Of Journals and Faces…

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Still working in my junk journal this week, though I have been making a lot of art as well for some upcoming shows.  Above is Spread #45 in my little junk journal – after.  Below is how the bound journal looked before I started on it.

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On the right side is a page section from one of the fabulous books by Sabrina Ward Harrison. I left the face, but did a bit of altering.  The most striking change is the mismatch eyes which are washi tape by Jane Davenport.  Sure give this gal a wonky look… and I like wonky!  Seems so much more true to life and appealing to me than perfection.

The feathers are from a hand carved stamp.  I have been pulling out my stamps, and carving more to get all brushed up for a stamp carving workshop I am teaching at Tessera Gallery in March.

I have been continuing with my faces as well… this week was faces #44-50! Not an especially great batch, but I did lots of experimenting and got some ideas that I may incorporate into some artwork.

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My favorite this week is this guy…

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I also got a little mini oil painting lesson this week with Lisa Graham, and now am excited to start dabbling a bit in oils.

Another excitement this week was getting the March/April issue of Somerset Studio in the mail with my Paying Tribute article inside!  Still thrills me to see my name in print!

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I will be teaching a workshop on this faux encaustic technique at Tessera Fine Art Gallery in April.

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That is pretty much my week… How was yours?

 

Industrial/Steampunk Art Parts

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It’s a new month and time for a new Mixed Media Art Parts!  For those of you who have subscribed to this monthly packet of fun, don’t worry, yours is on its way to you!

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The theme this month is INDUSTRIAL/STEAMPUNK.  I have been excited about this pack and gathering goodies for quite awhile.  I have taken photos of interesting manholes and industrial patterns and printed them off for you.  I have lots of vintage illustrations of engines, electronics, equipment, and building plans, and pages from a photo essay of NYC after 9/11.

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I used some of these fun papers from my pack to make the skyscrapers on this mosaic art journal page.

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I found a super cool napkin that peeled into layers makes a wonderful decoupage accent.

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I have added vintage computer keyboard keys and some other fun dimensional hardware: a washer, a V ring, and a zippper.

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Here are some ideas of what others have done with some of the dimensional treasures:

How cute is this washer jewelry by scarletrevolution on etsy ?

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And if you want to make your own, here are instructions from goinovertheedge.

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And so many steampunk possibilities for radio tubes! Like this cute necklace by Momento Inspiracao

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Or, these adorable robots by Fobots !

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And I can’t leave out the vintage computer keys that can be turned into cute as can be push pins or magnets like these posted on postris.

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So grab February’s Art Parts Pack and show me what you come up with!

 

Welcome December!

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Today I am excited about December’s arrival because a new month means a new mixed media ART PARTS!  This month’s theme is vintage Christmas, and I had fun putting together some lovely ephemera for you to use in your mixed media projects this month.

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I don’t want to give away all the surprises, but it will include sheet music, trims, Christmas cutouts, a replica vintage photo, vintage Christmas cards (most with some vintage handwriting!), a coffee stained paper doily….and some other treasures.  As I looked through my own pack I especially got excited about the trims…all wrapped so pretty around a manila tag.

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And lovely lace always makes my mind race with possibilities…

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So, whether you use these packs for card making, gift wrapping, scrapbooking, art journaling, or in your mixed media artwork, the themed ART PARTS packs are a fun source of materials.  I would love to see how you use them!  Send me a photo of what you did with your ART PARTS pack (any month), and I will send you a little thank you!

You can purchase single packs locally from Tessera Fine Art Gallery or in my etsy shop where you can also subscribe to a year’s worth of packs for a significant savings!  And.. for those of you receiving your pack in the mail… shipping is FREE!

To get you started with ideas, here is what I did with a replica photo…

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Hope you have fun with these!

 

Around the Studio…

I am in the midst of trying to reorganize my studio ( yes, AGAIN… or maybe STILL!) and decided to take some shots of the action!  These photos aren’t great since I took them at night, but it will give you a glimpse of how things are coming along!

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This is where strings of beads and pretties hang out until they become purse straps, or beads on Lil’ Junker journals or bookmarks… or even sometimes jewelry!

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My daughter and I finally rolled up my sash of old belts getting ready to become cuffs.  Now they can be contained instead of the wild, spilling over basket of mess they had been.

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This is my reminder that NOTHING gets to park on top of the furnace, not matter how tempting that flat surface may be…

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I am loving my new Ikea shoe storage tilt out drawer things.  One holds those oversized pads of papers, one my mats, and this one has my miscellaneous stack of works in progress, and 13 x 19 sheets of pretty papers printed from my own doodles and designs.

