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Frida dreams…

inspired by two different Frida Kahlo paintings (Roots, 1943 and The Wounded Deer, 1946) I began work on another loose leaf art journal page using a piece of heavily inked scrap paper from the piece I created on the other side of this one (shame I did not take the time to snap a photo of the ‘before’ page…but you know how it is when you get excited)…

Magpie's Nest Friday Roots supplies (1)

 

I have a pizza box in my studio lined with paper which helps contain over spray…

Magpie's Nest Frida Kahlo Roots and Deer

I tore some of the background paper adding pieces at the bottom and at the top…

Magpie's Nest Frida Kahlo Roots and Deer (1)

a small assortment of rubber stamps came in handy too (the unmounted red rubber stamps are a mystery to me and have been in my stash for a long long time)…

Magpie's Nest Friday Roots supplies

this is my Frida #5 for this month’s Art Journal Journey challenge (4, 44, 58, 75)

Magpie's Nest Frida Kahlo Roots and Deer (2)

I got to watch FRIDA the movie directed by Julie Taymor over the weekend…some parts of it were like seeing it for the first time as it had been many years ago when I first watched it…

Diego played by Alfred Molina in the movie said: “At the end of the day we can endure much more than we think we can.”

Mikrokosmos Foto Challenge (MiFoC)

a couple of my European blog friends got me curious about a new to me challenge called Mikrokosmos Foto Challenge (MiFoC) and since hardly a day goes by that I don’t take photographs I am excited to be playing along…

Garden bouquet

you can see the weekly prompts for the month of June here

Wash DC Capitol with lots of apps

Week 1 is Bunt/Colorful which immediately made me think of the garden this time of year …

Dreamy Garden Stone Face

I used my new smart phone with the Diana…Union and Pixlr Express apps layering my original photographs of roses…text and our stone faced lady for my entry above

tea in a paper cup…

Tea cup planter 

a paper cup would not really be my cup of choice and I can honestly say that the thought of drinking anything from a styrofoam cup makes my teeth hurt…

Rugosa rose garland

that said a nice mug or teacup where I can put my finger in the handle is something I do enjoy…

Natural Wonders single bloom flower press

I was delighted recently to rediscover a tea cup tablet with flowers embossed on the pages that I had tucked away…

Carol's Rose Garden notepad

so while I was filling my flower presses out on our back porch I thought I would snap a few photos for you  (the tea cup blends in  nicely with the white paper background)…

Flower pressing time

this time of year has me busy keeping my flower presses filled…

multiple iphone apps garden hat

it is actually more of a remembering and waiting game since most blooms take about two to three weeks…

Diana and Gloomlogue phone apps

playing with an ever growing assortment of phone apps certainly has me entertained…

Gloomlogue Diana Pixlr Express garden

I have added Gloomlogue to the list and I find that altering photos using several different apps brings some interesting results…

Rose Paper Garland with phone apps

joining with everyone over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard‘s to wish you a Happy T Day and a very Happy June …

listen with your heART…

a few more pages in my How It Works” Encyclopedia art journal…

the image of the mechanical man on the right was the only thing on these paint scraped pages for the longest time…

the vintage lady popped up and my pages evolved from there… I stapled the gauzy piece of fabric on the left side…just because…

now for some colors that I do not often go to…

paint scraping pages way ahead of time gave me the chance to stretch out of my comfort zone a bit…

hair has played a fairly prominent role in my life off and on for many years …

on my wedding day it was my veil … long and down to my waist…

I got it all cut off for Locks of Love about eight years ago and kept it no longer than shoulder length for a good many years … ok this feels like TMI … guess I felt I wanted to explain about why all of the altered hair shots at the bottom of my journal pages LOL … enough said … it is getting long again … it can help keep me warm this winter…

wishing you a happy September Equinox however that fits into your neck of the woods

“We lose our freedoms at the altar of fear.” – Kahlil Gibran

Goodnight Irene

this soon to be altered metal recipe box has been kicking around for awhile now…

it is perfect for holding my 3×5″ index cards…

my attempt at creating an earthquake card did not work out…

 but I did want to share some of the other cards I created recently…

with a short description of what went into each…

I so enjoy putting bits of this and that together…

playing with scissors and glue never gets old…

it seems my blog has turned into part of my memory

you may notice that there are underlined words in most of my posts…

I try to add links to provide further info and of course give credit where credit is due…

there is a handy tool on my sidebar marked “Looking for Something” … typing in a word or two oftentimes takes me where I need to go…

for a clearer view you can click on the pictures…it helps sharpen them…I should really take the time to get out the tripod…

here goes…

Citra Solv background…scraps of paper doily and graph paper…copy of a TAP transfer piece I made with beaded and stitched silk frame…Goddess stamp …

