Saturday, February 28, 2009

Make It Mondays - Going Postal!

2009_365_057 Purple Postage
I made this Purple Postage ATC for this week's Make It Mondays theme "Postage Stamps" using images from the Ten Two Studios Little Purple Things collage sheet embellished with a purple Crayola spider-writer pen (now discontinued *wah*). I almost called this "Purple Haze" but "Purple Postage" was more alliterative!

I love using postage stamps in my art. There's a whole Flickr group for that called Postage Stamp It! Art.

Crafting 365, Day 57

Friday, February 27, 2009

What's Black & White & Red All Over?

Answer: Artist Trading Cards for this month's Milwaukee ATC live trade theme!

I started out with a creepy romance theme for Valentine's Day (more in the vein of the Black Heart anti-Valentine contest), making these cards with scraps of historical newspaper photocopies ("read all over" - get it? *Hyuk hyuk*) left over from research projects and Harry Clarke Faux Postage from Ten Two Studios. I colored the backgrounds with red chalk ink and the images with Prismacolor pencils. (These are also the ATCs used as models in the pix for my DIY ATC holder how-to.)
Black & White & Red All Over #7-12
But since I tend to turn every holiday into Halloween, the cards I made this week gave up any notion of romance, and just stuck with vaguely sinister.
Afraid - Bizarre - Scary
The black backgrounds are the ATC-sized scraps of painted envelope leftover from the ATC display, and I stamped them with white chalk ink and collaged some images I had left from the Black & White Microscope Slide sheet. I didn't think the white stamping stood out enough so I added more doodles with a white-out marker and white gel pen.
Unusual - Fright - Night
I also found some zebra images in my stash and so had to make some Sunburned Zebra ATCs (or are they just embarrassed?) sprinkled with old newspaper advertising text
Sunburned Zebras #1-3
And I played with advertising text combined with images from the Little Red Things collage sheet.
Minerva SpecialTwice The Value
You can see all the black & white & red ATCs on my Flickr.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Manly Book of Men

So here's what I've been working on this month. Lisa gave the Ten Two Studios design team the challenge of using one of her paper bag books with a themed collection of collage materials. I used the brown piano-hinge book, which is deceptively simple in appearance but has a surprising number of surfaces to decorate! The open ends of the paper bags come with six cardstock inserts (approx. 5" square) and there are also six tags. I cut slits in the bottoms flaps of the paper bags to make pockets for the tags.

My theme was Men, which for me is a challenge because I tend to use mostly female images in my art work, so I went a bit over the top with The Manly Book of Men, full of masculine words! I let my husband chose the initial paint colors, and I applied acrylic paint directly to the paper bags without any gesso. Things got a bit messy but the brown paper was surprisingly sturdy, and although it did get a wee bit wrinkly, it took on a more leathery texture with the layers of paint and application of gel medium for the collage.

I also had to find manly looking designs in my scrapbook paper stash, which generally favors flowers and pretty colors. I found some browns and blues and geometric shapes. The hardest part was coming up with a list of Manly Words (that wouldn't destroy my "safe" rating on Flickr ;o). You can tell I read and watch too many things set in 19th & early 20th-century Britain.
And this is probably the first time I've done book pages on golf, fishing or baseball!
You can see the whole book in my Manly Flickr set.

Crafting 365, numerous days!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Pancake Tuesday!

Since I'm not particularly religious, I don't generally even know when Easter is, much less Lent, but yesterday my husband (who has even less Sunday schooling than I do) and I were discussing the fact that it must be coming up soon, because all the local restaurants have started advertising a fish fry for Lent, even the ones that don't normally have one (like the Mexican and Chinese places). So yes, lo and behold, today is Shrove Tuesday aka Fat Tuesday aka Mardi Gras aka use up all the things you're supposed to give up for Lent by making pancakes. (So that's why IHOP is having free pancakes today! Duh!)

So here's a link to my post from last year featuring my husband's grandmother's chicken-killing pancake recipe!

I think we're having pancakes for dinner....

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Make It Mondays - Travel

2009_365_048 Globetrotter
This week's Make It Mondays theme is Travel, and after I made this "Globetrotter" ATC, I realized it was very similar to another ATC "The Italian Tour" that I made last year, also using the vintage travel sticker designs on the Ten Two Studios Little Collage Sheets.
The Italian Tour

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Make It Mondays - Love!

Happy Valentine's Day! Fittingly, this week's Make It Mondays theme was Love (and for some reason I keep getting the theme to "Love, American Style" stuck in my head).

