Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Lost In Cyberspace-collages

Lost in Cyberspace is a growing collection of collages based around the internet and technology. Since most of these pictures are free floating and wedged in a folder, I'm thinking of adding them as interest to my Blue Tech journal or my Neon City journal.

I find that when I don't have much to write about in a book, I create subjects around an art piece or several art pieces revolving around a theme. This makes journal keeping and art making more enjoyable, in my experience.

(Cyber System Search- Apr. 10, 2017- Measures around 12 x 21 cm. )

Within the computer, the cyber system search lady turns your words into code so the rest of the system knows how to proceed. She rides upon a floating platform that travels across electricity and numbers to get from one system to another.

Created using part of a fios ad, stencils, jell pen, flier images, scraps of paper, and marker.
(Cyber Boot- Apr. 14, 2017- left- measures around 5 x 14 cm.) (Goo Glow- Apr. 14, 2017- right- measures around 7 x 4 cm.)

Cyber Boot and Goo Glow are super mini collages made from scraps of paper, jell pen, marker, and stenciling (Tim Holtz splat and letter stencil).

These were random scrap collages, and the boot was a shape I just found in some refuse.

These minis could represent lost files within a computer, somewhere in scattered code.
(Cyberspace Repair 7-May 30, 2017- measures around 18.5 x 30 cm.)

In Cyberspace Repair 7, system fixes happen. Diva 1 roams this city and owns a cyber ship for high speed travel. 

This collage was inspired by paper scraps that reminded me of high heeled boots, and accents to a tight green suit. Character is hand drawn, the rest is done with green wrapping paper, paper scraps, marker, pen, and flier pictures. I left a view of just the background before adding Diva 1 (right).

(System Clean Up- Measure's around 8.5x11''- completed Sept. 21, 2017)

This collage represents system and program clean up, along with good habits of keeping computer equipment dusted on a daily basis. 

cyber girl 3 is the only name I currently have for the figure in the collage. Character is hand drawn and colored with Prismacolor markers. Her design was inspired by yet another scrap of paper that looked like an odd jacket with no sleeves. 

Cyber girl 3 ensures system clean up is remembered. She stands on a gold hover platform to move easily from one place to another.

Background and background elements are flier images, character is made on white card stock, her suit is made from green wrapping paper and scrap card stock, with marker and pen accents. 

 (Electric Orbit Internet Connection- Measures around 5x8.5''- Completed Sept. 22, 2017)

One of my favorite cyber girls is Electric Orbit, who ended up representing internet connection. Orbit was originally meant to wear the odd over coat which ended up on cyber girl 3. I liked Orbit without it, so I left her suit design alone and made cyber girl 3 just so I could use the over coat somewhere. 

Orbit is hand drawn and colored with Prismacolor markers on white card stock, with green scrapbook paper, marker, and pen accents. 

This collage was done directly on a page in the Blue Tech journal. The background itself is speckled, white card stock from Stampin Up; then I did a bit of stenciling using a Tim Holtz stencil and a light blue Le Plume marker for texture, and then added a corner bit and a floor with letter texture which was from a flier. Final details (the electric current that ripples from finger to finger on Orbit) were also clippings from an ad.

(Cyber Run Search Loading- Measures around 2.5x4''- completed Sept. 26, 2017)

Cyber Run is a mini afterthought collage created using random scraps of flier and wrapping paper, along with some hand drawing, marker, and sparkly pink jell pen. 

This collage represents code loading through search. Cyber run is a fun and fit little icon who's sure to get your giggle-bites going.

Monday, September 4, 2017

The Asian theme- on the craft desk

Aug. 19, 2017

At the craft desk again, I've been doing on/off work through the weeks relating to Asian themed journals and accessories. I've done Asian books before, but I still had a whole bag of stuff relating to it, and have needed to get it out of the way.

After a bit of spontaneous brain storming and less thought just hand work, I clumped together a book themed around all my favorite instant noodles that I like from the Asian store.
It doesn't take much to fill a book that can only be 1'' thick, so I still had plenty of leftover things like an entire bag of noodle packaging I've been saving for collage, art bags, and whatever else that may come to mind for journal accessories to use personally or to sell.

Some extra things were worked out on the cover, but I found a cereal box as a base, and a rice bag for decoration worked well for a noodle book. I also discovered that rice bags are not only heavy duty, but rather sticky resistant. The double stick tape I used to hold it down didn't quite take on the edges, and I had to manually poke holes in them before sewing some looped stitching in black around them.
The sewing actually gave the edges an interesting touch, and did the job of holding them down.

