Combine to Create

February 18, 2017

Playing with rubber cement resist

I think I found this technique on Pinterest.  

I poured rubber cement in a bottle with a spout made for writing.  I took out some watercolor paper and cardstock, and began to scribble.

After that dried, the real fun began.  I used watercolor crayons, a bit of Gelatos and sprays (from ArtAnthologie & Prima) and water.  
I hastened the dry time with my heat gun.  When all dry, it took just a finger rub to remove the glue.  Note: the underlay is very white in real life.
Love the batik look you get.

February 16, 2017

Rust on the Inside

Inside cover and first page

We will decorate the pages just like would any other journal.  I sketch occasionally, but this journal lends itself to any art techniques.  Since the coffee filter pages are now richly dyed with the rust patina, there is minimal background painting needed.
Foliage and feathers
Above, I played with some of the striations of rust on the left side, adding a die-cut feather, some mica over  a 'thought', and a few sketches.  The hawk on the right is from my own stencil, through which I did a rubbing of alphas.  This could easily have been watercolored, too.

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February 12, 2017

Held by the Earth...

Held by the Earth,
Felled by the wind.
Today I was invited to experience it
(a generic forest) :>

Today during my usual, weekly hike through the woods, I was gifted with an amazing occurrence.  
I heard and then saw a huge tree fall in the forest.  And yes, it did make a sound.  Probably only because I was there?  
The Earth is a powerful entity of which I am constantly amazed.  
I am in awe of what happens in nature, and today I got a front row seat.

February 11, 2017

Rust and the ArtBound book

And here's the reason for naming this class ArtBound.  We will be binding our own books and weaving bamboo sticks into the binding. 
The bamboo and hemp will be provided for you.   

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February 7, 2017

Rust at Art and Soul

 A couple more samples I made for my Art & Soul/Virginia Beach workshop.  Above is the result of wrapping decorative metal ribbon three times into a coffee filter.  Love this one!  The top two areas had direct contact with both sides of the metal and the bottom one 'leaked' thru.  It's a lovely tryptic of lace.  After this experiment, I ordered more metal ribbon in different designs for Art & Soul.

Below:  The leaf shape is bent and sculpted steel wire and the lacy one on the left is the same metal as above.
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Here's a peak at my next blog post; book cover ideas

February 5, 2017

Art and Soul Rust Workshop

I am offering Rust & the ArtBound Book workshop for Art and Soul in Virginia Beach.  I've come up with a few ideas we will use to rust coffee filters and make a journal out of them.
One of these ideas is in the pic below:  rusty wire sculpting.
 Stay tuned for more to come.  If you like my art and crazy ideas, please become one of my followers.  Check out this workshop by using this portal:

February 1, 2017

Playing with Yupo and Alcohol Inks

I finally got some Yupo paper and tried a fun technique using some stencils.  I saw the idea here:

After letting the stencil dry on the Yupo, I reactivated it with a spray of rubbing alcohol 91% and placed it on deli paper.
Just playing.  Anni


January 29, 2017

Q 52!! Another Cover Sample

Quite different than the last one, this one is darker and more 'edgy'  The cone is covered with black paper I sanded over a stencil.  I used black hemp for the lacing and black and grey in the other elements.  
Fun and spontaneous; never brain surgery or rocket science.  I promise.

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January 26, 2017

Quest 52 Journal Cover Ideas

I've put together a couple of cover alternative ideas for our Quest 52 journal cover.  The 3-D cone is a mainstay, but the background can be as original as you are.  
Once we build the cone, we can paint it, cover it with paper, write on it, make marks, etc.  The one above is painted light blue and white crackle painted when dry.  After that, we lace up the front and backs together with hemp.  I will provide different colors of hemp to choose from.
Note that he glass-enclosed titles can also differ.  It's fun and it's up to you.  

Check back here in a few days to see another one that's very different from this one.

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January 25, 2017

More Art and Soul Previews

Here are 4 more altered playing cards with a theme.  The theme here are the colors sepia and grey.  Top L is where I've used more 'oven-browned parchment paper'.  *I plan to have some pre-browned parchment paper to share in class*.  Over that I embroidered fishtail stitches from tiny to large.  Do you have to embroider on your 52's?  Only if you want to.  Likewise, sketching is not mandatory.  Another rabbit, I know.  Love rabbits.

in Minneapolis in April/May.  Gonna be fun!!!

PS:  Check here tomorrow when I begin to post journal cover ideas for Quest 52