Green Paper July Collage challenge

Here is my response to Mary Green's collage challenge on her blog, Green Paper.
Mary provides 3 images and you have to use part of them in your collage.

I did my collage in a small moleskine journal that I had used in the past for Mary's classes and challenges. I like being provided with images and then being asked to see what I can come up with - creatively - in response! In this case, with Miss Helen Pritkin and the tickets that were included, I dreamed that she was wishing and hoping and wondering who she was going to use those tickets to the dance with! Those word stamps I used are journal prompt stamps designed by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and available at Stamping Bella-there are 20 words in the set. This was a great creative exercise for me. Mary Green does this challenge at the beginning of each month. I hope you will join us next month! In the meantime, you can check out all the challenge entries here on Green Paper.

: ^ ) lenna 

moleskin journal: 7-second crab

After finishing my Vintage Lace ATCs yesterday, I was drawn to work in my small moleskin journal that I began doing gluebook work in after taking Mary Green's on-line course, Your Vintage GlueBook. I did not really have any ideas on what to do, I just wanted to work/create. I think in the back of my mind I knew that I really needed/wanted to work in the larger moleskin journal for the Sketchbook 2011 Project, but was not quite ready to dive in and start the project yet. It is the starting of making art that I always procrastinate about! Once I start, I would say creating comes fairly easily. One thing will suggest another and before you know it, I'm done.

I began by rummaging through a large flat cardboard box where I had gathered and saved a lot of vintage materials when I was taking Mary's class. The background paper of bugs that you see above comes from a download of Illustration Pages- from an Antique French Dictionary, that I found at Mary's Green Paper Packages e-shop. That page was in the box as well as a page of mushrooms from the same download. There is something about these illustrations that I just love, so I decided to cover my blank spread of pages (2 1/2" x 3 1/2" each side) with these illustrated designs. I had previously used different pages from the same book in an earlier gluebook spread I did in class called Live in the Sunshine -see it here. These colorful papers got me started, and here is what happened . . . .

On the left I have a flash card given to me by Mary; I believe she has similar ones for sale in her etsy shop. I added a handmade transparency from an old advertisement over top of the card and placed a celestial image from ARTchix Studio over the top of it. I placed of bit of handmade paper in the left corner first. 

I also added an appealing (to me!) scrap of fabric from a recent ATC project down the middle of my spread. I did not want to obscure my bugs and crustacean background too much and deliberated what to do . . . then I remembered the scrap of paper my husband Steven drew on the day before. He called it a "7-second" crab because he told me that is how long it would take him to draw it!!! He was right. I grabbed the quick sketch off my desk, ripped the paper to a workable size, loaded the back of it with glue from my trusty glue stick, and voila'!

I giggled with delight upon placing this in my moleskin because I had wanted to do something with his cute cartoon, but had not decided what yet. When Steven came home from the boat shop, I didn't tell him what I had done. I simply handed him the notebook to show him my art, as I often do . . . 

He was happy and surprised, but not really!! I often take his art and incorporate it into something. :  ) lenna young

This is not a sketchbook!

Not too long ago, I signed up for the Sketchbook Project and found out afterwards that my friend in Scotland, Frieda Oxenham has signed up too. We had never spoken about it, what synchronicity! I am very happy about this because seeing her work for this project already has spurred me on to get started. Follow the link above, or click on the Sketchbook Project badge in the side bar to learn more about this exciting international project, which includes a tour of the sketchbooks around the USA and then becoming part of the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Art Library. As of this writing there are about 6,100 sketchbooks claimed and the project is still open to join. The Art House Co-op is behind this huge project and many others, creating "massive, international art projects that tie thousands of artists together – and anyone can participate". This sounds really good to me! I want to thank Sharon Walworth for knowing I would be interested in this and sharing the link with me. I'm also so glad that Mary Green, my talented instructor from the Your Vintage GlueBook class class has signed up for the project too!

I chose the theme: This is not a sketchbook. I thought that would give me a lot of freedom. Each book comes with it's own bar code which must remain in place no matter how much you alter the book. You really can do whatever you like, there are only a few sensible rules!

This moleskin notebook is larger and taller than the one I have been working in for my GlueBook pages. 

After working in the smaller moleskin book tonight and talking the project over with my husband, I feel ready to actually start working in my Sketchbook Project 2011- called that because the sketchbooks wil be touring the country in 2011. You can catch my posts here on the blog or check out my portfolio on the art house co-op page to follow along with my progress. How about joining us? Check it out!! It will be an awesome challenge and so much fuN!

my moleskin journal

Moleskine Plain Cahier Journal Black XLarge: set of 3 Plain Journals
I had never heard of a moleskin journal before signing for take Mary Green's online class,  Your Vintage GlueBook. They are small, flat little journals which I found in a set of three, all sized 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" - I chose the paperback cover. I do like this small size, even though I started my work in the gluebook class in a somewhat larger 5" x 8" sized notebook and it was a little bit hard to get used to, at first. I created another page in it fairly quickly today, and I will share that here along with the other pages I've done in this small journal so far:

I have called this my "almost" vintage gluebook because I know
I will be adding some non-vintage things!

The couple is cut from a vintage postcard, the flower background is from
mary green's e-shop and one ot the transparencies is from artchix studio! 
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This is my latest spread with images from the class with mary green, a small
photo of my grandfather and transparencies from artchix studio.

Most of the right side (background) of my newest spread above is a small piece of a large fabric-paper I made earlier this year. You can read how I made that here. This is why I have titled this journal my "almost" vintage gluebook, for one thing. I knew I was going to take what I learned and tweak it to make it my own!! This spread has watercolors (crayons), transparencies, rub-ons, fabric and rubber stamping along with vintage items and composition ideas I learned in mary's class. You can still join this online class, find out about it here: Your Vintage GlueBook class. I must say that taking this class with my dear yet distant friend Frieda in Scotland, and seeing all the absolutely wonderful work she has produced for the class (and still  is!) has really inspired me and spurred me on to continue creating based on Mary's class. I think about working in this little journal now even when I really should be getting other commitments taken care of!! I think I will just have to strive for a good balance of what I want to do and what I need to do!!! : ) lenna young