Flip Side Friday #13 – Halloween Aside

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Appropriately number 13 comes up this week! What are you doing for Halloween, Samhain, All Saints’ Day or Dia de los Muertos i.e. Day of the Dead? Which one do you celebrate or do you celebrate any of them? What do you think about dressing up or getting into a costume?

PreTorn page

My European relatives are closer to the original Catholic beginnings of the All Saints’ Day and go to the cemetery for a day of remembrance and prayer. My G-kids gleefully dress up and come up with crazy antics for the day – making me say prayers for their teachers and care takers at the schools.

Me? I spend the week previous enjoying the last of our Colorado fall weather, art journaling and stitching torn seams in the “perfect costume” for the kids. I think we get a Hippie and a Dr. Who this year.

Somehow at this time of year I fall into a space of gratitude for my life. My family is healthy and thriving. I have more “stuff” than I know what to do with. My friendships are deep and not dependent on location. My man and I have had great adventures and are planning for more…in fact I think what I am feeling is the abundance of my daily life.

Thanks for reading.

The Journal Project 2014 – Week 43 – Art Camp for Women

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

These weekly prompts are not intended to make an entire page but instead are meant to give you a starting point for a daily practice of Art Journaling.

First torn page

If you are participating in these Journal Prompts and want to share a page or two (or more) with us, please email a photo of your page to:
registration [at] artcampforwomen [dot]com.

We would love to post your work!

Art Prompt: On a torn page, or page that is smaller than the following pages – make a full page pattern so the pattern goes onto the next page. Do the same on the following page spread (see below). This will give you a weird 3-D effect on the double spread and add dimension on the previous page.

Writing Prompt: Write about where you are regarding dressing up or wearing a costume.

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The Traveling Art Journal Part 6 – Another Collage-ish Technique

Today we are looking at another collage technique following our theme started with the Julie Fei-Fan Balzer take on the 5 main ways of Art Journaling which I still refer to. Her categories are (or were a few years ago) Painty, Wordy, Collage-ish, Scrapbook-ish, Doodler and I have added a sixth type Fabric-oriented.

A tissue table napkin can be a valuable collage item when traveling! Sister Three covered up advertising text, obscuring the message while adding color, texture, depth and character to the page.

Sis Three Ktty

Napkins – aka serviettes – can be collected almost anywhere you go. They are colorful and often have a name or picture that reminds you of the occasion. They are very light weight and when added to a page almost melt into it – thus not much bulk is added to your journal. I now carry Matte Gel Medium in a small container when I travel so I can make use of the napkins.

Napkin Technique

The poppies on this page are part of a napkin with a white background so they really melt in. If I’m flying I pack the medium in my checked luggage as I use a lot of it. In the car I would bring the whole bottle and share.

It turned out that Sister Three really had more fun decorating her occasion-oriented-apron which has me suspect her as one of those “Fabric-oriented People.”

SisterThree&Apron

Here she is doodling away on her apron. I forgot to tell everyone to iron the aprons to heat set the Sharpie pen work – wonder if they figured it out?

WHAT TO PACK AND WHAT TO LOOK FOR:

As with all travel you have to carry anything acquired – so ephemera needs to be small, lightweight and cheap enough to discard the extras.  When shopping add in thrift stores, farmer’s markets and garage sales to get some local flavor. If anyone will be joining you by car, have them bring the heavy/bulky stuff and pay for your share.

Supplies: A journal, glue stick, scissors, tape, watercolor crayons, water brush, pens, matte gel medium and heavy gel medium (if you have room).

Ephemera: Napkins, maps, business cards, post cards, pressed plant materials, very flat rocks.

Thrift Store Finds: Old jewelry, old postcards, rubber stamps, music note stickers, colorful or theme napkins, other stickers and ribbon.

Tourist Information Stops: Local maps, Stickers – often bumper sticker size, brochures with local names in fancy fonts, key chains or other dingle-bobs.

Add in at home: Printed photos from the trip. Relevant treasures (i.e. old photos, postcards and fabric) you have at home.

Flip Side Friday #12 – Vintage Treasures Found!

From my husband’s-other-sister’s-husband’s storage came some vintage treasures! Carefully cut and saved through wars, famine and more wars, now something that just takes up storage space.

Lace in box

This trove came into the light of day after visiting a handcrafts museum display. Seeing my interest in the stitching and other fabrics, Klaus asked if I had any use for this kind of thing? You understand we communicate via a combination of German, English and charades…Lace closeup

That evening he came out with a box marked SPITZEN (which means something like little points i.e. lace) the box was stuffed with these lovely scraps. Carefully cut and saved, now something that none of the children, grandchildren or great grandchildren have the time, room or use for. He diffidently offered them to me. Believe me this ALL fit in my suitcase – I was going out to buy another if they didn’t!

I am a huge fan and follower of Mary Ann Moss and loved her online class Remains of the Day. I have made more than one journal using that class and have often wished I had something more elegant to make a really, REALLY special piece…ahem…now I do!

MoreSpitzenLace

These pieces are mostly hand-stitched and some must be made using machines – I just can’t believe otherwise – but they are not mass-produced and were made in the homes and shops of my husband’s family in the 19th and early 20th century.

Even if you don’t have relatives in Europe or old family homesteads in the U.S. you can find similar goodies at flea markets and thrift stores. I found some in Florence, Italy and then some in a second-hand store in Nebraska. But as our families age there are less of these lovelies surviving – so keep your eyes open.

The Journal Project 2014 – Week 42 – Art Camp for Women

These weekly prompts are not intended to make an entire page but instead are meant to give you a starting point for a daily practice of Art Journaling.

If you are participating in these Journal Prompts and want to share a page or two (or more) with us, please email a photo of your page to:

registration [at] artcampforwomen [dot]com.

We would love to post your work!

filling in the blanks

Art Prompt: If you get stuck waiting find a blank spot on a page in your journal and make a flower border – you’ll wish you had more time.

Writing Prompt: Write about waiting…hate it? consider it a reprieve? make the most of it?

If you want more help with Art Journaling click hereFor more about how the Journal Project got started and how it works click here.

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