Aside from the noodle book, I also added some other items from the Asian bag into already existing Asian books of mine. That helped pare down some of the build up in the bag and make for some interesting writing subjects in the books.
Sometimes I see funny things when sitting among my piles of junk, like an eye of a woman's face peeking at me from behind the layers of fliers (left). It's one of those moments of 'suddenly I feel watched'.

Despite the fact I reach into the piles and feel like I progress, standing back and seeing what I still have makes me feel like I haven't progressed enough. One bag gets organized and emptied during a project, but the leftovers end up in another bag, like all those Asian noodle packets in a corner (right).

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Beach Beauty Doll Accessories

Back on July 2, 2017, I started making some accessories for my Ella doll. Throughout July I continued making a few small things to go with her beach outfit.
I made her this Sea Turtle Shanty belt from a link of turtle charms by Blue Moon Beads.
Teal and old gold have always caught my eye, and these looked great with the colors of Ella's bathing suit. Originally I made the belt to go on Lagoona Blue, but found the colors worked better for Ella.
Later in the month I had some leftover bits of stretch cord from stone bracelet making. This gave me an idea to make very tiny bracelets for the dolls. 

I used tiny plastic beads and flowers from one of my bead bins, struggled a bit to tie the ends together, but managed. The easiest way to slip them on an Ever After High doll is to pop off their hands and slip on the bracelet. 

though the bracelets are made with stretch cord, I found they don't really stretch well over the splayed fingers of the dolls, so popping off the hands or arms of the dolls and slipping them on that way works best.
I've had a piece of pretty pink lace with a flower sequin edge in my trim bin for years. It seemed like the perfect thing to turn into a lacy scarf for the dolls, so I folded the ends and hand tacked them down to make it scarf worthy.
The final accessory I made was a shell bag, created from part of a garlic bag and a bit of chartreuse colored yo-yo string.
I made it a draw string bag with two handles, sewed the top edged down with a bit of white thread, then plopped in some painted baby shells.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Watercolor Palette Pictures

Back on March 21, 2017, I had taken a picture of this watercolor palette, finding interest in the colors and natural splat textures. 
I had been working on some watercolor backgrounds at the time, ran out of green on one of my pans,
so I borrowed this one. The colors are all my favorite combos, in shades of the elements.

Ideas relating to that subject remained in memory, and while I looked back on this photo today, I saw an opportunity to use parts of the picture as backgrounds for small sketches.
After some selecting and editing, I assembled the 8 block collection of watercolor palette backdrops.
It was then a matter of playing with the textures, so I sketched out little characters in each block to represent the elements. From top left to bottom right- Fire, water, air, ice, stone, and earth.

I did other things with these blocks which you can find on the post- Elemental Palette.

Monday, July 31, 2017


(Wall-E- Jul. 31, 2017- measures around 8.5 x 6'')

I felt like having some fun with collage when I had leftover scraps from a Wall-E tissue box I've been saving for years.

There's a section in my scrapbook for Wall-E stuff, all of it pertaining to the time I first saw the movie in theaters back in 2008, and later when we got the dvd.

This collage, along with everything else that came with it, are now added to that part of my scrapbook which still needs details. Someday I may share a full post about the pages.

I made this collage by tracing around an image of Wall-E on one of the tissue box sides. After that I traced the shapes onto different textures of flier images, cut them out and glued them onto a white base, and added gel pen details.
The background elements are scrap tabs cut off from the main parts of the tissue box, and the celestial windows are cell phones cut from a flier.

I wanted it to look like Wall-E was on a moving platform inside a spaceship.
(Wall-E page- Jul. 31, 2017- measures 8.5 x 11'')

The reverted part of the paper I traced my white base onto became its own page. I created a silhouette of Wall-E by gluing the white page to black, and added gel pen details using a Tim Holtz stencil , a circle stencil, some hand lettering, and a bit of washi tape.

These pages are the ones I started with, just to display the cute pictures of the box. I also made a journal spot using the tabs and scraps (left).

Someday I hope to add pictures and writing to these pages, along with some of the other collages in the book I've yet to share here.

Yellow Swing Dancing

(Yellow Swing- Jul. 31, 2017-Measure 5.5 x 8.5'')

Yellow swing is a combination of collage and drawing, like so many of my art pieces. It started with random pieces of scrap paper with text texture and yellow marker. They came from another project, but I saw an idea when playing with the bits, especially when the one paper piece looked like a tie.

I worked on this picture in the dragonfly journal.
After a bit of playing, some hand drawing was started, first in pencil, then some inking and erasing, and finally colored with marker.

