The card symbols were inspired by the pages of an old bridge book – I just love the mix of text and card suits. The Crisco pie ad, on the right, is from an old advertising book I found at an antique book shop in Greensboro – it’s a treasure trove of card possibilities.
These are heading off in the mail this week for a friend’s birthday. I just love making things and passing them on to others. I have to, otherwise my house would be full to the gills by now. So friends, say mercy when you’ve had enough and say more if you’ve not had enough.
They started off as three paintings of retro golf apparel. (I’m thinking tweed bike ride theme may need to be next on my list). I sat around on this for quite some time, trying to figure out what on earth to do for a background.
I had been playing around with different papers, making small weavings, when I realized the weavings could work as a paper collage stand-in for fabric. After all, the Scots invented golf and they also have some pretty amazing plaids.
Paper weaving isn’t too bad, you just need patience. A paper cutter is also a big bonus.
The final two backgrounds were draws with oil pastels (above) and painted with watercolor with added magazine collage for texture.
These are a few more of the sewn paper cards I have been working on lately. I have so many projects, they are coming out of my ears – I can’t get them on paper fast enough. The infrequent art project posts on here are only because I have too many going at once to get them finished enough to document for the blog. Not to mention a all the other distractions in life: work, daycare prep, making meals, keeping a house clean and organized for showings, packing, and the move.
The move to Iowa has been in the back corners of my mind for months now. We leave NC for Iowa in two months – surreal – I won’t deny that I am nervous and scared out of my mind. Changes are, and always have been, difficult for me – I am still to this day amazed that I chose to pick up and move myself to a state I had never been to, a job I didn’t know if I would love, to place where I knew no one. Now, after years of saying how much I want to be back in Iowa, I am realizing how much I will miss Greensboro and the state of North Carolina. I have grown to love this place and we made it our home.
Despite my fears of the unknown, I am getting more excited though as we look at places to live in Iowa, discuss Greta’s birthday in Iowa, the new job possibilities for Eric, applying for teaching positions all over the Des Moines area, and the old friends we will get to spend more time with. It also helps that we have two excellent people who have committed their time to helping us get back to Iowa and know that with their help I can stay upbeat.
To help me focus on the positives of this move, I made a book for Eric and me to use on nights out. Each page has a different restaurant from the Des Moines area – in an effort to get us to try new places and maybe just maybe find my new Sticks & Stones and become a regular. I have a few good leads on a place to call ours.
I saw this idea from Sara of the Spotted Fox, on Pinterest and knew it would be a perfect way to find new places in our new old city of Des Moines.
On Saturday morning, I hopped on my bike and rode to the workshop. We started with coffee and quick bread for a breakfast-snack. After introductions, we viewed a few examples of self-portraits, and then headed up to the galleries to see the exhibit, The Penetrating Gaze. If you are able to make it to this exhibit, I highly recommend it. It has an excellent array of portraits and is on display through June 16, 2013.
I love her bottle hair-do, very medusa-like, if you ask me.
|Portrait of Benny Andrews, Alice Neel, Lithograph, 1978.|
This Alice Neel portrait caught my eye immediately. I love her sense of line in this image.
|Self-portrait, Chuck Close, hard ground etching and aquatint on paper, 1977.|
The zoomed in view shows the amount of time put into this self-portrait. I am impressed!
|Self-portrait, George Tooker, lithograph, 1984.
The expression and use of the hand caught my attention.
|Top: Untitled (Map Faced Man #13), Timothy Cummings, Map and acrylic on canvas, 1996.
Bottom: June 25, 2009, Fred Tomaselli, Gouache and collage on printed watercolor paper, 2010.
|Girl Before Mirror, William C. Fields, oil on canvas, 1961.|
After spending some time with the portraits, we headed back downstairs to the conference room we were using as our studio for the day. At first, I thought this was made from blue plastic bags, but upon closer inspection, it is layered muslin.
I forgot all about this collage & watercolor piece I had completed a while back – in November. Whoops! I made it on a friend’s birthday and subsequently ended up giving it to her . I have been really enjoying using the old books in my collage work lately.
I have another one of these mixed media, old book collages finished that I will be posting on here soon. I had the pleasure of taking a workshop on Saturday at the Weatherspoon Art Museum. It was well worth the money as a way to force myself to devote a day to art.
I spread out on the dining room table last night to make this cake for Eric, who actually requested a cake. Usually if I start talking baking on a weeknight there is some eye rolling, because of course, there are other more important things I should be doing – lunch prep, coffee prep, walking the dog…
I mixed the cake up in a medium mixing bowl. Normally for this recipe, you mix everything in the pan, but since I was using a layer of cherries on the bottom, a bowl was necessary.
Eric and I always opt to stay home on Valentine’s Day, we are curmudgeons that way – it is just too busy in the restaurants, the wait staff is annoyed, and the “specials” are over priced. We plan on staying in and making dinner tonight. What are your plans?
Vegan Chocolate Cherry Cake
1-1/4 c. flour
For this card, I went out on a limb. I decided to take a more abstract approach. This card is the practical card for teachers – tissue, bandages, paperclips, and paper.
Tune in tomorrow for the rest of the Valentine Day cards from 2013. Enjoy your evening, y’all!
Here are a few more examples from my 2013 Valentine’s Day cards. For this card, I stamped the background with a rubber stamp before sewing paper shapes onto the surface. At first the faded stamps bothered me, but upon finishing this card, it turned out ok.
This card is made from layers of torn and cut papers from my old advertising books. The repetitive red edges of the paper corners is my favorite part about this collage. I used watered down glue to get a smoother surface quality. I am never going back – brushing on watered down glue is the way to go.