Saturday, August 30, 2008
This afternoon we went to Dowick Botanical Garden. This is a truly beautiful arboretum, with the most stunning variety of trees. I took some photos:
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Here's a joke for you:
A man came home from work and found his three children outside, still in their pyjamas, playing in the mud, with empty food boxes and wrappers strewn all around the front yard. The door of his wife's car was open, as was the front door to the house and there was no sign of the dog.
Proceeding Into the entry, he found an even bigger mess. A lamp had been knocked over, and the throw rug was wadded against one wall. In the front room the TV was loudly blaring a cartoon channel, and the family room was strewn with toys and various items of clothing.
In the kitchen, dishes filled the sink, breakfast food was spilled on the counter, the fridge door was open wide, dog food was spilled on the floor, a broken glass lay under the table, and a small pile of sand was spread by the back door. He quickly headed up the stairs, stepping over toys and more piles of clothes, looking for his wife. He was worried she might be ill, or that something serious had happened. He was met with a small trickle of water as it made its way out the bathroom door. As he peered inside he found wet towels, scummy soap and more toys strewn over the floor. Miles of toilet paper lay in a heap and toothpaste had been smeared over the mirror and walls.
As he rushed to the bedroom, he found his wife still curled up in the bed in her pyjamas, reading a novel. She looked up at him, smiled and asked how his day went. He looked at her bewildered and asked, 'What happened here today?' She again smiled and answered, 'You know every day when you Come home from work and you ask me what in the world I do all day?' '
Yes,' was his incredulous reply.
She answered, 'Well, today I didn't do it.'
Saturday, August 23, 2008
And if you haven't already been over to The Creative Type, please take a look and be inspired!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
And here's a little story that made me laugh!
A tour bus driver drives with a bus full of seniors down a highway, when he is tapped on his shoulder by a little old lady. She offers him a handful of peanuts, which he gratefully munches up. After approx.15 minutes, she taps him on his shoulder again and she hands him another handful of peanuts. She repeats this gesture about eight times.
At the ninth time he asks the little old lady why they do not eat the peanuts themselves, whereupon she replies that it is not possible because of their old teeth, they are not able to chew them.
"Why do you buy them then?" he asks puzzled.
Whereupon the old lady answers, 'We just love the chocolate around them.............
Sunday, August 17, 2008
So here's N:
N for newsprint, numbers, napkins and negatives. first I pasted on some newsprint, and black and white napkin flowers, then stamped the numbers over with acrylic paints, then stamped the wee red numbers.
O is for orange and office supplies and openings. This is done on an office envelope, with an opening at the side. I painted the envelope orange, pasted on an invoice, inked in shades of orange, then pasted a picture of an orange cut from a napkin. It was looking beautiful and then I decided to add the quote by printing direct from my computer onto the piece. BUT (and this is what I learned from this piece)-it wasn't completely dry and as a result the ink ran. Now in some circumstances this might be an interesting effect, but not on this piece! Actually, that whole waiting thing with mixed media is challenging for me. I want to be able to plough on and finish my bits and pieces, and all this waiting for things to dry or set is SO HARD!
P is for paint, and pattern and patina and purple. I have tried to build patina by the layering different colour paints, stamps and different translucency's. Purple-well I started with purple, but it's not a colour I feel comfortable with, so it has been toned down with blue and gold. A stamped pattern was applied, but much of it has been covered by the paint layers, but it does show through from time to time. Finally, I added a quote about paint.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
I am really happy with the main photo-I think that angle works so well.
Monday, August 11, 2008
What do you think?
Saturday, August 09, 2008
So just a quick update with a layout I did for Scrapbook Sisters using Scenic Route papers. this is Emily the day she bought a SKIRT! She has worn only jeans for years now, so it came as a bit of a shock when she bought this very girlie skirt.
Today I took her out for lunch, to Howie's restaurant, and we had a lovely time. After I went to the Art shop and bought a pen and some nibs to experiment with, as well as some beeswax to use in some collage work.
Thursday, August 07, 2008
OK- This one is J for Japanese. I had some Japanese origami papers that I bought at a thrift shop a while back, so I used that for the background, then tried my hand at painting a Japanese style cherry blossom and some Japanese style characters. Now these are not true Japanese characters- or at least I hope not, because if they are I don't have a clue what they say!
K was a bit of a struggle, and the only thing I could think of was K for Kaleidoscope-I made this from tissue paper and sequins:
It's pouring down today- so I have been messing around doing some arty bits-preparing some art journal backgrounds, making some image transfers-with varying degress of success, and scrapping. I am now up to date with Shimelle's 'Scrap Your Day' class although I am not really using the class prompts.
I'll post some more of the A-Z journal tomorrow-must go cook tea. Oh and tomorrow I pick up my new car-just a little Fiat Panda, for use around town. the rising cost of petrol has made us think carefully about the size of the cars we drive, so I've traded in my Nissan for a dinky little town car.