Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Second on the 2nd: Homage to AEDM

Today we're headed back to 2012 and the first time I participated in Art Every Day Month or AEDM.  Here is the post and again, it's from the days I had a lousy camera.  It was the year I used my take on Ecclesiastes 3:17, or for those who are not familiar with the bible verse, it is also a song called "Turn, Turn, Turn," written by Pete Seeger and sung by The Byrds.

And (finally) a time for every purpose under heaven

This is the final day for Art Every Day Month.  I have never participated in this month long event before, and it was a genuine challenge.   One of the things I tried to do this month was create a mix of posts that highlighted what I do on this blog.

I began the month with my calendar pages, just like I have every month for the past two years. 

Then I took you to a shop that sells adorable art.  I even dropped off clothing for breast cancer survivors while I was there.

It was about that time (no pun intended) I decided to have a theme for every post during AED month.  The theme actually came from a page in my TIME altered book.

These are the words as sung by The Byrds, and written by Pete Seeger. The words were taken from the book of Ecclesiastics, which I also copied on the opposing page, and the wording is exact, except for the last line: "a time for peace, I swear it's not too late." This line and the title phrase "Turn! Turn! Turn!" are the only parts of the lyrics written by Seeger.

In true Seeger fashion, I used some of the words from the song (and the Bible verse) in my daily posts, but made up many of my titles to fit the post of the day.

I began this time honored journey by working with a wood block and joint compound.  Unfortunately, I've not had time to complete this piece, but it is still on my to-do list of things to finish before Christmas, since it's an intended Christmas gift.

Then I made a mess working with CitraSolv and National Geographic magazines.

Next it was off to spend several days dyeing fabric in different ways.  Hand dyed fabric is one of the things I love to make.

Of course, when I tried to use some of that same fabric to make a quiltlet, I didn't fare as well.  It seems I'm better at dyeing fabric than using it!

Then we visited the garden, where I cut my herbs back for the winter.  Later in the month, I had out of town guests who got to savor several of my herbs in dishes I prepared over the week they were here.

Then it was into my studio to prime some wood houses and prepare a post that showed the last of my students homework.

Next it was off to write a book review, and rant about Blogger.

Then I spent time in my basement studio where I started my Christmas cards and sorted my art journal pages.

While entertaining out of town guests over the long Thanksgiving weekend, I created this quiltlet.

Also over the Thanksgiving weekend, I created the cover for my latest altered book, making it the final of 20 free AB lessons I taught every two weeks on this very blog. (Ed note: this was taken outside on a sunny day and was the best photo I could get with my old camera)

After Thanksgiving, I joined Roni's Ink Stains Altered Altoid Tin Blog Hop by creating this assemblage using a tin I won and promised to alter.

With only two holiday guests left to entertain, I decorated my home for Christmas.

Then, as my final guests were about to leave, they surprised me with this incredible plant.  Talk about thrilled!

Toward the end of the month, I painted some fabric using a Twirl-O-Paint machine.

Then I put my organization skills to the test when I attempted to get a handle on this fabric mess I created.

Although the set-up isn't ideal and the project didn't turn out as well as I'd hoped, I managed to corral the tiny bits and pieces of fabric I've collected over the past two years and place them in color coded designated boxes that are easy to find.

Today is the final AEDM post.  In case you missed anything, this wrap-up should show whatever you might have missed.  Thank you to those of you who have stuck with me throughout this month.

Just to show you how rotten my old camera was and how much I love this one, while I was in the basement last night, I took a picture of my rocking horse assemblage I made for the cover of my Rocking Horse Altered Book.  Looks like I didn't get the tea tag in the photo, but I assure you, it is still attached to the horse's mouth.

Now it's your turn to add your Second on the 2nd post.   The rules are quite simple and everyone is welcome to join this fun look back.  All you have to do is bring back a post that you are especially proud of, or possibly one you shared before anyone knew your blog existed.  Anything you choose is acceptable, any subject, any genre.  Then link below (direct links only, please).  Once you link, Bleubeard and I, along with other Second Look participants will be by to visit. 

Please be aware this link is only open for five days, so it's best to post sometime on the 2nd.

This is Day 2 of AEDM, 2016.

11 thoughtful remarks:

Valerie-Jael said...

What a huge post, with so much in it, wow. Those verses from the book of Ecclesiastes are wonderful, and I always loved the song made from them, too.
Love the material pieces you dyed. Have a fun month with AEDM, hugs, Valerie

froebelsternchen said...

Oh my gosh! What a month this was - great art and I love to see your studio again-- so much fabric did you store! Great! Do you still have all the stuff? A paradise!
I would love to have some of your rusted fabrics for different projects - much too lazy to rust fabric on my own.

Happy 2nd on the Second Elizabeth!
oxo Susi

chrissie said...

A terrific post today with lots to inspire and admire

Love Chrissie xx

My name is Erika. said...

Since I didn't know you back in 2012, I really enjoyed this post and seeing what you were up to back in the day. I also love seeing the view of your basement studio and wondered how it is now after the flood. You had a very creative month.Lots of different creative ideas were flowing around in your head. And I will say I like your quilted piece where you used your hand dyed fabric.Happy second on the second. Hugs-Erika

Darla said...

There is a lot to see and read in your post. I read everything and looked at the pictures but I know I will be going back for details I missed the first time. I like the cover of your Rocking Horse book.

Halle said...

I don't remember this certainly have a gift for meeting these challenges. I have good intentions with many but fall short of the goal.

Lisca said...

What a pleasure it was to read your 'old' post. I di9dn't follow you back then so for me it was all new.
I loved seeing your studio.
What a difference a camera makes. (That reminds me I need a new one too, but it's not high enough on my list of priorities if you know what I mean). That rocking horse book cover is gorgeous.
It was good to see your herbs as I know you still like to grow those.
Of course the poinsettia is beautiful and a surprise at the time.
I suppose it is interesting for you to see how your art has progressed.
Happy 2nd of the 2nd,

pearshapedcrafting said...

What fabulous post Elizabeth! You used one of my favourites both Byrds and words, which I used to have on my classroom wall Loved just seeing what a busy month you had but oh! what fabulous art too!
Hugs, Chrisxx

DVArtist said...

Wow this is all so AWESOME!!! Each photo brings so much happiness. Thanks for sharing all of that. I received and email from Debbie. She is fine just took time off the PC so she can create. Email me please. beadwright (AT) hot mail dot com
Have a great day.

Claudia W | ImagesByCW said...

What a great post! I love this compilation of things you did for AEDM. Oh, what a mess CitraSolv and NatGeo are - but it is so worth it. I have quite a few of those pages, too. I am glad that I don't have a fabric 'mess' like you do :)

Alrighty, I know I'm a bit late, but I think I am going to link up one of my older posts anyway. There are a few tutorials I am quite proud of that, since I don't have a huge following, did not get too much attention. Maybe you like one or more of them :)

Krisha said...

Fist, thank you for linking me up, I was up and gone at the crack of dawn and just got back home.

This was quite a post of art!! art every day for a solid month can be a challenge, but you have been on a steady roll ever since. ;))