lower card has a strip from a paint chip card and the lower right card is also made with scraps of old patterned papers.

This was a fun challenge. Maybe I'll do another one trying to not use green!

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Collage Challenge - Weeks 15 and 16

Week 15

1) repeating pattern found in nature (magazine image of pink jewel anemone at top of page)
2) something in watercolor (lower left corner - a small watercolor doodle sent by a friend; 
watercolored flowers)
3) something musical (music paper; image of old Victrola)
4) piece of washi tape (floral washi in three places)
5) calendar page or portion of (calendar in lower right)
Bonus: doodle (doodled flowers; also printed paper with doodles)

Week 16

1) weather - whatever that means to you (photograph of a stormy, cloudy sky)
2) person (vintage image of girl)
3) handwriting (vintage paper with handwriting)
4) map (upper left corner)
5) a number (portion of bingo card and also stamped numbers)
Bonus: rubber stamping in 2 different colors (numbers stamped in navy blue and black; 
circles stamped in brown)

I also added some gold paint around the edges of this page to frame it.


Thursday, April 22, 2021

April Swaps

 I finished three swaps for this month.  The first is a vintage junk journal page.

This is 5" x 7" and is created on a base of an old greeting card. I collaged various pieces of text and neutral papers. The flip-out pocket is half of a window envelope. It is also collaged and hinged to the page with the envelope flap. Inside is a journaling card.

Here is the pocket opened to side.

The back is covered with an old Yahtzee score card, music paper and a printed paper.

For a weekly challenge we had to create a tag and send to one of the members. I used three colors of paint scraped on the tag for the background and then added crackle paste with a palette knife. Once that was dry I used embossing paste through an alphabet stencil and added gold embossing powder. That needed to dry before heating to emboss. I also stamped a very old dragonfly stamp and added some embossing powder to it. I added a button with tiny beads to the stamped image.

And this is the altered trading coin for Aprils theme "spring or Easter." The image is a stamp which is colored with markers and added Wink of Stella for some shimmer. "Spring" is stamped on vellum and the flower pot has Glossy Accents on it.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Wow - life happens!

 Just to update you on what's been happening the past month and why I've been MIA...

In mid-March, after both my husband and I had had our two vaccinations, we went to Mexico for a week to complete some dental work I had started before the pandemic. We returned on a Sat. and then on Thursday flew into Austin to surprise our oldest grandson on his ninth birthday.

We spent the weekend there and returned on Monday. Wed. night our son arrived from London to try to get his vaccinations. Luckily he managed to get his first one two days later at the Walgreens right across the street from us!  We then drove back to Austin so he could see his two nephews and we spent Easter weekend with them.

We returned on the Tuesday after Easter and on Friday flew to Albuquerque with him so he could see his other two nephews. We returned on Monday while he went on to a few business trips.

So, it's been crazy busy and I have done very little art. I hope to change that soon as my husband will be having a knee replacement next Tuesday and we will be homebound for awhile.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Collage Challenge - Weeks 13 & 14

Happy April Fool's Day! Surprise, I'm posting after several day's absence.

 I can't believe it's already been 14 weeks into 2021! Time really does fly! Here are two more Margarete Miller weekly collage challenges.

Week 13

1) a photo (photo taken in Santa Fe years ago)
2) a geometric shape (triangle stamps, rectangle ticket, oval on label)
3) something you see through a window (flower)
4) lines (lines on label and guest check to left of ticket)
5) ticket stub of any kind (ticket)
Bonus:  typewriter text (typed letter, upper left side of page)

Week 14

1) buttons, real, drawn or stamped (button images cut from papers)
2) something royal (Queen Elizabeth postage stamp, Crown Royal whiskey, 
Swedish Royal Guard, 1856 portrait of Princess Royal Victoria)
3) a poem (American poet, Wallace Stevens)
4) a schematic (schematic of car switches)
5) two of something (two postage stamps)
Bonus: something purple (background paper, large postage stamp, ticket)

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Collage Challenge - Weeks 11 and 12

Week 11

1) a flower (digital floral image)
2) a foreign language (French script paper in upper right)
3) stitching, real, drawn or stamped (I machine-stitched the left side of the floral
image to a mat; also drew stitch lines around hexagons)
4) a measurement (ruler and a piece of sewing pattern showing
body measurements  - tan paper in center)
5) something torn (script paper, sewing pattern paper, floral image,
dark green strip)
Bonus: geometric shapes (punched hexagons from 
various patterned papers

I like the color combo on this page and am pleased with how it came out.

Week 12

1) a comic (vintage comic strip in upper left corner)
2) architecture (the old building lower right corner)
3) something cold (image of two boys sledding in snow - 
also added some snowflakes)
4) a favorite word (stamped cherish and also definition)
5) a bird (two in upper right corner_
Bonus: stamping in non-black ink (stamped postal marks 
in green on background page, upper right corner)

I added some labels, patterned paper and number washi tape to complete the collage. I was surprised this turned out so "vintagey" but it started with the comic I found.

I am really enjoying these collages this year and the "planner/collage book" from Margarete Miller. The size (approximately 5.5" w x 9" h) is perfect for a quick project without having to cover too much real estate.