Archive for October, 2014

Flip Side Friday #13 – Halloween Aside

Written by on October 31, 2014 in Art Camp for Women, Art Journaling, Flip Side Friday with 0 Comments

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Appropriately number 13 comes up this week! What are you doing for Halloween, Samhain, All Saints’ Day or Dia de los Muertos i.e. Day of the Dead? Which one do you celebrate or do you celebrate any of them? What do you think about dressing up or getting into a costume?

PreTorn page

My European relatives are closer to the original Catholic beginnings of the All Saints’ Day and go to the cemetery for a day of remembrance and prayer. My G-kids gleefully dress up and come up with crazy antics for the day – making me say prayers for their teachers and care takers at the schools.

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The Journal Project 2014 – Week 43 – Art Camp for Women

Written by on October 29, 2014 in Art Camp for Women, Art Journaling, Journal Project with 0 Comments

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

These weekly prompts are not intended to make an entire page but instead are meant to give you a starting point for a daily practice of Art Journaling.

First torn page

Art Prompt: On a torn page, or page that is smaller than the following pages – make a full page pattern so the pattern goes onto the next page. Do the same on the following page spread (see below). This will give you a weird 3-D effect on the double spread and add dimension on the previous page.

Writing Prompt: Write about where you are regarding dressing up or wearing a costume.

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The Traveling Art Journal Part 6 – Another Collage-ish Technique

Today we are looking at another collage technique following our theme started with the Julie Fei-Fan Balzer take on the 5 main ways of Art Journaling which I still refer to. Her categories are (or were a few years ago) Painty, Wordy, Collage-ish, Scrapbook-ish, Doodler and I have added a sixth type Fabric-oriented.

A tissue table napkin can be a valuable collage item when traveling! Sister Three covered up advertising text, obscuring the message while adding color, texture, depth and character to the page.

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Flip Side Friday #12 – Vintage Treasures Found!

From my husband’s-other-sister’s-husband’s storage came some vintage treasures! Carefully cut and saved through wars, famine and more wars, now something that just takes up storage space.

Lace in box

This trove came into the light of day after visiting a handcrafts museum display. Seeing my interest in the stitching and other fabrics, Klaus asked if I had any use for this kind of thing? You understand we communicate via a combination of German, English and charades…Lace closeup

That evening he came out with a box marked SPITZEN (which means something like little points i.e. lace) the box was stuffed with these lovely scraps. Carefully cut and saved, now something that none of the children, grandchildren or great grandchildren have the time, room or use for. He diffidently offered them to me. Believe me this ALL fit in my suitcase – I was going out to buy another if they didn’t!

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The Journal Project 2014 – Week 42 – Art Camp for Women

Written by on October 22, 2014 in Art Camp for Women, Art Journaling, Journal Project with 0 Comments

These weekly prompts are not intended to make an entire page but instead are meant to give you a starting point for a daily practice of Art Journaling.

filling in the blanks

Art Prompt: If you get stuck waiting find a blank spot on a page in your journal and make a flower border – you’ll wish you had more time.

Writing Prompt: Write about waiting…hate it? consider it a reprieve? make the most of it?

If you want more help with Art Journaling click hereFor more about how the Journal Project got started and how it works click here.

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The Traveling Art Journal Part 5 – Adding in the Natural World and More

We continue on the theme started with the Julie Fei-Fan Balzer take on the 5 main ways of Art Journaling which I still refer to. Her categories are (or were a few years ago) Painty, Wordy, Collage-ish, Scrapbook-ish, Doodler and I have added a sixth type Fabric-oriented.

Today another take on collaging some nature from the area and adding more of each category on one spread. Sister II just jumped in with both feet and took off. Here she used fern plants picked on the way from the parking lot to the beach, tiny flat stones from the beach, a current photo of the bridge and a couple of text cut outs from the park brochure.

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Flip Side Friday #11 – Bookbinding – It's All in the Family

Written by on October 17, 2014 in Art Camp Adventures, Art Camp for Women, Art Journaling with 0 Comments

My husband’s sister’s daughter’s husband – can you believe it? In the states I think he would be considered my nephew. In Austria they don’t quite see it like we do and he is somewhat of a stranger.

Master Bookbinder

Modern Master Bookbinder

He is also within 5 years of my age so it adds to the confusion. However he is a Master Bookbinder, one of the last of a dying guild system in Europe.

When I finally understood what he did – I was all over seeing his workshop. This workshop is in two or three rooms in the vast structure that has been the family home for hundreds of years. Yes I said hundreds – I don’t think our country was around when the family built this compound.

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The Journal Project 2014 – Week 41 – Art Camp for Women

Written by on October 15, 2014 in Art Camp for Women, Art Journaling, Journal Project with 0 Comments

These weekly prompts are not intended to make an entire page but instead are meant to give you a starting point for a daily practice of Art Journaling.

Fireworks Page

Art Prompt: Use text as an element of excitement following the background design.

Writing Prompt: Write about the upcoming holidays – are you feverishly anticipating or actively dreading them. Neither?

If you want more help with Art Journaling click hereFor more about how the Journal Project got started and how it works click here.

The Traveling Art Journal Part 4 – A Scrapbook-ish Page

We continue on the theme started with the Julie Fei-Fan Balzer take on the 5 main ways of Art Journaling which I still refer to. Her categories are (or were a few years ago) Painty, Wordy, Collage-ish, Scrapbook-ish, Doodler and I have added a sixth type Fabric-oriented. Today we are again skipping Wordy and going to Scrapbookish. I am not a scrapper, but my take on Scrapbook-ish is that it involves real photos of your daily life.

LW Scrappish

Scrapbook-ish  Page with postcard, title from park brochure and photo of Sister II.

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The Journal Project 2014 – Week 40 – Art Camp for Women

Written by on October 8, 2014 in Art Camp for Women, Art Journaling, Journal Project with 1 Comment

These weekly prompts are not intended to make an entire page but instead are meant to give you a starting point for a daily practice of Art Journaling.

3 backgroundsw-poetry

Art Prompt: Make some pages with at least 3 layers of background. Shown: grass as stencil/mask, blazonry stencil, meditation mask.

Writing Prompt: Write about your thinking as fall sets in and winter looms.

If you want more help with Art Journaling click hereFor more about how the Journal Project got started and how it works click here.

Poetry text:

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