Tuesday, October 30, 2012

She Art . . . Week 1

Hi, Everyone,
This past week I have been delving into Chrisy Tomlinson's form of She Art.  I am learning to create my own girls & my own She Art style.  This is an amazing journey.

My craft table is covered with tissue papers, patterned papers, gel medium, gesso, modeling paste & stencils, Golden brand paints, Adironbdack paint dabbers, Faber-Castell Pitt artist pens & Gelatos, Distress Markers, Prismacolor crayons, & Pigma Micron pens. 

The pages numbered 1, 2, 3 show the progression of a collaged background, stenciling with paint & modeling paste, then adding a girl, stamps & a quote.  Have a look at what I have created so far.

"She Loved to Play with Paper"

"She was an Artist"
"She Loved to Create"

Monday, October 22, 2012

She Art Cover & Title Page

Hi, Everyone,
Today I would like to show you the spiral book I altered specifically designated to my She Art journey.

I started off with a Strathmore Watercolour coiled book that I purchased at Michaels.  I removed the spiral coil it came with because I wanted to add additional space in the spine to allow for the most awesome thing in the world . . . embellishments!  The front & back covers of the coiled book came with thick chipboard, perfect for an altered book.  I covered them with Christy Tomlinson She Art paper, gaffer tape, & a felt flower. 

I cut 4 spine pieces from thick chipboard, added 2 attachment pieces to each side of the spine pieces, covered these spine pieces with Christy Tomlinsoin She Art paper, then glued them to the front & back covers with Scotch Quick-Dry glue.  By adding this spine extension, the spine grew from .75" to 2" allowing lots of room for future molding paste, paint, paper, & embellishents.
The spines of all of my altered books are decorated, so when they are lined up in the bookshelf they are very beautiful to look at.  The coils & empty holes are decorated with teal ribbon.

You can see how much room the spine extension will allow for a thickening book.

This is my cover page, simply entitled "She". . . announcing the faceless girls & inspiring sayings that will be adorning the upcoming pages of my She Art journey.  Note the packaging in the background - some packaging is just too beautiful to throw away & needs to be enjoyed in our Art.

Above I am practicing beautiful Hair.  We all develope our own style over time.  Mine seems to be a self-portrait . . . side bangs & flowing hair.   Pencil your hair in first, so you can erase it if need be, then go over it with a pen.  My favorite is the flow of the American Crafts Precision Pens & Pigma Micron Pens. 

Have fun creating!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Discovering She Art

Hi, Everyone,
You may or may not know, but I absolutely LOVE Mixed Media Art.
Yesterday I made an Awesome Discovery . . . She Art . . . by Christy Tomlinson.
Learning how to take someone else's art form that catches your eye & turning it into your own style is truly called creating.  I love paper, faceless ladies with flowing hair, pretty dresses, interesting stamped foregrounds, & fun playful backgrounds with lots of texture.

My Mixed Media of choice is:
vintage book pages & sheet music, beautiful papers, white gesso, modeling paste, inks & stamps, pencil crayons, Tim Holtz Distress Markers, Gelatos, misting sprays, & gel medium.

Simple yet beautiful.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

12 Tags of 2012 - October

Hi, Everyone,
Tim Holtz is back in his studio & has created his October tag.  The technique he showcases this month uses glitter.  My version looks a little different than his & uses glitter & embossing. Below is the announcement for my class to create this Dazzling Halloween Tag.

Tim Holtz's "12 Tags of 2012"
My Version of . . . Tag 9
This month features Embossing & Glitter!
Come play with Tim’s Newspaper Tissue Wrap,
Distress Inks, the New on the edge Gravestone Die,
Mini Blueprint Halloween Stamps, & experiment with
glitter & Sparkling Zing Embossing Powders.
Add Brads & Chain, Spooky Tokens, & Tinsel to create this Spooky
yet Dazzling Halloween Tag.

Come to class or phone to reserve a kit!
Join Kathleen
Sunday, October 14
For the 9th Tag of 2012
1-3:00 p.m. $10
Supplies:Craft sheet, Scotch Quick-Dry Glue, Ink Blending Tool,
Scissors, Tweezers, Perfect Pearls Mist: Heirloom Gold, Pop-dots
Distress inks: Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge,
Seedless Preserves, Peeled Paint, Black Soot