Friday, August 31, 2012
I was quietly and slowly preparing tea bags for use (carefully prying open the tiny staples at the top; teasing out bits of string; finding the opening and gently inserting a knife blade and then coaxing the crimped edge open; dumping out tea leaves; and then carefully pulling the paper flat ready for ironing) when the idea came to me to do an illuminated letter on a used tea bag. So when I finished the task of bag preparation, I immediately fell to doing an illuminated letter. I completed it this morning, and here it is. It is an 'f':
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Really, this shot was taken Friday (last week) but I wanted to show you because I don't have anything swell to show for today. This is my most recent creation and I am kind of proud of it. So here's the scene of the action only a few days ago: here to get to Julia's blog Stamping Ground. There you will find an abundance of folk who play along every week to show what they are working on. Have fun!!
Thanks for popping in and I will hopefully see you soon! *smiles* Norma
Saturday, August 25, 2012
DRAWING CHALLENGE NUMBER 74 Theme: Carnivale/Circus
I think that art makes people happy. I like the idea that being able to look at art whenever one wants is a happy state of affairs. Two years ago an idea popped into my head (imagination) to design a little pocket carryall that has an outside pocket that is see-through so that a piece of art could be popped in and viewed whenever one wanted. The art inside could be switched up according to whim.For this design challenge, hosted by the gracious and talented Helen, who gave us 'carnivale/circus' as a theme, I decided to make the pocket clutch and to paint something 'carnivale' for the picture pocket on the outside of the clutch. Here is the painting. Meet Giuseppe:
Thanks for dropping by. Hopefully, we'll see you again soon, *smiles* Norma
Friday, August 17, 2012
My card for this challenge hosted by the lovely Ariane this week, turned into a fortune telling card. I made a little shadow box for it to rest in.
Thanks for dropping in today, and remember to go up top and click on Ariane to get a wonderful viewing of the other participants' artwork. They are all linked by Ariane. See you soon I hope! *smiles* Norma
Monday, August 6, 2012
In the interest of simplicity, I've edited this post so that my actual little book that I made FOR this week, appears right up at the top. I'll do a line of stars or something to separate the two entries.I've been wanting to do a little smash style book for awhile now, and so this is the opportunity to do it. I did. This is what the muse came up with. I never ask the muse, I just follow directions. This book is the size of a regulation size a.t.c. [3.5"X2.5"] and was written by me for my daughter for her birthday. It is a little book of instruction for how to 'keep house' as the saying goes. The cover is cardboard from mouse poison and s.o.s. pads boxes. The inside contains sewn and glued pages with subjects such as: housework, lipstick, perspiration, complaining, to name a few. I figure a gal, no matter the age (my daughter will turn 41 on the 13th and has two children ages 8 and 6 yrs.) it is good to have guidance in things household. The only real illustration (drawing) done for this project is a gal in a brassiere but that counts me in as a 'drawing challenge' I'm hoping. Here's the book. [I considered hiring a 'hand' model to hold the book. My hands are so crinkly.] C'est la vie! Here's the book:
As long as the book can be held in the palm of one's hand, I consider this a small book. A standard 3"X5" index card when folded in half gives a cover for a book measuring 2.5"X3" and you are off to the start of making a small book. Create art on the front cover and fill the inside with nice paper that is blank and you have a journal. Of course you can use the journal to write, draw, make art.To show you a few examples of small books that have inspired me, I will show you two swaps in which I have been fortunate to partake. The first is a one-time private swap I did with the lovely Kim. This swap was done with a love for each others' work and came about in a private email conversation between the two of us. Here is the little book that I sent to her: (It is made from one used tea bag) Stefanie. She makes the most original and wonderful cigarette paper little books. Her illustration style is a work of art. My gal features a lovely polka dot frock. 'smash' book using cardboard packaging for the covers...I see an SOS pad package shouting to be used...and maybe that mice poison box. Oh my!!
Thanks for dropping in, and I'll see you soon I hope, *smiles* NormaJust for fun, I feel like giving away a little tea bag paper book to one of the players for this challenge. I will do a draw at the end of the challenge (next weekend.) I'll need to finish off one that I have already started and so I don't have a 'teaser' to show you! See you soon. WHO IS PLAYING THIS CHALLENGE? The following: Sus, Kim, Ariane, Sue, Renilde, Nadine, Barbara, Helen?, Rachel, Mano WHO IS OUR NEXT HOST? Ariane!
WHO WON MY LITTLE BOOK GIVEAWAY? Ariane!!
Sunday, August 5, 2012
My art friend April Cole has done it again. Made me very very happy that is. Because she traded with me, another altered rolodex card. She created this lovely art card which you can see here.
So a tip o' the hat goes out to April today. Thanks for dropping in and I hope to see you soon, *smiles* Norma
Saturday, August 4, 2012
...and the winner is...
Mad Madam MelBut I can't figure out your email on your blog so would you please email me?? Thanks so much. Talk soon, *smiles* Norma
And a big hearty THANK YOU to all who left comments, for you really do make it fun for me.
Friday, August 3, 2012
Well over a year ago I designed a bird shaped (specifically crow) mini art journal inside of my head and it sat there, designed in full, until I read a few days ago that Carole had chosen the theme CROW for our drawing challenge group. It was a firecracker under my behind and took only a few hours to really put together. Here is my contribution to this weeks' challenge. It is 4"X3".
See you soon, I hope, *smiles* Norma