Monday, August 31, 2015

T Stands For Tea Time

Today I'm joining Moo Mania and More whose theme this fortnight is Black and White, as well as hoping to get in just under the wire at Art Journal Journey with their August Time theme.  Of course, as your host of T Stands For Tuesday, we can't forget that any drink related post is acceptable.

It's tea time today.   I've even chosen a white cup and saucer to sit on a white place mat.  I apologize for the poor lighting, but it's really early here.

My dear friend Patty who shares a drink with us each week generously sent me some TAP, which is transfer artist paper.  I have no color ink in my printer at the moment, so I was hoping to create some TAP transfer using black ink.  I use PhotoShop (PS) exclusively, but I can't figure out how to print more than one image at a time.  My friend Halle, another T Tuesday participant, walked me through the print process known as automate which leads to picture package.  I'm sure anyone who works with PS is aware of this method of printing.  The problem is, although you can create several images on a page, they are all the same image.

So I got the brilliant idea to print a few images on plain copier paper, then attach them to another page, which I would scan.  Then I could print those images and use a full sheet of TAP without wasting very much of the product.

However, when I printed the first image, it was far too dark.  That's when I decided to turn this into a black and white Moo Mania entry.
The cat sitting in a tea cup was too dark to color, so I grabbed one of my handmade eraser stamps I made using a paring knife (since I don't have the proper cutting tools).  The diamond became the frame and the unifying factor between the two pages.

I outlined the white tag with black ink and added a white hole reinforcement.  I then added black and silver ribbon to complete the tag.  I attached it using a few pop dots.

I found information on the internet that explained there were eight varieties of tea.

In case you can't read it, here it is in its entirety:
Tea is one of the world's most popular beverages, second only to water.

There are eight distinct varieties of tea: 
white, green, yellow, black, oolong, pu'erh, blends, and tisane.

 At this point, the page looked really bare, so I grabbed the cup mask I made two years ago from a plastic lid.  Instead of using inks or mists around it, I simply drew around it.  Gosh, I can't draw even when I have something to trace around.

I added the stenciled words and hoped it would be enough to qualify as an Art Journal Journey entry.  That is, if I'm in time!

Now it's your turn to share a drink related post.  It can be anything from art in an altered book, journal, sketchbook, or scrapbook page.   Your art can be digital, hybrid, or traditional.  Perhaps you have a drink related postcard to share.  Maybe you prefer the more traditional drink you share at home or while you were out and about.  Possibly you shopped and found a great place that sells cups, teapots, or grinds or sells their own coffee beans.  Maybe you found a book, movie, or painting that represented a drink.  Perhaps you took photos of your favorite tea or drink spot. Whatever your choice, as long as you can relate it to a drink (any drink, even buttermilk) please link below and Bleubeard, the T gang, and I will be by to visit.  Squiggles is still clinging to me, so he'll be by in absentia.

My August calendar page is complete and September is ready

It's the end of August and time for me to share my bland calendar page.

I did very little "decorating" this page, because, like a fool, I scribbled prices of some tape all over it.  Then I created the two rubber stamps.  I'd heard you could create a stamp from left over rubber, but I'm not really a hodge-podge person, so never considered it until I cut the rubber recently on some key stamps.  The leftover rubber became abstract stamps I can use because I mounted them on a single piece of wood.  I mounted the three pieces on the end and the four pieces on the side of a block of wood and tested them by creating backgrounds for this page.  Even though the "decorations" were minimal this month, I was tickled with what I accomplished because I created these "stamps" from rubber that would have originally been thrown in the trash.  I don't know anyone who recycles rubber attached to sticky foam.

Since I was a bit early getting August's calendar page finished, I am all ready to begin filling in my September page.  As always, I decorate the page sometime during the month, after I have a feel for what's important that month.

Thanks for looking and thanks so much for your comments.  After all, there are SO many more lovely ones out there, mine can't really even be called an art calendar.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Summertime photography challenge part 2

I've once again joined Rinda at Gallo Organico for the next installation of the 2015 Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt.  This year was harder than last year, and, although I hunted more this year than last, I seem to be coming up short on things like social media and card/board games.  Here is what I have for August.

