The prompt over at the Weekly Photo Challenge is “Inside” (http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/09/13/photo-challenge-inside/) It reminded me of a photo I took last weekend of my boy in the bounce house at the Glendi Festival. As I was going through my photos, I found an even better one from a few weeks ago at a VBC we just happened upon as we were on our way somewhere else.
He absolutely LOVES bounce houses and could spend all day in them. We even rented one for his birthday last year. I think it’s because he’s somewhat accident prone so he’s learned to be really cautious. The bounce house is the one place he can be totally crazy and carefree and not get hurt (usually).
I posted a couple days ago about getting a Gelli plate, which I’m totally thrilled with. I used my art journal to try it out and made a couple really neat backgrounds, which I used tonight. Here’s my post about making them: https://craftymadre.com/2013/09/11/gelli-madness/. This month, Stampotique Designer’s Challenge is challenging people to “Try a new technique” (http://stampotiquedesignerschallenge.blogspot.com/2013/09/sdc116-try-new-technique.html), so I did.
Not only was the gelli plate background new to me, but I also tried my hand at “Found Poetry“. I first heard about it on this blog, http://slowdownsunday.org/2013/08/06/color-this-quote/, but have seen it a few times since and been really intrigued. She kindly included this really great guide on how to write them, as well: https://secure.ncte.org/library/NCTEFiles/Resources/Books/Sample/18488chap1.pdf . It’s basically taking words from an existing piece (a book, a newspaper article, a magazine cover, the bathroom wall) and rearranging them to make your own poem.
My first attempt at found poetry was on my new prayer journal, an idea I got from one of my favorite bloggers: Molly Lolly Loo (http://mollylollyloo.blogspot.com/search/label/Art%20Journal). I’ve been reading Jan Richardson’s “In the Sanctuary of Women” (http://www.sanctuaryofwomen.com/) in preparation for a retreat I’m attending that’s being led by her at the end of the month. It’s such an inspiring book that I wanted a dedicated place to keep my thoughts as I’m reading. So, I took a plain old Composition Book (thanks to the $1 back-to-school sale at Staples) and decoupaged some pictures from National Geographic on it as my “canvas”. I used words from the catalogue of the retreat center to create “poems” on the front and back. The whole process was really amazing. Here’s what I ended up with:
Well, I loved the process so much that I tried it again in my art journal on top of my gelli prints, this time with cut out words from “The Wisdom of the Hindus”. (I created an altered book with it about a year ago but had several pages left over that I cut out to give myself more room for embellishments.) Here are both pages in tonight’s gelli plate spread:
I decorated them both with black Sharpie and White Pitt Pen after, and I really like them. The sun was actually ANOTHER new technique. I used my new brayer (gotta love 40% off at Michaels) to put yellow acrylic craft paint over a piece of scrapbook paper to kind of “alter” it.
I cut out the sun and glued in on the middle of the page, pasting the cut-out word “grace” in the middle. So simple yet so satisfying.
This one was made for another couple challenges. The first one is Shopping our Stash’s “Favorite Stampy Technique”. (http://shoppingourstash.blogspot.ca/2013/09/sos-118-favorite-stampy-technique.html). I used a fun Hero stamp I got from one of my favorite bloggers on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge design team, who was thinning her stash and selling some of her old stamps for about 1/2 price. (http://cheironbrandon.typepad.com/my_weblog/stamps-stuff-for-sale.html). My “Favorite Stampy Technique” is using Bingo ink daubers to ink the stamps. I tried it when I first started experimenting with stamping because I only had a couple ink pads. My wife has a ton of Bingo daubers and she actually introduced me to Bingo (which I have to admit I rather like). I just randomly inked different sections of the stamp with different colors and plopped the card on top. (I stamp “upside down” when using these, because they tend to be a little drippy. I’ve found that when you stamp down on the card some of the ink that drips into the crevices drips down onto the paper. If you stamp “up” by putting the paper on the stamp, this can be avoided.) I love how bright the colors are!
The second challenge comes in with the quote stamp. It’s from Stampsmith (some of my favorite stamps are from them). Their challenge is to create something that’s “Inspired by a Song” (http://thestampsmithchallenge.blogspot.com/2013/09/tsc46inspired-by-song-using-at-least.html). This was a perfect theme to make a card for my wife for, who’s laying next to me singing as I type. This quote made me think of the song of “What A Wonderful World”, which I wrote on the inside of the card and which we played at our wedding (the “Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World” mash up by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_DKWlrA24k). It’s one of my favorite songs.) The flowers seem to have a kind of Hawaiian theme.
This card is perfect for our anniversary because I really did marry my best friend.
And this is the last card I’m making (I think). I used another Stampsmith stamp (aren’t they great? So detailed!) which I colored with colored pencils. I used my hand-made zig zag stamp on the sides and a cute phrase on the bottom with Sharpie.
I’ll know I’ve “made it” when I have a window in my office. Alas, I’m not quite there yet. So, in the spirit of making lemons into lemonade, I made myself a window a couple years ago.
I found an old window on the side of the road. It was old (I already said that), distressed, dirty, and the panes were intact: perfect. I cleaned it up, sanded the wood lightly, slapped enough paint on to make it still distressed but in a different color, and picked out a “view”.
The photo I chose was one my dad took on a trip to Australia. He’s an amazing photographer and I love the colors in this photo; the contrasting ocean, cliff, sky; the calmness of it all. Here’s a better view of the photo itself (taken from a tricky angle with my office lights off and just the camera flash).
He had it printed and mounted on foam core (I’m not sure what it cost but I’m guessing it wasn’t cheap). That’s probably the key to it staying in the frame so well and staying so vibrant even a couple years later. I used little nails to secure it into the frame. I also put a couple ATCs I made around the edges, mostly because I couldn’t think of anywhere else to put them. (The one with the ark is an image from a Heifer Fund card which I cut up and “embellished”.)
It’s not the same as a real window to the outdoors, but the view’s beautiful and the weather’s always perfect.