Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy "Scrappy" Book

For years my work desk had a tiny stash of collected images, doodles and drawings. Then a year ago I decided to start putting them together to create a little "scrap book." Some of the imagery I used came from salvaged pages of library book catalogs, discarded catalog cards, bits of wall borders, note cards, and magazine inserts. These became the "meat" of my little book. Sometimes while "on hold" listening to b-o-r-i-n-g muzak, I'd doodle away or draw odd looking things. Well, these were worked into my scrap book too. I feel the name I chose, scrap book, is appropriate considering that I used, well, scraps to put it together. A rubber band keeps all the pages in place. Enjoy and click on the pages to read some of the silly passages in my Happy Scrappy Book. Below is the cover and the little dainty fingers you see keeping the pages open are not mine but my daughter's. LOL!

So that's it. Hope you enjoyed viewing the pages. I have plans to get another one going because unfortunately, I keep throwing stuff in that drawer. ACK!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

TGIF! Sort of.

Lately I've been a fan of smokey blue tones. While at the rubber stamp convention last weekend I spotted a Tim Holtz tag with blue background tones. I know for a fact that he uses ink to create his backgrounds. I tried it but quickly found out what I already knew. Acrylic paint is my favorite medium. I love it's fluid flow and the way I can mix colors to get just the right shade. And if I mess up, I can add more paint over it until it comes together.

If you've taken my classes in the past, I encourage you to use some or all of those color schemes to create new tags, cards, etc. Add new images to give it a fresh look. For the Frida tag I chose a light blue shade of paint to which I added bits of yellow. I darkened it up by rubbing black ink along the edges and over parts of the tag. I then tapped on bits of ivory paint to bring about the misty look I was after. Leftover scraps and a Frida image from previous projects finished the look. I liked it so much I'm thinking of making a few Christmas cards in this color scheme. And to think I created this similar painted background for a Halloween tag a few years ago!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

ATC artventures

This is my "Y" as in Yuletide card and it was created for the ABC swap I'm in. I can't believe we're at the end of it. I can't believe I got it done!

This is my "Z" is for Zen-i-fied card. Last ATC for the ABC swap.

I've been away a little too long. Life has become complicated. I didn't ask for it; IT just happened. So in between tears, headaches, stomach pains and worries, I created a little art. Little art as in ATCs. Enjoy!