Green Paper December challenge


My response to Mary Green's December 2011 challenge:
Where shall I go next? Europe or Kansas? 
(see below)



Each month Mary provides a collage sheet with 3 images and challenges us to create something, anything! All that is required is to use at least a part of all 3 images. For December's challenge she uploaded this lovely grouping for us to work with:

I printed this sheet out 3 times, once on brochure paper for a nice crisp print, once on vellum paper (translucent) and once on plain paper at 50% of the normal size so I would have some images smaller. I layered the vellum print of the lady with the hat directly over the paper copy of the same to soften it. Then I slipped the vellum copy of the map in between the two as I liked how it looked layered over her face, like she was thinking about traveling. I attached the smaller size calling card on top of the paper copy of the woman's hat, but underneath the vellum one and then stitched my papers together. I am thinking it would make a lovely postcard. Thank you Mary, once again! 

To see all of the entries for this month's challenge, please view this post on Mary's blog - Green Paper. All entries are due posted there by December 8th and you could win an awesome package of vintage book illustrations. Mary Green also teaches wonderful online classes. I learned so much and had so much fun taking her Your Vintage GlueBook class.

Thank you for your challenges, Mary.
They are a wonderful exercise in creativity and you know I'm all for that!



Green Paper Vintage Gluebook Page Swap

I registered for Mary Green's Vintage Gluebook page Swap last month, even though I was not positive I could do it ...this swap sounded so good, I just could not resist signing up. So, I was very happy to be able to complete my work for the swap and send it off to Mary today. I made six 5" x 7" pages to swap and an extra gluebook page for Mary, for her own book. To create these, I used what Mary had taught me in her wonderful online class, Your Vintage GlueBook and added my own style to them, to make my swap pages.

Above, the woman in the purple hat is from Alpha Stamps and printed on fabric. 
Each page has a strip of a dictionary over-print (tan with colorful birds, feathers) that I received as part of Mary Green's Collage Club - and I printed this collage sheet from Mary on vellum paper so you could see through to my background papers. 

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Above a transparency I printed myself from an old postcard and postage stamps gifted to me from my friend Joanna Urbani (thank you!).

The image in the center is from ARTchix Studio. This one was Steven's favorite.

The "Across the Snow" page is again, from Joanna. xoxo
The transparency of the woman and the bird image are from ARTchix Studio.

Each page has a quote -most of them are LennaLines rubber stamps, which I no longer have as a business but still use quite often! 

an old map, ARTchix Studio image, postage stamps, a bit of Distress Ink.

I love this page! It makes me smile.


They all started with a single background page, glued to a piece of sturdy paper.

 Then I added a few items to each page.... Click for detail.

Then, I brought these pages and my travelling art kit  over to my parents house the other day. My mom had some errands she needed to do and while my dad was sleeping, I worked on these pages across the hall in the spare room. This was the best thing I could have done for myself. He did wake up and I was there, but in the meantime, I could work on these and free my mind. I highly recommend doing art as therapy.


The backs are done on the computer, but then printed onto paper I received from Mary Green, in her classes, or from the Collage Club. I used 3 different kinds of paper.




I really enjoyed creating these pages and so look forward to my returns! Besides my six swapped pages, Mary is adding additional vintage papers, and a vintage book cover. Thank you, Mary.



June Collage Challenge

Over at Green Paper, Mary green posted her June challenge. I saw it, printed out the free collage sheet of required items -you have to use at least some part of all three, and then promptly forgot about it! Luckily, Mary reminded me in a blog post. Here's what we needed to incorporate into our collage . . .

And here is what I did this afternoon:
Click for details. 

I printed the image of the mom, baby & sister twice in 2 different sizes onto presentation paper which I love for the way it makes colors pop! I used a larger size of the flower card as a frame for the family, cutting it out with little snips here and there to make it look nice and encircle my subjects well. For the Holidays was cut out of the perfume ad and placed in the corner; I added the word "home" in charcoal. I put everything on a background text sheet that Mary sent out in April as part of a Green Paper Collage Club mailing. Lastly, I used a Marvy Metallic marker to rim the edges and add a few splatters . . . something I never seem to tire of. Ask my friend Frieda, she has seen me do this technique of splattering for years -but she tells me she loves it!

