The cover of my Road Map Letter Journal. Take a look inside my 3rd handmade Letter Journal. This first page has a fold-out . . .Read More
I wanted to try some paints I'd heard about that would be good to use with the gelli plate, because they were a bit slower to dry than regular acrylic paints. But before I started playing with my Gelli Plate with them, I tried them out in my very small moleskine journal. The new paints I ordered are Golden High Flow Acrylics . . .Read More
I've made a deal with myself to participate in ICAD (Index card a day) every day during June & July to equal 61 cards. That's my plan and I'm sticking to it! If something happens and I miss a day I'll deal with it and continue. But it is my intention to do something creative (or not!!!) on an index card on a daily basis . . .Read More
Last weekend Steven said, "I'm coming to get you at 4pm at take you out on the river in Chelsea." I was pleased; he was arranging a date! Chelsea is the boat that we bought from Lucas Boatworks about a year ago. It was hand built by Dave Lucas and Howard Heimbrock. Chelsea is an unusual boat because it is powered by a Briggs and Stratton riding lawn mower engine (!) and looks a bit like the "African Queen" with the canopy top. I took a short video and a bunch of photos while out in the boat with Steven and our 2 dogs, Asia & Chloe. I remembered about the video yesterday and enjoyed putting it together with a few photos and some music ~I'm learning! But I think it came out good -most importantly, Steven loves it! If you do not see it below, here's a direct link. Only 2 minutes long and a lovely boat ride. Won't you join me?
|Asia & Chloe having a chat?|
(ATCs I created for another swap)
Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.
~ Chinese proverb
She wrote, "I've been making backgrounds on wood and then cutting them into shapes.... like the hearts. If I send you some wood, would you like to play and make some backgrounds? And then send them back to me and I'll cut them into shapes? Then you can send me a few photos of yourself and your art space and I could feature you as a guest artist on my blog and etsy shop.
I would sell your shapes and send some back to you so that you can enjoy some too."
Whoo Hoo! I said, "I’m in, Helga! I would love to do this!! Making backgrounds is such a fun and creative activity. I'm honored you asked!" After I received the wood from Helga I got to work - or I should say, play- with an early April deadline to have the backgrounds returned to her. Here's a peek into my process of making the backgrounds on wood before Helga transformed them into some very charming shapes!
For the board I collaged with papers, I ripped a variety of papers to start with, click for details.
Tonight I crossed the 10,000 mark on my flickr photo account, which means in 5 years time I have uploaded over 10,000 photos to this account on my art, life, love, moving, family, animals and more. Wow, I'm not sure if I should be embarrassed or proud! Anyway, I wanted to announce this, so here I am. I obviously love to share my photos!
|This was my test piece -always test first!|
|These are the actual pages now that I have taped them together.|
|Creating the holes for sewing with a cradle |
so that all the holes will be in the same place.
|The stitching is similar to the Star Book class I have taught many times.|
|I use waxed linen to do the stitching.|
|The weaving part was different, interesting.|
|Finished! All 4 sections (signatures) of pages are sewn together.|
| I trimmed the cover just a bit, then attached it to the sewn signatures |
of pages in the front and back.
|There are 4 sections of pages just like the one above in the sketchbook now.|
|I finished the basic structure by adding tabs to make it easier to pull the folded pages out.|
I took Helga's challenge and used her art to create a card for her celebrating this special birthday. With much love & thanks to you, Helga! xoxoxox lenna
Edit: I have now added the link to dynamic views as one of the pages. Find flipcard at the top of the blog as a tab and click on that when you'd like to explore and discover more of what's here. It is an amazing way to choose what I have shared to look at. I may have come upon the best of both worlds -combining this current style template as the base for my blog with the ability to view the blog in more dynamic ways. Anyway, thanks for coming along with me on this discovery and we will make our way!
yours creatively, lenna
|* my husband, Steven *|
I understand it . . . and yet, it still feels strange to me not to be doing any mixed media art for this amount of time, about 3 weeks. In general, I am a fairly prolific artist and so, I feel slightly out of step right now. I have been thinking about doing an art journal page - truly, it's just a half a page to finish a journal, or some ATCs. There is also a 4x4 themed piece coming due at the end of the month and I have even been thinking about getting started on my Sketchbook Project 2012. But basically, I keep telling myself that yes, when I am ready, I will start up again with paper and paint and fabric and ink. In the meantime, I am glad to have my camera and the creativity it affords me.
I am enjoying using my camera and figure I will be back to my 'usual' creativity before too long. I am simply feeling a little more quiet than usual, which is to be expected. I do talk with my mom a lot, as well as my sister and my husband Steven and it seems we are all just moving through this life changing event of my father's death at our own pace. Do not worry, we are as fine as we can be. With love, lenna
p.s. I am not sure if the comments glitch has been fixed, but I did send notification there was a problem. If you get to a blank page when publishing your comment, please use the back arrow, open up the comments again and you should see your comment there ready to be published. So sorry for any inconvenience!
In looking for more information on Les Paul, I found lots of articles online about him and the special Google logo doodle today. Les Paul died in 2009, but today would have been his 96th birthday. He was the designer of the solid body electric guitar bearing his name, a "state-of-the-art" guitar. You can read more in this Washington Post article. My favorite find was this 10 minute video below made in 2007, following Les Paul on a 'typical work day' when he was in his early 90's.
