Sunday, July 21, 2019

Mummy Portrait 04

Mummy Portrait 04

I was away all weekend doing individual teaching.  My student made two amazing tunnel books in my new format, French doors.  Just lovely!  I also took a workshop in marbleizing papers.  So much fun!

I am trying to use old letters with other vintage papers along with the mummy images.   I love the wood cracks that run through the face.  It makes it almost look like the image is crying.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Mummy Portrait 03

Mummy Portrait 03
I separated the figures from the wooden background of the mummy plank in iColorama.  Then I created a new background for the two figures.  I filtered the images some and called it done.  The next step was to complete the collage as you see it using the altered piece completed in the app.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Mummy Portrait 02

Two-fear Friday.  Funny me!  I got yesterday’s blog entry ready and then dinner was served and I did not get back to publishing it.

Mummy Portrait 02
I really like how this collage turned out.  I used a mummy portrait again but manipulated it in iColorama so that there were three faces.  After printing the image I collages with other materials.  I am thinking I might add one more little piece of fiber somewhere and then submit this piece in the next NW Collage Society show where collages have to have fiber.

Mummy Portrait 01

Egyptian Mummy Portrait 01 

There are about 900 Egyptian mummy portraits found.  Painting the portrait of a person who died was done with the more well to do Egyptians during the Roman occupation of Egypt.  There were two basic forms of creating the portraits.  The first was encaustic painting and the second tempera.  The portraits were placed over the mummy.  They were well preserved because of the desert heat and because they were entombed.

I used the iColorama application to enhance the portraits giving it a more painterly effect.  Then I collaged the images as you see above.





Wednesday, July 17, 2019

ATC Group 2019 Third Quarter - Extraterrestrial Theme

ATC Group 2019 Third Quarter - Extraterrestrial Theme

In February a new group to create ATCs was formed at a Collage Society retreat.  We exchange quarterly and this is our second exchange.  The theme was extraterrestrial which was a challenge for me.  It took me a couple of months of collecting ephemera and thinking about ideas for me to produce this ATC.  I rather like how they turned out.  Each is a bit different because of the background.  All have the rocket, the moon and the planet.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

July 2019 APC 15

July 2019 APC 15
This series is at an end.  I think I mentioned that I had made 32 of the locomotion APCs.  As it turned out I only need twelve.  I guess I can take a vacation in an upcoming month and not have to make another APC or ATC.  Ha!  To think that will even happen! :-)

Monday, July 15, 2019

July 2019 APC 14

July 2019 APC 14
I especially like how the APC on the right turned out.  I had used other parts of the ephemera in collages and had this man left over.  Even though alone he is an odd cut, it works here.  I have so many little pieces of ephemera, enough for a lifetime, that I probably would never have to search again for anything special.  With that said, I need to cull what I have and use things up.  Maybe that can be a postcard series.  Using what what one has!

Sunday, July 14, 2019

July 2019 APCs 13

July 2019 APCs 13

Someone in the Facebook APC group has a last name of Fox.  She uses a fox silhouette on all of her mailing envelopes.  I had to use it too on one of my APCs.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

July 2019 APC 12

July 2019 APC 12
One thing I really like about using playing cards is that they add color or strength (black).  They also add numerals and design quality (suits).

Yesterday morning I noticed something different and I could not put my foot on it.  Then I realized that the birds were not chirping.  We have quite noisy morning birds and there was no sound.  Did the earthquake have something to do with that?  I know that there is research about how animals are affected by earthquakes.  Hmm!? 

Friday, July 12, 2019

July 2019 APC 11

July 2019 APC 11
We had an earthquake early this morning around 3:00.  It shook everything quite loudly.  A few minutes later we had an after shock which was pretty minor but we could still feel it.  All is well here thank goodness.  The epicenter was only about 20 miles from our house.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

July 2019 APC 10

Two-fer Thursday....yesterday was a busy day with no time for blogging.  I left the house at 7:15 and did not get back until almost 6:00.

July 2019 APC 10

The male image on the right was the reverse side of a scrap of another comic character that I had used in a collage.  It is always good to turn scraps over.

