A Country Escape: Mixed Media Fabric Journal

Escape To The Country

Have you ever seen that TV series ‘Escape to the Country?” It is basically the UK version of HGTV’s House Hunters. I just love the unique homes with their rustic charm, the English country side and the amazing accents. The only thing disappointing about this show is the unrealistic budget that most of these couples have. I mean, crazy high budgets.

So, when my hubby and I moved to the country from a busy suburban area it was culture shock. At least for this city girl.We searched the countryside for our little escape a year later after our house sold. My original criteria was: 3-4 bedroom house, master suite, two car garage, a few acres to raise farm animals, a mountain view, and most importantly not in a development. I told our realtor that I didn’t want to have neighbors…haha. We looked for months and couldn’t find anything. We found our little escape a couple months before our daughter was born. While it didn’t meet all my criteria it met all of my husbands, much to his delight. I didn’t get my multiple acres of farmland and a lack of neighbors, but I did get a 3 bedroom house with an amazing master suite, 1 acre surrounded on 3 sides by woods (which hides our neighbors in the summer and gives us a mountain view in the winter), huge windows that let the light in and a porch that goes from the front of the house to the back. Sometimes we feel as though we are at a vacation house in the mountains and I am so thankful that I get to live in my vacation house all year round.

So, this was a bit of the inspiration behind this page.

Creating the Journal Page

All Good Things Must Come To An End

Here is the very last layout in my Asiatic Dynasty Fabric Art Journal. (sad face) I had so much fun creating this little book but because I never do anything without the bulk, I had to limit the amount of pages. Maybe I should be calling this book the Big Fat Fabric Journal instead.

The Process

My page is kraft paper sewn onto a fabric base. I used a fancy stitch on my quilting machine. I like fancy better than a plain straight stitch. There is a Stencil Girl Stencil in the background, several die cuts, chipboard and Lynne Perrella stamps from PaperArtsy. I combined some of her other collections along with her Asian collection for this page.

More Fabric Journal Pages

Asiatic Dynasty Journal Cover And a Layout

It’s All In the Hair

Swimming Through Algae

Up In a Purple Haze

I Dream of Ice Cream

Challenges Entered:

Mixed Media World: #29 Anything Goes

Stamps and Stencils: Metallics (Foiled Tree)

 

 

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A Beautiful Tribal Princess: Mixed Media Index Art

My Princess

Speaking of princesses, here is a picture of my little princess.

I can’t believe it but my baby is almost 20 months. She is quite the walker and loves playing with play food food. Mainly, forks, spoons and milk glasses. As you can see, behind her in the picture is her talking picnic basket. She carries it everywhere! I even know the songs by heart.

In this picture she is wearing a dress I made her. I found a pattern company that makes vintage inspired children’s clothing. The patterns are stunning! Right after my sweetie was born, I went on a binge and bought a lot of patterns and fabric. Just what I need. Not only do I have a craft area overflowing with mixed media supplies but also a large bin full of yarn and two bins full of fabric. Much to my husband’s dismay!

Maybe it is just me but I rarely find little girl dresses in the store that I like. They all look like they just came off the runway or are made from grandma’s old tablecloth. I have never been a fan of trendy or dingy. I am a classic girl all around. In the days after she was born, I dreamt of a closet full of pretty floral dresses trimmed in vintage lace. Unrealistic to say the least. I just pulled out the patterns a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, it takes me a week or so to make a dress because I don’t have much uninterrupted time.  But, I will keep dreaming and sewing at a snails pace.

Creating the Mixed Media Index Art

I thought I would try my hand at index art again. I like the size as it is not too small and not too large. The backing is chipboard under a index card. I applied old book paper and then layered a piece of card stock that I had covered in texture paste using my favorite stencil. I wrapped twigs in coffee stained muslin and black thread and placed it atop gauze and fibers with a few chipboard circles. The photograph of the tribal woman is framed by coffee stained book paper and liquid pearls squiggles.

