Tuesday, August 26, 2008

A Traci Bautista Day!

Bet and Sally, so inspired by the work of mixed media artist, Traci Bautista, and her hand made paper and journals, planned a day to make beautiful papers to be used later for our own journals.

We watched Traci's video, purchased supplies, gathered equipment...... and started drawing and creating designs on foam (the kind from a kneeling garden pad purchased from WalMart or Target worked best).

We used a wood burning tool
to carve our designs (the smell wasn't too great so we worked outside for that part of the project). It took a little practice to get the hang of carving, but after a short time we were pros at it, whipping out piles of stamps!

Paper towels and newsprint are what we used to make our colorful papers. Using liquid water colors (purchased on line from Discount School Supply ) we dipped the corners of folded or crumpled paper towels into cups of watercolors. Continuing to turn the paper and dipping again and again created a tie-dyed effect.

Then laying the unfolded wet paper over another dry paper towel or newsprint and using a brayer, we made impressions using any objects that could be pressed into the wet papers. We especially liked the thick textured, dimensional wall paper (found at Frazee Paint Stores). We also used
the stamps we carved to press down on the wet papers, creating beautiful designs on the dry papers beneath the wet ones.

Several impressions can be made from one wet towel and each print is different. "Skrinching" the towels into different shapes and brayering over each one resulted in totally different, interesting patterns.

While the paper towels were still wet, we gently pulled apart the sheets. Then layered the wet towels on newspaper to dry. It was so exciting watching the different designs emerge and not knowing what the folded and dipped papers would look like until we opened them up!
We created beautiful papers! Awesome papers!

Next we plan on sewing our papers together with other ephemera, making them into unique journals. We hope to have another "Traci Day" soon to finish making our books so be sure to come back to see them!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

P.J. Party at Silly Sally's!

.Does everyone have a crazy friend that entertains them while doing tedious chores?

One of the preparations for the P. J. Party at Sally's house on Monday was to make laser copies at Kinko's of any picture of ourselves. It took us over an hour of measuring, and re-measuring, and cutting and enlarging our pics so we would have 4 equal size sections of our photo to fit a 16x20 inch canvas. We were to paint self portraits of ourselves over the course of two days at the party.

While waiting for each other to make our copies, my silly friend, Sally, entertained me by holding up a book she found on a rack in the store!
I laughed so hard, the soda I was drinking came out my nose!!!

Visit Sally's blog, Silly Sally Says, to view photos from the two day event. What a great party! The 5 of us... Sally, Bet, Georgia, Debi and Kathie... had so much fun.

This is my self portrait. I actually came home with a finished project that I liked! It was quite a challenge, but after a few Margarita's, it got easier! Everyone did something a little different, crazy, wild, wacky, truly works of art!
Thanks again, Sally, for such a great party. Great memories. You sure do make a wicked breakfast crepe! Yum-my. We played a lot, laughed a lot and ate a lot! All the food was delicious... Can't wait to do it again!

A good time was had by all...and to all a good night!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

A very unique bird's nest

This beautiful nest was given up by a very artistic bird! I just love all the pieces of lint, branches, leaves and grass that compose the intricate weaving of the nest.

I found it on the ground near a very large tree and just couldn't leave it there, I had to bring it home, then I filled it with egg-shells of my own! I just love it and often wonder how many little birds lived here before moving on to bigger and better places.