Monday, August 24, 2009

A Face in the Crowd - Helen's page

I enjoyed working on Lindesay's book...A face in the crowd. Such a good idea for an altered book. It was fun to have a blank page to work on! I was away, so I decided to use only a drawing pen...and it was such fun to only draw. I worked from some of the images in my drawn travel journals.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Who am I?

I'm one of these people that just has to be contrary. Olgas book 'Who am I?' set me the delightful challenge of giving bits of me away without exposing myself. Am I deliberately avoiding the question? Well, thats just who I AM. Jen

Friday, August 21, 2009

Who has Paintbox Colours?

I need to send on my pages, please can i have the address of whoever has it at present! Thanks, Shelly

Thursday, August 13, 2009

My contributions to "Out Of My Studio" and "Optimism"

Hi Everyone! It's great to be home again - we had a great time in North America...took way too many photos (can you really ever take too many???) ate too much, saw so many incredible things that I think I'm still suffering visual overload!

The morning we left, I put the finishing touches to Kristen and Nanette's books, quickly scanned them, packed them up and threw our suitcase in the car! Now that I'm home and looking at the scans I wish I'd taken a little longer and photographed them a little more carefully...but these are the images I have, and they're better than nothing!

The theme for Kristin's page was "Music". There was some blue card, some painted watercolour paper, half a book cover, and a piece of silk paper (if I remember was weeks and weeks ago now!) in my little parcel. Julie Andrews just begged to be torn off the cover of the old Sound of Music book that's been sitting on my shelf for ages. Lots of hearts...I love music! and a CD of music off my i boys inspected it and pointed out "there's a lot of Country on there, Mum..." I hope that doesn't make Kristin's ears clap together behind her head!! (In my own's not the twangy my-baby-left-me-and-the-train-ran-over-my-dog kind of's good!)

Nanette's "Optimism" finally gave me a place to use a background I'd done months ago, which just didn't work the way I wanted at the time...It was the perfect base for my optimistic ponderings!

Had lots of fun with both of these, and hope both Kristen and Nanette enjoy them, too!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Change is in the Air

Hi everyone.....I've changed the blog layout! What do you think? - Peta

Kristens book - Helen's entry August 09

Kristen's book asks us to select a page with a lucky dip, which gives us some things from her studio to incorporate onto our pages, and we get a theme. My materials were the patterned interiors of business envellopes...and my theme was pattern. So I cut up the papers, and other patterned papers from my studio, and constructed an image based on these patterns. Then I worked over the surface with acrylic transparent paint, and gold paint, and red boot polish.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Round Four!!!

Welcome to August! and round four........It's time to send your books off again......I know that it probably seems like only yesterday that you were doing this, saying goodbye to your round two book and welcoming your round three book......
I'ts been a busy month for everyone! and for some, (our travellers), there have been many new sights, tastes, smells, sounds and things to touch........the ABC welcomes you back to the fold and awaits to see how your new experiences are played out in your creativity in general and within this collaboration!
How are you all coping with the pace of one book per month? Has anyone experienced 'artists block'? And how have you 'unblocked'? Has anyone branched out from their usual technique or medium, comfort zone? And if so what did you try and was the result what you wanted? Has anyone experienced any 'happy accidents'? I invite any of you to share your thoughts and answers to the above questions...........or any other thoughts, insights etc !!!!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Hi All, this is my DPS (double page spread) in Shelleys book. i found a wonderful betty crocker cookie book from the 60's in my local oppie. the illustration on the right is 2 weaved pages, suitable retro. oh for the days when sugar equalled love! love donna