Friday, September 29, 2017

ARTifacts for September


I'm once again joining Seth Apter in his ARTifacts collaboration.  Here is my September entry.  You can see this has not yet been added to my Rocking Horse Journal, because I need to figure out a way to keep these two pages together.

This is the spread that Seth will show on his blog.  As with previous months, everything else is detail.  However, this month I plan to keep these two pages side by side.  Unfortunately, I couldn't figure out how to make the sentiment Circles of Change, fit between the two pages.  Although they are both very different in feel and meaning, they both relate to change.

Those who visit my blog regularly, know I have a love affair with rust.  Rust is the change that occurs when iron and oxygen come into contact with moisture of any kind.

I tried to keep with the circle theme when I used a rusted can lid and the metal fitting.

It took all the strength I had to cut that very heavy fitting, but I was determined to use it because of the circles.    On one of my rusty papers, I found a nearly perfect heart, so outlined it using a gold metallic gellyroll pen.

To some, this may look very similar to my Autumnal Equinox I created a few days ago.  

This leaf, however, is just beginning to change colors,

which leads to nature's changes that occur each season.

Even though September is nearly over, I am really loving this very different and fun way of looking back on the month.

It's a great way to determine what is important each month, rather than the day to day events I write about in my monthly calendar.

I hope you can see why I call these two very different spreads Circles of Change.

I tried to show the shimmer I got from my handmade shimmering mists, but, as many of you know, mica doesn't show up well in photos.

For the substrate, I began with a sheet of pink copier/printer paper, since I have such an abundance of it.  For the left side, I added a page from a foreign book I rusted, a metal lid I rusted, and a piece of pipe fitting I found in my rusty stash.  I used E6000 to hold the assembly in place.   The heart was part of a larger page I rusted, too.  As I mentioned earlier, I outlined it using a gold gellyroll pen.

For the right side, I began by spraying a piece of heavy yellow card stock with several of my handmade shimmering mists.  You can find how I make these mists any time on my Tutorials page.  For the circles, this time I used both colored pencils and several metallic gellyroll pens.  This time, instead of using a previously pressed leaf from last year, I used one I found in my neighbor's yard that had just fallen from the tree.  Before I added it to the page, I tried to spritz it from a toothbrush with some black acrylic paint.  I colored the month using pigment ink and added the sentiment I cut from some of my rusted paper.

Both sides were sewn with variegated thread, but for once, I supplemented the sewing on the left side with E-6000 because the page holding the rusty assembly was quite heavy, 



Once again, I want to thank Seth for creating this collaborative.  I am really enjoying this project and am so glad I decided to join.

And thanks go to each of you for visiting today.  I'm very grateful for your visit and your support of my art and this collaboration. 

18 thoughtful remarks:

Helen said...

I love your leafy page best; but always enjoy your collaboration entry!

Valerie-Jael said...

Your double page is great, love the many colours, and the rust additions. I love rust, too, and get to see quite a lot of rusty stuff when I'm out and about. Have a nice day, and thanks for the good wishes! Hugs, Valerie

My name is Erika. said...

These are fabulous pages, I think my favorites of your artifact journal to date. I'm running late but hope you had a great day out yesterday and can't wait to see where you were off too. Happy Friday. Hugs-Erika

Meggymay said...

Beautiful pages Elizabeth, I really love your rust page and the layers that included the heart at the center.
The other page was equally beautiful with the leaf at the center of the circle of change. Autumn does change the colours of nature so well.
Yvonne xx

CJ Kennedy said...

I like these change pages side by each. Don't know which I like the best, the rust or the leaf. I like the change of heart and I like the movement of the circle and colors swirling around the leaf.

RO said...

Love these colors and creativity. I truly get so amazed at the things you guys can create. So brilliant and fun! Hugs...RO

Corrine at corrinegilman.com said...

Circles of change and circles of connection. And the seasons they go round and round. Lovely work my friend. xox

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Both pages of the spread are amazing - I am in awe of the rusted piece Elizabeth - you created it masterful! Queen of Rust!♥
Happy start of the weekend my friend!
oxo Susi

Divers and Sundry said...

I love this way of documenting the seasonal changes, and rust is a perfect color for fall! :)

Dortesjs said...

whoo lovely pages..love love

kaybee said...

Love these pages - the composition and colours. Particularly the circle and leaf, which I recognised as being similar to the one you did earlier. I love rust too, and have just done a project which I'll blog about soon.

Let's Art Journal said...

Amazing pages! I'm in awe of both these works of art, the leaf design and colours are beautiful and I love the rusty metal with the heart 😁. Simply stunning! Wishing you a Happy Friday and Weekend! J 😊
p.s. sorry I haven't been around sooner, we've been out and about this week with the nice weather we've been having. Now all I need to do is catch up on everyone's posts ...lol 😉. J x

Jeanie said...

Cutting that must have been very hard but it looks great. I love the leaf and the colors. They're especially beautiful and work so well together.

BJ said...

Hi Elizabeth, just on my way out ballroom dancing but have added the link on my blog the highlighted words "this list". Love your spray inks will have a better look anon. Are you on Facebook as that was where I found the link from last year's page by Rinda. BJ Lovely to hear from you, HUGS xxx

Kate said...

Wow! These are fabulous page! I really love the circles and rusty metal. So cool!.
Kate

BJ said...

Love the stitching on your page, I really ought to do more stitching. Enjoyed the dancing although I have a problem with my left foot so dance through the pain. Got an appointment for a scan on 9th Oct, we'll see. Thanks BJ

Cindy McMath said...

Your rust work always Intrigues me. Greta double page.

cecile graven said...

lovely pages.
And happily surprised that the part of the foreign book you used is in my language ( Dutch). :)