Thursday, September 21, 2017

It's a Red Letter Day


As  much as I love sewing, I also love color.  I've often said I have poor composition skills, poor design skills, and even poorer perspective.  However, I have always felt like color is my one salvation.

So once again I'm joining Yvonne of Meggy's Way who is hosting Art Journal Journey this month with her theme Colo(u)r in my World.

Yes, it's definitely a red letter day.

There are so many reds in this piece, some warm reds, some cool reds (warm reds lean to the orange spectrum, while cool lean toward the blue).  Some even look pink.

Speaking of pink, this is actually a red glitter crayon (Crayola brand), but it certainly looks pink in my spread.

It also left a great deal of flaked off crayon, which detracts from the other letters and numbers.

A mix of warm and cool reds were used on this originally white tag, including the string, which I also dyed.

I tried to show the glitter, 

but you might be able to see the last of my Micron pens that bit the dust when I subjected it to the crayon.

At least I finally got a decent shot of the glitter in the crayon and the final remains of my Micron pen.

For "Red Letter Day" I began with a a used file folder I sprayed with shimmering mists.  When they didn't cover as well as I'd hoped, I used some fluid acrylics in different shades of red.  I also painted a piece of vintage sheet music with red acrylic craft paint.  After painting the tag and the punched circle, I began the assembly.  Once the assembly was in place, I used my large R stencil (from the office supply store) to create the others using a Sharpie.  And I can't forget my poor black Micron pen.  Rest in peace.  You will be missed, especially when I work in my calendar.

Thanks for joining me today at Art Journal Journey.  Thanks, too for visiting my blog.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wednesday wonders: Castles


I was so impressed by the sandcastle photos my friend Valerie has been showing on her blog, I thought I might find a few to share this Wednesday.  However, doing a search on Pexels, there were no free photos of sandcastles to be found.  So I thought I would show a few of the real things, castles from around the world.
























Whether built of stone, wood, or brick, whether surrounded by water, perched high in mountains, or protected by walls, these castles were meant to survive.  Most of them are from Europe, because it seems that is where most castles were built.  I hope you have enjoyed this look at castles from far and wide.

Thanks again for joining me this Wednesday.  I'm simply thrilled to read your kind comments about these photos I share based on themes (and ideas) you, my friends, readers, and followers provide me when I read your blog posts.

Monday, September 18, 2017

T Stands For Legends (again)


I've brought you to Legends before, which is in the Hyatt at the Airport, but they are going through a complete remodel after the restaurant was purchased by a new company last year.

The last time we ate at the buffet, the price was $14.00.  I was glad to see the price has dropped a bit.  I was also hoping the food quality had improved, too.

You can see these prices are geared for the traveler staying at the hotel, but the buffet has always been a good choice for my foodie buddy Sally and me.  We were told by our server that the "Chef's Choice" would always be Mexican until the restaurant was completely remodeled.

I got both water and coffee, because it (and iced tea) came with the meal.  Apparently, I couldn't find a place to lay my purse, because it was sticking out like a sore thumb in this photo.  Sally already had her salad, but I was busy taking photos.

I pigged out on salad and those cheesy muffins.  I think I had three total!!!

Then I went directly for the flan dessert which I love, but is so time consuming to make (trust me, I know).  I went back a second time for that, too.

Sally's first buffet plate included a chicken and beef fajita, a meat tortilla, and beans and rice.  I grabbed some beans and rice, but preferred the salads, muffins, and flan, which filled me quite well.

Now it's time to share your drink related post this week.  It can be photos, a place you visited, movies, postcards, books, sketches, mixed media, drawings, paintings, tags, scrapbooking, or other art that is digital, hybrid, or traditional, as long as it in some way relates back to a drink, any drink. Regardless, please share below and Bleubeard and I, along with the rest of the T gang will be by to visit.  Old photos are acceptable because they may be taken at any time, and don't even have to be taken this year!

I Bless the Rain


Once I get my office cleaned, sorted, and organized, which could be up to a month at the rate I'm going, I hope to work more often on my 7 continents altered book.  Having said that, I took a couple of hours off yesterday to create this piece that will go in the Africa section of my altered book which I've worked on since late 2003.

I originally created this page for Yvonne of Meggy's Way who is hosting Art Journal Journey this month with her theme Colo(u)r in my World.  Then I realized this spread could also qualify for Try it on Tuesday with their latest challenge of My Friend (which today was animals).

These friends are watching out for each other.  Both are alert and ready for action.  The bright pink, mixed with the orange create the backdrop for these friends, as well as showing the title of the piece.

This adorable guy is searching for his friend.  The shell compliments the background color of the hot, dry desert we associate with Africa.

Mother and child are definitely friends.  It is well known these animals remain very close throughout their lifetime, and can be heard mourning upon the death of a loved one.  They don't want to be separated, either.



For this spread, I began with a used file folder I colored using water soluble crayons, the Christmas gift from my friend Cindy that just keeps on giving.  I blended the colors together in spots, but apparently covered up most of the background I spent so much time on, and was so proud of.  I sewed the three animal images to vintage sheet music using variegated thread, then added the three shells and the computer generated words to the song Africa made famous by Toto.

If I did it correctly, here is the song in its entirety:

Please join me once again at Try it on Tuesday and Art Journal Journey (or you may click the links on my right sidebar).  Thanks also for joining me down on the Serengeti and enduring the heat of Africa today.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Rust Is My Friend!


I've been slowly working my way through my office, where I've kept all my art and swaps up to this point.   I can't believe how long it's been since I completed the International swap with five other friends: Dianne in Ohio, Norma in California, Valerie in Germany, Chris in England, and Annette in Scotland.  I created three rust inspired spreads for my own altered book, and needed one more.  You can see the first three here.

Yesterday I realized I still had not put the pages I received, or my pages I created, into a 3-ring folder, as I said I would.  So I got out my 3 hole punch and went to town punching and punching.  Afterwards, I created this piece I call "Rust Is My Friend."

As the title implies, I'm once again joining Try it on Tuesday with their latest challenge of My Friend (which can include human, animal, imaginary, even rust).  But rust is also a color.  Corrosive, perhaps, but a color none-the-less.  That's why I including it with Yvonne's chosen theme of Colo(u)r in my World at Art Journal Journey.

I love the rusty goodness of this piece, but the metal lid was so dimensional, it took three thick sheets of pop dots to raise the little boy off the background.

I had to let everyone know that rust is my friend.  The irony of this is, as I was assembling this, I saw the date and the fact today is also Sunday.  Purely coincidental, but fun to find.

I punched holes in the lid using a large nail.

I then wove heavy wire through the lid and onto the assembly.

Besides using glue, I also sewed the ends of the wire

into a rusted wet wipe (thin wet wipes are not to be confused with thicker baby wipes).  Both the wet wipe and the paper underneath had been rusted, hopefully adding to the dimension I was looking for.

For this piece, I began with card stock, added handmade paper, book paper, and a wet wipe I rusted.  I then added the metal lid, rusty wire, and sewed everything in place.  Finally, I added the words I hand wrote using a gellyroll pen, and placed the little boy on the lid.

Please join me today at Try it on Tuesday and Art Journal Journey (or you may click the links on my right sidebar).  And thank you for visiting today.  It means everything to me that you would check out my art on your day of rest.