Mary's challenges are great for making you stretch and trying new combinations in collage and I highly recommend them! Besides these challenges Mary also offers Your Vintage Gluebook as an online class. I took this class last year and so loved it. In celebration of having 300 students take this class in the past year, Mary is offering it at a special price, very affordable and you can read about it here. Again, highly recommended! I always learn a lot and produce a lot when working with Mary.

Hope you have a great evening . . . I have slowly been working on an art journal spread the past couple of days, but it is not quite ready yet. I will keep you posted! 

your vintage gluebook class on sale!

I just read on Mary Green's blog that she is offering her Your Vintage Gluebook online class on sale! Just click on the link to find out all the details on how to register for a special price. Mary is offering 30% off in celebration of having 300 students register for this class in just 1 years time! It is a fantastic class that I enjoyed so very much. It really inspred me to produce a lot of art . . . let me share my favorite pages created in Mary's class with just paper-mostly class images, scissors & glue . . . well, I added a little ink here & there - shhhh . . . don't tell!







Click on any image for more detail and go register for this class!
It is a huge value at this celebration sale price!

Lesson 3: Vintage Gluebooks

This spread in my small moleskine journal is for Lesson 3 in Mary Green's Vintage Gluebook week of Artful Pages-4 artists 4 ways - A collaborative online workshop that I am also teaching. My section on Altered Books is coming up in just a week!

For this lesson we are learning about visual weight. I tried to choose a larger main image printed on fabric for more "weight". I added the flower, the leaves (thanks to my friend Carol van Gerve!!) and the pearls at her feet to keep her 'heavy' if that makes any sense?! The yellow card on the side is printed on cardstock for more weight and the text behind the woman is a REAL vintage letter from 1897 ~ or there abouts. Below is how the background first looked:


Hope Karney's first lesson on ART Journaling is up and looks fantastic -it's on my list of fun things to do tomorrow after our friends leave. I'll be back, we are hosting a party tonight with my parents, Garth & Nora and friends we have made here in Florida, Bean & Chandler -should be fun! I hope you have a great day too.

Lesson 2: color and pattern

Even though I have taken lots of Mary Green's classes before, I'm following along with her lessons in Artful Pages - 4 Artists 4 Ways. Mary motivates me to create! She really knows her way around composition and got me to try Vintage GlueBooks, which I now love doing. All you need is paper and glue! Well, I tend to add a little bit more, but that's okay. For lesson 2, Mary concentrated on color and pattern. Here's what I came up with after reading her lessons and handouts. I started my spread in my moleskine like this, below.

On the right is an over printing technique we learned

I added a wee bit of paint and ink to finished the spread like this-
That's me & my sister in Florida on my grandfather's boat

You can join us if you like, registration is open. Register or learn more here! You'll receive all 3 of Mary's lessons which are already up on the private blog and tomorrow (2/27) Hope's first lesson on Art Journaling is posted. I can't wait!! My week of Altered Book lessons is after Hope's (3/06) and then Lisa's yummy Fabric Page lessons start (3/13). It's awesome!

Our very good friends from NY (Garth & Nora) are visiting so I have stolen some time to do this while they were busy today. Now I'll get back to them! Check out my daily photo journal for a quick peek at the unusual visitor Nora met on our walk yesterday. Hope you are having a great weekend.

Lesson 1: Artful Pages



Lesson 1: Artful Pages, originally uploaded by creativelenna.

As well as teaching the Altered Books section for a week, you'll find me taking this class too ;^ ). Right now Mary Green is teaching Vintage GlueBooks the first week and this is my paper & glue collage response for lesson 1. I'm working in a small moleskine journal and I tried to keep Mary's components in mind while working. I choose some larger sized images because of her suggestions and tried to think about pattern and color. I used both "real" old paper and copies. I was so happy to finally use the couple Mary provided in another class. They are so elegant, don't you think? I haven't done any gluebook work for a while, so this was a treat! Below is how it looked before I added the postage stamp, the vine (free -from Mary's February challenge), The text cut from a book, and the bit of a patterned border (from Mary's Vintage Gluebook class).

I think the additions you see in the first photo really make this better.
Vintage Gluebooks are a new favorite of mine!

