Monday, April 30, 2012

I'd like to introduce...

I'd like to introduce you to a friend of mine, Catherine Constance.  She's a wonderful gal I met  through her blog which I have been following for a year or so, now.  And over that time I have been introduced to many new phrases that, well, just tickle my fancy to no end!
 For instance- there is no other place I can find phrases such as-
"Toodle Pip, Darlings!"
"I'm off to watch princess stories on the goggle box!"
nor have I ever described my pre- summer swimsuit body as...
a "Flabby Tabby"
or "Flobbally Bits"
Seriously- I love that stuff, love it like tea and crumpets, love it!  By the way, she lives in FRANCE.  Much more exciting than Michigan.



So why did I finally decide to share her wonderful-ness with the rest of you?    Well, because she's a kind soul who took pity on my non- life- threatening- but-really makes- me- whiny- physical- maladies- of late.  She sent me these ladies!  They are paper dolls for  the girls and I.  I am the one with the hot sexy boots.  Kayla is the mod- punk girl and Brookie..well, that girl is just as sweet as her paper doll image is!  Don't you love them?  I do.  I couldn't believe how much prettier her work is in real life though.  The computer is not doing justice to her delicate water color and ink approach.

Now, I have to fess up that I stole these pictures right off her blog post.  Whew!  Honest- it was the only way I was going to get a post up today- I had to do it!  I'm very behind on a to-do list from this weekend but the good news is that I did get something done from another list- the "been waiting to do for two years now...list".  Do you ever do that?  When you have pressing things to do that you don't want to so instead you do every other thing you can think of but what you really should be doing?  I'm really accomplished at that trick!! 

Oh, Catherine- the girls wanted to know why I got the 'fashion' boots and they got sneakers.  I gave them my 'mom glare' and said "Because- I earned them, I'm the MOM! Now, hand my my tiara!"  And= thank you for my nice shape- its a little inverted, if you know what I mean!

Ok, everyone- here's how you get to share in Catherine's 'fun and nonsense'-

Hope everyone has a fabulous day- its raining here and my flowers are soaking it up!!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

I am sooo much better at this....

So much better at this than book making!  I want to make books though, I do!!

This is..well, I've been calling her buggish because I really can't decide what she is!  I like her though- do you?  

She has some rather fantastical butterfly wings on the back and are those antennae or horns?

I tried to integrate, for better or for worse and I thought 'worse' a lot of times- decoupage.  My problem with decoupage and mixed media is that I hate, hate the edges that show.  I want the 'work' to disappear but then that's hardly what mixed media is about, is it?  

I went over the wings again and again with different finishes but they looked plastic-y.  And if you think I hate edges- well, sisters and brothers- I hate plastic!!!!

But I love resin.  So I poured resin over the wings and then added some metal trinkets- for better or for worse and many was the moment that I thought- worse, definitely worse, I think I'll go make some art paper and then a book or two.  
And the butterfly fairy I made to go in her belly?  Too big.  I'm making an even tinier version and still have no idea how to make her hang up in there.  See these are the things I think about while other people are tending to finances.  Oh well,  as long as I have enough pennies to buy some paper clay I should still have enough art stuff to get me through my retirement!

Monday, April 16, 2012

A good idea gone way bad.....

Remember the art papers that I went insane over?  This was the idea in my head behind all that.  I have a secret fetish for books and for cut out cardboard shapes.  I've been wanting to make books out of them thinking how nice and sturdy they would be as a substrate for mixed media. 

Well, I'm glad I took those pictures because that was a week ago and I have long since overworked the pages, murdered the pages, ruined the pages.   Whatever fresh appeal these bright colors had- long gone.

See- I have issues with edges.  I like to layer 'skins' over other papers but can't seem to romance myself into enjoying those edges.  I'm better if they are torn vs. straight cut by scissors but really- I want them flat.  I want them to melt right into the other surface all neat and tidy.  My answer to that is to make the paper and scan it into the computer.  Or- to scan the design and print it on to the art paper- a two step process.  See- the problem there is my print shop program won't fade away the background and I can not- will not spend hours of my one and only life going around the edge of the object to crop it.
Now- I do have Creative Suites with photo shop and a couple other programs but alas-don't already know how to use it and am unable to download the information straight into my brain like they did on The Matrix.  Dang, that was a good concept!  Many is the time I wish that part of the story were true!

Back to the book.  I don't know what to do.  I swished some paint around and then wiped it off around the pictures.  I think this is where I lost some of the freshness.  Then I tried to perk it up with some gold leaf foil....this took me hours....I'm thinking of adding in some really bold text- like "Damn it all!"  "What the Hell!"  No! No, not really.  A bold font with just a simple paragraph strung across the pages and then a light coat of resin.  Why resin?  Because when its good and dry it won't stick to itself and it will get rid of that uneven surface.  I don't know.... any advice?

Oh, here's a couple of Easter Cuties that brightened up my house.

No- we couldn't afford shoes this year.  They had a good Easter.  
I did as well- in a strange way.  I woke up during the night before Easter with terrible pains shooting through my ear.  Now, some of you may know I just had surgery to remove scar tissue in my abdomen that was causing all kinds of interesting problems.  We didn't know going in that scar tissue was the culprit and that should explain a previous post (eh hem, its my blog- I'll discuss my parts if I want to) wherein I imagined the loss of an organ at an inconvenient time and place.  Whew, all parts that are supposed to be there are still intact and functioning much better. So that's issue #1.  

