Monday, July 24, 2017

ICADs for July 17 through 23

For our penultimate week of Index Cards and Day 47, I found a cute image of a bride and her maids of honor in rain boots.  I thought it was such a cute image, I had to sew it onto one of my Index Cards. 

For Day 48, I paired a piece of fibrous tissue with a stamped image and sewed them together.  I added the name using a Micron pen.

On Day 49, I found this image in a magazine and paired it with a background from a tissue box I cut to Index Card size.  As much as I would have liked to sew the image in place, I felt the heavy material of the tissue box was more than I wanted to subject my sewing machine to, since I'm having a bit of tension problems.  Computer generated text completed the card.

Also for Day 49, using the rest of the tissue box, Bleubeard and I created a birthday card for Squiggles' third birthday.

For Day 50, the washi tape came out and so did a label from a food product.  The other words were computer generated.

Day 51 found me using a couple of maps and a punched circle to show where we were.  Of course, I had to sew the maps to the index card.  Unfortunately,  I cropped a bit too much of the right side of the card in PhotoShop.

I had some metallic balloon handles I wasn't using, so for Day 52, I created a saying that I thought would be appropriate and a good way to use these.

For Day 53, I colored an image I accidentally sized too small and printed.  Nothing goes to waste at my house, so I sewed the image to a colored index card.

Thanks for sharing this time with me.  I am so grateful you have stuck with me through these index cards.  Just one final week to go and this project will be in the books as completed.  However, please remember this is the only place you will find my ICADs, since I'm not on any other social media site that is sharing them.

Carp Diem

Any time I can come up with a play on words, I'll do it.  So for today's Art Journal Journey
entry, I give you Carp Diem.  The carp is the one who has seized the day in this scenario.

Wilbur is standing on the shore fly fishing.   He loves this summertime activity where he can spend his weekends on the banks of the river.

He has heard this new bait will catch the carp that has eluded him for several summers.

He gets closer to the water as he throws out his line.

It's obvious the carp isn't interested

and has not been enticed by the bait.

It appears Wilbur will not be catching this carp today.

Materials used began with white card stock I painted using various paints and oil pastels.  To that I added Wilbur, who I fussy cut and colored using watercolor crayons.  The shore Wilbur stands on is sandpaper.  Wilbur's fishing line is made of multicolored yarn, and the bait is a heart shaped button.  I stamped the carp directly on the page and added the computer generated text.  The carp, a red rubber wood mounted stamp, is from River City Rubber.

Bleubeard and I are so grateful you joined us today, and hope you will seize the day at Art Journal Journey, where our theme this month is summertime love.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Every Summer and Africa

Every summer there is one day that we vividly remember.  It's one we will talk about until winter sets in.

It's what we call a perfect summer day.

It might be one filled with fun and laughter, shared with friends and family,

or it might be one we chose to spend in solitude and reflection.

It might be one where ocean waves slapped against the shore,

or we stumbled on a starfish (sea star) drug up from the ocean bottom by the waves.

This perfect summer day

practically writes its own story.

It needs very little embellishing.

It is perfect just the way we remember it.

Materials for this page began with a used file folder I colored using pale pink acrylic paint.  While still wet, I laid a page from an old telephone book on top, then ripped it away, leaving bits and pieces of the thin page behind.  I backed the computer generated sentiment with more of the phone book page that picked up the same color.  The focal image came from a magazine.  I added white stickles to emphasize the waves, and a dimensional starfish.  Because I felt it needed something more, I used my hand made chevron stamp at the bottom of the page.


Thanks for joining Bleubeard and me today at Art Journal Journey as we share a perfect summer day that is loaded with summertime love.  It may even be a perfect summertime day for you, too.

Because time is quickly running out on Moo-Mania and More's Africa theme,

I created this entry that should meet the requirements.

I had printed this quote by the Dalai Lama for another (very different) AJJ entry, but I thought it would go well with an African spread.  I used a watercolor crayon to knock down the bright red paper I printed it on, but when I did, I got the orange crayon on the image of Africa.   I probably should have printed it on different paper, but I already had it glued to the page before I realized what a mess I had made.

