Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Be True To Your School (for AJJ)

I have three Art Journal Journey entries today and a tale to tell about the second entry.

I am proud of both my undergrad and final university I attended.  I spent so little time at the university where I got my master's degree, I barely remember it.

As long time readers and followers know, I got my Ph.D. at Wichita State University, where the mascot is a shock of wheat.

I found this information in my alumni magazine.  The tags were given to me by my friend Kathy.  They are supposed to go on gifts, but I thought this was a better an acceptable use for them.

Everyone knows I'm not a doodler, so this was a big and rather stressful thing for me.  But I persevered, took lots of breaks to rest my hand, and finished it in the end.  Of course that last letter looked like I was really ready for the project to be over.

As I previously explained, the images came from my alumni magazine, the tags were gifts, the background was black construction paper, and the words were created by my crippled fingers.

However, I actually wanted to use this as a segway to my next entry.  Long time readers and followers are aware I'm really into altered books.  I spent an entire afternoon in late May prepping a new book that I planned to use for my September entries.  In case you aren't familiar with how I accomplish this, you can find it in my second altered book lesson on my right sidebar.  Basically, I remove no more than 3-4 pages at a time then leave at least 10-12 pages before removing more.  I do this in each and every signature. 

More recent visitors, readers, and followers will remember I had a flood this summer in my basement.   When I got tired of breathing mold in my basement, I decided to work on the Back to School theme.  However, I could no longer find the book I had started nearly a month earlier.  So I cleaned up my craft room, my office, and assembled salvageable papers, then recycled, and trashed bags and bags of unusable or unwanted paper products.  Of course, the book was nowhere.

Two days ago I was in the craft room putting some flowers in a book I use as a flower press.   Under that book was the one I had looked so hard for for over a month.  So I give you this one and only spread that is in that book.

"Old School" and

"Older School."

For both pages, I began with black paint.  When dry, I cut the images from a book I had been given.  I punched circles from dictionary pages, then added stick-on letters to each circle.

While I was in this be-true-to-my-black-and-yellow school mood,

I found another image from another of my alumni magazines.  I think you can read the words and see the single image which was torn from the magazine.  Yes, this is one of the old buildings on Wichita State campus.  It is being repurposed and will no longer hold classes.

Bleubeard and I are so glad you stopped by and stayed to read about my lost book.  We also hope you enjoy these pages I created for Art Journal Journey where the theme for September is Back to School.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Yearbook memories

Today we're looking at yearbook memories and how those emotions can come running back when we see photos of old friends long forgotten or ones we've lost contact with.

This boy is a bit young to be reminiscing over old yearbooks, because the nostalgia will grow as time wears on.

Lots of memories in this old yearbook, where I began with a sheet of red copier/printer paper, then laid a sheet of painted deli paper on top.  Next, I cut an image from a magazine and the image of a boy from a gifted child's book page to which I added a leftover piece of red paper I wrote the sentiment on.

Bleubeard, my fearless and welcoming co-host and I are delighted you stopped by and invite you to join us at Art Journal Journey where the theme this month is Back to School.   You still have time to join in on the fun.

Monday, September 26, 2016

T Stands For Breakfast Tea at AJJ

My name is Tippy and I'm in Kindergarten.  I'm enjoying my breakfast with my parents and Art Journal Journey before I have to go to school.

Bleubeard was responsible for creating the words that I had chosen for this post, but he got it wrong.

You can see my parents are really having tea with cream, sugar, and lemon, which is directly below my sippy cup.

I guess the teapot gave it away.  That's why Bleubeard had to take a marker and change the story line a bit.  Note also, that Bleubeard added some lines to the roses, too.

Bleubeard and I (Tippy) welcome you to join us for T this Tuesday.   Any drink is acceptable, and I would gladly let you borrow a sippy cup filled with whatever you want to drink.  Or you could have tea or even coffee if you choose (which is what Bleubeard thought my parents were having).  Once you link, Bleubeard, the T gang, and maybe even Elizabeth will join you for T.

I hope it's not too early to remind you to look for that perfect second look you want to share on the 2nd right back here.  And don't forget there's still time to join Bleubeard and Elizabeth at Art Journal Journey for more Back to School fun.

The very best teachers!

I have two spreads today even though each is independent of the other.

I want to begin by honoring all teachers with this quote.

The best teachers
teach from the heart

not from the book.

Materials used include computer generated text, a heart cut from some of my painted paper, a bird punch, and an image of books fussy cut from a book store cafe menu.

For my second spread, I also believe parents need to be involved with teaching their children,

just as much as a good teacher does.

