Saturday, November 22, 2014

Flood the Streets with Art II

I decided to join the Flood the Streets movement this year hosted by Scott Wong. The whole idea is to "pass" (here in the States anyway) on all the Black Friday hype and instead do an act of kindness by giving away a free piece of art. Over 5,000 artist around the globe are participating - just amazing! I must say I have been pretty impressed by what people have shared so far. 
4x6 card, paint, stamp, tissue paper...
So next Friday while I am "somewhere in Canada" I will drop this of in a public area (library, tourist center, who knows....just not a place of business). Some body may pick up, but then again maybe not. And if they do they might let me know, but then again maybe not. That's not really the intent - it's more in the sharing. It is similar to another piece I did last year - to be honest I was playing it safe...
I love this proverb and didn't make the connection to what I was actually participating in till after it was done. Just hope it goes to a good home! Enjoy. Jewels

Sunday, November 16, 2014

One Staple Collage Part 2

Have to share what Lenna and Jo sent me for the challenge...both different, both lovely.
I always love the envelopes - I am sure my Postie gets jealous when they see such wonderful art coming my way. Especially love that fish stamp...
Jo did a little extra with her reference to Canada just for me - thanks dearie, I really appreciated it!
Lenna's arrived first - a nice combination of items including a pic of one of her dogs (I can never get enough pics of her dogs :)  ), an old family photo, a scrap of punchinella all on a wonderful background which I am quite certain is a Lenna original....
Your right Jo - I have no right to be this good looking (har, har). Seriously you have a way of doing the coolest can see more details about it over at Jo's blog. She loved this technique so much she has made more including the current picture in her masthead  - uber cool.

Hard to believe each of these are held together with just one staple! Love them both. Next up is our good old fashion Vintage Glue Book theme. Have already found the main graphics I want to use! Enjoy. Jewels.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

One Staple Collage - Part 1

This seemed deceptively simple! Just find a bunch of ephemera pieces and whack one staple in the middle to hold together. We were inspired by a posting over on Daisy Yellow. I quickly (as did Jo and Lenna) started to over think it and fiddled with it quite a bit. I was also thinking I was "missing" something - namely paint, glue, ink, stamps - you know, the regular go to stuff.
When I finally gave myself permission to just run with it and, yes, keep it SIMPLE it all fell into place.
Lenna's included a clipping from a Barnes and Noble ad, old map piece, old gift wrapping, doily, scraps from painting and a fortune. 
I was quite happy how it turned out...and not really thinking about it somehow I managed to match the envelope with a book theme!
The inside cover from an old children's book. The camera tape was specifically for Lenna too....
Jo's was another happy surprise...
I knew I wanted to use some oriental paper I had and the image of the Giesha. The background is another paint experiment. The butterfly is a playing card. Old stamp. The text came from a little booklet about Japan..
...that I also used for the envelope...
How cool is that!

We have one more swap planned for the year - going back to our mutual "roots" and doing a Mary Green Vintage Glue Book theme! Enjoy, Jewels