Friday, July 3, 2015

SOC 2015 Week 4

Hi Everyone! This week's colors are 2 reds + a metallic.  I decided to use what I started for Week 2 which was not ready in time because humid weather.  Well, I'll take you through the process briefly and you will see what I mean.

The first thing I did was gesso a page in my journal book.  The I used children's school glue to drizzle some free form flowers.
When dry, the glue was to act as a resist but could also be peeled off to leave white areas. I was having a lot of fun doing this and it came out rather thick.  This was the part that took forever to dry, and I wound up putting it in the basement with the dehumidifier running. I finally abandoned it for that week and moved on. Now we are up to this week.


I used my red & gold gelatos to go over the flowers and then smooshed them to the right with a baby wipe to spread out the color from dark to light.  At this point, after spritzing with water, I was supposed to be able to pull up the glue. Nope, didn't happen. I looked at the bottle & saw I used "washable" school glue which is the only difference and obviously an important one.  So, I painstakingly went over each line of glue numerous times with a baby wipe to have it be as white as possible. Here is my finished piece, inspired by Henri Matisse.
For my second red, I used some mulberry paper to cut out some free-form shapes,
and added the quote with gold metallic pen. It reads, "There are always flowers for those who want to see them. "-Henri Matisse

Thanks for visiting. Each week of Summer of Color stands on its own, so you can join in at any time. Here is the link to this week's challenge where you can also see what everyone else comes up with. Have a happy creative weekend!





Thursday, July 2, 2015

Second Look on the 2nd: Burano














 Hi Everyone! It's July 2nd which means it is time to join up with Altered Book Lover's Second Look on the 2nd. It's a fun time where we re-post one of our favorites and then go around and visit everyone.  I'm a little late today because of internet problems, but here is one of  my favorite posts from September of 2007.

Burano is a pretty island a short boat ride from Venice. It has a population of about 4000. It is primarily know as the place where lace was invented. The story told to us by our guide is that the wives of the fishermen were inspired by watching their husbands mend their nets to use the technique to crochet elaborate lace. Needless to say, delicate lace in every form was available in every gift shop! Although we did not buy lace, we did buy 2 masks for our daughter. Carnival in Venice takes place just before Ash Wednesday & is a huge celebration. Masks play an important role in this festival, and, of course, they too are available in many forms & styles.

What fascinated me most about Burano was the colorful way the houses were painted. The photo above is just one canal. Again, the story related by our guide is that they were painted so vividly so that the fishermen returning home in their boats could easily spot their homes! When I first saw this view, it reminded me of the brilliant colors seen in the American Southwest--another favorite area of mine, and I fell in love with it!

All in all, another wonderful time! Plus, one shop we visited was playing Elvis music and had (the word)"Elvis" on their awning--so I could not help but like it!

Once again, thank you for all who continue to read my ramblings of our vacation!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Tea Stands For Tuesday Tea Journal

Hi Everyone! I've been working in my Tea Journal AB again. One day I sat down and just played with backgrounds, and I've found having some ready has freed me to think of working on just the quote, if that makes sense. Anyway here is the latest....
I doodled the flowers in sharpie marker and added some rose themed embellishments. You can click to enlarge the photo to see the quote and details.

I also played around with the macro setting on my (daughter's) camera. My orange Lilies are all in bloom, and I was surprised when I got such good photos of the little visitor. Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by and joining me for T Tuesday.  Here is the link to today's post on Altered Book Lover's blog.


Thursday, June 25, 2015

SOC 2015 Week 3

Hi Everyone! This week we are using my favorite color, purple! One would think that it would be very easy for me to design something using two purples with one yellow....but I really struggled. When all else fails...
there is always beading and Butterflies! I strung a random mix of two purples, one opaque (which looks almost blue on my laptop), and one darker transparent.  I used some light lemony yellow cut tubes as wing borders.
Doesn't it look nice in my Christmas Cactus? 

One morning when I was in that dream state of not really asleep or awake, a new design for Butterfly bodies and antennae popped into my mind.  I thought of a way to make it all on one wire which made it sturdier and more secure.  What a bonus SOC has been for me this week!

Thanks for stopping by.  You can visit our host's blog, Twinkle, Twinkle SOC and see what everyone else has come up with.



Tuesday, June 23, 2015

T Stands For Tuesday

Hi Everyone! I'm later than usual for T today since I am running in and out going to appointments and doing errands. I did pop home for a few minutes to have lunch and took one quick photo. It seems I am having a red day today...
although the tea tag is technically purple since I am drinking Darjeeling this afternoon. It is hot and humid today and I'm rushing around to finish before the predicted thunderstorms start.

I have been enjoying the cardinals flying around in our backyard. I even saw a pair today that I think are nesting in the tall hedges around our house. They inspired me to make this  suncatcher.

I'm even reading a book with a red cover!

Thanks for stopping by...sorry to be in such a rush, but I'll be by to visit everyone a bit later on!

Friday, June 19, 2015

SOC Week 2

Hi Everyone! This week for SOC we are playing with two pinks and an orange. That combination always reminds me of sherbert! I had something totally different in mind, but this NY heat and (especially) humidity prevented my piece from drying in time for me to finish it. I'll have to save it for the next appropriate color combination. 
I used an orange Spectrum Noir alcohol marker for the background of this art card.  The dark and light pink washi tape allowed some of the orange color to show through which inspired me to stamp the flamingo (in dark pink) on some velum. I lightly colored the reverse side and rough cut it out so again, the orange would show through. The flowers were hand drawn and cut from paint chips.  I almost have a theme going here with this quote and the last one being self inspirational.

Thanks for visiting! Have a happy creative weekend everyone!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

I needed some bling

Hi Everyone! I decided to make myself some jewelry to wear to a graduation (family) party this weekend.  Usually I match the jewelry to my outfit, but since I haven't decided what I am wearing yet, I went with my favorite color (purple) and some components that I fell in love with and have had in my stash for way too long!
I had purchased these channel components, called Katiedids, so long ago I forgot I had them. Has that ever happened to you?  Anyway, while organizing I came upon them and found this earring on the designers blog.
I used the straight channel component to make a matching pendant. Both of these pieces were inspired by:
The connectors in this bracelet. Horrible photo, I know. I tried twice, but with all the sparkle, it was so hard to photograph. The green beads do match the green leaves in the connectors, and I used the same purple crystals to link all the connectors together.
Here is everything all together! I always try to wear something new and fun at our family parties--I think the women at least look for what is new on me.  It is not unusual for me to whip off what I've made and give it away to one of the admirers, but I think I will be keeping this set for myself!

Thanks for stopping by!