Sunday, July 23, 2017

Every Summer and Africa

Every summer there is one day that we vividly remember.  It's one we will talk about until winter sets in.

It's what we call a perfect summer day.

It might be one filled with fun and laughter, shared with friends and family,

or it might be one we chose to spend in solitude and reflection.

It might be one where ocean waves slapped against the shore,

or we stumbled on a starfish (sea star) drug up from the ocean bottom by the waves.

This perfect summer day

practically writes its own story.

It needs very little embellishing.

It is perfect just the way we remember it.

Materials for this page began with a used file folder I colored using pale pink acrylic paint.  While still wet, I laid a page from an old telephone book on top, then ripped it away, leaving bits and pieces of the thin page behind.  I backed the computer generated sentiment with more of the phone book page that picked up the same color.  The focal image came from a magazine.  I added white stickles to emphasize the waves, and a dimensional starfish.  Because I felt it needed something more, I used my hand made chevron stamp at the bottom of the page.


Thanks for joining Bleubeard and me today at Art Journal Journey as we share a perfect summer day that is loaded with summertime love.  It may even be a perfect summertime day for you, too.

Because time is quickly running out on Moo-Mania and More's Africa theme,

I created this entry that should meet the requirements.

I had printed this quote by the Dalai Lama for another (very different) AJJ entry, but I thought it would go well with an African spread.  I used a watercolor crayon to knock down the bright red paper I printed it on, but when I did, I got the orange crayon on the image of Africa.   I probably should have printed it on different paper, but I already had it glued to the page before I realized what a mess I had made.

I found this giraffe charm in my stash,

along with an iron-on patch in the shape of a giraffe. 

The word "Africa" in the second photo above was on the package of twisted wires that I used as embellishments.  The wires were made by African women who support themselves and their families by creating these embellishments and selling them under a licensed contract.  Since I am in favor of helping women from ANY country, this project appealed to me.

The above African inspired metal piece began as an earring.  Since I don't wear earrings, and would never wear anything that large anyway, this was a perfect embellishment.

I found this piece of handmade paper I had printed the words "Out of Africa" on for another project (specifically my 7-Continent altered book).  Even though the colors weren't especially right for this spread, I used it anyway.

The image of Africa came from a geography text book copyrighted 1965.  After I scanned the image, I lightened it in PhotoShop until it looked like a watermark.  I didn't want it to out shine the other elements on the page.

The materials I used for this spread include a used file folder I swiped with three colors of acrylic paint, two wire embellishments made in Africa, an earring, a charm, and an iron-on patch from my stash, two strips of wallpaper, handmade paper, a scanned image from a geography text book, watercolor crayon, and computer generated text.

Thanks for sticking around to see this summertime Africa spread I created for Moo-Mania and More.  Both Bleubeard and I appreciate it and your continued support of my art.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

At the drive-in

There is nothing more romantic than spending summer weekends at the drive-in.  The first drive-in was located in New Jersey when Richard Hollingshead patented the concept and built the first drive-in in 1933. 

Drive-ins were a new concept and only 95 were built in the U.S.A. from 1933-1942.  Then the war took its toll on drive-ins.  This was caused by fuel rations, no rubber for tires, and most families were involved in the war effort.  Some drive-ins closed for as many as two years during that time.
Once the war was over, drive-ins became a thriving business again.  Young children needed to be entertained, so many drive-ins added a playground in the empty space between the first row and the screen.  Parents would arrive early so their children could play there.

Before the movies began, a trip to the concession stand was in order.   To increase sales, intermission between movies was invented so people could stock up on assorted food and drink.

Oftentimes, entire families and friends piled into a single car and each car paid for and received only one ticket, regardless of the number of people in the car.

The drive-in boom was now truly under way. Going from less than 1,000 drive-ins in 1948 to close to 5,000 by 1958, the drive-in etched it's place in history, not just in the U.S.A. but in many countries across the world.  During the same years (1948 to 1958) over 5,000 indoor theaters closed reducing their number from 17,000 to 12,000.

Materials used include a sheet of argyle style scrapbook paper, a vintage image of a drive-in from my stash, a small popcorn bag, a heart button, washi tape, a coupon, and a Micron pen for the handwritten sentiment.  I cut the "Carnival King" image from the back of the popcorn bag.

Thanks for joining Bleubeard and me today as we looked back at the history of the drive-in during its early days.  Hope to see you at Art Journal Journey, too.  There's still loads of time to share some of that summertime love.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Summer in the mountains

Today a few friends and I are heading for the mountains where the weather is much cooler.   Bleubeard opted to stay home.

What a fun time we have when we spend summer in the mountains.

There will be rock climbing.

I'll meet my friends at the lookout station.

We'll bring plenty of water,

and have lots of fun.  We'll protect ourselves from falling by wearing boots and using climbing ropes that have attached carabiners. 

Although mountaineering can be dangerous, we take every precaution to keep safe.

After all, we want this summer to be fun and memorable in a good way!

Materials used include white card stock I colored using handmade shimmering mists, various background (scrapbook) papers, corrugated cardboard, a magazine image, and a dictionary page I sewed together before adding the assembly to the substrate, a word brad (FUN), two washi tapes, various dimensional mountain and rock climbing ephemera, and a Micron pen for the sentiment.

Bleubeard and I are delighted you joined us today as I spent some of our summer vacation in the mountains, while Bleubeard held down the fort at home.  We also hope you will join us at Art Journal Journey, where our theme is Summertime Love.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Butterflies and cake

John Keats knew exactly what to say about summertime love, which is our theme this month at Art Journal Journey

I cut the butterflies from a punch and created a valley fold at their bodies.  I was able to glue just a portion of the body to the page so it appeared they were flying around, enjoying their three glorious summer days.

I used various colorful scrapbook papers to create the butterflies.

For this page, I started with a used file folder that I spritzed with handmade shimmering mists.  I printed and matted the quote, then added it to the spread. Next, I added the butterflies that weren't really as random as I had hoped.

Bleubeard and I are delighted you took time to visit today, as we created this page where butterflies were free and enjoyed their three days of summertime love and bliss.  As I'm sure you know by now, we're hosting Art Journal Journey this month. 

As an aside, I've been designing the cover of my 3-ring binder I'll be keeping all these pages in I've made this month.  I had one 3-D piece from a package of embellishments that didn't fit in anywhere.  Not the right size, style, color, etc.  I'm sure you've had a few leftovers, too at times.

That's when I saw it as a cake topper.   Now you will have to agree, I can't draw anything, and I am even worse at decorating cakes.  Further, I don't make very good or even interesting tags.

However, to honor Wilma's cake theme at Tag Tuesday, I decided to put this "cake topper" to good use.  Laugh and laugh if you're amused.  I know I did after I photographed it.  But, please help yourself to a piece of Island Cake.

Please also join Bleubeard and me for Wilma's cake at Tag Tuesday.  And thanks for dropping by my blog today, too.