Challenges Entered:

Aall and Create ITAC ’17- Challenge 3 Oceania #itac17 #itac17challenge3 #aallandcreate (Symbols, Earth Tones,Wood, Fibers, Circular Shape)

Creative Artiste: Anything Goes

 

The Chessboard Prince: Mixed Media Art Journal Layout

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My Princes In Print

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago in one of my posts that my boys love talking about money and that they were going to guest post on my hubby’s blog. Well, yesterday their post went live. A few of you mentioned a interest in reading it so if you want to read about the difference between a rich and poor man from the eyes of a 9 and 7 year old, complete with illustrated pictures, you can find it HERE.

With that being said, the man in this journal page looks the very picture of a rich prince decked out in his tailored suit, golden pocket watch and and jeweled, chess-piece crown.

Creating the Journal Page

Today, I am sharing a page from my Steampunk Art Journal. The base is a brown paper grocery bag upon which I used gesso, stenciling,  paints and stamping. I wanted the texture of fibers so I used some gauze I picked up from the dollar store around Halloween time and black thread. I layerd stamps and some die cuts before adding my main image. Isn’t that cameo die amazing?

I am still thinking on a name for this steampunk themed journal but in the meantime I will keep adding on pages. I think my greatest challenge will be figuring out how I am going to assemble the journal.

What are your favorite types of bindings? I would love to see links if you have the time to add them, yours or your favorite tutorials.

Thank you, as always, for taking the time to stop, read and leave a comment. It’s like opening the mailbox and getting hand addressed letters. 😉 And who doesn’t LOVE that?!

Kate

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Challenges Entered:

Lost Coast Portal: It’s All About the Numbers

Lost Coast Portal: Tip Your Hat

Mixed Media Warrior: Challenge#20 End Of Summer

Art Journal Journey: Colour In My World

SanDee & Amelie’s Steampunk Challenge: Anything Goes

Altered Eclectics: Anything Goes

I Dream of Ice Cream: Mixed Media Fabric Journal

Ice Cream or Froyo?

First off, I want to thank everyone who took the time to write encouraging words on my last post. I am still feeling a bit apprehensive about returning to work but I know that I am not alone and am trying to look at it as a exciting new adventure in my life! I guess that calls for a celebration of ice cream/foyo when I make it through my first day.

Can I hear it for Frozen Yogurt?! I don’t know if the froyo craze has made it to your hometown but it sure has where we live. Our little town recently welcomed Sweet Frog with open arms. I love that you can fill your own cup, pick you own flavors, toppings and that they charge by weight. In fact, a few weeks ago we all celebrated the end of summer with frozen yogurt. When we got to the checkout counter we all put our cups on the scale. I pulled out my $10 dollar bill and the girl tells me the total for 4 cups of frozen yogurt comes to…$18. Ummm, what? Apparently, my youngest son decided to go overboard and loaded up his cup with lots of yogurt and yummy, heavy toppings. The total for his cup alone was $7. Needless to say, he will have careful supervision at the yogurt machines from now on.

Are you a Frozen yogurt or a ice cream person?

 

Creating the Journal Page

Inspiration

My inspiration for this journal layout was a European woman traveling to Asia. I added the adorable bowl and chopsticks and thought about titling the page ‘Rice Dreams’ but I didn’t have stickers to fit that title so I went with Ice Cream dreams instead.

More Pages

Only one more Layout to go in my ‘Asiatic Dynasty‘ Fabric Journal. If you follow my blog you know that this is a Asian themed Fabric Journal originally made for PaperArtsy. You can view the other pages as follows:

Asiatic Dynasty Fabric Journal Cover

It’s All In the Hair

Swimming Through Algae

Up In a Purple Haze

The Process

My background is kraft paper sewn to a fabric page base. I applied gesso, Fresco Finish paints and used my favorite Stencil Girl stencil. The background embellishments are painted with gesso and I doodled with a black pen. Most of my stamps are Lynne Perrella’s by PaperArtsy and some of the Asian Stamps are by Hero Arts.

I think that pretty well sums it up.

Thank you for stopping! And let me know if you prefer ice cream or froyo. And of course…let me know your favorite flavors and toppings.

