Thursday, March 19, 2009

Skagway altered board book-Alaska

This spread represents the day spent in Skagway. This was the town where the people headed to the goldrush from. We took a walking tour with a ranger and learned about the city. Top right is a colored pencil sketch I did of the street. We also went to Haines a neighboring town that had a ferry to take you. We got on a bus and drove to the eagle preserve for a boat ride. We saw a few eagles but the best was a mom and 3 baby cubs by the river catching fish. We got pretty close. There were flowers in haines the size of dinnerplates. They were amazing!!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Art Journal

This an art journal I made from papers printed using paper towel. This was from a Class I took from Traci Bautista. We used stencils and textured wallpaper, wooden shapes to make the prints onto paper after we saturated the paper towel with liquid watercolor. We assembled 4 signatures of our hand printed paper and sewed them onto the cover which was made from the paper towels collaged on front and back. Traci has a great DVD Retro Rags that explains the whole technique. My 8th graders loved making this project and I made one too. It was fun. This time my book came out much better and I was able to sew the book straighter and tighter. I look forward to a class Im taking next month at Artiscape- Two part belgian binding.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Ketchikan Altered Book

Here is the continuing board book I'm working on from our trip to Alaska last summer. This page was done with sponge painting for the clouds with other acrylics to look like the water. We had a great time kayaking here. Twelve family members joined us from age 7 on up to myself. That is myself in the kayak with the sunglasses. Some of us had the younger nieces and nephews in the middle with a triple kayak. We were amazed at the huge bull kelp we saw in the water. This town was very touristy and I wish we would of gone farther North to kayak to get away from the constant noise of the float planes taking off.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Vintage Paris Happy Birthday!

I had another birthday this month, my daughter, Ashley so I made her a card I thought she would like. I used rubber stamps and some collage papers and silk flowers I painted with acrylics.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Empty Bowl Fundraiser

Last Night I volunteered at the bowl table. This was my first year to go. The people came by in crowds to pick their one bowl they got with their ticket. My job was to restock the table with bowls underneath. I enjoyed chatting with the other volunteers, a local roller derby team and starbuck employees.
There were many styles, shapes, and colors. The local high schools also participated.
For your ticket you got all the soup you wanted (8 kinds but only 2 left by the time I got to eat) and bread and dessert. I saw a few friends there and talked to them awhile. It was a good cause for the womens shelter in castle rock.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Alaska board book "Juneau"

I finished another spread representing another stop on our Alaska trip last summer.
In Juneau my parents joined us in a van trip to the fish hatchery, shrine of st therese, and mendenhall glacier. I used splatter paint and tissue paper to alter this book. Next up is Ketchican.