Posts Tagged ‘digitally-altered book’

new ideas
I actually got an idea for another digitally-altered book the other day. This is the first digital art idea that has come naturally, as opposed to my being forced to come up with an idea for an Artella contest. I’m taking this as a sign that this digital art stuff is taking root.

Anyway, the idea is to use (again) my beloved vintage photos of women and pair them with lines from Tori songs – similar to my Sweetie Darling book I did recently. Tori has so many great lines I could easily do 10 books, but we’ll keep it to one for now.

And since I attended the second part of Artella’s Polished and Professional Pixel Papers class, I will attempt to create my own background “papers” (but I’ll still use a book for the foundation).

The class was a few weeks ago – it was so interesting and instructive. It’s so incredibly helpful to be able to watch someone do stuff in Photoshop. Now I know about drop shadows and using layer styles, and just those two things can add so much to one’s digital art.

So that’s my idea. Now to find the time to do it…..

the beautiful life
Lookie what I have….the new issue of Somerset Life.

somerset life

It’s beautiful, as always, and, as always, I want to jump into the pages and live there. I’m sure I’d be quite happy! I’m reminded of an episode of AbFab, where Eddie mentions that she is opening a shop. Patsy asks what she’s going to sell, and Eddie replies, “oh, just gorgeous little things!” (hopefully my memory is serving me well here.) That’s what Somerset Life is – a collection of just gorgeous little things, to inspire “authentic and creative living”. Who doesn’t want that? Sounds like the perfect life to me.


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a reprieve.

The heavens have taken pity on me and extended the Artella digitally-altered book contest deadline to March 1st. yay! I still have four pages left to complete. We’re going to Vegas next week for a few days, and I still have my Somerset Holiday projects to get ready (which need to be mailed right after we get back), so I can really use this extra time on the book.

I’m pretty happy with what I’ve done so far. I love my ladies, as I call them. I just need to think of a good title.

Here are the other pages I’ve completed, in no particular order:





the end


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cookies for a cause
I finally joined up for my first round at bakinggals. I joined the site in December (or maybe November) but because it was close to the holidays I put off making anything. But it’s time now to put my mixing bowl where my mouth is. The team that I joined is sending baked goods to a young man stationed in Iraq. I’m going to make chocolate chip cookies (his favorite). I’m nervous about mailing them – I hope I can package the cookies properly so that they arrive in a good and edible condition. I just really hope that he and whomever he shares them with enjoy them.

the best laid plans
I finished my collage – the one that I wanted to put on the cover of my calendar book. That is, until I tried to attach it to the cover. Glue didn’t work. Double-sided tape didn’t work. So I decided to scratch that idea and to solve the issue of the ugly cover, I simply cut it off. And as for the collage, I decided to keep working on it some more. I attached it to another piece of paper to serve as a background and added stitching in several places. I think it’s looking even better now.

this fire

I love the photo. She is perfect for this collage and the feeling I wanted to convey. The words are from the Paula Cole song Tiger, and read: “Where do I put this fire? This bright red feeling? This tigerlily down my mouth – it wants to grow to twenty feet tall.”

I’m going to sew some pearls on the left side, and then all that will be left to do is add holes at the top and some ribbon or chain to hang it.

I was thinking of taking this piece to work to hang at my desk. I’ve been wanting to have some of my art at work – just to have something nice to look at. (Why everything in our building must be shades of black, brown, gray, and beige, I don’t know. yuck!) But then I’m afraid that people will actually look at it and ask about it. I don’t like talking about my art much – too personal. And then I’m afraid that it’s not professional to have something like that hanging at my desk.

So for those reasons I think I simply must take it to work and hang it up for all to see!

I finished reading the Autumn 2009 issue of Somerset Digital Studio. I enjoyed it very much and definitely will get future issues. I’ve got a whole bunch of new resources to check out now. One thing that surprised me about a lot of the art was that it wasn’t as complicated as I had thought. Some of the pieces of course were very complex, but a lot of them too were very similar to what I do now, in that I take a bunch of elements and stick them together, adjusting size and color, etc, as necessary. So there is hope for a novice like me. Very cool magazine.

Also in my digital world, I have started working on my digitally-altered book for the Artella contest. I have my photos picked out, along with appropriate phrases for each, and I completed one page so far.

manifesting perfection

I think it turned out well. Now I just have 8 pages left. And I really need to get them done by the end of this weekend. This will be interesting!


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my lovely ladies
Artella is having another digitally-altered book contest, so I decided to join the fun and create my second book. I finally settled on an idea. It’s not ideally my first choice. My first thoughts centered around creating The Ladies Revolutionary Society handbook for Victorian women, but time and a lack of digital ephemera and digital skills has put that idea on the shelf (for now!). Instead I’ve decided to keep it simple, which is probably the smart thing to do.

