Monday, September 12, 2011

A Little Art

I have been planning to post this for a while but have just been busy.  First is a spread I did in my friend Karen's Traveling Art Journal.  She wanted black, white, and a little color and since she is giving it to her teenage granddaughter she wanted it to be kind of an advice book for her.  I love President Gordon B. Hinckley's Bs so I chose that for my theme.  I think I might have to get a new copy of his book to send along for her granddaughter when the swap is over.  The large bee is from SVGs by Bee .  The small bees are from .  I made the word cutting files myself.  You can't see it very well in the scan but the pages, words, and the bee wings have lots of gold glittery goodness on them.  I used "Gleams" acrylic paints for that.  Love that stuff!  
My pages for Karen's Journal
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Second are the pages I made for Amy's Traveling Journal.  Her theme was things with wings.  I made a torn paper background from old book pages and sprayed it with walnut ink, then wiped it off and when dry sanded it to make it old looking.  Then I collaged a lot of different elements onto the pages to illustrate the theme. A lot of the pictures came from a couple of children's books I got at a garage sale for practically nothing because the covers and some pages are missing and others are torn. I rescued them the trash and have enjoyed using the illustrations in artwork.  I really like how these pages turned out.
For Amy's Wings Journal

Pat's Little Journal's theme was to use a Photo.  I made a page using one of my favorite pictures of my folks.  It was taken just a couple of months before Mom passed away  -  and Dad had just smooched her in public and made her blush.  After 62 years of marriage I think that is just about the sweetest thing ever.
Pat's Photo Journal

Next we have two of the little houses I made for Cathy's Door Swap.  The screen doors open and there is a retro (50s) scene inside with the women saying clever (albeit possibly rude) things.  I didn't scan the doors open as I didn't want the ladies who were to receive them to know what was coming.  But the swap is over now so I can tell.  In the first one the mother says, " That's right, Sweetheart,  goals and dreams are Satan's way of distracting you from making dinner."
Two of the houses I made for Cathy's Open Door Swap
In the second the housewife is cooking and it says "Another day in Paradise".  I just thought they were so cute.  I made four for the swap but only scanned the two as the outside was the same on all of them.  It is hard to see in the scan but the house is embossed (bricks) and it and the doors are sanded to make it look old.  The screen doors, trees and awnings were cut with my Silhouette....I made the awning and door files myself....and the screen is sandwiched between two cutouts so they look real when opened too.

I hope you enjoy seeing some of the things I have been doing.


Bee's hive said...

Connie This is so beautiful!
I love it all! So incredibly beautiful, and such a treasure to cherish! Incredible work!

Cathy L. Calamas said...

That "wings" journal page is beautiful!!