Friday, July 31, 2009

Wreck This Journal-Sticky Things



I think I may have way too many stickers laying around my house. Can you tell that I'm a bit obssesed with cats?

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Wreck This Journal-Document Time Passing



At first for my "Document Time Passing" page in Wreck This Journal, I thought I was going to try to do something like a collage of clocks or writing down a day in my life in vivid detail, but then I came across an old Barbie price guide of mine and I thought that is a great way to show time passing through the different styles of Barbie.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Zombie Katie




I was inspired by Suzi Blu's dolls and my love of zombies to try to draw this girl that's been lurking around my brain. She is a little zombie girl who still loves teddy bears. Hopefully, I will learn to draw her better in the near future.

Friday, July 24, 2009

My First Inchie Background Paper



I tried to make my own inchie background paper after seeing Chrysti Hydeck's Inchstravaganza in Somerset Studio Magazine. I didn't have all the materials, but I tried to make it work with what I had. I seriously need to get some gesso one of these days.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Wreck This Journal-Trace Your Hand







I've been busy trying to work on Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith. I've been rounding up stickers, collecting stamps, and trying to make rubbings. For the Trace Your Hand page, I decided to draw a Mendhi doodle for my hand. I've always wanted a henna design, but I've never gotten one yet.

The top doodle is my practice one and the bottom doodle is what I drew in the journal. I'm not sure which one turned out better. What do you think?

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Doodle Critter Twinchies



These are some doodle critters that I drew. The one that is farting is a love bug.

Friday, July 17, 2009

More Collage Fodder!



I visited Shipshewana IN during the week to attend a large flea market along with an antique auction in an Amish Community, and boy did I score the collage fodder. I found these vintage buttons along with some handwritten 1890's recipes and a book of household hints from 1951. I also bid on some vintage photos at the auction and I won one set of twenty six photos for $25.00. That's like a $1.00 a photo!

Monday, July 13, 2009

The Big Shopping Trip



During the weekend, I did a big shop for collage materials in Ann Arbor. First, I went to Scrapbook Haven Ann Arbor's Premiere Scrapbook Store where I bought some lovely decorative paper and a handful of 7gypsies stickers.

Then I went to Kerrytown Market and Shops to visit Hollanders where they specialize in Decorative Paper and Bookbinding Supplies. I bought a pack of handmade decorative paper and a handful Zig Pens among other things.

Also in the Kerrytown Market is store called Found where they sell whimsical art and vintage treasures. This store was a gold mine of ephemera. They had different packs of collage fodder like a vintage secretarial pack and a cheaper by the dozen bag of vintage photos.

While I was paying for my things, I had a really nice conversation with a woman who was hanging out with the cash register clerk. She sells her collage cards there. She said her favorite collage tool was a bone folder to smooth things out, so of course, I had to run back to Hollanders to buy one.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

The Girl With The Blue Bow



A collage made with handmade background paper from India and a transfer behind the girl along with vintage letter and a picture of a brooch. I originally tried to make the girl a transfer along with the rest of the brown patchwork behind her, but the ink wouldn't transfer off the photo. I think she wanted to clearly be the center of attention.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

The Cat Translator



I finally started doodling in my new moleskine notebook. I thought it would be all tragic angst and a vivid outpouring of my soul, etc...Instead, I drew The Cat Translator for my cat.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Eye Practice



I've been trying to teach myself how to draw eyes by using You Tube videos. Here are some of my best ones.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Retro Peaches



I made this collage using peach desert images cut from vintage women's magazines along with a peach recipe. The woman is a contact paper transfer and I used 1950's style scraps to change the color of her dress.

I initially wanted to add the following line on the collage "No matter how much Kathy tried to dress up canned cling peaches, which were her husband's favorite desert, she still found that she loathed them."

But Kathy turned out looking too sweet and I couldn't get the line to fit. I really hated canned cling peaches as a child and my mom served them a couple times a week for desert. They were one of those things you had to finish before you left the table.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Doodling on Lunches




I've been practicing doodling during my lunches at work. Here are two of my recent attempts. I really need to take some black pens to work.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

They All Loved The Same Geisha



I thought about adding the men's names to the twinchies, but it made it too busy.