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This is my journal making station.  Still looks kind of messy, but it is actually well organized into compartments with pockets, special papers, etc.

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My paint cups from the hardware store hang on towel bars.  This is a great way to store things on my sloping ceiling/walls.

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Here sits my latest Art Snacks treasures, patiently waiting for me to have time to play with them.  Take a look at that turquoise mechanical pencil!

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My husband’s bicycle wheel rack invention makes a super handy place for those large and delicate stencils that don’t fit well into my stencil box.

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I got this tool chest at a garage sale a couple of years ago and repainted it.  It is the handiest thing ever and holds all kinds of supplies!

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My assemblage “junk” hangs out in jars on a cute vintage kitchen work table nearby.  This goes on journals and cuffs as well as waiting patiently for some future assemblage projects!

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I love vintage and have many little treasures hanging out.  I do actually listen to this radio, though the clock doesn’t work anymore.  Maybe I will do something cute with it one of these days.

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My washi tape collection in a jar on top of Bardo’s box, guarded by a little dancer.

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Bardo’s box is in a little nook that is for art journaling and other small projects.

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More hanging storage cups… these by Ikea and actually work better than the hardware store ones.  I am using them as a valance of sorts above my low windows.

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My hanging bird cage is a handy place to stuff those little fabric scraps that come in so handy.

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My rubber alligator kind of roves around.  Never know where he might turn up next!  Would love to have you come to my studio open house next weekend and see where he is lurking by then!  I will also be selling wonderful goodies that I am clearing out to make way for new projects.  Email me at victoryrd@hotmail.com if you need more information!

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Letter Home

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“Letter Home” is mostly collaged papers with just a touch of ink and topped off with a light coat of walnut wood stain.  It features a old envelope from the days when 8 cents would mail a letter.  The doilies under the vase and muffin, are made from a foreign newspaper while the stamp in the background as well as on the letter are from the United States.  The tag that dangles from the teabag is made from an old ticket.  A fountain pen lays next to the letter, as if it just finished writing.  Many of the pieces in the background, as well as an accent on the vase, and the wrapper on the muffin are made from the inside pattern of security envelopes.

The feeling is one of missing those back “home” but settled into new surroundings, enjoying a bit of tea with a morning muffin.  What we do today to keep in touch with old friends and family through social media on our computers and phones used to happen by mail.  I can imagine my grandmother (who loved lavender) sitting at this scene, enjoying letters from loved ones and writing messages of her own.

“Letters Home” is on a 10 x 10 inch wood panel, and is currently hanging at Tessera Fine Art Gallery in Wichita.

Fun and Games September Art Parts Pack

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I realize it is not quite September yet, or even the end of August.  But I am too excited about the next “Art Parts” mixed media pack of fun to wait any longer to introduce it!  This Fun and Games themed pack is chock full of happy childhood ephemera.  Each pack has two vintage Bingo cards, vintage children’s book pages with sweet illustrations, a piece of game board, various game pieces and cards, pretty papers, tickets, dominoes, a coloring (or painting) sheet, and pretty papers. I am excited about using mine in my art journal and a few other projects om waiting.

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These monthly themed packs of mixed media creative fodder can be purchase individually, or by getting a money saving subscription that will send a different pack to your mailbox each month.  Either way, shipping is FREE for customers in the United States.

I would love to see, and share with everyone, what you create with your own Art Part Pack!

My Junket Store Haul!

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I have so many favorites from our recent trip to Minnesota, but my favorite little local shop in Minneapolis had to be the Junket store at 4049 Minnehaha Ave. (how great is that?!) We discovered it while exploring the Minnehaha Mile, a fun little corner of the Twin Cities.

Home for the tossed and found, as they describe themselves, the Junket store is a treasure trove of the kind of stuff I like to use in my making.  I got loads of stuff to put on my smash books, like vintage motel key fobs, locker tags, slides, and assorted letters and numbers.

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I got scraps and trims and crocheted bits for cuffs, rice packs, journals, and whatever other stray project may arise.

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They also had some great stuff made from the old like these doilies made from old newspaper, etc. by  Doily News.   These will be finding their way into some artwork I am sure!

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Just in case you want to drool a little over some closer looks….

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Yes, I DO have plans for those broken bits of clarinet!

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You can pick your crayons by color and I also got a couple of ancient oil pastels, mainly because I thought they looked so cool!

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And there was soooo much more I left behind!  Definitely on my must visit again list for Minneapolis!