You can see how the paper pieces started off as the main building blocks around how the sketch was going to be drawn.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Jewelry From the Months of Jun-Jul 2017

Jewelry design and colors tend to inspire me in many ways, and over the months I've been receiving a few things, along with making quite a few others. It's been an interesting start in creating my own accessories which I've practiced at making for myself and others.
 Jun. 12, 2017
This is called citrine (amethyst that's been super heated). I got this necklace in the mail today, the orange color is so intense it's like an October pumpkin. Unfortunately the photo in an unedited state can't capture the stone's true shade.
I now have a necklace, along with a bracelet of citrine which I made, I was recently given some elastic thread so I could make stone bracelets for myself and others.
Handling elasticity thread is somewhat challenging, especially for a klutz such as myself. With some practice I'll hopefully get better at tying a strong knot with the thread. There's something oddly satisfying about creating jewelry, even if it's just simple threading of beads onto stretchy cord. The feeling I get from accomplishing the simple tasks makes me ready to try it again.
 June 24, 2017
Bracelets are added to my wrist. A few new ones are the dark orange stone beads and the brightly colored bohemian bracelet which was something Mom ordered online, but found the colors were much brighter in real life. She prefers dustier shades, so she gave this one to me.
I enjoy colors that look like candy or a teacher's bulletin board, I'm cool with it. The dark orange beads are a stone bracelet that came several days ago. The bohemian bracelet with bright colors came today.
I had to fix the bracelet when I found part of the chain was attached to the wrong loop, and then discovered the clasp and chain aren't really necessary. The beads are strung on a springy, stiff wire which kind of just stays in place without needing to be secured.

Mom was expecting dustier shades, which is what the bracelet looked like online, but in real life it's not the same, and the beads appear to be glass, not stone.
One strand of beads in particular that came in the mail today are yellow turquoise beads. They're a nice combination of light and dark green, much dustier in appearance when not held up to a bright LED light. I plan to make a bracelet or two out of it.
 Jul. 2, 2017
We've been making more stone bracelets. Got some spacers online for interest, learned that the right way to make the bracelets is to double the elastic string, figured out our wrist sizes, and I got to work. I made myself these two, the green one yellow turquoise, and the pretty purple and blue one florite.
Florite and yellow turquoise actually look pretty interesting together.
I now have two yellow turquoise bracelets, one with spacers and my first version without.
 Jul. 3, 2017
Sometimes the small things just grab my attention and bring me joy. This is a free little ring that came in the mail with a bracelet today. It's actually pretty heavy, made of solid metal and higher quality than that of a mood ring. It only fits my pinky though.
I liked it, I don't know why. Maybe it has something to do with the fact it's green and something about it just feels right. The stone is plastic I believe, but it's still interesting.
 July 20, 2017- Bracelets Galore
This evening, till two hours past midnight, I sat down and worked on creating a whole set of different bracelets from stones.
I did a few experiments along the way for different styles, and also discovered that some of the beads could only fit a single strand of stretchy string (specifically the oh so tiny clear quartz, and the band of pearls).
I made a rose quartz bracelet, another citrine bracelet, a pearl bracelet, a strand of jasper, and a three strand braided clear quartz bracelet. 
The braided clear quartz was an experiment, a partial challenge in some ways. I was asked to figure out how to make a bracelet from a broken strand of quartz which was once a necklace. Three strands was the only way I could think of to create a bracelet that held almost all of the beads from the strand.

I also made myself three bracelets. One jasper, one rose quartz, and then a double strand infinity style citrine bracelet with spacers. 
The double band of citrine was made using my old citrin bracelet and new beads from an extra strand. Spacers were the only way I could think of to keep a double strand of beads together.

Jasper sea sediment. This bracelet was ordered online, and I received it several days ago. 
I was surprised to find the bracelet looked exactly like the picture, and the colors completely relax me. 
It's one of those parachute knot, pull cord kind of closures. On the ends it has little metal beads to keep weight on the threads, which is kind of fun when they sway about on my wrist. 
The lion head charm in the center is an interesting touch, brings out the whole world theme. Obviously this could be worn by girls or guys, and when I look at it I think of young male characters from my stories for some reason.

July 29, 2017
We had stopped at Joan's for cheese cloth and some red seam binding. I had completely forgotten what I actually meant to look for (double stick tape), but I did find other small items that caught my interest.

The clearance section was filled with a cluttered corner of beading supplies that cost too much even when marked down. Some things were a little more reasonable in price, like these blue gray cut glass beads.
I got them both because their colors were subtly different, and I figured they would be pleasing as a bracelet or necklace. Later I remembered I had a labradorite stone somewhere in the beading supplies which would match perfectly with these.