July 2019 APC 09


July 2019 APC 09
Sometimes it seems that maybe the subconscious is in charge of creating. Only after I finished the card with the policeman did I think about the significance of the target on his head.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

July 2019 APC 08

July 2019 APC 08
Feedback on have a moving part on an artist playing card or artist trading card has been good.  Last night I started working on my APCs for August and I am trying to attempt one that either has a small book or a popup.  Whatever prevails will make its debut in August here. 

Monday, July 8, 2019

July 2019 APC 07

July 2019 APC 07

I hope you are not getting bored by the similarity of each of the artist playing cards.  They are formulaic but then when you think of the purpose of the cards, exchanging art, and you think of the number of people who receive free art that might change things up a bit.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

July 2019 APC 06

Two-fer Sunday......
July 2019 APC 06
Funny how this works....both APCs have the value of 10.  Not planned for today's posting.  Both have male characters.  Not planned for today's posting.  Christmas colors abound as the focal colors.  Not planned again.  Fun how that works, totally random. :-)

July 2019 APC 05

July 2019 APC 05
I guess I am getting very forgetful as I totally missed blogging yesterday.  I was so into bookmaking, I made three books throughout the day, that time flew by without a thought to blogging.  The funny thing is that I have plenty to share!  I will catch up this morning and this will be yet another two-for day.

Friday, July 5, 2019

July 2019 APC 03

July 2019 APC 03
I kind of wish I had taken scans of each of the APC/ATCs “open” to go along with the ones you see here.  Oh well, I did not do that!  They sure were fun to make but pretty intensive because of all the steps.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

July 2019 APC 04

Fourth of July two-fer
July 2019 APC 04
Collaging in the round is fun.  Deciding if one is going to remain inside the boundaries of the circles or venture outside the circumference is one of the decisions that has to be made.

Happy Fourth of July to all Americans who view this blog.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

July 2019 APC 02

July 2019 APC 02
Someone wrote me about not understanding how the moving part works.  Maybe explaining the construction of the APC would help.  First there is a rectangular 2.5 x 3.5 card.  Then I created collaged circles which I adhered to the rectangle with a tiny brad.  I then tore off opposite corners of playing cards which I adhered to the rectangle with tiny grommets in two corners.  Part of the circle extended over the rectangle.  I cropped off two sides of the circle so that it looked like a total rectangle again.  The circle now rotates behind the playing card.  I then added an ATC coin over the playing card.  I also punched holes in the playing card so that when the circle moves the "scenery" in the punched circles changes.  The punching idea came from Lynn Skordal during one of our meetups.  I rather like the layered APC or ATC whichever you would like to call it.

Monday, July 1, 2019

July 2019 APC - 01 and 02

July 2019 artist playing card 01 and 02
There is a moving part in each of the 30 or so APCs that I created for July 2019.  It is a wheel that has two sides cut off until you rotate the wheel.  Then it looks like the card has a circle that has expanded.  You can see what one looks like expanded on the left and not extended on the right above.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

The Great Escape

The Great Escape

My task is done and off this passport goes on Monday to the next Create Gent.  It will be exciting to see what returns to me in four or five months. :-)

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Pancakes or French Toast, Dear? and All in a Day's Work

Two-fer Saturday.....time got away from me yesterday.

Pancakes or French Toast, Dear?




All in a Day's Work
Last fall the Creative Gents chatted about doing a passport exchange where we each created spreads in vintage passports and then passed them along for the others to work in it.  Our exchange has started and here is the first spread in the British passport that I secured.  Tomorrow you will see the second spread.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Deep in Thought

Deep in Thought

Because I am so into the book making right now my collage work has suffered.  Yesterday I found partially finished postcards.  All they needed was one or two more pieces of ephemera.  So I got busy! :-)

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Waiting


Waiting
If you are in a relationship you know that waiting is always going to be part of it.  Do I need to spell it out?

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Postcard Collaboration

I joined a Facebook artist playing card group last fall.  One of the people with whom I have exchanged in the group is Elsa Bouman.  Elsa lives only about two miles from me and we meet up on occasion at a local commons area to create.  We decided to do a collage postcard exchange and here are four of our results.  We collaged both sides of the postcard partially.  Then sent the unfinished card to the other.  It was our task to finish the two sided postcard and return mail it to the "owner."