I made some more pop-up Valentine ATCs just because they're so fun to make. These use images from the Ten Two Studios Little Love collage sheet.
2009_365_043 Pop-up Valentine ATC

And my husband just stuck his head in the door to remind me we're leaving in 15 minutes to have lunch with his mom and son. (We're doing our Valentine's dinner date next week, when the restaurants aren't so crowded.) So toodle-pip, y'all!

Crafting 365, Day 43

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Tackling UFOs

2009_365_040-41 Finishing UFOs
Note: if you're reading this in April 2009 for Fiber Arts Fridays, I'm afraid I had to dip into the archives since I've been so busy I haven't had a chance to work on any new fabric projects!

I've decided to finish some Unfinished Fabric Objects this month. When we moved house, I packed a box labeled "Fabric Projects In Progress" and tossed in a whole jumble of things. This week I pulled out my unfinished fabric house ornaments from Christmas 2007 and stitched, edged with variegated wool yarn and beribboned them for hanging. They are raw-edge fused applique using scraps of my hand-painted fabric + a few commercial prints. I had made them for prezzies and also put some on consignment at the Bay View Book Arts Gallery. If I ever get my Etsy shop open I'll probably post some of these. (April 2009 update - did finally open an Etsy shop in March - woohoo!)

I also wrestled a binding on to my dad's quilt (which he has been given several Christmases in a row with the words "But you have to give it back because it's not finished yet"). I found some excellent instructions for joining the ends at the Dread Pirate Rodgers' quilt site. Now I just have to make and sew on the label.
2009_365_041  Binding Dad's quilt

And before Sunday, I really need to baste my purple & blue English paper piecing quilt that's been sitting neglected for two years. Sunday is the annual Daytona 500 party at our friends' house to which I usually bring a craft project to occupy myself while the cars go around in circles.
P7100053 English Paper-Piecing by Hand
Crafting 365, Days 40-41

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Make It Mondays - Pink, I think

Pink Honeymoon
This week's Make It Mondays theme is Pink, so I made this ATC "Pink Honeymoon" using images from the Ten Two Studios Little Pink Things and Little Love collage sheets, which seemed appropriate for February. The ribbon is more pink that it looks in the scan. The train was from a Dover clip art book.

I don't think of pink as being one of my colors, and yet the background for this ATC is a pink paint chip that I picked up when I trying to figure out what to paint the wall around the fireplace in our living room.

I finally settled on "Tree Peony" which was a little too flat salmon pink when I finally got it on the wall (and alarmed my husband with its pinkness ;o). So I kept piling other colors (Ash Violet & Sunflower Yellow) on top to see what would happen. I still can't decide if I like it, but its main purpose was to provide a contrasting background for a white Hoosier cabinet (and a mess of art supplies) while not clashing too horribly with the stone and wood around the fireplace. Maybe I'll paint it purple in another few years.
IMG_6177 hmmm....

Monday, February 2, 2009

Valentine Countdown!

Time once again for the Original Holiday Printables Countdown at Ten Two Studios. This time it's counting down to Valentine's Day, Feb. 1 through 14, but that's not all! Lisa's also doing one giveaway a day on the Ten Two Studios front page. She'll be posting projects made by design team members, and you can enter the giveaway by commenting on the day's project. (Did I mention I'm on the design team? :o)

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Kentucky Ice Storm

Watch CBS Videos Online

In the starting image for the news video above, the house behind the "play" arrow (with the little dormer window and the pile of branches on the roof) is where my friend Kathy lives in Louisville, KY. If you watch the video, you'll see a guy with a red shirt clearing the tree that fell on her house. Fortunately she and her family are fine, though the tree landed 12 inches from her son's head!

Oh, yeah, there's an annoying ad at the start of the video - of course.

Make It Mondays - Masque Mode

This past week's Make It Monday's theme was Masks and I knew I wanted to make an ATC using one of the "Mode" faux postage stamps from Ten Two Studios with these big haired, big hatted 18th century fashion models. But getting a mask on her was not as easy as I had planned.

I originally wanted to cut out a little paper mask, but after the several tries, the best of which made her look like she went to the same optometrist as Geordi LaForge, I decided I would have to draw her mask and hand (hence the goofy fingers :o).

I still had my dictionaries lying around from last month's By Definition trade with Milwaukee ATC, so I found definitions of "masque" and "masquerade" to glue on the background, which is one of the many paint chip ATC backs I cut from all the paint samples I found while cleaning out my collage stash.
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...