Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Midsummer / Art Journal Part 2

Ever get the feeling that impish fairies have rubbed magic petals over your eyes? I guess that is my mood these is the most colorful carousel and I can hardly take note of all the children's end-of-the-school-year- events and personal meaningful encounters. Not to mention the amazingness of being able to look live at the bright skies of Stockholm or Helsinki late last night via web-cams...rather than trotting off to bed like I should have. Maybe I just need more sleep!

But I'm sorry I am getting off on a tangent here! Before I digress digressing though, I just have to mention that my daughter played the most lovely fairy named Cobweb in “A Midsummer Night's Dream” this week and I do believe there is still much magic in the air.

Now back to arts & crafts (but of course it all goes together). Mervi mentioned on my flickr site that she couldn't wait to see more of my art-journal (how sweet she is!) so even though I have more empty pages than full, here is a preview of the bare bones and 1 or 2 pages partially completed.

The quilted cover and back is taken directly from the generous and talented artist Teesha Moore who offers great videos sharing her techniques. One evening I started randomly adding buttons to the cover and after a while it looked like a butterfly shape so I decided to go with that even though I hadn't initially intended so.

The next morning my son spotted the journal on the coffee table and was completely stunned by all the little stitches I had made (he's only 6 but seems to have an appreciation for the details of handmade, good for him!).

He then recognized the buttons he had picked out! I asked him if he knew what it was and he said, of course, it is a “Metterschling” which made me laugh. The word he meant was Schmetterling (German for butterfly) but it's one of those words like “spaghetti” that children sometimes say the wrong way around. I thought that was quite endearing, I will probably always think of that now when I look at the cover.

Here are some peaks inside; as I mentioned in part one I want this to be a collection of quotes on beauty and I am still searching for photos of my daughter, my mom, my grandmother....

The first page is from the Basic Grey line "Sweet Threads", how perfect it matches my fabrics. Rather amazing since I mostly order papers and fabrics on-line! Other pretty papers are Emma's Shoppe from Crate Paper and older things from my stash. To add visual variety I made lots of pockets and flaps and some hand painted watercolor pages.

The back I left plain and I think it will stay that way.

About the rose in the top photo: I was so thrilled to find David Austin roses in my garden center last weekend. The one I chose to splurge on is called Abraham Darby and it promises to be healthy and full of blooms. This blossom is fading but the perfume is divine.

Fairies, help yourselves!



Sunday, June 19, 2011

spring flowers

Summer is just around the corner and I spent several hours in the garden yesterday. Here are some impressions of my favorite garden blooms from this spring, and some lovely quotes on flowers by some of my favorite artists. Enjoy!
"There are always flowers for those who want to see them."

- Henri Matisse

"I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty."

- Georgia O'Keeffe

"More than anything, I must have flowers always, always."

- Claude Monet

I found these quotes here. There are many many more!

Friday, June 17, 2011

handmade embellishments

I do promise a part two of my art journal soon but it seems to be taking a rest while I juggle preschool field trips, berries in the garden, everyday life which always kinds of explodes into so many tasks at the end of the school year. When I get too busy I know I should be mopping the floor but instead usually find a certain sense of "creative retreat" putting together layouts for my family scrapbooks. So here's a peak into what I've been doing recently.

I splurged on a new batch of supplies from this fantastic shop - highly recommend it if you live in Germany. As usual, total bliss when the package arrived with all the gorgeous papers. But then I realized I ordered mostly papers and hardly any little embellishments so I spent a morning making some of my own. I started with a few sketches:
Then I set to work playing around with my new papers (and some old papers as well). I had meant to add some textures with felt and other materials but was just so happy with the patterned paper that I didn't get that far. So much fun!
Trying out a layout or two here with this photo of my son I have in my pile of "photos & stories" waiting to be added to my many possibilities....
Hope you're not too busy to find a few moments of creativity for yourself this weekend!
xoxo Karen

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

art journal, part I

Here is a peek at the lovely mess in my studio right now :)

alphabet stamps, ribbons and flowers, pretty fabrics
& random buttons my son helped me pick out at the thrift shop.

I am challenging myself to create a mixed-media art journal. For a long time I have had this idea to do a scrapbook using different quotes on beauty I've been collecting. These lovely journals have inspired me to make more of an art journal rather than a scrapbook. I have put my papers together and the signatures are sewn in but the cover is still awaiting some embellishments.
Promise to show you more progress in part two next week!
Have a lovely Pentecost weekend ( it's a long holiday weekend here)!

Monday, June 6, 2011

paper butterflies

This spring my daughter and I decided to decorate one wall in the house with butterflies. I sketched a few templates and then she cut them out of patterned scrapbook paper.
I love the mix of papers she selected. I attached some thin floral wire to the backs so they were really easy to hang from hidden nails. They look they have just landed and are about to flutter away.