Kate

Challenges Entered:

Scrapki-Wyzwaniowo: Journey

Mixed Media Monthly: #40 Vintage

A Inky Mess: Challenge 13

More Mixed Media: Anything Goes, optional Brown

Craft Stamper:Anything Goes

Simon Says: Stamptember Stamp It

 

Up In a Purple Haze: Mixed Media Fabric Art Journal

Up In A Purple Haze

Wow! Life has been crazy with the start of school this week. My two oldest boys started on Monday and I am home with my 18 month daughter. For now. Since my hubby’s job is on the rocks I have decided to go job searching. I was a Registered Nurse…once upon a time. Ok, it has only been 3 years but it seems like ages ago. When we moved states for my husbands job I didn’t bother getting a job right away. And than we had a baby.

Now that I am staring it in the face, I am hesitant, unsure of my medical skills and lamenting my future lack of time for leisurely activities. (Otherwise, known as crafting) I knew I would go back to work someday I was just hoping that day wouldn’t come. I have even entertained the idea of having a home business, but haven’t come up with anything tangible to sell.

Perhaps, it all stems from the thought that once I go back to work my babies won’t need me anymore and I am done mothering little ones. Letting go of that baby stage has been so hard for me. There is something unforgettable about smelling and caressing the soft skin of a brand new human. Holding a helpless miniature person that reeks of perfection makes my mommy senses go haywire. In the moment, I would choose to do it all over again even though I just barely made it through labor.

For me, getting a ‘real’ job symbolizes a new phase of life that I am unsure I am ready for. My time with the little’s has gone by in a haze. But a purple haze of course because that is my favorite color. And one of the colors on my art journal page.

Creating the Journal Page

Here is another layout in my ‘Asiatic Dynasty’ Fabric Journal.

You can see the other pages in my Asiatic Dynasty Journal here: Cover, Swimming Through Algae, It’s All about the Hair, and True North.

Again, Lynne Perrella’s Asian collection by PaperArtsy was the focal point throughout this journal. I used stamps,sprays and a stencil with green embossing powder in the background. I used a few die cuts and chipboard pieces to add dimension.

Thank your for taking the time to visit my blog today. I would love to hear your thoughts on overcoming jitters when it comes to moving past your favorite phase of child rearing or job searching.

Kate

Challenges Entered:

A Bit More Time To Craft: #51 Anything Goes

Simon Says:Anything Goes

Create Artiste:  Challenge 30 Anything Goes

Altered Eclectics: Anything Goes Mixed Media/Altered Art

Art Journal Journey: Colour In My World (Purple)

Lost Coast Designs: Tip Your Hat

 

It’s All In the Neutrals: Index Card Art

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The Neutral Zone

Speaking of the neutral zone, my hubby and I watched the newest Star Trek ‘Beyond’ movie. If you haven’t seen Star Trek than you probably have no idea how ‘Neutral’ fits into this paragraph. But that’s alright because I am not going to dwell on Star Trek but on the ‘movies’.

We usually wait for movies to come out on dvd before watching them. Not only is it difficult to find time for a date, but there is something exciting about saving $10 a ticket, $6 on supersized artery- clogging popcorn and most importantly being able to watch the movie in non-approved movie theater clothing. And I admit, I am a talker. I like to as questions, gasp, laugh and cry with however the emotional roller coaster plays out. My husband, on the other hand, loves to go to the movies because he is all about the huge screen and the surround sound. It must be a guy thing. Sure, I like to be able to see the picture but I can see it just fine if not better from my comfy spot on the couch. And if I may add, I will never have to worry about sitting behind a tall person that takes up part of the screen. Or giggling teenagers that laugh every time the leading man and lady kiss. Which, by the way, totally destroys the mood and obscures the following dialogue. (Yeah, I watched Twilight in the theaters.)

So, what do your think? Team Movies, Team Couch or Team Neutral?

Ok, onto the neutral index card.

Creating the Index Art

I pulled out my pack of index cards to create a portfolio card recently and decided to try out index card art. I have been seeing a lot of the ICAD’s which seems to be the new craze. While I don’t have time to craft every day (gasp), I have been trying to make more time in my schedule than before.

Let me just say that index cards used to be cards. Now they are thin, flabby pieces of paper being passed off as cards. So disappointing! Because of this, I had to add bulk to provide more support. I added a piece of vintage paper, followed burlap trim, coffee stained muslin and another layer of stamped muslin.

I cut a chipboard tile and stamped it with and Asian lotus, wound black thread around the card, affixed a few UmWow chipboard circles and splattered the finished piece with gesso and coffee.

