Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Show & Tell

Today's post is a Show & Tell of art! 

First, I want to share a beautiful Frida Kahlo postcard I received from artist April Cole at the beginning of this month:
Be sure to visit her web site, where she shares her beautiful art all week long, and posts great links to other sites every Friday.

Yesterday, I received an original art canvas from Chris, of Parabolic Muse.  She also sent an adorable little bottle filled with tiny beads, and a book of gold leafing sheets to experiment with.
What a generous and talented blogging friend she is!

I have put my art journaling aside for the most part, in favor of some other creative pursuits.  But I thought I would share the two pages I have done in the past couple of months.

First, when I engaged in the craft stash swap with Janet, she suggested swapping an art journal page as part of our packages.  At first, never having created an art journal page to give to someone else, I panicked and figured I would never be able to do such a thing. 

Almost immediately, though, I got to work and had a great time creating this page for Janet:
I had read Lisa Bebi's article "Stitchy Chix" in Volume 4 of Artists' Cafe: Best of Somerset Studio Art & Design.  She paints magazine images of women with gesso and various colors of acrylic paint.  She then cuts them out, adheres them to cardstock, and adds freeform stitching with a sewing machine.  So that's what I did here, and I really like the effect!
I added a different face, a butterfly headpiece, and used plastic lids and a handcarved swirl stamp to add details to the page.  Then I journaled about the changing of seasons to fall, and added a quotation:
And here is the second journal spread I wanted to share:
I had the blue and green background painted in my journal, but didn't really love the effect.  After I covered it with black Sharpie swirls, lines, circles, and words, I like it quite a bit more!
I was always a fan of Show & Tell back in elementary school, and I think I enjoy the blog version just as much! 

Wishing you an artful week!

14 comments:

April Cole said...

Thanks for the shout-out! <3
I had a wonderful time creating this postcard for you. Always enjoy swapping, your'e the best!!
Love the journal page, fantastic work!!
So much talent out there... very inspiring.
Happy Tuesday :]

Janet said...

I enjoyed your show and tell. The journal page you made for Janet is really cool. I like the added stitching.

VivJM said...

Great spreads! I especially love the page you made for Janet, I am sure she will love it!

lee said...

wow what a great show and tell. I love the journal page you did for april, what a great page.

Parabolic Muse said...

Oh, you are so sweet! Thank you for the shout out. But now I have to tell you that your journal pages are so cool! I love the bottom one especially. I always love shapes and line and colors. This one is really groovy.

You inspire me to do a show and tell, too, even if my blog IS being a bit neglected!

Now, if only I could remember my sign-in name and password...

laurie said...

what beautiful journal pages! and i always feel lucky when something arrives in the mail. :-)

Joyfulploys said...

Hi Andria...I have missed out by not getting by sooner...You have been busy. Looks like I missed out on a great swap. Your journal spreads are great!!!I was looking at the tape several posts down...I'm looking for some that doesn't have a paper backing.
Mary

Caatje said...

Oh my, I love love love that second journal spread. Absolutely wonderful. You are one great doodler!

Andria said...

Thank you all for the compliments on the journal pages. It's been awhile since I shared anything from my art journal (or, frankly, since I DID anything in it!), so it's nice to receive your encouragement!

Mary, that tape I posted about doesn't have paper backing; it comes off the roll like regular tape.

LaWendula said...

Fun pages! Great to see. Happy arting! xo

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