"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." -Thomas Merton

Friday, October 31, 2014

Altered Book: Woman of Substance - Third Entry

Hello my artsy friends.

I’m here today to share my progress with you on my Women of Substance altered book project.  Here’s the third entry inspired by the colors of Prima’s Epiphany paper collection. At the time I created these pages, the Prima papers were not yet available to the public. I lost patience in waiting for them to be released and decided to create my own take on the colors and design. I’m enjoying how the journaling spaces on the pages are turning out just by creating an illusion of space and using some stamps and chipboard pieces which add interest and texture.  Yea for chipboard!    Ancestry.com is helping me fill in some gaps in my family history and I will be using that information in the journaling spaces.  I still ache to apply voluminous petal flowers, and other objects with dimension, and I struggle with creating “flatty” pages, but my goal is to get as many photos of this subject matter in this particular book.  It does however make me use my old punches and dies more.  I only wish I started working on altered books sooner, because not only does it allow me to incorporate mixed media, photos, and journaling, but I don’t have to worry about finding space to store a book.  I see more altered books in my future.  

Below you can see the many layers of gesso, mist and stamping.

I'm really enjoying creating my journal spaces with stamps, and chipboard.

The cross chipboard framing the photo and the bird cage are from Blue Fern Studios.

So, how are you coming along on your altered book?  Let me know where I can find you to see what you've been doing on your book.

p.s. A 6x6 Prima Epiphany paper collection book is in route to me as I compose this message.  I can’t wait to use the collection on another page!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Somerset Memories

Have you heard of that old adage, "If you don't send your ship out, it won't come in?"
Well, my ship came in!  Yea!!!!
I sent in the art journal page below I created while on the Blue Fern Studios Design Team to Stampington Publications, and that journal page got published in the October Somerset Memories Magazine.  The magazine is one of the crème de la crème of scrapbooking magazines, and over the years, I spent a lot of time viewing all the pages and art work from some of our well known scrapbooking artists. It's always so inspiring and warms your heart when you view art and read an article from your mentors.  This months magazine cover features the very well known talent of Louise Nelson.  I hope you pick up a copy and enjoy the works of Louise, Heather Jacobs, Tina Walker, Jasmine Shea, and so many others....

One of the eight Artists' Papers in the magazine was created by Meghan Horan using some of the art elements from my art journal page below.

Somerset Memories Magazine (October)...psss, my page is featured on page 79. :) 

I'm currently working on page three of the altered book I started last month and hope to be sharing with you the results soon.
Thank you for viewing and happy creating to you.