Not only is there the challenge of creating and then finishing postcards but we had to somehow disguise the addresses for return mailing.  It has all worked out marvelously.  I especially like that the post office adds to the collage.  Note in the first one that there is a cancellation mark and also a white strip of paper added.





Monday, June 24, 2019

Monsters

Monsters
Lynn Skordal and I completed two collaborative tunnel books this year.  I shared in a previous blog posting the one I started called Outstanding in the Field.  Lynn started Monsters and I finished it.  I thought I would have trouble working in a style and with images foreign to me.  However, it worked out and rather quickly once I stopped procrastinating.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Bobbin Binding

Bobbin Binding
This might be my favorite binding so far on my 365 journey.  I avoided it for over one hundred bindings and then I could not do that anymore as I am getting to the end of Volume II of Keith A. Smith's book.  It is called the bobbin binding stitch and it so much fun to do.  My book has three signatures and is a one needle process.  You will notice that there are two colors of linen binding thread.  That is the trick on this stitch. 

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Bird Book

Bird Book

Bird Book (cover)

I can not officially count this book as one of the 365 as I did it before going to the UK and before I decided to make a book a day.  I had found the cover and signatures in a box long forgotten and unfinished.  So now it waits completed without finished art on the signature pages.



Friday, June 21, 2019

June 2019 APC - Fourth Set

June 2019 APC - Fourth Set
This is it, the last of the June 2019 APCs.  July is done and on to August.  If you thought that maybe the images were a bit out of focus, you are right.  I scanned them in plastic sleeves and I see a bit of reflection on some of them.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

June 2019 APC - Third Set

June 2019 APC - Third Set
When sending out the ATCs or APCs I like to create an envelope.  Sometimes I make them out of paper bags and sometimes out of old calendars.  I try and think of a different way of presentation each month.  Maybe I will use origami paper in July.  Two of the groups that I send to always have themes.  One ATC group has been tasked with an extraterrestrial theme.  I have been looking for different moons that I might include.  Stay tuned.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

June 2019 APCs - Second Set

June APCs - Second Set
I finished my July ATCs and APCs this morning.  Glad to have them completed.  The July ones all have a moving part and there were many steps to complete them since they are semi-3D.  I know that sounds kind of confusing.  I will begin posting in July.  Book arts took a backseat yesterday.  Back to it this afternoon.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

June 2019 APCs - First set

June 2019 APC - First Set

I am in the midst of creating my July APC for the Facebook APC group and the third quarter ATC for my international group.  So here is a group of the ones that I did for June.  I used maps in each.  Yesterday I showed them as a jumble of the total set.  I thought I would share them in groups of four and not string it out over a half month.

A comment yesterday asked if I keep track of who gets which APC.  The answer is NO.  I set the APCs free and they are out in the world.  It is sort of like eggs hatching.  Once the baby bird is strong enough to be on its own off she goes.  It is the same with the ATCs and APCs.  They are living elsewhere now.






Monday, June 17, 2019

June 2019 Artist Playing Cards

June Artist Playing Cards
Each of these artist playing cards has map ephemera in common.  This month I tore off a corner of a playing card to add to the collage.  The ones that I am using for July have the playing cards with two corners torn off.  I have to use it all.  No waste!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Lady with the Hat - A Tunnel Book

In late March I made this tunnel book as an example of how one could make an abstract tunnel book.  Since I was going to be teaching tunnel book construction at the Newport Paper and Book Arts Festival at the end of April I needed an example of just how to put a book together that did not necessarily have a theme.  Lady with a Hat is the result.

Lady with the Hat (page  1)

Lady with the Hat (page 2)


Lady with the Hat (page 3)

Lady with the Hat (page 4)


Lady with the Hat (page 5)


Lady with the Hat (page 6)




Saturday, June 15, 2019

Platform 5 - A Tunnel Book


This tunnel book uses the subtractive  method, one item is taken away as you progress through the book.  For me it is like a stage set.  Can't you imagine the gentlemen in Connecticut waiting for a commuter train to take them into NYC?


Platform 5 (page 1)


Platform 5 (page 2)


Platform 5 (page 3)

Platform 5 (page 4)


Platform 5 (page 5)

Platform 5 (page 6)