Friday, September 28, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Look at the innards of the flower! The flower feels violated... You can see its nose hairs!!
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
I could not believe my eyes when I saw the details for this sweepstakes! A grand prize worth $250??!! You guys always tell me how much you love the images I use (over and over I use them...lol), now you can have your own for FREE!! This is one day you won't want to miss!!
Thank you all so much for your comments on yesterday's collage! I am having fun playing with all of the ephemera I have been collecting over the last year! So much so in fact that I have made an other journal page with vintage finds and justjohanna images. Do you like it?
Here is a blank copy you can download and use in your personal artwork! If you decide to use it, please link back here so I can see! You can make a journal page or crop it up to use it as a background on a greeting card. Have fun!
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
Hi everyone. I am still soldering. This is attempt number 3. This is my best attempt yet, probably because the edges on a domino are not as squared off as on glass. I am happy to see progress because this takes a long time! The edges here look terrible in the scan, but I assure you in person, there is great improvement. I will keep trying!
The text in the domino project came from a Better Homes and Garden Entertaining book written in 1969. It's a fantastic read! Don't you just love the serving suggestion above for holiday breakfast? I was glancing through the book and looking at text to use when I read something about asking a "male" guest to help pass food trays around...hehehe..oh, and in case you're planning some entertaining soon, don't forget to place a tray of commonly used personal items on your bathroom vanity: hairspray, a new comb, a pretty box of facial tissue and a light cologne!
Sunday, September 23, 2007
I am going to talk about music again, and I would appreciate it if you, readers, would refrain from telling me about the drug using, crime ridden, womanizing ways of Johnny Cash. I like him and I don't care what you all say. I'll watch the movie "Walk the Line" any time it comes on and I listen to the soundtrack and Johnny's greatest hits every time I sit here. While I was making these, I was listening to "Hurt"- his cover of the great NIN hit. I am mesmerized by his voice in that song and I can't stop thinking about "...everyone I know goes away in the end.."
Now- what they don't tell you about soldering. It smells. Thankfully it doesn't stink up your room and stay in there, but it surely emits an unpleasant odor while the process is underway. These are my first two attempts- 1.5x1.5" mini-collages a la Sally Jean. The winged dude was my first attempt, the K followed this morning. They're ok...not fantastic, but I am learning. I used some random solder on the first one to get started and then the Silvergleem on number two. I need to buy some metal polish this afternoon and see what happens. If you're keeping score, I still have 9 fingertips left and only a small hole in my pant leg.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
Ha! This was one of those field guides to identify fish. The text read "Know your fish", but I like my version much better. Three lipstick wearing fish know what you did... I love the eeriness of this canvas if I do say so myself..
justjohanna stamped scroll, acrylic paint background and lipstick fish. See you tomorrow. (I think I've been watching too much Sponge Bob!)
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
See you tomorrow! Thanks for stopping by..
Monday, September 17, 2007
See you tomorrow!
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Somehow I missed looking at the Artword site last week and wouldn't you know it, the theme was my entry! The horror! I whipped this up a minute ago, I am supposed to be cooking for a bunch of people who are coming for football at 1:00...mama mia...
It's about 12" tall, recycled Cheerios box painted with Golden acrylics and I stenciled on some modeling paste for the swirls.. pen, artist crayon and justjohanna flower. I am so embarassed this is so late!
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Since it's Saturday and there are only a few steps left, I decided to list the last remaining steps today so you could finish up over the weekend if you wanted to! Here are the final 5 steps:
1. Scratch: Use a sharp instrument to scratch anywhere on the surface of your collage.
2. Text: Sally lists specific examples of what to do with a book page during this step, but I am going to open it up and say that you can place any text (as long as it is not magazine, since we already used that technique) onto your collage.
3. 3-D: Apply something dimensional to your project..any embellishment you like as long as it is not flat.
4. Write: Write any word or phrase, in any medium you would like: pen, pencil, ink.
5. Surprise! One last step that you can use to add your unique spin to your project! Let your imagine run wild with this one!
Now that the steps are all out of the way, we need to get down to business. I drew names to pair everyone up today and here are the results:
Friday, September 14, 2007
I am all caught up! Here is look at my projects after completing the last 6 steps! There are only 5 steps left! That means that we should be ready to mail these off to eachother within the next few days. Tomorrow, I will draw names out of a hat and post the partners so you can begin contacting eachother with your swap information! This is so exciting, I can't wait!
Thank you for stopping by today!
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Hey hey! We made it though the new carpet...except for the smell. I hate "new" anything smell. I've got the windows open, but unfortunately Mother Nature decided that Southern California needed to swelter again, so I am not sitting here painting away...I am a step behind on Mission: Collage! Gasp!! Here are the next steps in our collage process:
1. Pattern: Use any medium you want and make a pattern on your collage- lines, dots, secret message in Morse Code...anything you want.
