Wednesday, September 17, 2014

and I have been improvising...

Friends in my building that I don't know very well are parents of a new baby boy and I just could not resist whipping this up.
you know where I got the elephants..

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

And I have been knitting...

Unisex onesie, for a friend's baby.  Aren't those little ellephants to die for??? so cute. this is the Ravelry link to the project.

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Second part of the completed journal

I was going to try to collage the before and afters but it just got too complex, so here we go with the last half of the art journal.

Pages 22 and 23 now look like this.  I blogged about the origihal version of page 23 here

I added the woman as an image transfer, as I did the menu from 1929.  The images and the original menu came from things I found in my father's stash of saved stuff. 

Pages 24 and 25 look like this ...

 This is the other half of the stenciled face that is the background for page 13.
and page 25 was originally blank.  I played with it for a long time.  The text is from an old falling-apart copy of Jane Eyre that I have used for a lot of things since I found it.  I have made found poetry from some of the pages and it made me go back and read the original when I realized how much I loved the book.  I still have the cover from this ruin of a copy and it may eventually get used somewhere. The falling asterisks are presstype lettering. I have a bunch of sheets and love the punctuation as much as the letters. 

Page 26
started as a gelliprint that I have worked back into  with pencils, watercolor and collage, including gilded builder's scrim and really just played with. 

This is 26 and 27 and a  view of how 27  blends in with page 29

page 29 changed as documented here and now looks like this with page 28 which I also tried integrating into 26. I am not sure this works any better than page 16.

Pages 30 and 33 were the pages that did not go together easily.   Pages 32 and 33 started out looking like this:

and ended looking like this

Page 30, on the right below, never set well.  I felt like I had thrown the kitchen sink at it and it never got anywhere I liked and I kept staring at it. and not liking it. 

Now it looks like this

It got there by peeling the whole thing back and starting again and used gesso, tape transfers and Purell transfers.

Pages 34 and 35 have changed about  10 times. This is the first picture I have.  They were two Gelliprints butted up against each other and I added some stencils and stamps, but they never looked right to me. They are half of pages 2 and 3. 
Then it got to this:
and now it looks like this.  This is where it is going to stay. You can see bits of the print still and I am liking the tape transfer effect. 

and, finally... if anyone is still out there besides me...
the back cover, at one point looked like this. Though it never really looked like that because the color was way off, but in any case, it now looks like this..

and now I can start to play with a new journal.  I am SO glad I documented this one and I certainly learned a lot doing it...
1. Keeping the total number of pages small
2. Not feeling that I had to work sequentially,
3. Not using anything just because I had it and could use it
4. Trying things out and letting it sit a bit before totally committing
5. Never stopping looking through it until I really declared it done 
were the most useful lessons for me.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Art Journal July - September 2014 done

I have a studio journal, which I keep in the studio till it is full. That is a journal that keeps track of process, ideas, things that inspire me, quotes torn out pages from the newspaper, whatever attracts the magpie in me. It is always there and gets replaced when full.  I have several of those, all full.

Art journals, to me were something else, I thought they should be full of drawings or collages or mixed media whatever and should have a LOT of pages. I usually think that when I am making a journal I should put a whole lot of pages in it.  After all, if I am going to fold and sew and make a cover etc I should have it to work in for a long time, right?  Well I just figured out that. for me, is WRONG!!!  I have a zillion quarter/half full art journals sitting around.  A few drawings that went nowhere, or a few that I liked and a lot of empty pages.

This time I tried something new. I had about 50 pages of prints from a gelli plate session, mostly printed on one side only.  They just didn't make the cut as standalone prints.  They hung around for a bit. (In my studio they could easily have hung around FOREVER!!) Some were just small pages, about 4" by about 6", some were about 7" x 11".  I folded them all in half, so if there was a recognizable image on the page, the image was folded in half and made them into groups.  I mixed up sizes so there were both sizes in each group, and made 4 books, Most were 9 sheets folded in half so about 18 pages, 36 sides.  I didn't add covers or anything but a pamphlet stitch binding.  Originally I thought if I finished all of them I would tie them together in some way and then make a cover.  I'll see what happens with that later.