It is not too late at all to join us! You can register here: http://4artists4ways.typepad.com/



Green Paper Collage Club

Here is what I did with the second set of prompts and images my friend Mary Green gave us during the month of January as part of the Green Paper Collage Club! This club is a lot of fun and has just enough for me to do, but not too much. Images, ideas, prompts and exercises come right into your email inbox on the first and third Sundays of the month. I did this spread below, which focuses on the use of faces, in my small moleskine notebook that I started in Mary's Vintage Gluebook class.


The image of the woman which was provided in the Collage Club email, was printed on to semi-transparent vellum paper. I laid this image of the woman on top of a piece of ledger paper I printed out that Mary also provided. If you look closely (click for detail) you'll see some numbers and words like 'bread' and 'eggs' on her skin! I never really thought so much about the effects and impact faces can have in a collage until I did this lesson. I love how the woman really seems to be gazing off towards the snowy cabin. The black trim around the snowy scene is a French Border German Scrap border I found at Collage Stuff. Great stuff!!

You can join GPCC at anytime and for just one month at a time if you like! I find it well worth the nominal fee. There is a button in the side bar to take you there, or use the ink at the top of this post. Now I am off to share my work in the flickr group and see what else has been uploaded since I have been there last. It is always an inspiring group!! (thanks, Mary-love this idea!)

new class: Artful Pages - 4 artists 4 ways!

I am so proud to announce a collaborative teaching project that I'm involved in! It's an online class held February 20th - March 18th called: Artful Pages - 4 artists 4 ways. This course combines 4 different kinds of book arts: art journaling, altered fabric pages, altered books, and vintage gluebooks. The artists teaching and their blogs are: Hope Wallace Karney, Lisa McIlvain, Lenna Young Andrews and Mary Green. Whoo whoo!

Here's a taste of what the course will cover . . .

Art Journaling:
* with Hope Wallace Karney *
Musings on Paper with Hope Wallace Karney - Make beautiful timeless spreads while learning some fun ways to continue journaling after class is over. Hope will even go over how she creates her beautiful letters, in hopes that you explore your own writing and unique ways to use it in your spreads.

 Altered fabric pages:
* with Lisa McIlvain *
Altered Fabric Books with Lisa McIlvain - Create a theme, find an inspiration piece and turn it into a story. Lisa will show you how to select elements from both your stash & the hobby store. Then you’ll move into layers and textures, how to transfer & transform vintage papers and copied images that can be sewn & bound into your journal. Also, how to how to make and use resin papers & combine them with images on muslin.

Altered Books
* with Lenna Young Andrews *
Artful Altered Book Pages with Lenna Young Andrews - Designed especially for those who would like to get started or for those who want to renew their interest in altered books, lessons include how to abandon your fear and get started, how to prepare your pages in a variety of ways and how to add ephemera, family photos and more, to personalize your pages and give them greater meaning.

Vintage Gluebooks
* with Mary Green *
Vintage Gluebooks with Mary Green - Elegantly simple, Vintage Gluebooks are created using only scissors, paper and glue! These lessons are filled with composition lessons and shortcuts, and help on creating your own vintage paper collections for your art. Mary has taught me so much!

By taking Artful pages you'll enjoy 3 full lessons each week with a different artist each week over the 4 weeks. One registration gets you the entire class, with all 4 styles and all 12 lessons. We’re using the blog format for this online class and you can access the blog at your convenience. Simply save the blog address to your favorites and use the class log-on and password to visit anytime. The blog will be open indefinitely; you’ll have lots of time to do and review. The course begins on February 20, 2011. Registration is open now, and just $40 for the entire 4 week course.
Check it out here: Artful Pages - 4 artists 4 ways. 


It's going to be great!! : ^ ) 

i could not resist!

With all the art I have produced from online classes I've taken this year with Mary Green of Green Paper, I just could not resist creating yet another animoto video! I get such a kick out of putting them together and I think this is a great way to showcase photos of your art - or - family celebrations. Click on the brackets [  ] in the right corner for a nice full-size screen -hit the 'Esc' key to return when you are done. To learn more about making your own animoto videos go here.



I hope you enjoy this video and I want to thank Mary for all the inspiration she has given me this year. I have never created so much art with vintage papers before! For more info on her online classes, go here.


