August 29, 2007
So today when I got home, I had an idea to make a couple ACEO/ATC backgrounds... I still have card ideas in my head, and I also have some internet swaps in the works that I need to make cards for. (The swaps are via a site called swap-bot, which is great! someone posts an idea for something theyd like to trade- recipe, craft idea, supplies, whatever, and if people want to get involved they sign up- trades can be international or US only, and from what I see, lots of people are having lots of fun swapping things.)
Anyway, back to today's work in progress- I decided to cover some blank cards with vintage book text and vintage sheet music (from the thrift store), and then I decided to do some collage-style backgrounds using magazine pages, sort of like the art journaling class I took at AU, then it kind of just snowballed from there. I had gel medium (from gluing) all over my hands (it doesn't wash off, by the way- it sort of has to peel off... it's weird... and of course the phone rang!), and then I decided to dig a home decor catalog out of the recycle and rip it up to use some of the pics, and all the sudden the kitchen counter looked like a paper explosion:Now, they're neat little ATC/ACEO background sandwiches, stacked between layers of waxed paper and Harry Potter books, drying and flattening. I'll show you what they look like after they're dry. (and like usual, I started out to only make a couple, and I think I ended up with at least 10- but, I'll have them when I want them.) So, the kitchen counter is back to normal, and my creative spurt has ended- till after dinner, anyway!
August 26, 2007
This is another of the same backgrounds; this one (title: Mended) is made from metal duct tape pieced together in a sort of patchwork, along with copper eyelets and string. There is one more of the set that I haven't finished yet; these 3 ATCs are not my usual "style" at all, but they sort of just "came" to me, and I needed to make them to get them out of my head.
And now for something totally different; these 2 mini-collages were made from supplies I won in a blog contest from Art Junk Girl... I won an assortment of collage images, along with some pre-painted background squares and a number of heavy chipboard squares for creating my own collages. The first one was made from a collage image she sent me; the second one was made from images and text cut from one of my vintage cookbooklets. Aren't they nice?? (if I do say so myself... lol!) Now, check out the last pic for another view of them: Yes, that's right, they're only an inch square... they are what's called Inchies, which are Art Junk Girl's specialty. I love her stuff, but wasn't sure I could make anything so small... I still think the ATC size is easier, but inchies are interesting... it's actually fun trying to find things small enough to fit a one inch square!
August 18, 2007
These ATCs used metal foil tape (for ductwork repairs) and string in interesting ways. The string ATC used a clip-art clown image; the string gives it some interesting texture. I think my clown turned out a bit on the scary side for me, but I posted it on Flickr, and someone wanted to trade for it, so it's going to a good home!
These cards are backgrounds, which I will eventually finish. They were made using a really cool product- Polished Pigments, which are powdered pigments that come in amazingly gorgeous colors... a tiny scoop of the powder was mixed with a liquid medium... the technique to make these was so simple! Drag the card thru the puddles of color, spritz with water, and use a heat gun to dry them, which mixes the colors in interesting and unexpected ways. Honestly, a couple of these were total accidents, because I dropped the card into the puddles of color- they look great!!! I have ideas for a few of them already, just need to get them finished.
The day was wonderful- lunch was provided, and it was great to hang out all day long with artsy/creative type people who are the friendliest people ever! It was so easy to just start chatting with people about their classes, projects, and their AU experiences. Next year I am going to take more classes; it was an amazingly wonderful experience. (I know I've overused the phrase "amazing experience" in this post, but there's not much else to call it!)
This pic is my practice set-up for the show; I set up the table in the living room to arrange everything so I'd know how to set it up.
Saturday was our first Craft Mafia Trunk Show... for me, the day was a bust. Not the show necessarily, but the day in general. First, we had no water when we got up (it was pretty much the entire town); next, there was a traffic accident that closed the highway north out of town just when I was heading out. Then after the show, we had electricity outages in our neighborhood. So, it was basically a frazzled sort of a day, overall. (I hate hearing about those fatality accidents; the highway in/out of town can sometimes be really crazy, but accidents don't seem to slow people down any, though...) After taking 15 minutes to move about 1 mile, only to be turned around by the police, I ended up driving 25 miles southeast to Casa Grande where I finally picked up I-10 to drive north to Tempe. After being in the car for about 2 hours, I finally got to the restaurant. I didn't personally make any sales, but it was still good experience. Hopefully next month will be better; the college-age crowd should be larger, and I can refine my table setup somewhat to make it easier to see things.
