Saturday, October 31, 2015

And so another AEDM begins

Before we begin this Art Every Day Month, or AEDM journey, I have some housekeeping that needs to be discussed.  As those of you who visit all the time know, I post my Second on the 2nd each month at midnight my time.  However, since some of you, as well as myself, may be joining this November challenge, I need to keep AEDM's schedule this month.  For that reason, I will be posting at 10:00 pm or 22:00 my time (CST as of Nov. 1)  (GMT 2:00 or 2:00 am the next day). T Stands For Tuesday will still be posted at 4:00 pm or 16:00 CST (GMT  20:00, or 8:00 pm).  Other than T, I will be posting every evening through November 30 sometime between 10 and 10:45 pm CST.  It's that pesky 24 hour clock and different time zones that causes all this confusion.  But I'm sure we'll all survive, since many of you who visit aren't in my time zone, anyway.

Today (actually tonight) is Day 1 of Art Every Day Month or AEDM. AEDM was started by Leah Piken Kolidas over 10 years ago as a challenge to make art every day for a full month.  This will be my fourth year participating, and it can get quite intense, because, unlike Leah, who creates a painting every day (a genuinely difficult undertaking with two young children), I try different things each November.  Some are projects I've worked on in the past, and want to revisit.  Some are totally new, where there's the possibility I may fail, even after working on them several days.  Regardless, you will get a good decent idea what I do on this blog by the end of the month of November.  So, I hope you make it a daily habit to visit, even if it's just to see what I might be showcasing that day, whether it's an altered book page, a sewing project, an organization tip, putting my herb garden to bed, or any of my challenges.

EDIT: As I was visiting AEDM participants, I realized I am unable to leave comments if you have a "G + response only" blog.  It's all in the way your comments are set up.

For the first day, I've created a quick spread in one of my altered books.

This is just a subtle reminder that most of North America will set their clocks back at 2:00 am.  I hope you can tell that the mask I used was backward, but the homemade shimmering spray mists had a tendency to spread under the mask.

I've also started a series where the substrate is a hard back book cover.

I was gifted with many old hard back books, and I've decided to experiment with the book covers.  This was actually a prototype

of Christmas gifts I plan to make. Right now it looks a bit plain, so I have to come up with something to jazz it up a bit.

The first layer is from an old telephone book, the second layer is tissue paper.  For the third layer, I used heavy black cardstock, then more of the same tissue.  The next layer was some Christmas scrapbook paper I have in my stash.  The final layer is a purchased embellishment from the Susan Winget line at K & Company.  I bought the embellishment on clearance last year, so I doubt it would still be available.

Because there were several layers, this should qualify for

Try it on Tuesday or TioT whose theme this fortnight is Lots of Layers.

Thanks for joining me for Day 1 of AEDM where I created a spread in one of my altered books and started a new series using hard back book covers as the substrate.  The prototype I created is not finished (and a bit bland), but should qualify for Try it on Tuesday.   I look forward to reconnecting with many AEDM participants who I don't have a chance to visit most of the rest of the year, as well as my daily readers, visitors, and new Try it on Tuesday friends.

20 thoughtful remarks:

Valerie-Jael said...

Sounds like you have a full month ahead of you! Have fun! Love the idea of the backward clock to symbolise the time change, our clocks went back a week ago. Great layered page, too, thanks for joining us at TIOT this time round. Lovley work to start the month! Hugs, Valerie

Create With Joy said...

Hi Elizabeth,

This is lovely! Congrats for being this year's first participant to link up at AEDM!

So I am sitting here writing Inspire Me Monday - trying to remember to change my clocks - and all of sudden it dawns on me "It's November 1 - that means it's the beginning of Art Every Day Month!"

Not sure when my month will start - but I'll see what I can do!

Create With Joy

froebelsternchen Susi said...

What a super idea for the time change... great and your multi layered x-mas piece is just adorable Elizabeth!
It seems that you will be very busy with all that in November - have fun !
Happy November!
Happy SUnday!

froebelsternchen Susi said...

And forgot to say THANK YOU Elizabeth for joining us at Try It On Tuesday!Great to have you with us there again!

Corrine at said...

Again we go back, as if that is possible, ha. Nice use of the book cover. They make such a great substrate. Been thinking of backer boards for bitsy doll pockets. My mind flies off in some new direction. Keeping the fingers stitching. xox

Margik said...

Fantastic layered piece, Elizabeth! Love the papers you used. Thank you for joining us at Try it on Tuesday. Mar x

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Clever idea to turn the clock stencil backwards!

~*~Patty S said...

Your clock piece turned out great E...great soft look to it.
It is easier gaining an hour than losing one I find.
Great use of the book cover which is a nice sturdy substrate.
Know you'll make the most of your November challenges.
Happy first Sunday in November oxo

Krisha said...

Ok, so now I've joined AEDM, so I better get busy since this is the first day.....LOL
I LOVE your holiday piece.
I'll just link up to the usual happenings when I see you've gone live.

Susan Carol said...

Lovely journal page on time which is also apt for AEDM - we may all be wishing we could turn the clock back to gain a few hours to complete a day's creation! Loving the bookcovers too.

Nigel Roberts said...

Looking forward to seeing what you get up to on AEDM this year.
I have plenty of old books that have been 'donated'. I find the covers are great for handmade diaries and notebooks; i.e. Christmas presents :D

Meggymay said...

A fantastic page, I look forward to seeing what you create each day. Its a fantastic book cover, all those wonderful layers. Thank you for joining our challenge over at TioT's.
Yvonne xx

Anonymous said...

I love the pastel colors in the one about turning back time--especially the luscious green! With my over-50 eyesight, I might not have picked up on the backwardness of the clock, but the combination of the circular form and the colors really works for me--like a magical representation of a perfect head of cabbage or kale or iceberg lettuce. :)

I'm curious about how you came to love altered books. Have you written about that, somewhere you could point me to?

Thanks for dropping by my blog and commenting! I left a follow-up Q for you about waterfalls, there, if you feel inclined to say more.

Best wishes for the month—it's good to see you and your work again!

Maron said...

And....we're off! And YOU are off to a stellar start. Love your day one post!! Looking forward to more! xoxo Maron

pearshapedcrafting said...

Love your turning back the clock page! Your colour choices for your book cover are wonderful! It has a great vintage look! Good Luck with making your 30 days of Art - looking forward to seeing what you create! Nearly forgot to say how pleased I am that you joined us again at Try It On Tuesday! Hugs, Chrisx

TwinkleToes2day said...

Well you have certainly started off with a very clever use of the daylight saving hour; your backwards clock is inspired! I hope I will get to visit everyday, but will certainly visit as much as possible. Good luck with AEDM and have FuN!! :D :D

Jennifer McLean said...

I'm loving your clock. When did we get this far into the year that we're turning back clocks? Amazing how fast this year went. I hope you had a great Halloween and ate buckets of candy. Nice to touch base again! See you throughout the month, visiting from AEDM

Carol said...

You certainly have a lot going on . I'm not doing AEDM this year .. I just don't have the energy and already have to much to do this month. Hopefully next year will be better. I like what you've done with the book-covers and think they are just right ♥

johanna said...

the layered winter Piece is just wonderful... makes me humming "snowflakes are falling...". i love the spraypainted "time Change" Piece, too. yes, that Change twice a year. not what i really Need. if anybody would ask me - i´m for summertime all year through...

NatureFootstep said...

great work both of them. In Sweden we also turned back the clock.
Interesting work with the layers :)