2. Draw: Fancy sketch or simple drawing; use pen, pencil or ink to highlight something that is already on your collage or draw a new shape on your project.
3. Sand: Go out to the garage and grab some sand paper! Use the paper to make a distress accent on your collage.
Isn't this fun?! I love doing this Mission with you all! I'll be back tomorrow to show you my projects using the last 6 steps we have talked about. Until then, have fun!
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
I struggle with mail art. I am embarassed by the mail art I have been sending out... Until tonight I have been hung up on making something double sided. Tonight I told myself "wabi-sabi, Julie- stop being a jackass...just make something and then fold it into an envelope.
Voila! Here is the piece I came up with. My mail art curse is over! The top photo is what the piece looked like unfolded. Middle and last picture are what we (my personalities and I) came up with once it was folded.
Art Heureux De Courrier, Tova ! Jusqu'à ce que nous expédiions encore le mois prochain !
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Alright- time for another installment of our collage steps! Here are the next three steps for your collage:
1. Smudge: Wet your fingers and smudge any of the chalk, pastel, crayon, charcoal on your project.
2. Magazine: Attach a page or piece of a page of magazine to your collage and then use a damp cloth or baby wipe to remove areas of ink from the magazine you put on your collage. Cheap magazine pages work the best. Scrub a dub dub!
3. Stamp: Anywhere, anykind, any amount. Caution: be careful about what kind of ink you choose to stamp with...there may be wet areas again on the project before we're finished!
I enjoy seeing your works in progress as I surf around the blogs!! How fun and exciting it is to see everyone's collage come along!
Monday, September 10, 2007
Maybe I am the only one to catch on regarding this...but did you know that if you select "enable email address" in your profile, when you leave a comment on someone's blog, they can reply to you via email? It's mind blowing to me...Zorana pointed this out to me. When your email is enabled, instead of seeing that "blogger-non-reply" type of email in your comments, you get the person's email address! Think of how much more chatty we can be now!
Oh..the journal is finished, but I am taking it apart so I can add more string. It was feeling a little wimpy when I was finished stitching, so I am going to toughen it up. I'll show you once I am finished.
Here's another peek at my two collage projects after steps 1-6 have been completed. I went back to each piece and washed the sheet music with paint to age it a bit and then added steps 4-6. I used gel medium to attach the pictures to each canvas and then added the masking tape for effect only. I hope you are having as much fun with your project as I am! Please feel free to give us a sneak peek of your project too!
Tomorrow I will post steps 7-9. There will be a slight delay in posts on Wednesday and I hope to be back up and running on Thursday. Casa de Luggage is getting new carpet on Wednesday.
Have a great week and thank you for stopping by!
Sunday, September 9, 2007
I bought a book on making fancy journals at the Somerset clearance sale a few weeks ago. The journals have been haunting me...it is time to get off the fence and try one myself. I love to look at journals that my art friends make. I love the worn and tattered pages that come with age and various art techniques. My "art book" never came to fruition. I think it was because the format was too large for my taste. This journal is going to be 8.5x11, folded in half. I don't have any book twine, so I am going to use yarn...I'll let you know how it turns out!
It would be simple to use the zutter binding system I bought earlier this year, but spiral binding is not what I envision... I am not sure if I will ever use the zutter... it got packed up yesterday and put into the garage in a new box entitled, "craft storage".. maybe one day, if we move, the zutter will rejoin it's crafting buddies. Now, everything is thinned out even more and packed away even more tight... waiting for that one buyer to come by...
Ok! Now we're off and running! If you missed the first three steps to our collage, you can find them here. I hope you had fun with them!
Here are the next three steps:
4. Chalk/Pastels/Artist Crayon: Apply to random areas of your project- you can draw, add shapes or simply add color here and there.
5. Photograph: Use a new or vintage photograph and attach it to your collage. You can sew, glue, staple, transfer..you name it. Your picture can have neat, crisp edges or you can distress the edge, use decorative punches or scissors.
6. Charcoal: Use charcoal to add another layer of depth to your collage. You can color any areas you would like with the charcoal! The other day I posted a quick charcoal how-to here.
Don't forget these steps are outlined in Sally Jean's book. If you want to explore more in depth, don't forget to check it out next time you're in the bookstore!
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Britney Spears will be the opening act at tomorrow night's VMA's. I don't normally watch the VMA's, but I will tune in to see Britney. I am so nervous! I want her to do well. I had two dreams last night. In the first dream, she wowed the audience and nailed her performance. In the second dream, she slipped because the stage floor was polished to oblivion. I hope she does great! My fingers are crossed for her.
Britney- if you are reading this- don't forget your underpants!