1.  Bouquet of flowers (shown in part 1)

2.  Ornate door knocker

This may seem like a cop out, but I was getting desperate, so went to a local hardware store and took a photo of two.  Not exactly ornate, but as ornate as they sell!

3.  Person walking a dog or other animal (shown in part 1)

4.  Still need (people playing board or card games)

5.  Architectural columns (shown in part 1)

6.  A metal bridge (shown in part 1)

7.  A turtle (shown in part 1)

8.  A person plugged in to social media

I had almost given up on finding someone plugged in to social media, when I saw this gal at Sam's Club earlier this week.  

She was either reading a text message or sending one.  Thank goodness for a very long lens so I could discretely take her photo.

9.  A tent

I hope this qualifies as a tent, because it was all I could find.  I don't go camping, and I have no neighbors who do, either.

10.  A college or university

Ah!  My final alma mater.

It was fun taking a photo of our rather wimpy, but now famous (because of our basketball team that did so well two years in a row) mascot, the shock of wheat!

11.  Cell or tv tower (shown in part 1)

12.  Public restroom (shown in part 1)

13. A merry go round or carousel

For the merry go round, I looked long and hard.  I visited five parks in my city, one of which was private, and was so surprised there were none to be found anymore.  I ran across this post from a web site called Adventures in Syberspace.  Here are his words verbatim:
If you are over the age of 30, it is likely you played on a merry-go-round at your local park. If you're under 30, it is likely you did not. They aren't around anymore, and I'm certain it's because kids got hurt on them, their parents sued park districts, and so they took them out. How do I know this? Well, this law firm's webpage not only talks about the requirements for any current merry-go-round, but also has a handy form to fill out if your "child was severely injured from playing on a merry go round." You "may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and pain and suffering." They'll get back to you within 24 hours.
So, since I couldn't find a carousel, my absolute first choice, I went with this wimpy alternative they are now using to replace the merry go rounds in the US.  And if you live in the US, you will be lucky to find one.

14. Traffic lights (shown in part 1)

15. Flag pole with at least 3 flags (shown in part 1), but misread and showed four poles, each with a single flag.  I may have to disqualify that prompt and photo.

16.  A panoramic view (shown in part 1)

17.  Matching uniforms (shown in part 1)

18. An overloaded truck, bicycle, etc

I hope this truck was overloaded enough, because I chased it over a mile

and all I got were these two lousy mostly out of focus photos through a dirty car windshield!

19.  A ticket booth (shown in part 1)

20. A body of water (shown in part 1)

and a small man-made body of water I found at the zoo one week.

21. Photo of me holding sign

Yes, it's me with my sign.  It was taken on my front porch.  You might recognize me from my deformed hands, or my floppy over sized clothes I prefer to wear.  Remember please that Bleubeard is the face of this blog and I'm just standing in for him, since he doesn't like to write.

Alternate A, people eating outside:

These were taken on two different days in two different locations.  And no, I didn't know any of the people in either photo.

Alternate B, an umbrella

My friend Sally grabbed her umbrella right before it started to rain.

Alternate C, a rocking chair

I have several rocking chairs at home, but I really like this Adirondack rocking chair owned by my neighbor.

I still need people playing cards or a board game and hope to find it and possibly a flag pole with three or more flags on the same pole, during the last few days of this scavenger hunt.  Thank you for joining me on this photo hunt.  I appreciate your lovely comments, because they are much appreciated.

And just so you don't forget, it's once again time to do your own scavenger hunt by hunting down your favorite post from the past.  Please have it ready to share on the 2nd. 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Journal 52, Week 35: Plans

Chelle, our delightful host at Journal 52 gave us Plans for our Week 35 prompt.  I asked myself what future plans I had, and went from there.

As you can see, my future plans are to plan, learn, rework, create, work, and sew.

I began by asking is it too early?

Is it too early to begin thinking about Christmas?

Is it too early to learn to stamp?  I seem to be stamp challenged!

Is it too early to rework my Rocking Horse altered book that fell apart when I dropped it and it tumbled down 14 steps from the landing to the bottom of my basement stairs?

