10,000 visitors to Altered by the Sea! Thanks to all of you for making this milestone a reality. I'm continually delighted and amazed that you drop by, and love sharing my art and my little bit of the coast with you all.
The RED! journal was the first one I received in the mail in the 13 Journals Group round-robin. I took my inspiration from vintage fashion and then pulled out every piece of red I could find in my stash.
I was especially happy with the copper metallic pen on the embossed background paper that picked up the copper foil along the page edges.
This is a delightful romp with eye candy galore. Over-sized and outrageously colourful. A myriad of ideas and jumping off points for not only interior decorating, but wearable art, mixed media art and the art of living. Carolyn Quartermaine Revealedwas published in 1997, but holds up well. I found a used copy in 2005 for around $15.00. Used prices on Amazon are up to $72.00 now! But try your library or local used book shops - always a chance of a bargain.
You can imagine that 2 artistic types would always find more exciting things to do than clean the house - and we do. But it does reach that point when something must be done! So, we have bitten the bullet and every Monday (mutual day off) for two months we are tackling an area of the house and doing the massive Spring cleaning thing. So far, upstairs we've done the bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and hall. Next week is the great room, a big chuck of which I use as part of my studio. We're still not crazy about cleaning - but we are very happy with the results. Next month - the downstairs! If we could just get Hazel to come over and help!
If you're ever in Philadelphia don't miss the Magic Garden of Mosaics on South Street. This creation of artist Isaiah Zagar began in 1994 and through community support became a non-profit organization in 2002.
Not only mosaics, but lots of found objects decorate the walls, gates and pathways.
Autumn, my favourite time of year, so it was an added pleasure working on this one of the 13 Journals when it came. I had been collecting leaves for a few months prior to be ready, and loved the pewter twig I found.
The vintage cartede vista photo seemed to have just the right touch of poignancy that we so often feel when the leaves begin to fall.
An oldie, but goodie. I never tire of delving into this timeless volume. 12 months of a year in the English countryside are chronicled; handwritten text and lovely watercolours and sketches of nature in all her abundant glory. Edith Holden penned this delightful diary over 100 years ago and yet it remains as fresh and lovely as a budding daffodil or the spring song of the thrush on the green.
My friend Joen is the master enabler! She has found me more wonderful old rusty stuff than the rest of my friends put together. But I think she may have topped herself this time.
It's a tin can, still sealed, top and bottom both intact. What ever was inside has vanished, reduced to a few grains that you can hear if you shake it. It is marvelously rusty and mangled. I have no idea what I will do with it, but in the meantime it's amazing just to look at it!
We dropped by Michael's the other evening to take advantage of their 40% off sale on artist canvases. I use these to mount my red rosin paintings, so wanted to stock up as I will soon be starting to work on pieces for this fall's Open Studios Tour.
While there I found these great pieces in their jewelry section. The flat ones will be perfect to attach to journal pages, the charms will attach through the eyelets along the edges, and the vintage-y look will go quite well with the new journal I've just started. I love it when you stumble across something unexpected like this that's so perfect!
Up early- extra early due to the time change - and off to the swap meet. Not a big haul, but as Spencer Tracy says regarding Katherine Hepburn in Pat and Mike "what there is is cherce!" A vintage toffee tin, HO caboose, cherubic wall sconce and a wooden angel face. All now waiting to become part of various Altered by the Sea assemblages. After the swap meet, had a lovely belated birthday brunch, with daughter Jenny and her guy Noah, at the delicious Bon Temps Creole Cafe in San Luis Obispo - chicory coffee, warm biscuits, and grits with hot sauce - Laissezlesbon temps rouler!
When I found out the colours for this one of the 13 Journals, my mind went directly to Mexico - I mean, pink and yellow? Gotta be! I had a huge stash of ephemera that would work for this project, including loteria cards, papelpicado banners and vintage photos.
As I remember it's the one that I finished in record time. Usually the journals would sit on my art table for 3 weeks and than I'd finally get them done in the last few days, but this one almost made itself!
Haven't we all been waiting with bated breath for Michael Demeng's new book? Well, it's here! Copies are now available, mine has just arrived from Amazon. More wonder and madness from the King of Assemblage (accent on the final syllable and a long a please!). Lots of great pictures and projects all with a south of the border flavour. Waiting for the weekend to have time to sit down and take my time enjoying every last page.
We all know about this - getting very anxious to start in a new journal as we get close to finishing the old one. I've been in the current one since mid-July. It's a bit bigger than usual and I'm looking forward to working smaller again for awhile.
I made thick pages by gathering several together and using eyelets to hold them in place. I gessoed the pages lightly so some of the text shows through.
This new one is a vintage Dickens with marvelous marbled endpapers and page edges.
The eyelets have the added advantage of providing perfect places to attach ribbons, charms and other embellishments.
Just a few days and I'll make the first entry! Of course, by the end of the new one I'll be just as anxious to change sizes and styles again. Ah, variety is the spice of journaling!
Milk bottle tops - I can just barely remember these cardboard disks being used in my childhood, before they were replaced with ones covered with coloured foil that crimped down over the tops of the bottles.
Gathered at antique street fairs and shops, they add a bright spot to a journal page or altered book, and interesting designs can be formed using a dozen or more at once.
Two bird cages: an ornate green one I've had for a couple of years - a great score at a hole in the wall antique/junk shop in Castroville , and the small wire and wood French Market one that was a birthday gift last month. This weekend they both had new tenants move in. A vintage ceramic bird that belonged to my aunt, arising from a broken ostrich egg now calls the one above home.
#94 is now host to a sassy crow (a Dollar Store Halloween find). The marvelous "nesting" material is wood shavings available in "a variety of designer colours" at World Market. Both are now happily residing in the great room.
With the opening of the new Alice in Wonderland movie this past weekend I thought it would be fun to share this altered book that I created a couple of years ago. I picked the book - a library discard on Eastern European textiles - for this project based on its big size. It was interesting to "work large".
I compiled many different editions of Alice in Wonderland and then used pages, illustrations, spines and covers from them throughout the book - as backgrounds, focal points, and embellishments.
I love the huge playing cards - a dollar store find - and the enameled blue and green teapot pin picked up at the Morro Bay Art in the Park one year.
My timing, for once, was superb, as the new movie was announced about 6 months after I finished the piece.All it's missing is a photo of Johnny Depp!
3,000 miles away from the Central Coast, and 60-70 degrees colder. This is the view from the deck of our friend Franny's cabin on Upper Kimball Pond in New Hampshire. Beautiful - but brr........... too cold for this California girl!
This was the white journal from the 13 Journals Group. The substrata was a vintage stamp album. So everyone got to pick a country to do their spreads on. I was very happy when the book came in the mail to me and no one had chosen the England pages yet. With white and England to fuel my creativity I decided on an Edwardian shopping spree. Vintage sewing notions, advertisements, postcards, a long kidskin glove and a bow rescued from a bridesmaid dress all added to the fashion fun.
I was especially pleased with the glove. I attached the top to the back page with long brads and then flipped the finger section over the front of the page. It could be lifted to see the contents of the front page.
We are all artists--so when creativity calls, be sure to answer!
Growing up in Azusa, California, my kindergarten teacher gave me an "unsatisfactory" in
Cut&Paste, and I believed her for 50 years. Now I am a mixed media artist and work in a library.