: ^ )   lenna 

lesson 2: composing with color

Here are two compositions I came up with for Lesson 2, when working with Mary Green's instructions in the class I am taking with her, Collage Basics With Vintage Paper. Mary took us through the lesson step-by-step with a pdf file. She created a wall hanging and photographed the process so we could see how she arrived at her final composition and what decisions she made along the way. Then Mary prompted us to create a background for a special piece with color in mind. In both of my compositions I ended up using a single background paper and not a mix of papers as Mary did, but that is what I thought looked best! I started with a special main image, added a few accents and my focus when creating was to use color.

click for more detail
Above is the first piece I did for lesson 2. I had found the postcard of the woman on a site Mary had shared with us, Antique Images. I love vintage postcards like this one and choose that one to work with as my special piece. I printed out various backgrounds with a lot more color thinking they would be great, but none of them looked right. I ended up going back to this black and white background paper that Mary had created for her Your Vintage GlueBook class. That looked good to me! For an accent, I liked the image of a letter from Europe to America, especially because the postage stamps were pink, which went with my main image. The letter was an image Mary provided in the Collage Basics class. On a whim, I crumbled up the letter and flattened it out again before gluing it down to make it look a little older. The rubber stamp (write a letter) was out on my table . . . I just could not resist adding it, even though it is not vintage at all! (It is from catsLife Press). The patterned paper was then affixed to a larger size of white watercolor paper. Voila'!

The next piece is quite bright for a vintage study, but I like it. The main photo may not be very vintage at all, either! Unfortunately, I don't remember where I got it from . . .  I have it saved on my computer with no reference. It is captivating though, isn't it?


I took the image, which I love, and tried positioning it on handmade background paper created by one of my classmates in the Your Vintage GlueBook class, Linda aka sakameg. I ended up turning the photo on an angle so I could get more of the cherry blossoms in the design framing her. Once I decided where I wanted the image in relation to the background, I stuck the photo to the background with a dab of glue stick and started cutting the background around the photo in an angled way. I decided it would look cool if I cut slits in the cherry blossom background to slip the photo corners into, so that's what I did. I used some strips of the background paper (from trimming) as an accent in two of the corners, and then added a label Mary provided in the Collage Basics course to tie the colors together. lastly I added a thin gold line around the entire frame with a metallic marker and I was done! As always, it is a pleasure to be given challenges by Mary Green -images too  : ) 

same -but different

Same idea, different woman on a different side of the street - an ATC made from the same vintage postcard.

 I took the same idea of using the local vintage street from the ATC I did yesterday and added a different shirtwaist gal from Mary Green's Collage Basics class. I find when I'm following Mary's instructions my composition tends towards more minimal -- but I think this difference is a good thing for me. She is stretching me to try things differently! With this ATC I tried to control my embelishing desires (!) and I am happy to say I like this final result better than the last. I can't always produce something I love! That is why I made myself share the ATC in the post below  : ^  ) lenna 

moving in and finding art

It is taking me a while this time to move into my studio. I am unpacking all my stored art supplies, but I find it takes a lot of effort! So I do a little, then I leave it be for a while, then I do a little more. I am happy to say I have gotten enough unpacked that i am getting comfortable with creating in my new space.


Here you can see I have even found some of Steven's father's sculpture, which I love. Our house is not very big and so I get to have a few pieces right in my studio for inspiration (they are in front of the window on the left -click for a larger view). Steven's dad Ed was a plastic surgeon and what we would both call a 'Renaissance man'. He drew like an angel, painted, did sculpture, woodwork, ceramics, metalworking, welding . . . Steven tells me their basement had all kinds of set-ups for making molds and casts for sculpture, there was a darkroom, wood working equipment, a kiln . . . Steven describes the basement like a factory where you could produce anything out of metal, clay or wood! Ed Deming taught sculpture for over 30 years. He passed away in 1986.

Ed Deming

Ed's sculptures that are keeping me company in my studio now.

One fun part about unpacking is the things you find, especially artwork like the sculptures above. Not too long ago, I participated in a Vintage Gluebook ATC swap hosted by Mary Green. It was part of the Your Vintage GlueBook online class Mary teaches. As soon as I received my swaps, I knew I wanted to display them all together. I hung on to them . . . and just came across them the other day when upacking. A friend of mine had given me a few Vintage towels . . .  and this is what I came up with to display them in my studio, below.


I used large sticky "glue dots" to attach them to the Vintage towel, what do you think?? The cards I have displayed are by: Frieda Oxenham, Sharon Walworth, Sarah Hemphill, Marilyn Butler, "Lou", and Nan Daly. I simply love seeing these ATCs all together. Mary Green has a new online class which starts today! I will be there as a student because I love her classes and get so much out of them -Click here to view more details!