August 10, 2007
If you're in the Phoenix area on Saturday, August 11th, stop by and see us at The Plaid Eatery, 1044 South Terrace Road, in Tempe. Jewelry, clothing, hand-knits, paper arts, candles, and more!!!
So, today's class at Art Unraveled was another fun one... "art journal" collage pages with Kelly Kilmer. Lots of gel medium, acrylic paint, and cutting and pasting plenty of wonderful papers and images from her stash. She literally had an entire garbage bag full of paper (scrapbook paper, pages from old books, calendars, tissue paper- you name it, it was in there!) that she dumped out in the hallway for us to scrounge through. She also brought pretty much all the other supplies we needed- watercolor paper, cool stamps, the paint and gel medium, and plenty of inspiration! This type of artwork is also something that I've never done before, and would have to say, don't exactly feel comfortable with, so it was really good to see it "explained" and find out that it's not as intimidating as it seems!!! Will I actually put together an art journal, though?? Not sure... stay tuned!
In other news, we've gotten LOTS of other press besides the newspaper mention that I posted about, and I'm getting really nervous for tomorrow's show. Tressa, our prez, heard that some of the AU attendees may take a break from their Shopping Extravaganza to stop by, too! I have pretty much everything packed up; I just need to make a sign for my table, and then I'll be free to worry all night about how it will turn out... LOL! Wish me luck; I'll let you know how it goes!
August 09, 2007
Well, off to the garage to clean the table, the craft room to corral my collage supplies for tomorrow's AU class, the office to print some signs, back to the craft room to work on some last-minute ideas, oh yes, and dinner needs to fit in there somewhere... bye!
August 08, 2007
August 05, 2007
we had a wonderful time on our long-weekend Wisconsin vacation in the woods. We met Mom, Dad, and Judy for lunch, and hung out in the woods with Tom's family, relaxing and reminiscing. We made it back with only one travel casualty, Tom's leather hat (left it in the rental car, and the rental car agency never got back to us about it).
after yet another week on the road in California, Tom's actually working in the office for the next few weeks! A well-deserved rest (of sorts) for him; the luxury to actually drive home after work instead of to a hotel!
we've been having some monsoon storms periodically, which sometimes involve lots of wind, dust, and quite impressive thunder and lightning. There's nothing quite like driving through a dust storm while it sprinkles, which only serves to turn the dust into mud on the windshield! There are some flooded washes in town, but now that the bridge by our subdivision is complete, we're not cut off from town no matter how much water there is, thank goodness.
I bought (and finished, finally) the last Harry Potter book. I had been putting off reading it, because I know it's the last one ever, and knew I would feel let down by that. It was a great book, although it had some unexpected twists, I am quite happy with how it turned out- lots of stuff got explained, and right triumphed over evil, as we wish would always happen. I do miss Hogwarts School and the wizarding world already, though...
the next week is going to be busy for me:
Art Unraveled starts tonight with Meet the Artists, where I will get the chance to see and actually meet some of the people whose work I ogle on the internet and in books and magazines!
Monday evening I'm taking Monochromatic Collage, which involves found objects, small tins, collage images, and E6000 adhesive- sounds like fun! (click here for an example project from the instructor.)
Friday I'm taking a personal day from work to take a mixed media collage class titled Off the Wall with Kelly Kilmer... this class involves watercolor paper, stamping, collage images, paint, and requires bringing entire rolls of both paper towels and waxed paper- should be lots of fun, and will probably be messy! (here are some of her projects, posted on Flickr.)
Saturday is our very first Phoenix Craft Mafia Trunk Show!! I'm sure I won't be ready, no matter how much more work I do, so the only thing left to do is just put the stuff out there and see if anyone likes it, I guess. Craft Mafia members have been doing lots of promoting, so there should be quite a few shoppers attending (I hope!)... I'll let you know how it goes!
Sunday, I'm taking one more class at Art Unraveled, a class on Altered Trading Cards with Bernie Berlin, an artist, author, and also animal rescuer extraordinare... this one was a great deal, because I got it for about 1/2 price from another attendee who got the chance to take a different class, so she needed to sell her ticket... this class also involves lots of gluing, cutting, and probably also will be messy, but I'll learn tons of new techniques!
Monday, I will be going back to work, and probably will be half-asleep at my desk by 8 am!