Saturday, September 29, 2007

Surprise party!

Off to the hills with friends to celebrate Rosemary's birthday, when to my surprise they celebrated mine as well. What fun! What silliness! What laughter and stories and good food! And the wonderful fresh air, which cooled off considerably the second day. The company made up for any cold air, we just bundled up in coats, sweat shirts, blankets, anything that was handy. We were not about to spend the day inside! Thanks gals for the fun time.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Card from Jackie

This is a card I got from Jackie. I had rubber stamped the image on a piece of cloth and sent it to her - she sent it back as part of this collaged card. Boy, did I get the best of that deal.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Found text book exchange - Jackie's book

Here are some of the pages I've done in Jackie's book. Her book is Buddhism Plain and Simple.
Her pages are elegant and simple, quite in keeping with the book theme. I thought I might continue it in the same style, but my muse Lollie prodded me into doing it differently, in fact every page is a different style and technique. Here are my pics. I previously posted a page I did in her book. I hope you enjoy this. We are having a wonderful art experience with a shared project.

Found text book exchange - my book

This is the little book I sent to Jackie. It originally was the published correspondence between Robert Frost and Edward Thomas on one side of book, the other is turned over and contains Thomas' poetry. I started the book off with a couple spreads in each side of book, then sent it to Jackie. Here is our work so far.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Book of Knowledge

My mother's old set of The Book of Knowledge was something that meant a lot to me as a child, and it's still one of my favorite things. It was copyrighted circa 1908. When I was a child, I spent hours with these books. There are sections with poetry, prose, lots of history, French lessons, other lands, famous men and women, things for kids to do, and lots of old pictures. I loved them. I still do. I was particularly interested in the pictures, 99 % black and white, not beautifully printed like they can do now - but they were inspiring. I saw camels, the bound feet of Chinese women, trees, insects, kings and queens, desert life, animals of all kinds, birds, and illustrations of childrens stories. The volume I was using today has Alice in Wonderland with illustrations by Harry Furniss. They are wonderful. Alice falling down the rabbit-hole is an amazing illutration and it's fun to have this old, old copy.

Now I cut the books up and use them in my art. I like the typeface. Occasionally when I have something hanging around the studio with no where to use it - I glue it into one of these books. Here are two pics. The one with birds, I did a couple years ago, I just never thought about sharing it. But tonite when I put the metal tape image on another page, I thought I'd just come up and scan them. So, here they are.

metal tape ATCs

I've been loafing and vacationing, but now I'm back to the studio. Many of my art friends are having such fun using metal tape on ATCs, so I finally gave in and bought some. I just received 60 background ATCs from Art Techniques group, where we each sent in 60 originals and the group host sorted them all out so we each got one of each other's backgrounds. One of my favorites that I got back was done with the tape, so that spurred me on and today I played with it.

Here are 4 ATCs done with the metal tape. One uses a rubber stamp image over it, another a rubber stamp image stamped onto tissue and glued on. Another is a little stencil. Here they are.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Altered Book - working with a friend

My art pal, Jackie, and I decided to exchange books back and forth and use the "found text" technique to alter them. Here is the spread I did in Jackie's book today. The text reads - "Nothing endures, change is ceaseless and true. The egg evolved over decades."

The use of the egg element was serendipitous. I was straightening up my studio and this little egg cut-out was lying on the floor, left-over from another project a few months ago. I tossed it on my work table and as I was finding interesting text in the book, there was the word "egg". And so, these pages were the result of keeping a very untidy studio. I knew there was a reason for not cleaning it up. LOL

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Saturday in Concord - new ATC group

Hi gals in Concord! what a nice group of new friends! So glad to have met you and look forward to seeing you again. Thanks again to Margaret for getting us together to show and tell and hopefully to bond as a group to share and learn from each other. I should have taken pictures to document the first meeting.

If you are here to see more about altered books, if you look on the lower left of the blog home page, you will see a list of subjects. If you click on the altered book subject, it will take you directly to only those indexed as altered book posts. I recommend doing that so you don't have to scroll through all my other projects and posts. Janene

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Sierras, end of summer

The Sierras are still there. Always have been. Always will be. Thank God.

Trying to escape the heat wave in the Valley, I was driven inland and upward into the Sierras. It is usually 6-10 degrees cooler there, and sometimes even more . One day at about 6000 feet, I enjoyed a delightful cool breeze. Today the breeze was in the lower elevations. And tonite, at home, the breeze is here too. I love wind and fresh air.

I showed my altered books at a craft show in the country. Not to sell! No way! But to inspire others to try their hand at this fascinating art form. And a few people caught the bug. So, if you are new to my blog and saw my books this weekend, welcome. Please feel free to use any ideas you find here. And remember, with altered books, there are no rules. Janene