Friday, November 15, 2013

Swapping on Swap-Bot
So here are a few of the items I've swapped out over there

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Composition Notebook Journals

I can't stop making these journals
I am so behind the times. The Composition Notebook made into an art journal is old knowledge to some but to me, it's a brand new idea!  I'm hooked, love using up all my odd bits of paper and ribbon and what nots and creating these things. I now have four and one in the works but the plus is that it is actually helping me write down what's going on everyday. I have an art journal, my bit o' stuff book and photo journal but this one is more for everyday info like how many eggs the chicks gave us today. Whoever came up with this first is a super cool person.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

First Egg

October 1st
I found the first egg in the nesting box.
I had put in a plastic egg for a hint and TA DA!!
One Perfect egg.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

 The Princess Pixel Diaries

That's what I call my book of stuff. I've repurposed the book The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot into my book of stuff. This is the first and I plan on naming them after my pets (kids). This one is for Pixel she is my little girl sheltie and she is 13 years old. The idea of the book is not really a journal and I don’t like the name junk journal because the stuff I like I don’t see as junk.

The book starts out as a way to clean off my paint brushes or to try out my markers. The pages just get filled with excess color from whatever I am working on.  Then I fill it with all the bits of stuff I have collected and did not want to throw away. Bits I want to keep but not use in my collages.

Lets see… I have hang tags from clothing, the plastic tags they put in flowers at the home improvement stores. Envelops and stamps from people I’ve swapped art with. Magazines clips and candy wrappers. Stuff I like and don’t want to share.

I carry it with me almost everywhere it’s the book that gets doodles and an occasional sentence thrown in. Mostly doodles. That’s my book, now I’m on the hunt for the next perfect book for Ingrid.


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

An awry of cards I have made 
for swaps and PIF's

Friday, August 2, 2013

Making an ATC 
Artist Trading Card
 First it's a 2.5 x 3.5 bit of cardboard painted with gesso. I then add text and splatter paint on the card. These have watercolor on them
 I then cover the whole card with white glue,
 cover with tissue paper, which is from a sewing dress pattern. Then cover with white glue again.
Lots of glue is used on these cards.

 The cards have to dry, usually overnight. I then add
color with more paint or markers.I like to pay careful attention to the edges. I then tear the tissue off the edge of the card, I do not cut.

 I use a bottle cap dipped in acrylic paint to get the circles. The more old dried paint I have on the bottle cap the more rugged and intriguing the circles look.

I outline the circles with a soft charcoal pencil and
use a highlighter to go over the charcoal to give it a halo and smudge the pencil. I added white tissue paper to one card which was just a whim.
Collage bee images are added and the charcoal
and highlighter method is again used on them.
Text is added, edges are colored with marker and
smudged while wet to blend.

 I've added scribble with a sharpie fine pen around
the bees and circles doodles and some white lines with a very nice Signo pen.
That's it, that's how I usually make my cards
lots of glues and tissue paper. You can't be afraid
to get paint  and glue all over your fingers and to have the tips of your fingers always stained with
marker ink.

The very large close up shows some of the
detail work in the card as well as that this fellow has
transparent wings.

Monday, July 1, 2013

The Girls Are Here

We got our girls yesterday. The Goth Chicks as my husband calls them.
Two brown leghorns Camille and Vera, one Rhode Island named Alma and black and white Rock Barred her name is Libby, she seems to be the ring leader. They are four months old.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

This was our vacation project during Memorial Day
It took us a whole week to clean out the old grape vine and
build a chicken coop.
 Before Chicken Coop
After Chicken Coop

Friday, May 17, 2013

Cards ...Cards and more Cards......

Monday, May 13, 2013

 Two ATC's these are for a blind trade.
Postcard trade

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Back to art, and raising a new puppy.
He just truned a year on May 5