My parent's had a lot of Les Paul playing when I was growing up in the 60's and 70's, so it was sweet to delve into this history and learn more about him. I absolutely adore Google's doodle logos. The John Lennon one is a favorite and the more recent Martha Graham animated doodle was really my absolute favorite. It is beautiful and I have a personal connection to anything Martha Graham as that is the dance technique I studied for many years. Although today's doodle is interactive and amazing! I did try recording my guitar 'strumming', so here is my unprofessional, but fun and fast recording! Lenna's take 5 ; ^ ) Have fun!
|For the front of Heather's skinny page: part of a painting, 'Martha Graham|
dance class' by Paul Raphael Meltsner was printed onto fabric. The inks were
manipulated with water + shimmer mist. A quote by Martha Graham was overlaid.
It took me some time to think about what woman I might like to create my art around. You did not have to have a specific "woman who dared" in mind, but that was the direction I wanted to go. After talking it over with my husband some weeks ago and doing a search online, I came across Martha Graham. Of course! Perfect. Quoting the introduction of the PBS program on her in 2005: "Martha Graham’s impact on dance was staggering and often compared to that of Picasso’s on painting, Stravinsky’s on music, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s on architecture. Her contributions transformed the art form, revitalizing and expanding dance around the world. In her search to express herself freely and honestly, she created the Martha Graham Dance Company, one of the oldest dance troupes in America. As a teacher, Graham trained and inspired generations of fine dancers and choreographers. Her pupils included such greats as Alvin Ailey, Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, Merce Cunningham, and countless other performers, actors, and dancers. She collaborated with some of the foremost artists of her time including the composer Aaron Copland and the sculptor Isamu Noguchi."
I studied the Martha Graham Technique for many, many years with my teacher Truda Kaschmann, who taught this technique to my sister and my mother too, not to mention countless others. I knew of Graham of course, but I never realized what pioneering and daring a woman she was until I set out to do this piece of art for Heather. Thank you again, Heather-truly. You have opened my eyes to so much more about her!
I started by gathering materials and searching for quotes, images and writings about Martha Graham. I found a few paintings by Paul Raphael Meltsner that really drew me in. I have since learned that he was a contemporary of Everett Shin, who studied painting with my Great Uncle, William Glackens! This is beginning to sound like 7 degrees of separation . .. but anyway, this struck me as very interesting. And since this is a gift to Heather, I did not worry about using a copy of part of this painting to represent her theme.
I printed out a variety of photographs, images, paintings and quotes onto paper, fabric and transparency film. I collected a 4x8 piece of flat batting and a soft piece of washed canvas-like material to work on. Heather likes earth & jewel tones, history, quotes and words so I knew I was on the right track. She also said a horizonal page was fine with her, leaving room on the 4" side for holes. I started with the fabric print of the Meltsner painting and wanted to add to it -- so I spritzed, dribbled and dropped both water and Perfect Pearls mist on to the fabric... the ink from the inkjet printer is not permanent so doing this makes the ink migrate. When I liked how it looked I layed this fabric print over some flat batting, onto the canvas fabric and sewed just the edges, leaving the edges raw and the fringe hanging.
|"The only sin is mediocrity." — Martha Graham|
|“I wanted to begin not with characters or ideas, but with movements . . .|
I wanted significant movement. I did not want it to be beautiful or fluid. I wanted
it to be fraught with inner meaning, with excitement and surge.” –Martha Graham
A few weeks ago I saw a link on someone's blog about a Postcard swap that iHanna was hosting. When I went to her site to check it out, I learned that I was visiting "the blog of a Swedish woman in love with creativity." That sure made me smile! Then I found out I had visited iHanna's blog just in time. I had only one day left to ask to be included in her postcard swap! I signed up and Hanna sent me a list of 10 people from around the world to send to. My Job? To create 10 hand made postcards and send them on their way. Off they flew this afternoon and here is how I made them!
|I took a scan of the back of a vintage postcard and combined it with|
iHanna's Post Card Swap logo in Photoshop. Then I added my message!
The postcard back was complete.
|I flipped the postcards over and stamped a BIG fish from Fred Mullet|
using a StazOn permanent ink pad.
|I tried out some new acrylic inks I bought after reading about them in |
Quilting Arts magazine - FW by Daler Rowney. I spritzed with water too!
These inks are different-more pigmented than Dye-Na-Flow, which I usually use.
|some of the colour patterns made from spritzing and sponging.|
|I added Perfect Pearls interference powders to the wet ink . . .|
|I decided to over stamp the fish with wet pigment ink and to emboss it|
with Psychedelic embossing powder - wow!
|some of the results -look at it sparkle!|
|I added a hello from Florida . . . this is a very international swap.|
I sent my postcards to Japan, Finland, Texas, New York (x2),
Australia, Utah, California, Sweden and Germany!!
|more stamping with a favorite Magenta stamp.|
|The backs got a little messsy with all my inking and sponging on the front,|
but I decided I love it!
|I added MORE rubber stamping front and back and I was done!|
Off to the post office I ran because tomorrow was the deadline to send!