Monthly Archives: July 2010

Vintage Postcards

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Vintage PostcardI have so many doilies left over from the days when I was into everything Victorian–think tea and scones. I thought, there must be some way to incorporate these into my artwork. This month’s Post Card Night will be a throwback to the past, with altered doilies, floral collage designs and a few embellishments–all mounted on colorful Bazzill textured cardstock (just can’t seem to get enough of it).  Join us Friday, July 23, starting at 6:30-8+ p.m. for Post Card Night at Stampin’ From the Heart, 11720 Washington Place, L.A., call 310 391-0466 for directions. Cost: $10. See you there!

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ATC Altered Puzzle Pieces

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Puzzle Piece ATCIn honor of cleaning out my garage, this is a good a time as any to re-purpose all that stuff we’ve been hanging onto for years.  This month’s Artist Trading Cards will feature jigsaw puzzle pieces–especially useful when you find that one little piece is missing from the box. What to do with all the rest of them??? Make Art. Yeah. It’ll be a little bit of a project night, some sanding, some painting, some stamping and some beading. And by the end that puzzle piece will have a whole new lease on life as a mini work of art. Join us Thursday, July 15, starting at 6:30 to 8+ p.m., at Stampin’ From the Heart, 11720 Washington Place, L.A., call 310 391-0466 for directions. Cost $10. (P.S. Smooch inks will be involved. If you don’t want to wait, feel free to bring your own favorite colors and make sure your name is on the bottles.) Want to go home with other people’s Artist Trading Cards for your collection? Please bring 10-12 cards of your own design (any theme), plus one for teacher Jessica Hollowell and one for our gracious store owner Karen.  I have started making 15, just to be sure everyone trading gets a card. See you there!!

Journey to Journaling

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Art Journal pageI have long wanted to make an Art Journal but was never sure how to go about it. So I called my friend, fellow artist and longtime journaler Rosemary the other day, and while she was giving me pointers I ended up in the studio painting the pages of a book I had prepared the day before. That was the beginning.

From there, things started to happen spontaneously. I added some of those wonderful Cavallini birds I love so much and some collage pictures I had been collecting for years. Next, I prepared Monet calendar pages to glue onto the left-facing pages: sanded them (good exercise for my flabby arms) and dry brushed them with some buff acrylyic paint. The next day I stumbled onto a book for sale in the library (50 cents) that had lots of meaningful quotes in it. I copied them and glued one onto each page. After that I added some mini-collages made from my scrap basket, remembering to leave lots of room to write. So far, I haven’t figured out what I want to say or what I want to write with, but I am giving it some thought. To be continued…