I take a long time to recover from surgery, I just do.  Two days after surgery I broke a tooth on a bread stick.  I knew I would have to take care of it quickly.  But in Chris World lately I only do one major thing at a time.  So, on the Monday after Easter I had a dentist appointment to look into the tooth that had now been broken for two weeks.  The tooth is issue #2.  

Back to Easter Eve- yes, shooting pains in the ear.  Must be an ear infection.  Rather than continue with the fun of that pain I chose to send my family off to Easter dinner and church service without me while I found a med center that was open on the holy day.  Yep, ear infection.  Antibiotics were perscribed and off I went to the drugstore.  The drugstore was surprisingly understaffed and I was going to have a half hour wait so I took myself out to lunch at Qudoba's- one of my favorite fast food Mexican restaurants.  Then I went home to a quiet house.
Monday- dentist's office- no, the tooth was not broken, the root canal that was in it was.  If I was lucky I could still get in that afternoon for ORAL SURGERY- if not- how was 9:00 the next day?  "Really? Errr, that won't do" I said.  "Its not a question of if it abscesses, its a question of how soon and if that happens it will be bad and yes, it has to be pulled sooner rather than later."  "Err,  No, I'm sorry, I need at least two days to panic before the surgery."  

Last Thursday a man knelt on my chest and pulled out this root canal with a pair of pliers from the trunk of his car.  At least that is what it seemed like.  I cried.  I wish I was braver, stronger, tougher but....I've done all that and what I learned is that you are going to cry anyways so why put it off.

By Saturday I had received a thank you note from the surgeon for allowing him the opportunity to provide his service.  But what I read was- "Thank you for paying me 300.00 to kneel on your chest and slowly rip out your tooth with my old pliers from the trunk of my car.  I was a bit aggravated that morning and I sure felt better after I took out my frustrations on your tooth.  Sorry I made you cry."   Its a bit like when the manufacturers of Kotex ran their "Have a happy period." ad campaign.  

Today I will go to the doctor and have my ear flushed out.  A relatively easy and unobtrusive procedure and then I will have all of my hearing back.  I will no longer be able to hold my hand up to my ear and ask my husband to repeat what he is saying three times over- or repeat words back to him that make no sense at all and look at him as if he is insane.  Ahh, the fun is done!  

Thank you for listening to all my woes.  Its part of the reason I have been obsessed with making art paper and books vs. well, just about anything else, because its about all I can manage right now- just one thing and why shouldn't it revolve around art??

Thursday, April 5, 2012

How can I possibly finish my sculpture...

when I am so very obsessed with making my very own art papers???  Seriously?  Its not that I'm fickle (oh, yes I am...) its that i got this idea that wouldn't leave me alone.  It was like a pesky mosquito buzzing around my head and finally I just gave in to the urge to mess around with the tissue paper I've had stored away.

 I layered several pieces together and clipped them with a pant hanger.  Then I hung them in the bath tub and squirted them with water.  This stuff was the really good tissue paper from the art supply store.  It was laden with dye which immediately started dripping out everywhere.  Then I freaked out that I was ruining the tub ad my hubbie would kill me so I got the bleach to clean up the dye.  Which lead to me then spraying it directly on the paper as well to see that would do.  I might have been just a little insane by then but I was having sooo much fun.  

Finally I got smart and folded up the paper so the dye wouldn't all run off.

This is another version of my art paper.  I have a very old book of children's poems.  I made a copy of the pages, coated it with gesso on the top and then layered it with...wait for it....a dryer sheet.  Yep!!  Its sheer, its gauzy, it smells pretty.  I have been saving those sheets and using them in all kinds of artsy ways.  It makes great doll hair when you need something wispy.  I just used it for the little butterfly fairy to make her cocoon look more natural as well as for her hair. 

This is the other part of the idea.  Its a future book. One page of a book, anyways.  I know, it looks like a lopsided girl cutout.  That's cuz it is!

This is what the paper looked like when dry.  The white paper below is a handmade paper.  I love its lacy look.

Now, I should tell you how I am even more clever I am---because I am lazy.

Why keep making these papers?  How can I bear to use them and then not have them anymore?  I want to have my cake and eat it, too!!!  (really when it comes to cake- I'll eat it and just get more)

So I scanned each and every area of the paper that was interesting.  I made 20 new files that I can print off any time.  Now- the texture won't be the same as the original but I can take the file into other program and add text and such so that's a plus!

Alright- enough chatting.  I have art-ing to do!

Monday, April 2, 2012

I'm wanting...

Its that time again....where I have I want a metal cutting machine.  And to paint on Burlap.  And in buy things.......artsy things and maybe some shoes.  Argh!!! But in the meantime- meet this little lady!!!

She's teeny.  She's tiny.  She's teenytiny, itty bitty.

Know why she's so small?  She has to fit up the stem of my buggish sculpture.  She can be no more than 1/2" round in any direction.  

Is she a butterfly?  A fairy emerging from a cocoon?

I don't even know her age- is she youngish?  After all she is 'emerging' right?  Well, what ever age or species- she's cute!  And tiny.  Now, back to wanting things.....