Citra Solv background…stamping…gold Krylon pen…scrap paper from garden catalog…faux leaves and flower colored with Sharpie…center brad…gold napkin for bottom trim…the image was in a cigar box with some pages I cut up for text…not certain where she is from…

mini me…age two in Germany on a paint scraped and doily gesso background…German book text (thank you Margaret I finally got brave enough to rip those nice pages) …text washi tape…and rubber stamps from Catslife Press…really Loving the “Remember to Play Everyday” freebie stamp from them…

another Citra Solv background…some you hardly want to cover up they have such great colors and design…the Polish postage stamps really inspired me on this one…a Debbie Warren free microscope size image trimmed down with a little more graph paper at the bottom…

I had scanned a piece of green and black collaged background paper that I created some time ago added a little gesso stenciling with a plastic doily…along with my favorite Paper Whimsy sun face…dotted piece from a recycled envelope…black rubons and the word “luminous” cut from a paint sample…

another piece of my scanned background glued onto my pink index card…I decided to print it larger which made it a little different and interesting…my favorite “Art Helps Me Breathe” stamp again from Catslife Press and the fan stamp enhanced a bit with my white Signo gel pen

our house is on high ground here in Northern Virginia…

still not sure what to expect with Hurricane Irene

they are throwing the “historic” word around again…

we are hoping for just a tropical storm here in the Washington DC area…

it will be nice to sayGoodnight Irene after this weekend…

sending best wishes for everyone’s safety…

may each of you stay out of harm’s way…

OXO

WS: Circles

my choice for this week’s Wednesday Stamper theme is “circles” …

a good excuse to use my circle Love stamp by Impress Rubber Stamps…

thank you to Jaqi across the pond for sharing her lovely great Aunt Rosina’s photo a couple of years ago…such a beauty she is!

for my postcard I used some paints…extra heavy gesso…a plastic doily stencil…crocheted doily bits…book page…Sharpie water based poster pen…Stabilo pencil for shading and a couple of rubber stamps

come join in the challenge this week…the theme is open to your interpretation…all you need to do is use at least one rubber stamp in what you create

“If you Love someone, put their name in a circle; because hearts can be broken, but circles never end.” ~unknown

what do you see…a Swiss bloke…

here are the bits that Margaret sent for our Queen Bee “what do you see” swap…

I fell in Love with the blues…the piece of black netting…such a pretty blue and white napkin in the background and that lace…ooo…

a rusty nail came my way…thank you Mr Magpie… I tucked it away with Margaret’s bits knowing it would make the perfect hanger for my bingo card creation for her…

I used a medallion behind the gentleman’s head…

a piece of peeled napkin from my collection carried on the rusty look I was after…

really fun distressing the bingo card by tearing and inking…

didn’t really want to send Herr Blauman back home…such a fun swap we’re having…

for a closeup view you can click on the photos




more than a tease …

we couldn’t stand the suspense another minute and decided to show some of the Queen Bee’s stitcheries afterall … the fun of sharing took us over


…  here is a “real” look at what I added to Margaret’s stitchery… more than the tease of my previous blog post

… I added a TAP transfer using a free Paper Whimsy image (sign up for Gale’s newsletters and you too can receive her generous gift of free images) …  I framed the lovely lady with  a piece of vintage fabric from an old embroidered dresser scarf …  pulling the fabric around from the back …  stitching around willy nilly with a few french knots to top it off … this was stitched above the lace and crocheted bits Margaret had added to the bottom of her stitchery… next I added the vintage lace and button to the top … those are some of the threads I used off to the side …

it will be fun to see the stitcheries in stages as they make each stop along their way home

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there is a great giveaway that you will not want to miss here …  thanks to Cynnie I did not miss it … Silvia of Studio Sylvia is very talented and so very generous too … you know you want to have a look!

 


Wordless Wednesday: Mother Nature