Friday, September 30, 2016

Detectie Case Journals 2-3

 Some of you may have remembered the first Detective Case File journal I did. I had plenty of material left after the first one, so I made two more, having finished these both back around the first week of July. 
For those who enjoy simply junky, somewhat grungy file folder journals, the video above is for you.
I'm glad I decided to use my Roman font stamps for the second book. A big classified in red is more eye catching compared to the little tiny title I used on the first file book.
Also, the second book made from an old Mead journal already had shiny silver font on it.
Here the two books are side by side, as you might see them on a detectives desk. My inspiration to make two more of these books all started when I pulled the old Mead cover from my stash.
The material is like a faux leather, slick yet durable. I didn't know what I would be using it for till I remembered all the leftovers I had for making a few more detective case file books. 
This time though I decided to add fewer pages to each, splitting up the pile into two parts so the books would have room to expand as content is added. 
I know for a fact they'll get thicker as I work in them because the first file book has already gotten chunky, and I didn't even do that much to it, other than add some collage.
 Here's a peek at some of my favorite sections. I glued part of a grungy map to a folder and added a Netflix paper to pick up on the red in the map.
I even had fun adding a gauze packet, which I'm sure can lead to some interesting stories. The rest is pretty simple, added some planner paper, envelopes, and calendar pages.
I even used paper that's not so perfect, like this page which came from a larger sheet of paper that someone stepped on with a dirty boot.
I thought that was funny, so I added it in as a "clue".

I also added part of a map page from some big map book I've had in the stash.
Second book is pretty much the same, only it has some of the better parts of the grungy map, and textured envelopes.
I also added some of my own things, like the page with a pentagon, a practice sheet from the time of sacred geometry study.
Along the way I added in some rejected striped paper sheets that I had printed for a different project.
And the second book also got part of the map which was large enough to split for both books.

Can you believe after making these I still have scraps which can be turned into a mini detective case journal....That idea is on the list, so you might be seeing it sometime.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Chocolate Happiness Journal

"Chocolate Happiness Journal"
(Completed Sep. 13, 2016)

As mentioned, I had leftovers and certain chocolate packaging left from my first chocolate book, the Traffino journal. Since I plan on selling the Traffino journal, I decided to make a second chocolate journal of my own, having some chocolate art ideas in mind. I also want to keep record of the chocolates I enjoy eating, a way to remember brand names and flavors.

I used a cereal box for the cover, and this time chose out some scrapbook paper that seemed appealing for a chocolate book, then sealed it with satin Liquitex varnish.
I used some leftover Nouveau scrapbook paper for the spine of the book, seemed to match rather well. I also really like the heart locket on the back cover, the pink flowers and aged paper images reminding me of old love letters, something usually read while eating chocolates.
The front page and inner cover were assembled in a way that the colors complimented each other. I added tuck spot pockets to the front and back inner covers, a nice way to keep track of stuff while I'm working in the book. 

The paper choice of happiness, smiles, and good times seemed appropriate for what chocolate revolves around or leads to. One bite and you smile, then you feel happy, and things start to feel better for a brief moment. I also chose that paper because the red text matched the packaging of the front page.
I used the tabs from the chocolate packaging to make pull tabs for tags, having fun with a mini peanut butter cup bag from Trader Joes to hold them.
I love the bright green color of this package, having had in my stash for years. It went well with the M&M bag behind it, used as a pocket.
My favorite spots in the book are the ones that have matching colors, like this Lindor caramel chocolate package next complimentary shades.
I even found a place to slip in blue packaging, creating a section for different colors throughout the book. The first section is for orange and green themes, second section for blue, and third for red.
Some pages I like more than others in the blue section, like this spot with Bahia chocolate, the gold letters looking nice with a silver chocolate chip bag.
Here's where the second signature ends and the red section begins. Most of the book consists of blank pages ranging from black, tan, white, and red, with a few junk items tossed in.
Back page has a tuck spot, and the inner cover pocket for the back side as well.

It's already quite thick from the side, containing four signatures in total. (left).

