Sunday, November 29, 2015

My Love of Poppies

Hi, Everyone,

Recently I was given a black Dylusions Square Journal from my dear friend.  I knew then it was the perfect Journal to showcase my Love of Poppies because of the black background.  Adding hand or machine stitching to my Art Books makes me happy. . . so does adding beautiful cross-stitched or embroidered pieces to the pages.

I wrote My Love of Poppies with a pencil on antique linen then used black embroidery floss to hand stitch the words.  When I saw these Wood Hoops made by Crate Paper I knew I had to have them.  They perfectly highlight the title.

I cut out a square window on the first page to give a little sneak peek of the page to come.
The window was outlined with a blanket stitch using red variegated embroidery floss.

To create a collage on the upper right corner, I used 7 Gypsies Gaffer Tape and machine stitched pieces of scrap Mixed Media Paper.  The felted poppy connects the wooden hoop with the window.

Below is the first cross-stitched poppy mounted with Scor-Tape patiently waiting to be decorated another day.  

This is one of many ongoing Art Books that will evolve over time.

Have fun creating!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

ArtFest 9 - Travel the World

Hi, Everyone,

It's been a whirlwind month planning and creating ArtFest 9 - Travel the World.

We will be creating an altered book, transforming an 8 1/2 x 11" Encyclopedia into a new work of art.

In this paper based project you will learn how to make flaps, pockets, flips, tie-ons, mini-books within the book, irregular pages, fold-outs, belly bands, pull-outs, waterfalls, pull-up fold-under interactive pages, cut-away niches, peek-a-boo pages, a bulletin board, and a wrap-around closure.  These photos cannot possibly show the multi-faceted interaction of this book.

Have a look at the Front Cover.

Have Passport, will travel.

We will be creating 30 pages in this book.

There will be room for you to add your own touches for your own unique Travel book.

The Encyclopedia, papers, and embellishments seen in the demo will all be provided.
You will be required to bring a basic tool kit, ink and adhesive.
A detailed list will be provided to all registrants by e-mail.

Please join me at this Weekend Event!

ArtFest 9 - Travel the World
Altered Encyclopedia

Friday, November 13   6-10 p.m.
Saturday, November 14  10-10 p.m.
Sunday, November 15  10-4 p.m.

I will be providing snacks all 3 days.
We will break for lunch and dinner to allow you to run out and pick up your own food.
There will also be a "Sharing of Gift Bags" among all participants on Friday night.

There are only 12 spots available in total.
Please phone Treasured Memories at 780-414-1540 to pay and reserve your spot.
The Event is only 12 days away!

I am so excited and can hardly wait to see you all there!

Have fun creating!