I’ve made it a habit for the past couple years to jot down interesting phrases. I’m going to use vintage photographs of my lovely Victorian ladies, add some digital ephemera, and choose an appropriate phrase for each lady. That’s it. And really, that’s about all my skill level can handle right now. I’m using the How to Write Letters for All Occasions book, which I also used for my first book. You can check out my first digitally-altered book here if you like.

and while we’re at it
I’m also working on a couple things to send to Somerset Holidays. Well, I haven’t actually started working on them physically, just in my head so far. I have one concrete idea and one or two ideas that are not quite there yet. The ready-to-go idea is a collage celebrating Mother’s Day. I got the inspiration from some Dresden corners that I have, and in the strange and mysterious way that inspiration works, as soon as I saw them this photograph flashed into my mind:

catherine and baby

This is an old family photo of Carrie and Birdie Seare, on my maternal grandmother’s side of the family. I love this photograph – it’s so lovely. Anyway, once the corners and photo came to me, the rest of the idea fell into place. I just need to decide on some words.

I have an idea for Halloween ornaments too, but that idea is a bit nebulous still. I was also thinking of asking my Mom if I could borrow the birthday crown that I made for her 60th birthday. It’s for a good cause, right?

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When I came home from work on Friday, I noticed a magazine sticking out of the mailbox. I thought nothing of it until I got closer and read the word “Artful”. Immediately I knew what it was, and what it meant. I grabbed it out of the mailbox (leaving the bills for my husband, of course) and hurried inside. I threw my stuff down, tore off the plastic wrapping, turned to the table of contents, and then to page 141 –

(bottom right corner)

oh. my. god. yay! My blog banner. In the latest edition of Artful Blogging! oh my god! yay! double yay! I can’t even say what it means to me – that people, and not just any people, but Stampington people, think that something I made is good. The Stampington family of magazines only showcase the most fabulous work by the best artists. Not that my banner is fabulous, but to be included in such a high-quality publication, and one that I look up to so much, means everything to me. Of course I think all the other banners shown are better than mine, but still. My banner is in Artful Blogging. yay!

And…my digitally-altered book took third place in the Artella contest. The two books I mentioned previously that I said were amazing took first and second, and they absolutely deserved it. But my little book got third place, and I’m very happy with that. It’s wonderful to know that other people not only liked my work, but liked it enough to vote for it.

Sometimes I wonder why I bother to make anything. Am I wasting my time? What is the point? And then I’m so frustrated all the time now too, because of the lack of time I have in which to make anything! But then my banner is in Artful Blogging, and my digitally-altered book won third place in a contest, and I thank the universe and am very grateful, and take it as a sign that I am doing what I am supposed to do.

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I’ve been reading Beadwork August/September 2007 (I’m just a little behind on this magazine!). The master class article in this issue is by Marcia DeCoster.

She discusses her “concept of small component design” – creating beaded components which can then be sewn together in different ways to form pieces of jewelry. I love this idea – a single component would not take too long to make, and would be easier to experiment with. Marcia’s work is beautiful – delicate and lacy, and very textural.

One of my mom’s birthday gifts is finished – the one that is something I’ve never made before. I’m very pleased with how it turned out, all things considered. I was inspired by a certain book, but the item I made is my own design and I didn’t use any instructions from said book. Which in hindsight may not have been the best idea. It is far from perfect, and if I did it over again, I would do many things differently. But it’s pretty and sparkly, and in the end, isn’t that all that really matters? If the edges are a little crooked, throw some glitter glue on it! If the papers don’t quite meet in the middle, throw some glitter glue on it! No one will ever know the difference. I think many problems in life could be solved with a little glitter glue.

The digitally-altered book contest is now officially open for voting on Artella. Most of the entries are lovely. There are two in particular that I think are fabulous, in terms of artistic vision and creativity – Everything and Anything, and Notions. These two books are amazing! I’m going to vote for one of them, but I haven’t decided which one yet. I’ve never been the kind of person that could vote for herself, and quite frankly, these two books are better than mine anyway. But mine is pretty good, I think.

Thanks again to Erin for the title of this post – I’m not sure I got the words exactly right, but that was absolutely hilarious. Well put!

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Letters can be one of the most powerful and far-reaching influences in your life, if you let them be. – Lillian Eichler watson

So I sent my digitally-altered book off to be converted, and it is done! It is such a wonderful feeling to finish a project. Check it out – Standard Book of Letter Writing – and let me know what you think.

Of course there are a couple things I’m not entirely happy with – one of which is a glaring error that I could kick myself for. But over all I love it, and being the first time I’ve ever done anything of this sort, I think it turned out great.

And I entered my book into the contest at Artella. I think it’s pretty good – but we’ll see. The entries that won the first contest were amazing.

wish me luck!

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