Sunday, June 20, 2010

Playing with paper

I love this book by Esther K. Smith!  I found it at the library a couple of months ago, and I kept renewing it until last week, when the library REALLY wanted it back.  I finally had to break down and buy it!  I know that I will use it over and over, though, and those are the books one really needs to purchase.

Magic Books contains lots of very clever ways to create books and toys out of paper, most involving paper folding.

Esther K. Smith is a very inventive book artist, her first book, How To Make Books, is another favorite.  I highly recommend it if you are at all interested in making books, wonderful instructions and humor.

Yesterday I made a birthday card for a good friend's 60th birthday using one of the ideas from Magic Toys.  I used the map fold with a cover, to the right is the cover.

 This is the inside of the card, lots of cool folds on which to add bits.  It was difficult to photograph, but the top of the card has a picture from a 1931 magazine of two ladies gossiping (in evening gowns) by a wall.  Under it I wrote, "Did you hear that N... is going to be 60???"  Another face says, "NO WAY!", below that,
another face says, "Darling, I simply can't believe that!"

At the bottom, there is a cake, on which I drew 60 candles and wrote, "I do believe there are 60 candles on that cake..." and added my birthday wishes.

It was a fun project, I enjoy making cards, and this one was especially fun!

I have been working on a collage on canvas board for a few days, and really enjoying that.  That will probably be the subject of my next post!  Off to the Edmonds Art Festival!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

First Swap in a long time...

I decided to join a swap with Alpha Stamps, an online retailer of cool collage sheets, decorative paper, rubber stamps, ephemera, book making supplies, etc.  I am on their newsletter mailing list, and always enjoy looking at the newest offerings from the company.  They are usually grouped by theme, and periodically the Alpha Stamps yahoo group hosts a swap.  Some time in May, a ginormous tag swap with the theme Mad Hatter's tea party was announced, and I was hooked!   The possibilities for collage sheets and stamps were very enticing!  Also, the color theme was black and red, two of my favorite colors for making art.
One tag is on the right and just above.  I don't usually use too many embellishments in things I make, but they were a requirement for this swap.  There is a hanging medallion which says "we are all mad here" which I ordered from Alpha Stamps (with each of their swaps, it is specified what items must be used on the swap, and there is usually a sale page for those signed up for the swap. There are really only a couple of things required, on this one I was required to use a collage sheet from A.S. and some sort of embellishment, and the colors black and red, as well as a ginormous tag.  The tag is 3 1/2"x7", which is a nice size to work on.

My second tag is to the left.  The words say "Like a tea tray in the sky", the Mad Hatter's version of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.  I will get two tags in return, the quality of work done in this group is very high, and I am looking forward to receiving my tags!

I used to do a lot of swaps, when I first got interested in making mixed media art.  I was in several fatbooks, and a couple of ATC swaps.  I liked them, but I got tired of making so many of the same thing, so I haven't done any for probably three years.

I don't really have time to get in to many swaps, but I will do another one with this group, if the theme strikes me the way this one did!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Fun Find

A couple of weeks ago, I was scouting around Country Village in Bothell with a friend and found this odd little table in front of an antique mall.  I loved the funky chartreuse color and I really loved the price: FREE!

The top of the cabinet lifts up, and there were file folders inside...the old fashioned ones with metal tabs on the edge, another bonus!  The table extension folds down, to make it quite compact.  I thought about it for a few minutes, we live in an apartment with very limited room after all.  I decided it would make a great addition to our patio, where the table will come in handy for holding our plates and glasses when we eat outside, or perhaps my journal??   The outside journaling idea sold the deal, so we scooped it up and took it home!

Here is another view of the outside of the antique mall.  I love the old windows, but we already have one hanging on the outside wall of our patio.

My husband is usually the champ of thrift store shopping and dumpster diving, but I think I did pretty well this time!