Saturday, November 19, 2011

Sew On and Sew On.....

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I actually have a Five Drawer Manhattan machine sitting at the end of my hallway with a lamp on it. I have never used it because it was restored.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Frame It Up Real Pretty

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Darling Little Angels

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I know Christmas is a little ways off yet but I did have to scrape frost off my windshield this morning. Before you know it the snow will be flying here.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

WOW (What's On My Worktable)

The reason there is no actual photo of my desk is because there is nothing on it right now. (I finished these pages last night so the only thing on my desk was this book.) 


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So here is another set of pages for the Artistic Evolution circle journal group and these are for Lori Otto. Her colors that she chose for her book were purple, red and cream but I added a few other colors to keep it from looking too "red hat" so I hope she doesn't mind. Another curious but fun thing that happened with Lori's journal is that somewhere along the way a story line about this woman named Caroline traveling the world emerged. So who am I to not keep it going and so I had Caroline fall in love with a young inventor named Walter F. Quinby. I wanted the pages to be slightly steampunk but without all the rust and grunge you usually think of so I call this version "Steampunk Glam". 

I am not going to go into the details of how everything was done because I think you can figure it all out just by looking at it. 



For those of you wondering what the little card in the pocket says here is a close-up of it so you can read the whole story about Caroline falling in love. 

Let's Go For A Ride

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A Sprig Of Holly

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Monday, November 14, 2011

A Little Bit Of Asia

Some of you may remember a while back that I posted the covers for a new circle journal that our group would be starting soon. It's all about an asian theme for the books and here are my first set of pages for Sue Young's book. The really interesting thing about her book is that one of the other group members offered to hand make her journal for her so Sue took her up on the offer. The way that Sox bound it was to insert a piece of fancy handmade paper around each signature so that the white of the blank pages did not show on the exposed binding that she did. That gave each of us 4 pages to work on instead of the usual double page spread. (We didn't have to do all 4 pages but I couldn't resist.)

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This first single page was done pretty quickly using a Chinese New Year card and envelope that I got for really cheap at a local asian grocer. (The cards were from 2010 so they were not worth selling as New Year cards.) When I told the owner of the store that I was doing an asian art journal she came up with all kinds of interesting stuff that I could use. I stamped some black card stock with Versamark ink and dusted it with gold Pearl Ex powder. Then I cut apart the card and pulled off the stamped sterling silver tiger and rearranged it all before I glued it back down. (The silver tiger hides the 2010 year.)



This is my double page spread and I just started by pulling out my drawer of asian papers and other goodies that I have collected for this journal. The silver square is a piece of joss paper that the chinese use for sending prayers to dead relatives. I stamped it with an image of a japanese maple with embossing powder that is called "Japanese Lacquer". (I thought it was only appropriate.) The other images were all from the paper drawer and the brass butterfly I found at a garage sale over the summer. The dogwood flowers you may recognize from an earlier project for McGill and since the punches were still out so I decided to use them. The bamboo branch is stamped and colored with pencils and the bamboo on the black paper is done the same way as the background for the first page using Veramark ink and gold Pearl Ex powder. 

In case any of you are wondering the kanji in the lower right hand corner is actually my signature in chinese. I sent away to a company called Good Characters that does this sort of thing. They ask all about your hobbies and interests and come up with a kanji that is specific to you. Even if another Valerie asked for a signature stamp it won't look the same as mine. 



This is the final single page and I again tried to keep it less involved then the center double page spread. I took an asian themed stamp that I had and stamped it on watercolor paper then I colored it with Perfect Pigments by Luminarte. (They are like Twinkling H2O's but in a powder form that you mix with a liquid  binder.) I then tore it out and mounted it on the page after I had covered it with a piece of hand made printed asian paper. 

Big And Bold Patterns

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I guess these designers never heard of the idea that you should never wear a pattern that is bigger then your face.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Love Is All You Need

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This set of pages is for another Artistic Evolution journal. This is the one where the pages are stepped out in one inch increments and we have to create an edge treatment that will overlap the page underneath it. These pages are for Carla Hayes and they evolved from a circus theme. I know you are all wondering how the heck I got from there to this. Well on the circus themed page that Gina did previously she used a bunch of postage stamps with circus images on them so I decided to make that my evolution theme. I thought postage.... mailing postcards.... love letters.... and writing by hand with pen and ink the old fashioned way.

Anyways here are the details on what I did.

1. The background started with a piece of a manila file folder simply because I liked the vanilla color of it. I had already planned to use the transparency overlay on the page but now I needed to create the background that I wanted to show through the image.  I then pulled out all my old dictionaries and poetry books and started looking for definitions for words about "love". (I also used, devotion, adore, affection, cherish, and desire.) Once I got a bunch of stuff cut out of the books I started collaging them in an interesting design. I even took some old book pages that had blank spaces on them and I pulled out my own pen and ink and hand wrote some of the words I chose to include in the collage.

2. After all the words and lines were glued down I stenciled some designs over some areas in pastel colors with rubber stamp pigment ink and a finger dauber. I also added a piece of vellum that was torn in a rough outline to match the couple and ran it through my Xyron and attached it to the back of the image. (This did 2 things..... 1st it made the image stand out a little more but still let the words show through and it also protected the printed side of the image.)

3. The shorter page background was simply a piece of scrapbook paper with postcards printed all over it.
I took a digital copy of a postcard I had scanned from a friends private collection and removed all the handwriting that was already on it in Photoshop. I then created my own little note on it and printed it out.

4. The pen and ink I fussy cut from some more scrapbook paper from Graphic 45 and attached it along with the postcard to the page. (The rose is from an old Better Homes & Gardening book I found at a garage sale.)  I then took some Distress Stain in Pumice with a little Black Soot mixed in and brushed it around the objects to create shadows. The stamps along the edge are real vintage postage stamps that I snagged from my hubbies collection. (They are all poor quality duplicates and really not worth much.)

Sunday Digital Download

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Here are some more lovely swirled designs that continue the collection that I posted last Sunday.

Put The Pedal To The Metal

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Just as I promised your collection has been fortified with images of planes, trains and automobiles.