Is it too early to create some mixed media I can give as Christmas gifts?  Note the week number on the dress.

Is it too early to finish my Houses altered book?  This book really needs to be put to bed, because I'm quite bored with it

Is it too early to continue working on my 7 Continents altered book?  This one may never be finished.

Is it too early to sew a few quiltlets to give as gifts?

Is it too early to put it all together in a cohesive plan?  I suspect only time will tell.

Materials I used include various magazine images, colored copier/printer paper, ribbon, misted paper, stamps, pigment ink, various stickers, a computer generated image from my stash, part of a book page, thread, sewing machine, black ink pen, and a paint chip.

Thank you for joining me with my future plans, and thanks for your continued support and thoughtful comments.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Running the clock back

I want to begin by thanking those of you who visited and left kind comments, even when I was not available to return the visit.  The truth is, this was not a pleasure trip, but one that was made to help a very sick friend who has no internet.

I made this spread right before I left, but realized I couldn't schedule it because it's for Art Journal Journey's August Time Challenge and I would have no way to add my link.

This poor guy is running for his life

Caught in the cogs (gears) of time,  

he is trying to turn back the hands of time.

Materials used were my experimental altered book as my substrate, painted paper, found words, and images from two different magazines.  Looks like I'm just barely beating the clock myself, as I'm nearly out of time for this month's challenge.

Please visit Art Journal Journey for even more timely art and thanks for looking.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Another visit to Argentina

This is another scheduled post, but I should be around to visit you soon.

Some of you who are long time visitors to my blog saw last month when I showed my South America pages and explained why I have spent so much time in South America in my 7 Continents altered book.  And right now I'm on my first stop, which is Argentina.  It's simple.  I have a ton (and I mean a TON) of images, maps, transparencies, encyclopedia entries, and ephemera I can use to create altered book pages for Europe, Asia, North America, and even Antarctica.  But I have practically nothing for Africa, Australia, and South America.  I guess that's why I'm spending so much time in South America, right now.  It's a genuine challenge finding the right images and ephemera.

And to prove this is just the first stop, there are twelve sovereign states in South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela.  That doesn't include two non-sovereign areas: French Guiana, an overseas department of France, and the Falkland Islands, a British Overseas Territory (though disputed by Argentina). In addition to this, the ABC islands of the Netherlands may also be considered part of South America.  So we'll be in South America as long as I can find relevant information in geography books, encyclopedias, dictionaries, and modern travel magazines. And no, I don't print images from the internet because I have a better use for my ink.

Today we are traveling to Mendoza, where wine and wineries take center stage.

The grapes were in a book on wines

and the wine images were a freebie I got at my home improvement store years ago that took the place of, and showed examples of, wallpaper borders.

At one time, I had two different images of this famous winery, but over time, I lost one of the images.

If you are as geographically challenged as I, Mendoza is located in the northern central part of Argentina, east of the Andes, north of Buenos Aires and east of Santigo, Chile, in a region of foothills and high plains.  This area is known for its grapes, as well as high altitude wineries.

I hope you enjoyed this trip as much as I did.  As always, thanks for visiting and leaving such wonderful comments.  I promise to be back soon.  While I'm gone, you might want to peruse your old posts for one to show on the 2nd.  See my right sidebar if you're not sure what I'm talking about.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Argentina in my 7-Continents AB

I've scheduled this post I finished earlier in the week.  I'm not here, but will be back soon.

I spent a lot of time piecing this two page map together I found in the 1912 world geography book I talked about a few weeks ago.  I thought it might be fun to see where we were visiting, especially since I have such a poor sense of geography.

I used pages from two geography books, an encyclopedia, images from a travel book, and some gifted embellishments (thanks Chris) to create this page that sits on the back of the map.

Although there isn't much to read here, 

I thought you might enjoy

a few close-ups of

some of the more interesting, albeit quite dated, facts about Argentina. 

Thanks as always for joining me on this fun voyage through Argentina and my 7 Continents AB.  And thanks for visiting, because, even though I'm not here, I left the lights on.   The coffee beans have been ground and the coffee pot is ready to go!  Bleubeard will greet you and Squiggles will hide.