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.

Mini Pineapple Notebook

At the front counter during a trip to Joahn's, I saw the little summer notebooks were on clearance for 97 cents, which is about all they're worth. The paper of them is thin, and the pen ink is kind of dry, but the colors and the picture just made me happy.

I like the look of pineapples, and the color of the teal pen is one of those shades that greatly relaxes me. This particular color kind of connects to the scent of coconut in my mind. Coconut soap  is one of those things I find comfort in, so when I see a color that reminds me of it, I'm soothed (call it a possible case of synesthesia).

This notebook has become a purse companion. I did the photo shoot on a sheet of paper from a new stack of paper I found on clearance at A.C. Moore. Five dollars for a whole stack of summer patterns is worth it.
I've been making it a habit to add details to to the front of every new notebook I get, like where it was purchased, date it was purchased, and who it belongs to. For this little notebook I made an oval frame and outlined it with gold gel pen, then stamped a whimsical bird in teal, and wrote in details using the pen that came with the book (upper left corner).

I added the packaging stickers to the other side of the page, then wrote in some details about the book as an opening. Finally I added some metallic pineapple washi tape to the page after details, and used a dry teal marker to add the words, "Welcom To Pineapple Pages". 

The pineapple pages idea was a joke that came to mind when I thought of how we have phone books called yellow pages. Pineapples are yellow, so this is my version of yellow pages, only for notes.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Marketside Baseball Book

Marketside Baseball Book- Measures: 7 1/4 x 12''. Started: Nov. 15, 2017. Completed: Jul. 27, 2017.

This journal was an interesting one to make. I spent several days working on it and only just finished it a day ago before photographing the results.

I had to make adjustments along the way, and cover up a few mistakes. The internal cover which I sewed my three signatures to was cut a bit short, so I had to disguise the edges with some washi tape. The mustache washi seemed fitting enough for a baseball book.

The full cover is made from a Marketside pizza box which had come with some baseball cards inside. To fill in the space which was once a window to show the product, I created my own baseball paper texture using a circle stencil, felt pens, and red gel pen.

Both signatures are plain white sketch paper cut to size from a very large paper pad. The thickness of the paper is a nice quality, and blank books are of course friendly for decorating however one pleases.

I started the project back on Nov. 15, 2016, mentioned about the beginning of it here. I didn't actually get to working on it till nearly a year later.
It all started from a pizza box.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Random Photos from Jun-Jul 2017

I don't often dump a bunch of random photos into a post, but a peek at life through the camera is sometimes interesting, right?

For having few activities on my list, I still manage to find quite a few things to point the camera at, sometimes to inspire ideas for advertisement (in concept), and other times just to keep record of the little things for writing about in my journals.

Below is a collection of pictures through the months which were just for fun.
 June 14, 2017- Veggie Pile Picture
I felt like taking pictures of the veggie pile on the cutting board. Maybe I needed them, the colors caught my attention, and I'm not normally interested in taking pictures of vegetables.
I guess part of me was interested in the food because I've been looking through fliers and studying the structure of professional food photography. Even anonymous pictures of veggies can be useful in a book, article, or whatever art piece of my choosing.

 June 24, 2017
Dare to be geeky. I got a pair of blue blocking lenses so I can protect my eyes, prevent strain, and spend as many long hours as I need at the computer without harm. I like them so far, they're super clear, nice and flat, the frames are a nice color, and there's an ever so subtle difference in the appearance of screen light when wearing them. These are going to be great for night time blogging.

The frames were only six dollars, made of plastic, the proper size for my head and a nice color. The lenses on the other hand are far from cheap, a price for a pair of no prescription blue light blocking lenses is 45 dollars on Zenni. Got them from there though because Zenni has the best rating for blue light blocking glasses. 

This is a photography record for a future journal page about my blue glasses. I wanted to play with the camera and had this faux advertisement idea in my head, so I went with it. Blue plastic frames with blue blocking light lenses in a blue case with a blue cloth. So much blue.
Think I could work in advertising? Maybe I'd be okay at it. 
The case came with the glasses and dust cloth as all Zenni glasses do. One side of the case is soft and somewhat squishy, the top part is hard and clear.

I had this concept in my head of how photos look really interesting in journals when they're either purely real and filled with raw emotion, captured in a moment when no one is aware of the camera; or when they're made to look like an advertisement.
Advertisements, I've found, look quite nice as decoration in journals, so why not draw from that and apply the look to my own photographs.
 July 2, 2017
The poke berry (left) in an old gardening plot is getting huge and out of hand. It's been hitting me in the face whenever I walk down the path. It needed to be trimmed, but I'll admit it was a bit sad to see it snap from its own weight within the next 24 hours.
Aside from that wild grown plant, the Marshmallow plant is thriving this year. I counted a total of nine blooms, each one very large and very pink.
My main reason for even stepping out into the humid heat of summer was to get a few pictures of these large pink beauties. These flowers are as large as a man's hand with his fingers spread out.
I decided to play with colors in random photography tonight. We got these new washcloths that look so nice with my favorite shampoo, so I decided to play with a basic, and dreamy edit of the snapshots. Sometimes the weird things become interesting later when you write about them in a journal.
This photography idea came to me when I saw how the washcloth and bottle matched each other. I've been enjoying the concept of advertisement and how I'd  advertise right from home.

 Jul. 19, 2017
Look what came in the mail today, my cupcake timer. I've had a thing for cupcakes since the age of 14, so this timer naturally appealed to me. It's true, I like cupcakes.