And now for the flip through video, just for fun. :)

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Blunt Detective Collage

 "Blunt Detective"
(Jan. 26, 2016)

The first image of the crime scene collage series, a test of texture and layout using a flier image, security envelopes, and other collected materials gathered together and taken from my larger project, the Detective Case File journal . I used stamps and stencils for extra details, the largest blood splatters done with stenciled watercolor. The theme is to introduce a few detective characters and follow the crime scene, in this case a blood trail scattered on clues.

Pine Cone Punt

"Pine cone Punt"
(Jan. 21, 2016)
 Fairies have their own sports too. I dreamed of one called the pine cone race, a game of flight and accuracy where fairies race through the forest and hit a sparkling pine cone through the air, the goal not to let it hit the ground while shooting it through point rings, one point lost each time the pine cone misses a ring or hits the ground. Whoever gets to the finish line first with the fewest points of missed rings and ground hit is the winner. This game can also be played with an acorn. :P

This collage was inspired by a flier image of a volleyball player. Image created using flier images, stamping, scrapbook paper, the label of a juice bottle, and colored pencil.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Electro Manroe

Electro Monroe. Recently I had put together a small sketch pad made from scrap backing of a circle template. The blues and white of it made a nice cover, but it still felt like it could use something more, so I got to work making some cover art for it.

I've been wanting to play around with some clip art I had cut from a flier long ago of this Marilyn Monroe-esque face. I had scanned it a long time ago so I could play with it digitally, and now I have.

This style, the color scheme, the background, all that, is based off my concepts of Neon City. I hope to play around with a lot more, but this image and Bubble Blue Electro are the start of my Neon City Ladies art collection.  

I couldn't decide which was more pleasing, the one where she's gray with blue, and more detailed, or the paper cut out version where she's gradients of blue. I think I might be leaning for the second one, even though the first reminds me of Tron.
I didn't stop with just a plain setting, feeling it may look better with some text. My first text choice was "Sound Ripples" like a message hinting that Neon City has a bay.
Second version is "Electric Beat". The circles reminded me of speakers sort of, but I think I prefer the sound ripple version more.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Woodland Animals Baby Quilt

Around the same time half a year ago soon after the Feather Block Baby Quilt 
my mom put together this vintage woodland animal quilt. This was the first baby quilt, the feather one for a toddler bed. Again, all the colors and theme chosen were meant to be gender neutral.

The colors remind me of Autumn, so now is as good a time as any to share this family project. And when I say family project, I mean that on a large scale. This quilt was made as a keepsake for my niece and her mother, Each embroidery block done by someone different throughout outer family, their names signed on the blocks they did.
What was used to draw the embroidery blocks was experimental. Mom couldn't find anything at the time which drew well, till she experimented with watercolor pencil. The cheap Reeves brand worked best for this, and she used different colors to indicate different thread shades to be used on what part (as shown above). This was more for the outer families convenience seeing they worked together with younger members who wanted to participate in the process.
 I chose to work on the bunny block and got to practice more at the outline stitch.
The rabbit, squirrel, hedgehog, and turtle are vintage styled embroidery patterns designed by my sister. The other vintage animals were found online, but the collection was lacking in number for the amount of blocks needed, so extras were invented.
I had fun working on the sweet little rabbit.
My second block choice was the squirrel. It kind of ended up looking mischievous, much like myself.
I combined two different colors of thread for the fur of both critters, giving it a gradient color scheme like actual fur. I also stitched my name on with black thread, instead of using permanent archival pen. My name is kind of wonky, but I find this to be charming on things meant to be childish.
Here's the hedgehog, isn't it adorable? My sister did such a great job on her blocks.
I think what I love the most is the smile of it.
I got the idea from my sister to stitch my name since that's what she did.
The turtle is rather detailed, and my favorite part is the shell.
The rest is down below. Each family member did their block then sent it back through the mail. Mom then got to work on making the quilt, and each day I got to hear her say how much she loved glue, using a glue method to piece the blocks together before sewing them.








I loved the animal fabric chosen for the quilt squares. Mom purposely framed at least one of every animal into a block. Her favorite print was the mushrooms.