|Lenna & Kathy Oravec at Nia on Siesta beach - December 4, 2012|
The dark black film was part of how the original stamps were made -click for detail.
Reading about Julie's circle stamps had me thinking of circles . . . so I traced around some from rolls of masking tape in different sizes. I had paper flowers in a tube on my desk that my friend Frieda had remarked about when she saw a photo . . . having her comment on my mind made me open the package up and see what I could do with them!
|Above is a cropped section of just one of 7 pages I did for a page swap. |
To view all seven pages, please visit this link on flickr. : ^ )
Unbelievably, this is my 400th post here! I started writing and sharing my art on this blog in December of 2006. To celebrate 400 posts here I have created a collage that I would like to offer as a giveaway! Just leave a comment below (with your email if i don't know it -so i can contact you) on this post by Tuesday morning 9am Florida-time. I will choose someone randomly from the comments and send the collage above to you if you win! click on the photo for details. lenna young andrews - January 8th, 2009
The winner is: JoY Meadows!
p.s. i forgot to add how i made this collage! It's done on a 9" x 5" water color paper base with scrapbook paper and an old ledger page from 1892 layered on top. The image of the couple is a leftover from an experiment of using my ink jet printer to print vintage images onto watercolor paper. More description and another ATC here. I ripped hand dyed tissue paper and gold marbled mulberry paper and glued them around the image and the ledger paper. A Pablo Picasso quote was rubber stamped in the corner (an old lennalines stamp) "Love is the greatest refreshment in life." Little bits of gold metallic paper were added, along with a charm that says 'listen'. The quote below the couple "she flew up to the moon" is from ARTchix Studio. I thought the scrapbook paper background was very interesting with these words: "Love is not just a justification of the eyes. Beautiful objects will of course, inspire possessive urges - you need not despise your taste. But when insatiable desire inflames you for a man who is out of fashion, lacking in glamour, plain, in fact - that fire is genuine: that's the authentic passion. Beauty any critic can admire" wow! It's all there in small scribbles on the scrapbook paper (click for more detail) on the left side.
~This is the cover of my own altered book for a RR exchange that begins in September. I will be sending it around Round Robin style for 12 other artists to work in: Sallie Rodman, Barb Malty, Barbara DeLisle, Bonnie Ashurst, Buffy Izzo, Christy Laudig, Gigi Lorenc-Gibson, Joy Meadows, Lisa Robinson, Peggy Gatto, Renee Stockfleth, and Susan Cervantez- wow! I was asked earlier this month if I would like to join in the 2nd round of this AB group and I said, 'Yes!" I believe everyone involved in this exchange met on the artchix studio yahoo group. Thanks to Sallie Rodman for hosting!
I took the opportunity of my ample free time while on vacation on Wolfe Island to work on my altered book pages and cover. I wanted to complete this project early, as things are up in the air with our home being on the market. This way, if I get busy packing (our fingers are crossed!) this project is complete and ready to send.
I painted the cover with white acrylic paint in order to cover the original photo. This is a Cookbook - Pillsbury's Creative Cooking! The theme for my book is "words" with the additional theme and use of a color combination. I have so been enjoying the Colour Groupies color combinations that I wanted to extend that theme to this book and see what combinations the participants would come up with.
I used sections of ripped lime green and gold mulberry paper (my color combo) to add color to the plain white cover. I also rubber stamped the title and added other fun stamps with both VersaCraft and StazOn inks (permanent). I had grabbed a bag of magnetic words meant for your refrigerator (where these used to be!) and choose some words to fit my theme and book. The words I picked read: With Open Mind We Make Our Way ~cool! I added them to the cover with E6000 glue.
Below, my intro and sign in page . . . I typed the important info up and then printed it out & affixed it inside the cover -click for more detail. I had fun adding a lot of lines and squiggles with various pens.
The first few pages are below - click on them for more detail . . .
On the "contents" page I listed the participants and kept with my lime green/gold color combo. I also had fun with some fish stamps made by Fred Mullett that have been in my collection for years! I added one of my favorite quotes, top right . . . .I left one of the recipes to show, along with not obscuring the words on this page below by using a light wash of paint. I love those gyotaku (art of fish printing) stamps by Fred Mullett.
The last page shown below is entirely fabric and was glued directly to a paper page after doing the sewing, painting, gluing of paper, and beading on the piece of fabric separately. I sewed a fabric image from ARTchix Studio to the fabric base and added beads. Hmmm, ARTchix Studio does not sell fabric collage sheet images these days . . . so, I copied a transparency sheet collage image of theirs onto a piece of plain fabric with my color copier. Instructions for this are available on the ARTchix website -part of one my free classes: Transferring ARTchix images to fabric!It is so delightful to work on an altered book again! I really look forward to this upcoming Round Robin. We will keep our work for each recipient secret until the books return home to their owners . . . so I may only show tiny cropped portions of my work, or nothing at all while this is in process. In a year (or less) I can share my book with everyone's work and all my pages in their books - enjoy! Lenna Young Andrews, July 27, 2009
-- Miles Davis
Shown here to compliment this quote is a photo of a signed poster I have framed, done by my watercolor teacher from the West Hartford, CT Art League - Frank Federico.
The reason for this post is I have so many quotes saved up in a signature file, my guess is I will never be able to use them all as a closing line in my emails! My son Decklin, who is now 27 years old, set up a program for me a long time ago (was he 15 at the time? I think so!) that would randomly choose a quote paired with my name and my website that I could paste into an email. When I switched computers the program was out of commission for a while, but not too long ago I begged Decklin to set it up for me again. He did.
I've decided I will choose a quote from my bank of quotes from time to time and simply post it on my blog. This one by Miles Davis stood out to me this morning for a couple of reasons. I am in the middle of teaching two online courses and I always think of this quote when I think of my students. One of my favorite sayings of my own, that evolved from teaching others over the past 2 decades is: "There are no mistakes, only creative recoveries!"
Students laugh and embrace this and for good reason! It gives them permission to try without failing. To enjoy the creative process and not suffer. I often have to recover from "mistakes" I make in my own artwork and it often makes the piece even stronger than I originally intended. Go figure!
Another reason this quote has meaning is to me is that Miles Davis = Jazz to me, and Jazz it will be tonight with my nephews performing in Pops 'n Jazz at West Hartford CT’s Hall High School, which is the home of one of the nation’s top high school jazz programs. Hall was one of the first high schools in the United States to integrate jazz into its daily curriculum, and Hall students have performed around the world. More than 100 student performers are featured in Pops ’n Jazz ’09. They are pretty impressive, if I do say so myself! Decklin & his girlfriend Tina will be coming down from Cambridge, MA today to go with us to see the performance later today . . . my dad is doing well and still in remission from liver cancer, fighting it with radiology now . . . Steven & I go spend a week with my parents starting on the 25th of March, and I am definitely counting my blessings.