Friday, September 7, 2007
I knew there was a reason I bought a one pound package of scrap handmade collage papers! It was because I knew a year later I would have to use one of the sheets! I am glad for this challenge; otherwise I would have never opened the package to see the beautiful papers inside...
Thanks, Wednesday Stamper!
Prismacolor pencils, justjohanna images, vintage text. The stitching came with the paper.
Yeah! It's the moment you've been waiting for! Our first installment for Luggage- Mission: Collage. What? You didn't sign up? You still can! It will be a blast. I can't wait to see all the interpretations of the instructions!
Before we start...I want to make one thing clear: This is a "do whatever you want the rules are out the window feel good about yourself and your art" swap. Please do whatever comes to your mind when you see the techniques.. my suggestions are only suggestions to get the ball rolling; there will be no right or wrong projects and when we're finished, everyone gets their own original piece of art from your partner!
Your collage can be on any surface as long as it will "take" the techniques. For example, cardboard, canvas, cardstock, etc. I am not sure your collage will work on glass or metal.
Having said that, he we go! Today's techniques are: Paint, Paper, Ink
- Paint: Anything you can apply with a brush. Place paint on your surface to be the starting background of your collage. You can use all one color, mix and match, whatever!
- Paper: Attach paper onto the painted surface for an accent to the background. Any type of paper will do!
- Ink: Doodle, spill, splatter, dab, you name it! Add some ink to any areas of your collage.
I think what I will do is post the techniques every other day and post my collage in progress on the days when I don't post the techniques. Is that fun? If you want to show your piece in progress, feel free to post it on your blog and link to us in the comments here so we can all see!
Have fun today!
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
You'll see three or so techniques posted on my blog every day. For example: day one may include: paint, picture, pencil. One two three and you're finished! You can ponder the details here. I hope you're inspired!
See you tomorrow!
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
You wanna make a collage? It's the first ever Lost Luggage Swap! Mission: Collage.
This will be easy! All you need to do is make a project- any sized project- on a canvas, on recycled cardboard, on an ATC, on cardstock, on a match book...you get the idea! Your collage must contain the following techniques that I read out of Sally Jean Alexander's book- Pretty Little Treasures: Paint, Magazine, Text, Paper, Chalk or Pastels or Artist Crayon, Charcoal, Pencil, Stamp, Scratch, Wipe, Ink, Pattern, 3-d, Write, Photograph, Smudge, Draw, Sand, Surprise. If you have a copy of this book, instead of drawing the techniques randomly out of a hat, I am going ot follow the order listed on pages 15-19. For those of you without the book, never fear, I am going to list about 3 of the techniques every day here on the blog; I'll explain ways you can interpret each technique, but the rest is up to you!
So, by my calculations, it will take about 1.5 weeks to list the techniques. You can make a little of your project at a time, or sit and knock them out all at once. It shouldn't take too long! I find that if you sit and think about something for a long time, it is more stressful than just letting the art flow from your fingertips!
Once the collage is finished, you can post it on your blog or flicker and leave a comment here linking to it. After everyone is done, we'll put everyone's name in a hat and draw partners. You ship your collage to your partner and your partner ships their collage to you! One for one. What a fun time we'll have!
There is no need to rush out and buy the supplies on the list. For example, paint can mean acrylic, watercolor, h2o's, with re-inkers, etc. Just let the ideas flow!
If this sounds like fun to you, please email me! (My address is to the right--->) We'll get going with the techniques on Friday's blog post! Yeah!
I've had that song stuck in my head now for 2 days. The problem is that it is not the entire song, it's only "oooooooooo wwhhhhoooooooooo witccchhyyy woomann ssee that look in her eee yyyyysssss". It is making me crazy!
Some of you asked me about the patterns I bought at the flea last weekend and what was I going to do with them? Paint them of course. Here in the background is some of one of the patterns. Since the patterns are so tissue like, they give a nice effect. I've got some others on the table for this week too. So stay tuned!
Monday, September 3, 2007
Sunday, September 2, 2007
If you're looking for something fun and different, take a look over on the Gothic Arch Challenge blog. There is a free template there so you can make your own arch! Here is my project for this week's "moon" theme.
Acrylic paint, justjohanna image, vintage French text, stitching and stardust pen.
Thanks for coming by!
patterns for making backgrounds...
this is a mystery at the moment..the price was right though..I suspect these are genuine tourmaline beads with a pressed glass center drop..weird combo. Pretty!
vintage millinery for halloween arrangements..
envelopes addressed to Helena Rubinstein from all over the world..
old cigar boxes from Grandma and an old book from the flea market..
vintage holiday tags & labels..yum!
There were also a couple of religious medals (sans rubies) and some ribbon, bias tape, etc. It was a lot of fun today in the heat!
Thanks for stopping by!