Wednesday, June 24, 2015

City of Paper-collage

"City of Paper"

Other places and fantasy settings, suddenly a city at early morning (or sunset) came from looking at a scrap piece of striped paper used for practice through my zutter hole punch. all those little squares made me think of windows, the rest just happened. With scraps of a security envelope, white paper, leftovers from the striped paper; scrapbook paper of blue, yellow, and black, stamping, jell pen, markers, and glue, I created a small city scene complete with elevated train and landscape.

I suspect that in some ways the inspiration kick started because I recently watched The Amazing Spiderman 2. Seeing the city scenes kind of swirled somewhere in the back of my head, and remained as some inspiration for something like this.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Smoked Salmon Junk Journal

Smoked salmon boxes made into a junk journal. I've been saving the boxes for years, stashed them away every time we finished off a smoked salmon with cream cheese and crackers. We would get them every now and then when they were available at our local Big Lots store, but the price for one is outrageous even in discount...

The packaging style of the company changes over time. It went from being the basic fish you see on the pages within the book, to being the more adult looking fish on the outside cover of the book, suddenly to change to the style of the first page of the book which you can see in the lower left bottom corner of the panel above. By personal taste, I liked the cover of the adult fish most, and that was the only one made of thicker cardboard, making it perfect as a cover.

I had been collecting bits and ends of stuff through time, saving even the smaller scrap pieces from the salmon boxes which I had to cut down to size. All of the scraps served well as accents and add ins to the book once I sat down to make it. You'll notice the tabs on certain tags and decorative strips on little add ins and pockets were all scrap pieces from the boxes.
Recently I got a few sheets of camping themed paper specifically for this project, helped add some interest to the theme which started as an emotion and yearning for the great outdoors. That's right, I made the book according to my mood, wanting to be near clean, flowing waters, surrounded by trees and fresh air. The Alaskin, mountain, camping theme was further inspired by the television show "Twin Peaks" (a rather quirky mystery series that takes place somewhere in Washington). The book basically reflects my longing to go on an adventure, and possibly do some fishing. :P

I was giddy when I found I had so many small things that fit the project; the only challenging part was stenciling papers to fit the theme. I wanted water waves and wood grain, but found painting with stencils isn't as easy at it looks. What papers I did make I used, and what I didn't use I'll be using in a possible second smoked salmon book. The benefit of stenciling my own papers is that I got to experiment with different kind of mediums; everything from paint, chalk pastel, and homemade brown ink spritz. Some of the experiments were added to this book for fun.

The fun bits added on, range from food nets to serve as fish nets, a little washi tape, a salmon can label, and the dangles of stuff on the spine. I used red and blue yarns of different kinds, the army twine key chain was made by my brother, the torn black net was from the net bag I used for pockets in the book, the clear hook was a hanger from sock packaging, the black hanger hook displayed in the top middle of the panel was a panty hose hanger, and the buoy was an extra thing that I can't recall origin of, I just found it interesting and kept it in my collection of nick knacks, thrilled to have finally used it for something so fitting. The beaded end was added to look like water drops, and to prevent the thread from coming loose.

Tips, I used scrapbook paper to cover the insides of the book, the edges of the cover and some of the elements within were distressed with a red or blue ink pad, and the paper of the cover was sealed with Liquitex gloss varnish.




The thing that really made the book if you ask me are these fun fish cards I assembled as print outs using old fish images from Graphics Fairy. The postcards are simple obviously, the other ones I put together so you can score down the center where they connect, fold, then cut out for a double sided note fish. For those who think these look fun, I've included the assembled pages above for printing.

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 Yes, I've even made a video flip through. What would a journal post be without a flip through? Have fun watching, be inspired, and remember that ideas can come from anywhere. :)
 
A final fun thing, I would purposely plan a trip around a book just so I could fill it with a fitting event. :P

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Just One Bite

A single face on a flier card kicked my inspiration up. A twist on Snow White just for fun. the woman's face just made me think of her.

"Just one bite, my dear, and you get a wish." says the witch. "You don't say? Just one bite?" Snow White says in surprise, hiding her utter horror at the face beneath the cloak. "This woman needs a makeover." Snow white thinks to herself, wondering why the old witch won't leave her alone. "Say, I have wish, yeah....I wish you'd go away." she says snidely, turning her back and running off to tell the seven men about a creepy sales woman.

Okay, so that's just one of the things that comes to mind when I look at her expression, especially because her style is vintage thrown into old fashion storybook style.

Background, capes, and apple are scrapbook paper. Lines and details done with black marker and white jell pen. Face and hand are flier images, apple is coated in transparent emboss for shine.
I had trouble deciding how the hand should be. Couldn't tell if I should cover the green lines or not and decided to keep them shown, looking at it as some kind of magic glowing around the witch's hand.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Bean Genes Card

As part of my love for coffee, I feel inspired to make a line of coffee themed cards. My joy is in puns and word play, so naturally this came to mind. 

Bean genes, coffee chemistry, a piece to inspire that perfect cup of coffee and all the different roasts out there. 

I used a label image from Graphics Fairy for my background, Pacifico font, and a homemade coffee bean brush I whipped up in PSE to make the card.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Le Olive Rose

Some years ago I went and made this card image which represents a certain point in time during 2010 that involved a friendship which I very much enjoyed. Later on I made this piece as a reminder to myself of that point in time, and though very simple, the piece is also very symbolic. The green rose and small pearl are symbols of name meanings and name parts. The Pearl represents me, the green rose my friend.

The style of this kind of reminds me of a French menu for some sort of fancy restaurant. I remember making this to relieve pressure from myself. In fact, I did this art piece when I was feeling angry, the reason behind why is personal. Funny that something like this was made because of a sour emotion, yet it turned out pretty.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Life is a Maze


A long while back I started a project to make two images for decorating the inner covers of one of my smaller journals. The first image for the opening of my journal, I called Face in Space. This is the second image for the back of the book, a fun color matching picture to complete the journal and its color scheme of purple and green.

Celestial themes have always been my favorites, and by using some Nouveau motifs, I made something that holds my interest in more ways than I can explain, but the quote "Life is a maze of mystery and wonder" was inspired off the maze pattern in the background of the woman, who is meant to look like a celestial geisha.

I hope to add my images to the journal soon. One day I may display the completed book through a video.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Sparkle Fairy collage

Using ad images for mini collage. I have been super behind in posting much, spending more time doing projects not so much collage related or illustration based, but rather a load of writing. 

It's true, I've been pushing to whip up stories new and old, both in fan fiction and my life. The past few weeks have consisted of story writing online and journal keeping on the side with multiple photo pages needing to be added.

I've also had my run ins with an accident of spilling coffee on my computer, so that has set the art process back a bit as well....

This Sparkle Fairy collage is what I've managed to get a picture of this week. I made the picture back on May 10'th while I still had some motivation to finish one last mini collage I started but left to sit for awhile. No I've never seen the commercials for the Sparkle fairy, I just thought she looked cute and wanted to experiment with using the side of a tissue box as my background. Seems it was successful and I added some embossed sparkly spots and a glow spots over her wand. Taking photos to capture sparkly hints is still a pain and the sparkles over the wand didn't show up, so I added some spots digitally to make up for that.