I am usually all about color but I thought I would try something different for this piece.

If you enjoyed this post, check out a few of my other Asian themed pieces: A Little Asian Box, PaperArtsy Asian Tag Trio, Bird Song Canvas, Konnichiwa Pop-Up Card, The Chinese Tea House

Are there any great TV series or movies that you have watched recently? I need more suggestions.

Thank your for reading!

Kate

Stampington's Annual Back Issue SaleChallenges Entered:

A Inky Mess: Challenge # 13 Anything Goes

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Aall and Create ITAC 2017: Challenge 2 Asia #itac17 #AALLtournament2017 #aallandcreate

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

That’s Crafty: Only Cards

 Frilly And Funkie: A Little Rusty (Coffee Stained)

The European Tourist: Mixed Media Pamphlet Card

The European Tourist

Since my card is European themed I guess I have to talk about Europe. Only, I don’t have a whole lot to say because I have never been there. But, Europe is certainly on my bucket list along with a very long list of other places to visit. I copied a few things from my bucket list to give you an idea of what I had in mind.

  • Visit Scotland – stay in castle, see the ‘Highland Games’, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
  • Visit England- see the Crown Jewels, Buckingham Palace, take a Harry Potter filming tour, eat in a tea room, Egyptian Collection at the British Museum, 21B Baker Street, Jane Austen’s Home, Bookshops
  • Visit France- Walk to the top of the Eiffel Tower, Mont St-Michel, Nice, D-Day Beaches, Luxembourg Gardens, Louvre,
  • Visit Ireland- Cong Village (Quiet Man location), Kiss the Blarney Stone, eat in a Pub, Long Room at the Trinity College Library
  • Cruise the Mediterranean
  • Ride a Gondola in Venice

Since I have never been to Europe I would love to hear your suggestions, to a future tourist, of where your favorite or most memorable spots are. They don’t have to be in the countries I mentioned. They can be anywhere because guess what…my list is really long! And I don’t mind making it longer. 😉

 

Creating the Pamphlet Card

This project was created for the Aall and Create ITAC’17 European Challenge.  I was especially inspired by Dee Dee Catron’s Pamphlet. I made my own version of a pamphlet card using the same technique for assemblage as demonstrated in Dee Dee’s video.

The Cover

I covered my card with various old European book texts and advertisements. I stamped the background with a map stamp and a Japanese wave stamp for texture. A number and letter stencil was used in the background. Fresco Finish and Distress Paints in various Blue‘s were dripped in the background. I stitched around the edges with a sewing machine. I then started layering all my embellishments. The bottom layer is Seth Apter’s new stamp by PaperArtsy, followed by book paper, a few modern die cuts, Tim Holtz Chipboard and an Artistic Outpost stamp with a face.

Related European Art: French Inspired Wall HangingArtistic Outpost in Paris , Mind the Gap Mail Art, British Tea Canvas, Cheerio Card,

The Inside

I kept the inside relatively simple. I cut out a Tim Holtz cabinet card die cut and used it as a pocket. The vintage housewife is from Lost Coast Designs. She is surrounded by UmWow Studio chipboard circles and a few other embellishments.

Thank you for looking! And don’t forget to leave me suggestions of your favorite European spots or spots on your bucket list.

Kate

Challenges Entered:

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 Aall and Create: Challenge 1: Europe  #itac17 #AALLtournament2017 #aallandcreate

Creative Artiste: Challenge 29 Anything Goes

Crafty Creations: #348 Anything Goes

More Mixed Media Challenge: Anything Goes

Frilly And Funkie Challenge: On the Cutting Edge

Swimming Through Algae: Mixed Media Fabric Journal

Swimming Through Algae

Lately, our lives have been chaotic and I feel as though we are swimming through algae. Tangled up and not going anywhere. That is, anywhere that we can see. We just remodeled a bathroom downstairs. My hubby installed the toilet Saturday evening and then Sunday morning the downstairs stunk of pee. Looks like we need a extra thick wax seal around the toilet. And then Saturday evening I found wet carpet downstairs followed by the discovery of water damage and mold growth in my crafting area! On the bright side I get a whole new crafting space but that is only after we discover where the water is coming from and then my craft spot will be out of commission for possibly months. And my littlest man has a ear infection despite an Ear Tube placement back in February. My hubby is still looking for a job (he gets laid off in December) and I am now a weekly visitor at the chiropractor’s office. I left a few things out but you get the general idea.

