Saturday, October 15, 2011

It's Not Easy Being Green

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Follow The Green Fairy

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This is another set of pages for one of the circle journal groups I belong to. These pages are for Sarah Walker who is from Australia. The previous pages were all about cats and I was a little stumped as to what to do to continue the evolution. (I had skipped the previous journal in the line-up because I was at a stand still on what to do with it too.) So I kept looking at the cat themed pages when one image kept drawing me back to it. It was a martini glass and Gina had called it a "catini". So I let my mind wander to unusual drinks and I have always been fascinated with absinthe. Mind you I have never tried it but I love the color of it and the whole ritual of preparing it. I also loved that many artists were claimed to be helped by the "green fairy" as their muse. I also love the movie Moulin Rouge and the little scene with the green fairy flitting about the room so I went with it. Below are the details.

1. The background is done on heavy watercolor paper and I washed both pages with a layer of Distress Stain in Crushed Concord with a little bit of the new color Seedless Preserves swiped over it in various spots. I then rubbed on more Crushed Concord to get a deep purple color and sprayed a little water on it to get it to bleed a little. I then sprinkled course sea salt over the middle in a sweeping curve to show the flight of the fairy. Once it was dry I wanted to make the salted area more pronounced so I splattered Picket Fence Distress Stain over it and then blotted it lightly with a paper towel.

2. I also added more color by using various stencils and a finger dauber tapped onto a pigment ink pad. (I used the colors eggplant, hyacinth, white and deep rose.)

3. To give the background a little more sparkle I used a technique that I learned from my recent classes in Chicago at the CREATE Mixed Media retreat. I sprinkled some Bo-Nash powdered adhesive over the pages and then ironed it covered with a no stick sheet. Then I took a lime green foil sheet and ironed that over the adhesive powder. When you peel it up the foil only adheres to the glue particles making it look like it was splashed on the page.

4. The wings of the fairy were printed on an ink jet transparency and then backed with some Whisper ribbon by running it through my Xyron. (It is this thin, bubbled iridescent film like Angelina film.) I did the same to all the butterflies on the edge of the same page.

5. The images were all found o the internet from various sources and I simply printed them on matte brochure paper then fussy cut them out. To make some of the images stand out I took a small brush and washed Black Soot Distress Stain around them. The wonderful thing about Distress Stain is that since it is reactive with water you can go back even after it's dry and feather it out more with a damp brush.

5. The title is cut from Sizzix alphabets dies called Rat-A-Tat and Fancy Brush.

The Birds And The Bees

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Here are some gorgeous french dictionary pages that I found.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Le Cheval

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Have A Retro Halloween

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I remember my mom hanging a few of these exact same decorations on our front door and in the windows for Halloween.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Writing Is On The Wall

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Here are some nice examples of hand writing to use for backgrounds and what not. 

Monday, October 10, 2011

Cruisin' With Tim (Day 7)

Another day at sea and our second class to finish the tray is in the morning from 9am to noon. We had 3 more hours to add more stuff and fuss around with it. As I said in yesterdays blog I didn't finish much of it and I wanted to wait until I got home anyways to avoid breakage. So after unpacking and posting the obligatory "I'm back" blog post I felt the tray calling my name and off I went into my basement. 

As you can see I added more stuff like the painted drink umbrella, the lobster and the flip flop which I found in the ships souvenir shop. I added the stamp that Tim gave us to the photo flipper and a playing card that has a Caribbean map on it. (Also a souvenir found on the ship.) 


Here it is about 3/4 of the way finished. It was so hard not to keep adding things to it especially after leaving it at night and then going back the next morning. I had new ideas and kept remembering things I had that I could incorporate. 


Here it is all finished for now. Who knows though.... I made still add things to it later. Below are close-ups of various parts of it. 




This bottle, key and pen nibs were all in our kit of stuff we got from Tim. I colored the inside of the bottle with black alcohol ink and stamped the labels with a stamp set that Tim had for us to use that is not out yet. The background paper is from the vintage paper kit I bought during the store stampede. 


Elena has this cool little camera called an Instax from Fuji and it takes these mini polaroid photos that are the size of a business card. She was snapping photos of all of us waiting in line to get into class. (I am definitely getting one of these.)

Close-up of the photo flipper and the grunge block letters. I added the popsicle stick that Mario gave everyone as his "trade" for the cruise. (I still have to add photos to the inside.) 