I also have a few more photos of my slowly moving-in process; photos of my studio and our new little home. If you are curious, you can look at them in an easy to view slideshow, here.  

happy november! 


color + contrast in collage



crop2-Lesson2, originally uploaded by creativelenna.
A small portion of a page I did for for Lesson 2 of Mary Green's Collage Coterie Online Workshop. Her prompt for this lesson was: Colors in Nature. This made me think of greens & browns . . . and trees. For contrast, I printed Mary's black & white images she included in this lesson onto a handmade patterned paper I created in her last online class- Your Vintage GlueBook class ; ^ ) Can you tell I just love Mary's classes -they are excellent and you can still join if you like! i used watercolor crayons around the edges and yes, a bit of pigment powder! Click on the photo above to see the whole spread in my flickr account. Thanks for looking!

tiny feather finds a home

Steven came to me yesterday with a grin and said, "I found something you could make an inchie with . . . "


If you click on that photo you might be able to make out the tiny, tiny feather that he found! I have been doing a lot of work in my sketchbook recently . . . but I thought a good place for this teeny tiny feather might be the smaller moleskin journal I started during the Your Vintage GlueBook class I took with Mary Green (still available as a self-paced class). I enjoyed that class so much, I recently signed up for Mary's Collage Coterie Online Workshop that is soon to begin on August 15th - whoo whoo! I highly recommend any of Mary's classes. Anyway . . . . I chose the smaller of these two moleskin journals ( 3.5" x 5.5 ") I've been working in, to find a home for my tiny feather.


First, I covered the blank pages with an old dictionary page that included a plover (bird).
I added transparencies, a postage stamp from Sabine Busch in Germany, brown
watercolor crayon and gold pigment powder AND the tiny feather (near the plover).

Here is the finished spread - and one that is mine to keep!

green paper challenge: Lady Randolph Churchill

I made a small book!
When I saw Mary's free collage sheet and challenge on Green Paper I said to myself, I'm in! Mary Green offers great challenges and classes which I love to take part in. Below is what she offered us for her Lady Randolf Churchill challenge:


I downloaded Mary's free collage sheet for the challenge and printed it out full-size on matte brochure paper, and also 1/2 size on a clear transparency because I was not sure what I was going to do yet and I wanted some options. When I saw the check printed out full-size, it gave me an idea! It looked like the perfect size for a small book cover. 



I made some pages out of scrap paper and used text, old book pages and some of the collage sheets that were part of Mary's Your Vintage GlueBook class to create backgrounds for the pages and images I wanted to use. While I was planning on using the required challenge images on the cover, my husband Steven Deming had printed out a number of old family photos to make a collage for his aunt’s 89th birthday celebration this month. There were lots of leftover photos on my work table that I wanted to use to extend this challenge project into a special book for him. Please click on each photo below for more detail.

the blank pages before they were put together
Lady Randolf Churchill and the bird are printed on a clear transparency

The postcard image on the right is the Deming family home on Wolfe Island, Thousand Islands, Ontario, Canada. It is still in the family and we visit it when we spend time on Wolfe Island. Lady Randolf looks as if she approves!

Steven's grandmother Evelyn, born on Wolfe Island in that house.
Steven's father, his aunts & his uncle (father's twin brother). Aunt Lee is the Aunt celebrating her birthday this month; the rest of her siblings pictured here have passed on.
Some of the Deming family on the left, and Steven's father on the right, 1930's.
Steven's father and mother on Wolfe Island, 1960's - The old dock
Steven's grandmother as a young woman, and right, his grandfather and cousin Gail.

Steven's favorite truck - his 1965 Chevy.  I had to end the book for him with this!
the back cover - mary's challenge image of the check
When all the images were glued in place, I used my sewing machine to stitch all of the pages together down the middle of the spine, in the middle of the book. I added a bit of tacky glue to make sure the stitches were strong and then covered the glue with small strips of paper. I also added a a little direct-to-paper with ColorBox inks on the pages. I think perhaps this little book should be titled, "Lady Randolf Churchill of London, England meets the Edward A. Deming family of West Hartford, CT and Wolfe Island, Ontario, Canada!" Thanks, Mary!!

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!