I am so thankful to God that these trial and testing periods don’t last forever. That by no means diminishes the fact that it is very difficult while going through these periods but it is encouraging to know that it is only for a season. Some seasons seem longer than others don’t they?

Despite these bumps in the road, I am blessed to be going through this with the people I love and a God who cares about me. But I am not going to lie, I am ready to get through the algae fields and into the clean, open waters of security again.

So, onto the journal page.

Creating the Journal Page

I have another page in my ‘Asiatic Dynasty‘ Fabric Art Journal to share. In case you missed them you can check out my Cover, It’s All In the Hair Layout, and True North Layout.

Challenges

This was my last layout to be completed. I finished the background but when I went to embellish with stamps and such I couldn’t find anything I liked. I worked on it on several different occasions and each time I came away disappointed. I figured the problem was the background so I tweaked a few things and WA LA…it came together. I love when that happens!

A Few Details

I used a lot of PaperArtsy stamps and paints. The journal page was made first and then machine stitched to a fabric base.

What do you do with failed projects/attempts?

Thanks for stopping!

Kate

Challenges Entered:

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Aall and Create ITAC Challenge 2: Asia   (Motifs inspired by Mandalas, geometric shapes, tiles, Calligraphy, Asian flowers in the circle motif and fabric page) #itac17 #AALLtournament2017 #aallandcreate

Craft Stamper: Anything Goes August

Mixed Media World: #28 AMMG With a Twist (Mood board)

 

Memories Make You Rich : Mixed Media Art Assemblage

Memories Make you Rich

My hubby is a financial blogger over at CYInnovations so we discuss money all the time with our children present. In fact, my boys love Dave Ramsey. They have his slogan and the radio show theme song memorized. That is usually what my youngest boy is humming while he washes dishes. So, last evening my 9 year old asked my husband if we were rich. The conversation went a little like this-

9 y.o.- “Daddy, are you rich?”

Daddy– “Yes,” Pause “I have a warm house, a job, plenty of food and 3 beautiful children.”

I was sitting at my craft table and I just teared up. How true these words are! It is not necessarily money that can define wealth but that our basic needs are met and the people that we love and make memories with are around us on a daily basis.

It is good to teach our kids that money isn’t everything. My hubby has the kids writing a upcoming blog post on their money views and they both drew pictures to illustrate their ideas. I’ll let you know when it goes up so you can check it out.

Meanwhile, I’ll give you the short version of my assemblage process.

 

Creating the Assemblage

Getting Started

To start off, my box is recycled from a Christmas present. I liked the shallow depth and the rectangular shape of the box. For some reason I struggle with layout in square shaped boxes.  I added a layer of gesso and then Black Soot Distress Paint. I covered the inside with patterned paper and then started adding texture.

The Texture

I applied texture paste through my favorite Stencil Girl Eye Lattice Stencil. I mixed paint into my texture paste and came out with a peach color. Not what I was going for but oh well. After the paste dried, I went over some of the texture and the box with blue paint.

The Inside

Using a smaller box as a platform I covered it in paper using the same texture paste/stencil method as the side of the box. I chose a vintage jewelry pendant as the focal point. Patina Paints were used to color a few of the metal objects.

A tag is in the background framing the box along with some black gauze-like fabric.

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Challenges Entered:

Altered Eclectics: Anything Goes

Scrapi-Wyzwaniowo: Home Decor

13arts: Abstract Art

It’s All In the Hair: A Fabric Art Journal Layout

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It’s All In the Hair

While looking at the stamped image on my journal page, I was reminded of Hair. This Asian girl has fabulous, silky spiked hair. My hair is anything but fabulous. When that humidity hits, my hair looks like someone held a balloon to my head and rubbed all the ‘fly-aways.’ By ‘fly-aways I mean those short, 1 inch pieces that won’t stay down despite using every hair product available with the exception of Krazy Glue. I know it is probably a girl- thing or maybe just a me- thing but I sit in church and look at the backs of peoples heads and wonder how their hair looks so smooth and frizz-less at 9:30 on a Sunday morning in the heat of summer.