Here is a close-up of the lobster and the box above it. The Viewmaster slide was given to us in our kit along with the fish net, number brads and sand dollars. (I had the coral at home.) The palm tree charm was a trade from Jan Al-Janabi. I found the ship logo in the souvenir shop on the ship along with the lobster. He is a magnet and all his legs and antennae are on springs so that he wiggles. (I think he is my favorite thing in the whole tray.) I found the larger thimble in St. Thomas and the smaller thimble is an old Monopoly game piece. 


Close-up of my pirate skeleton. He is sitting in this position because I didn't leave a space large enough to hold him ahead of time since I didn't know that I was going to use him. The treasure map bottle was something I found in St. Maarten. 


This is the watch we made in another of Tim's classes. 

I used one of my own frozen charlottes since the one Tim gave us was too big for all the size boxes I had. (I needed to have one of my larger boxes turned the tall way but I didn't realize that until the whole thing was already taped.) She is behind a piece of plastic in shaker box with shells, pearls and a sand dollar. Unfortunately the sand is not from the islands. I had discovered some in the bottom of my camera bag but when I went to dump it onto my craft mat I didn't realize the handle was still around the back of the chair and I ended up dumping it all over the class room floor. 

These shells are from the beach on Cocoa Cay and they are incased in some of the packaging plastic bubbles that was on the muse tokens he gave us. 


I decorated a wooden spool with some lace, paper flowers and word ribbon which was also in our kit. The button I bought in the marketplace store and the word pin was in our kit. The raffle ticket is from the giveaway/farewell party later that evening. (NO.... I didn't win anything.)


I painted the drink umbrella from a stash of them I had at home. The flip-flop was a key chain from the ship's souvenir shop. 

This box is filled with the 2 corks from the wine we had at dinner on 2 different nights. It also has a label from a bottle of beer that Rob had at the little cantina on St. Thomas. The bunch of grapes is a vintage pin I have had sitting on my desk forever just waiting for right project to come along. 


Later that evening (5pm) we had a farewell party with Tim giving away all kinds of stuff. These are all the ticket stubs that we got each time we purchase something. 


OOOOOOoooooo..... pick me, pick me, pick me!!!!



There must have been thousands of dollars of stuff on both of these tables. Alas I didn't win anything but my friend Elena who has every craft supply known to womenkind won 3 times. (Of course she a huge wad of tickets because she spent so much money at the marketplace.) She won a stack of "thickers" stickers, a whole set of archival ink pads and a Vagabond. (which she already has all of.) I tried to talk her out of at least the ink pads but I wasn't successful. (I should have just tackled her in elevator later on.)




Before I forget again... here is a photo of all the stuff that Tim gave us over the week. Below are some close-ups. 





My friends were not kidding when they said to bring an empty suitcase to lug all your loot home. 


Here are the few things that I purchased at the marketplace store and in the ports. 




And of course here is our last towel creature of the cruise. Early the next morning we were scheduled to leave the ship in the first group which was at 7:30am. From there it was a long wait in the airport for our 2:30pm flight. While having lunch at the Macaroni Grille there I spied Tim, Mario and Joy all heading to a back table to grab some food too. 


OH I almost forgot... If you want to see more then you need to go to Tim's blog and watch the video that he made of his trip. You get to see some great behind the scenes stuff. (You have to scroll to the bottom to find it.)



All I can say is that I had a marvelous time. The food was wonderful, the scenery was spectacular and the classes were an awesome bonus that topped it all off. Would I do it again? You might be surprised to hear that I probably wouldn't. Why? (You might ask) Because first of all Rob and I are the not the kind of people to hang out on the beach and Rob especially doesn't like to go in the water. We both burn to a crisp very easily and I can't stand temperatures over 75 degrees. We are also not the kind of people to do cruises. This was my first one and it will probably be my last unless it is something like a trip to Alaska. (Which is originally what this cruises destinations was supposed to be. It was changed because the ship classrooms were not sufficient.) We really prefer to go somewhere unusual and just wander around to see what we find on any given day. I hate to have to dine at a certain time or get dressed up for it while on vacation. We don't like to go to shows, I don't like to gamble (although Rob will occasionally) and the 3 pools and numerous bars are not our thing either. Am I glad I went?... YES definitely!!!! This was the first time I have taken classes from Tim and I am glad I got the chance. He is a wonderful teacher, with a good sense of humor and he is uber organized. I loved every minute of it but I am glad that I am back home and able to work in my own quiet (not so) little studio where everything I need is close at hand. Tim does provide way more then any other teacher ever has but I missed my heat gun, my Xyron and my colored pencils. So now, that is all of my experiences from this once in a lifetime trip. Now it's back to the reality of doing the dishes, the laundry and taking the dog for a walk. (SIGH!)