I found this giraffe charm in my stash,

along with an iron-on patch in the shape of a giraffe. 

The word "Africa" in the second photo above was on the package of twisted wires that I used as embellishments.  The wires were made by African women who support themselves and their families by creating these embellishments and selling them under a licensed contract.  Since I am in favor of helping women from ANY country, this project appealed to me.

The above African inspired metal piece began as an earring.  Since I don't wear earrings, and would never wear anything that large anyway, this was a perfect embellishment.

I found this piece of handmade paper I had printed the words "Out of Africa" on for another project (specifically my 7-Continent altered book).  Even though the colors weren't especially right for this spread, I used it anyway.

The image of Africa came from a geography text book copyrighted 1965.  After I scanned the image, I lightened it in PhotoShop until it looked like a watermark.  I didn't want it to out shine the other elements on the page.

The materials I used for this spread include a used file folder I swiped with three colors of acrylic paint, two wire embellishments made in Africa, an earring, a charm, and an iron-on patch from my stash, two strips of wallpaper, handmade paper, a scanned image from a geography text book, watercolor crayon, and computer generated text.

Thanks for sticking around to see this summertime Africa spread I created for Moo-Mania and More.  Both Bleubeard and I appreciate it and your continued support of my art.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

At the drive-in

There is nothing more romantic than spending summer weekends at the drive-in.  The first drive-in was located in New Jersey when Richard Hollingshead patented the concept and built the first drive-in in 1933. 

Drive-ins were a new concept and only 95 were built in the U.S.A. from 1933-1942.  Then the war took its toll on drive-ins.  This was caused by fuel rations, no rubber for tires, and most families were involved in the war effort.  Some drive-ins closed for as many as two years during that time.
Once the war was over, drive-ins became a thriving business again.  Young children needed to be entertained, so many drive-ins added a playground in the empty space between the first row and the screen.  Parents would arrive early so their children could play there.

Before the movies began, a trip to the concession stand was in order.   To increase sales, intermission between movies was invented so people could stock up on assorted food and drink.

Oftentimes, entire families and friends piled into a single car and each car paid for and received only one ticket, regardless of the number of people in the car.

The drive-in boom was now truly under way. Going from less than 1,000 drive-ins in 1948 to close to 5,000 by 1958, the drive-in etched it's place in history, not just in the U.S.A. but in many countries across the world.  During the same years (1948 to 1958) over 5,000 indoor theaters closed reducing their number from 17,000 to 12,000.

Materials used include a sheet of argyle style scrapbook paper, a vintage image of a drive-in from my stash, a small popcorn bag, a heart button, washi tape, a coupon, and a Micron pen for the handwritten sentiment.  I cut the "Carnival King" image from the back of the popcorn bag.

Thanks for joining Bleubeard and me today as we looked back at the history of the drive-in during its early days.  Hope to see you at Art Journal Journey, too.  There's still loads of time to share some of that summertime love.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Summer in the mountains

Today a few friends and I are heading for the mountains where the weather is much cooler.   Bleubeard opted to stay home.

What a fun time we have when we spend summer in the mountains.

There will be rock climbing.

I'll meet my friends at the lookout station.

We'll bring plenty of water,

and have lots of fun.  We'll protect ourselves from falling by wearing boots and using climbing ropes that have attached carabiners. 

Although mountaineering can be dangerous, we take every precaution to keep safe.

After all, we want this summer to be fun and memorable in a good way!

Materials used include white card stock I colored using handmade shimmering mists, various background (scrapbook) papers, corrugated cardboard, a magazine image, and a dictionary page I sewed together before adding the assembly to the substrate, a word brad (FUN), two washi tapes, various dimensional mountain and rock climbing ephemera, and a Micron pen for the sentiment.

Bleubeard and I are delighted you joined us today as I spent some of our summer vacation in the mountains, while Bleubeard held down the fort at home.  We also hope you will join us at Art Journal Journey, where our theme is Summertime Love.