To be honest, I am lazy when it comes to hair care. I hate wasting precious time on  hair. I would rather be reading, crafting or eating…none of which I can do while washing, blow drying or curling my hair. And to top it off I wash my hair only twice a week! I have considered trying the ‘No Poo’ method to limit my chemicals use and to save time and money. Have any of you every tried this?

What is your hair-care routine?

Creating the Journal Page

This layout is part of my new Fabric Art Journal entitled, “Asiatic Dynasty” featuring Lynne Perrella’s Asian stamp collection from PaperArtsy.  You can see the cover, my first layout and read about the inspiration behind the project HERE. You can view my second layout HERE.

In the previous posts I talk a little more about how I made the pages but for the basics I used Kraft paper as my base. I then added my gesso, paints, stenciling, embellishments and stamping. Lastly, my page was stitched onto a fabric page and added to my fabric Journal.

Fun and easy! Have you ever attempted a fabric book/Journal? I would love to see it. Leave a link in the comments so I can check it out!

Kate

 

Challenges Entered:

13 Arts: Abstract Art

The Artistic Stamper: August Anything Goes

Creative Artiste: Anything Goes #29

Altered Eclectics: Anything Goes

PaperArtsy Guest Post and a Journal Layout

Guest Post At PaperArtsy

I am over at PaperArtsy today, sharing a fabric book that I made for our book theme. Above is a sneak peek of the outside of the book. You can also see a inside page layout that I will not be sharing here on my blog. It has all sorts of fun details so go take a look.

Creating The Inside Layout

Here is one of the layouts from the inside of my fabric book/journal. The entire book was made using Lynne Perrella Stamps and Seth Apter Paints.

I kept all the stamps white and used color and texture in the background to make the stamps the focal point.

My background is kraft paper covered in gesso, paints and stamping. I stitched around the edges to attach the pages to my fabric base.

And that is it. I am keeping it pretty simple today. Don’t forget to stop by the PaperArtsy Blog to see my Fabric book and a layout.

Challenges Entered:

More Mixed Media Challenge: Optional Brights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Discoveries?: Art Journal Layout

Discovering New Things

‘One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making new discoveries.’

While I love the concept of this quote, I don’t fall into this category. But I remember my best friend growing up embodied this quote perfectly. Her mom used to trick us into cleaning my friends bedroom before we were allowed to do something fun. Her mom later confessed that she knew I enjoyed cleaning and that the only time she could get my friend to clean her room was when I was over. When we would clean her room we would find money stashed between the bed, in random boxes and stuffed in envelopes. I always was amazed how each time we cleaned she found money. I would say, “Why doesn’t this ever happen to me? I want to find money.” Well, it was because I was organized and I knew where everything was in my room.

So, even though it may seem like being disorganized leads to random treasure hunts that turn up lost items, I still think that being organized costs you less in the end. No more disappointment that that $100 gift card is expired.

Creating The Journal Layout

For this layout, I continued with the steampunk theme. My base is a paper grocery bag that has been layered with book paper and gesso. I stenciled with texture paste in the background. My stamps are from Lost Coast Designs, Tim Holtz, PaperArtsy and & 7 Gypsies. My background is sprayed using Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays (Cockle Bells Coral, French Lilac Violet).

Related Steampunk Journal Pages: The Distant Wanderer, Its All Perspective, Plate IX, Steampunk  Altered Book,

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Challenges Entered:

Lindy’s Stamp Gang: August Challenge (Spray Links above)

Lost Coast Portal to Creativity: #39 Stenciled Background

Frilly and Funkie: Read Any Good Books Lately? (book paper)

SanDee & Amelie’s Steampunk Challenge: Special Steampunk Challenge

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Mixed Media Monthly: Inspiration Photo (Pink & Purple Flowers)

Art Journal Journey: Poetry In Motion

It’s A Party Everyday: Mixed Media Mail Art

Party Everyday

Party Everyday. Something we rarely do in our house. I love the idea of throwing parties but all the work involved is a turnoff.  When we lived in New York we had friends that threw a themed party every summer. We all dressed up and ate food that fit the theme. It was the event of the summer. I say ‘event of the summer’ because, well…we don’t get out much. We planned our costumes with anticipation and talked about it for months. Most of all, the kids had a blast! Our kids don’t remember much about our life in NY but they do remember those parties.

