Sunday, December 20, 2015

New Journal Pages & Mini Book

I've completed a few more doll journal pages. Lately, each of my art journal pages includes one of my hand drawn Paige dolls.
I hope to scan these pages and turn them into greeting cards or tags or maybe notebook covers.
I scanned one of my journal pages and reduced it in size to 2.5" x 4" and made a cover to this mini book.
It's a cute little book that I can art journal in. The inside pages are actually index cards covered with used back drop paper and journal pages.
Here's a few photos of how it started.
Cut out three pieces of heavy cardboard.
 Cover each piece with paper.
And glue together. 
On another note, I had this piece of card board scrap that I decided to paint on...
Sometimes items you just play around with, turn out to be something worth saving. I found that drawing flowers with your non-dominant hand makes for the best art work.

And last, but not least, our team won in the company Gingerbread house contest, for Best Originality. We made a miniature version of the flag ship William Sonoma store on Union Street, San Francisco. 
Here's what the real store looks like...
I also won this year's annual cookie contest, Peanut Butter Crunch Bars...yippee! Sorry, I forgot to take a picture. But I'll make them again for our family xmas party and will take a picture and share the recipe.

Have a great week!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Inside My Art Journal

I've been working in my latest art journal, a smaller version of the one I made in Roben Marie Smith's class. The pages are 5" x 7". I should call this an art "Doll" journal, since most every page has one of my dolls.
I've drawn some new Paige dolls, that I've used on some of my pages.
After I draw the dolls, I scan and reduce them to fit in my journal.
As you can see, I also love to use flowers on my pages as well.
Since the pages are only temporarily bound by elastic, I can easily remove them from the journal and scan the pages flat.
 I'm thinking these pages would make cute greeting cards or tags.
I love the neon colors on these pages.
 So, I'll be scanning all my journal pages to re-purpose into something different.
In the photo above, I used one of my deli sheets from Julie Fei-Fan Balzer Geli printing class on the page on the left.
In the photoe above, the page on the left is one of my favorites, I love the color combination.
On a side note, I actually scanned my favorite pages from my large Roben Marie Smith art journal and reduced them to just 2 1/2" x 4" and made a miniature notebook (the book in the middle) 
I'm thinking of either selling the finished mini notebooks or selling kits to make them or having a workshop to make it. Let me know if you'd be interested. Here's a quick flip through of the mini book.
video

And on a final note, my daughter Rachel performed in, probably her last, NutCracker performance this weekend. It's a low budget venue, but she did get the lead role as Sugar Plum Fairy.
 Rachel with one of her good friends, Jasmine, backstage.

Have a great week, and go Warriors!