I started early in June of this year and today, September 14th, I finished the last page. They all have something on them that I feel is complete and I am willing to move on and start another one.  SO!  this is the book, page by page.  Some got done in one sitting, some went through several iterations, and when I documented it, I will give you a serial view.  Lots of links, lots of pictures, I didn't do these in order, though I did several in sequence I think the first one done was page 4, so there is NO sequence other than how they are bound now and how they relate to each other across the fold,.  That relating across the fold is very interesting to me, and if I rebind these as one book someday that relationship will remain the same.

Finally, I only use my own photos or drawings or stencils or stamps that I have made.  so though I will manipulate the daylights out of a photo, the original photo is mine with one exception, which I will mention on the page that uses it.

See what you see here:

This is page 1, or the temporary cover.  It is a calendar square that I did a while ago, blown up and printed onto a transparency.  I did it to make a transfer but the transparency that I used would not release the ink, so this one got cut up and glued here.  This page was blank to start. 

Pages 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 are in this post.  They were done over several days, I occasionally dated them but somehow that got lost after the first few.  There were few changes, I know I added some thin lines on page 7 after it sat there for a while, but the images at that link are how the pages look now.

Pages 8, 9, 10 and 11 are in this post. These also are prettymuch unchanged from when I declared them done the first time. 

Pages 12 and 13 are here. The Longevity embossed paper was made from the top of a condensed milk container that I bought in Chinatown ages ago.  When I used the milk I saved the top and used it to deboss the word onto paper when I was playing one day.  The leaf is from one of my orchids, which was shedding like mad but has survived. 

Now we get to where some things started to change.  Pages 14, 15, 16 and 17 are here.
14 is the only image that did not start with my photos or prints or whatever.  I tore it out of something years ago and it floated to the top of the pile while I was looking for something.  It was originally a halftone black and white image of Rich's in downtown Atlanta, which is probably why it stayed with me all this time. Of these 4 pages, number 16 now looks like this as opposed to the bare look it has in the linked page. 
I added color in a trial at integrating it better with page 14, not sure it is successful, but interesting thought.  Later you'll see the page that suggested doing this. 

Pages 18, 19 20 and 21 are here. They have changes. and 19 now looks like this:

and page 20 now looks like this:
I really like the changes on these two, especially since they were not my favorites during the process.

OK, I will finish tomorrow.  The rest have a lot more documentation of before and after and I am going to try a couple of collages to see how that will work to show the progression.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

I strayed a bit

from posting pages from my journal, and I have a bunch of before and after shots to share if it ever gets light enough in my studio to take photos... in the interim, this is the back cover.  It is not where it is going to be, but just as a record, this is my dad at probably 19 or 20 (around 1929 or 1930) when he was a steward on a cruise ship.  He has on his white waiter jacket, and I transferred the picture using a laser print and a Purell transfer.  I also painted the whole page with buff titanium gesso which is NOT as richly colored as it appears here.

More tomorrow or the next day when the weather clears.  I have a minor knitting addiction withdrawal going.  I knitted so much that my hands are addicted.  They assume they are going to be knitting every time I sit down and as a result are not happy doing anything else. They don't want to hold books or the Kindle. I may have to start another pair of socks just to keep my hands happy...

Monday, September 1, 2014

And to record the moments....

When I was thinking that I would not finish the blanket and needed something to serve as a placeholder, I made this little book.  It is intended that people who are at the shower will share things the baby should know about her mother and father... so I am including some pens in the envelope and it will go off in the box with the blanket now.

The baby is my own when he was about 4 months old but I decided that baby faces at that age are sort of unisex and I am not fond of using other people's art in my art so he is standing in for the baby girl.  When she comes along I can always change the picture for one of her...

The pages are lotus folded origami pages, all glued together and then tied up in red ribbons... no pink!