Once my hubby gets a job and we pay our house off, I love the idea of starting up this Summer Event tradition. As children get older it becomes more difficult to get them excited about family centered activities. I would even let my kids pick the theme if it means they want to be involved.

So, when I see the stamped siblings in my mail art, it reminds me of a family where the mom and dad just announced, “Let’s have some family bonding time.”

Related Mail Art Posts: ‘Party Like a Grandma’ Mail Art ; Harmony Mail Art

Artistic Outpost: Steampunk Mail Art ; I Am Roses inspired Mail Art

 

Creating Mail Art

Using an old envelope as a base, I covered the envelope with book paper. I used texture paste in the background with a Stencil Girl stencil. Tim Holtz chipboard pieces in the background have been covered in gesso and stamped. I used Tim Holtz and 7 Gypsies stamps as embellishments.

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Challenges Entered:

Creative Artiste Challenge: #29 Anything Goes Mixed Media

Altered Eclectics: August Challenge

Frilly and Funkie: Read Any Good Books Lately?

Try it On Tuesday: Mail Art

 

Tour My Ancient Egyptian Papyrus Collection

History of Papyrus

For those of you who do not know what papyrus is it is a plant that grows in the wetlands of Egypt and throughout the Mediterranean region. The pith of the plant is sliced into pieces, soaked and then laid out to dry. Here is a great video if you are interested in viewing the process. When I was younger, I made papyrus paper  using newspaper sheets to achieve the woven paper effect.

My Papyrus Collection

If you are a blog follower, you probably have noticed that I have a love for ancient Egyptian art and culture. It started when I was younger, although I cannot pinpoint what triggered my interest. Growing up, the above papyrus, gifted by my grandparents from their recent trip to Egypt, hung in my parent’s house. I loved looking at it and dreamed of visiting Egypt someday myself.

Related: Ancient Egyptian Vibes Art Journal Layout & Egyptian Art Journal Page

All of these papyrus are part of my collection. The ones unframed are not on display but hopefully someday soon they will be.

The Egyptian relief below was gifted to me by my Grandmother. It was an item that she purchased on their trip to Egypt.

Lastly, just a small Egyptian bust that I have for decoration.

I know this kind of art is not everyone’s cup of tea but I guess that is what makes us all unique. Do you have any interesting cultural related collections? Or different collections in general? I would love to hear about them.

Related Products for Egyptian Enthusiasts

I thought it would be fun to share a few Egyptian related products over on Amazon that caught my fancy.

How cool is this…you can buy sheets of papyrus paper for crafting or to make your own paintings.

I just love this Papyrus. I may have to add it to my collection.

Isn’t this the coolest shower curtain?
Or this amazing reproduction Cleopatra Chaise
This chair would be a show stopper in my living room 😉

Gardening with Groundhogs and a Man Tag

Gardening with Groundhogs

I thought I would share a view of my garden from my backyard deck. My amazing hubby, over at CY Innovations, put up the fencing and more raised beds for me this past spring. I am growing:

  • red onions
  • sweet potatoes
  • strawberries
  • blueberries
  • blackberries
  • red raspberries
  • basil
  • oregano
  • mint
  • dill
  • peppers
  • cabbages

Last year, my cabbages and tomatoes were eaten by some unknown creature. If you have a garden you know how maddening it can be to pour your time and money into a project just to have some free loader come along and eat all your hard work.

Despite installing new fences and chicken wire around the perimeter, something is still getting in and eating my cabbages. My hubby caught one groundhog in my garden already this year so I installed bird netting around the cabbages. That evil groundhog is now gnawing holes through my bird netting and demolishing my cabbages. There goes my dreams of homemade sauerkraut and dill!

What are your suggestions for keeping out unwanted creatures? I am thinking barbed wire and electricity?!

On a happier note, here is a masculine tag that I created.

Creating The Tag

For the background, I used a Christy Tomlinson Unity Stamp. I embellished the sides of the image with stamps and that is pretty much it. Simple, huh?

Happy weekend!