Parents need to pick up when the school day ends.

Of course, there's always time for a bit of humor when it comes to parents and their teaching skills.

For this second entry, I actually began with the two quotes, then found a really old magazine image I thought would match the sentiments.  First I laid down a sheet of pale green copier/printer paper.  To that, I added the found image, some gifted glittery tape, and computer generated text outlined with pigment ink.

Bleubeard and I are delighted you joined us today where we paid tribute to all those teachers who shaped our minds and empathized with parents who must shape those minds when school is out and where teachers leave off.  Please also join us at Art Journal Journey where the theme this month is Back to School.   There's still plenty of time to join in on the fun.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

It's really awkward

 I've not shown any step out photos this month while I hosted Art Journal Journey, but I wanted to explain how I created this background made with various flash cards.

This is one of my favorite techniques.  I mix Staz-on reinkers and 91% Isopropyl alcohol and spread it onto my substrate (in this case, flash cards) using a pipette.  By mixing all the colors ahead of time, then adding the colors quickly, they mingle together and four Staz-on colors turn into many.
Of course, once I added the other flash cards over the first layer, most of it didn't show.

The boy in the blue hat was heard to say "So awkward going back to school and saying hi to everyone you avoided for three months."  It was a quote I found on the internet, and just had to use.

These are the students who the boy in the blue hat has been avoiding.

This is another look at the final layer.  Materials I used include various flash cards, some of which are old, some quite new, four "children" from a same/different game I found in my stash, and Staz-on reinkers mixed with rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol.

Bleubeard and I are honored that you joined us today while we explored the awkward side of heading back to school, this month's theme at Art Journal Journey.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Two more spreads for Art Journal Journey

Today I have two more spreads for Art Journal Journey.  Both of these have an old school feel, one retro, one vintage.

Let's begin with the retro spread.

When I first started working on my Back to School book, I heard this statistic on a national news station.  I immediately wrote it down, because I could not believe how much sleep young children need.  I'm used to sleeping two to three hours, then being up for at least, 16, then sleep for two, then back at it again.

I can see our young lad has awakened refreshed and happy, greeting the day along with the singing bird.

This 11 to 12 hours sleep a night simply blows my mind.

However, the young boy seems to believe his mother and not put up a fuss when told to go to bed.

For this spread, I began by laying down a background of dictionary pages.  I then used an image from a child's book I had been given, which I turned into a tape transfer.  I was so lucky that the image came off nearly complete, so I was able to use the back side at the top of the page.  Text was computer generated on yellow copier/printer paper.

The second spread deals with

the one room schoolhouse. 

I feel sorry for the teacher who has to handle all those children of different ages.  Did you notice the children in the tree?  Of course, I love the bell that was used to announce school would soon be in session.

It appears some of the children walked to school, while others came by carriage.

How times have changed.

For the background, I used a piece of black construction paper that had been exposed to light.  It had acquired a greenish tint, which added to the idea of a black or green chalk board.  The focal image is from the internet, and the carriage and written words are from a sack paper bag I received from an Amish shop a few months back.

Bleubeard and I want to thank you for visiting.  Please also join the two of us at Art Journal Journey, where this month the theme is Back to School. 

Friday, September 23, 2016

The Write Stuff and First Day on Campus

Today I have two very different spreads for you.  One is current, the other vintage.

This is a fun piece I thought up when I saw these young people in a magazine ad.

I spent a lot of time creating these words in my word processing program.  Each word had a different fill pattern, but when I printed the page, the designs disappeared.

Still, not to be deterred, I added the labels from three crayons and a pencil with a now "defunct" eraser.

When the words didn't print with patterns, I tried to add my white Gelly pen, but it somehow refused to work properly on the ink, then quit working altogether.

Regardless, I'm still quite happy with the way this piece turned out.

Materials include a portion of an ad for an ink pen, three crayon labels, one pencil, and one sheet of yellow copier/printer paper with computer generated text.  I can't really claim the white pen, since I couldn't get it to work properly.

For my second spread,

we're heading off to college where a vintage image

shows these lovely ladies from (what appears to be) the 1940s sitting on a campus wall displaying their bobby sox and loafers.

It's obviously their first day on campus.

Materials I used for this spread include a piece of scrapbook paper that reminded me of argyle socks, an image from the internet, green variegated thread, computer generated text, and matching letters I outlined in black pen.

Thanks for joining Bleubeard and me today and don't forget to join us at Art Journal Journey where we're heading Back to School with our write stuff and bobby sox and loafers.