Tuesday Trash Bubbles: Strange Abacus

This week, I finally finished a bubble I began neigh on three years ago. It’s amazing what one finds in the studio detritus when cleaning and organizing!

Strange Abacus

This bubble manifested from part of a Tim Holtz blister pack. It was the insert that held things in place. I strung beads from end to end through each row, allowing them to move freely within their sections. Once done, I found a 4 x 6 index card on which I’d been playing with inks and stitched the pack to it.

Not so sure that I like the end result, but there is something to be said for it being finished at last!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Outbound Mail Art: Two Weeks Worth!

The following postcards were mailed within the past two weeks. Some have already landed, while others are just about to do so.

Gold and Silver-Red Wheels Turnin' I

Gold & Silver Red Wheels Turnin’ 1 of 2

These two were created as one piece and cut in half.

Gold and Silver-Red Wheels Turnin' II

Gold & Silver Red Wheels Turnin’ 2 of 2

Ephemera shows up from time to time in my collages. This is one of my faves. Using a page from an S&H Green Stamp book, I built upon it with fiber, paper scraps and machine stitching.

Not Ben Franklin's Savings Plan to Julia

Not Ben Franklin’s Savings Plan!

The Dada Doodle below is another from the Silver on Black doodle series.

Dada Doodle ASKEW - to C Tarantino

Dada Doodle: ASKEW

Acrylic painted envies with rubber stamped images are fast and fun! Love ’em!

Mixed-media envie

Mixed-media envie

Simple minimalist collages are often the most effective. The elements in this one came from stickers on consumer shrink wrapped packages. No glue required!

Bluebird's Revenge

Bluebird’s Revenge

Tomato Salad is another in the Consumer Consciousness series that took what seemed like forever to complete.

Consumer Consciousness: Tomato Salad to Aaron Held

Consumer Consciousness: Tomato Salad

The last piece was created in response to a call from a mail art friend to send her a word on a postcard. She’ll be using them to compose poetry, so I have decided to send her one a week.

Erica Durante WORDS: Dream

Words: Dream

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Long Time, No See!

Yes, I know…

I’ve been MIA since before Thanksgiving.

No warning.

No excuses.

Life just got in the way of everything else.

My sincere apologies and heartfelt gratitude goes out to those of you who faithfully returned week after week, day after day, in search of a new post, or something that would explain my absence. Your presence was felt here, I assure you.

December is lost to 2014 and January has almost come and gone! I am continually amazed at the warp speed passage of time as it literally flies by!

Many of you have filled my mail box to overflowing these past few months. THANK YOU! You can’t possibly know how touched I was to receive your mail art and your Christmas and New Year’s wishes!

Normally, I would fill a blog post, or two, or ten with your correspondence. This time, I’m going to resist. No long blog-jam to share and say thank you, in a lame attempt to catch up… Instead, if it’s all the same to you, I’ll let the New Year begin to work here and start fresh. If I owe you mail, watch the post….

Nor will there be a post to update my MailArt 365 progress. If you thought the last ones were lengthy, a catch-up now would take forever to write and read. Instead, you can browse pics of my progress and that of other participating artists here: http://mailart365.blogspot.com/

My only dip back into 2014 is this… A HUGE THANK YOU!!! to all of the ladies who created pages in my Zetti-Style Glue Book as it made its way through the Round Robin. (You know who you are!) It has come home in grand style and I am delighted to have shared that journey with all of you!

The pictures simply don’t do it justice, but take a peek for yourselves…

Arriving in Style

Julia sent the glue book home to The Studio at Piney Creek Acres in grand style! The gifties were sooo over-the-top!

"A Bird's Eye View" was wrapped prettily, inviting me to brew a cuppa and spend some much needed quiet time looking through it...

“A Bird’s Eye View” was wrapped prettily, inviting me to brew a cuppa and spend some much needed quiet time looking through it…

The front cover before it flew the coop and began its journey.

The front cover before it flew the coop and began its journey.

An artist sign in page was created just inside the front cover. I am happy to say that it filled quickly!

An artist sign in page was created just inside the front cover. I am happy to say that it filled quickly!

Love the sentiment expressed here! Melody Issacs of http://ateliermelodee.blogspot.com/ really took flight with my theme!

Love the sentiment expressed here! Melodee Isaacs really took flight with my theme!

You can find more of Melodee’s stuff here: http://ateliermelodee.blogspot.com/

Jackie Davidson had a different take, entirely... What a view! Bird got away!

Jackie Davidson had a different take, entirely… What a view! Bird got away!

See more about Jackie here: http://jldart.com/

Two uniquely individual pages were created by Susan Steward. The one on the right speaks to magical, moonlit winter nights!

Two uniquely individual pages were created by Susan Steward. The one on the right speaks to magical, moonlit winter nights! Dare I hang my hat on the quote? I shall! A thrilling time, indeed!

April Cole

April Cole shared a little Frida Love with me! The bottom of the starry ribbon is cut off in the photo, but Frida is stamped there.

Read April’s blog here: http://aprilmariecole.blogspot.com/

Capturing the spirit of the season on her two page spread, Nancy Baumiller, shared "a fond childhood memory" with me.

Capturing the spirit of the season on her two page spread, Nancy Baumiller, shared “a fond childhood memory” with me.

See more of Nancy’s work here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CrowsFeetDesigns

Before the book went out, I created my own center spread. I had an idea that I didn't want to forget in the time my book was away. It did not disappoint.

Before the book went out, I created my own center spread. I had an idea that I didn’t want to forget in the time my book was away. It did not disappoint.

Jill Adamy turned the book on end and created an elongated spread! That owl's got some long legs! Love the boots!

Jill Adamy turned the book on end and created an elongated spread! That owl’s got some long legs! Love the boots! Strive for creativity, indeed!

More from Jill can be found here: http://www.glimmerbug.com/

The EYES have it! Veronica Fortune has a heartfelt message for us all....

The EYES have it! Veronica Fortune has a heartfelt message for us all….

And last, but certainly not least! Julia Jacques bright and cheery page imparts some humorous wisdom!

And last, but certainly not least! Julia Jacques bright and cheery page imparts some humorous wisdom!

Carpe Diem! Inside the back cover... complete with a pocket for the contributing artists to leave their cards, or notes.

Carpe Diem! Inside the back cover… complete with a pocket for the contributing artists to leave their cards, or notes.

The back cover... THE END

The back cover… THE END

Thank you, Everyone! The Zetti-Style Mini Glue Book Round Robin was a huge success!

The New Year has seen me dabbling in the studio, but not nearly as much as I might like. Here are a few of the things I’ve done…

This pair of earrings was created especially in support of my favorite Juke Joint, Wooley Bully's. Their drink chips are glow-in-the-dark guitar picks! I couldn't resist drilling them to create these!

This pair of earrings was created especially in support of my favorite Juke Joint, Wooley Bully’s. Their drink chips are glow-in-the-dark guitar picks! I couldn’t resist drilling them to create these! Thank you, Dremel!

Some of us are beginning a new journey this year, into a world of healing growth through art. This was my interpretation of our first project, Show of Hands.

Some of us are beginning a new journey this year, into a world of healing growth through art. This was my interpretation of our first project.

You might have noticed (in the blog’s side bar) that I am once again participating in Kat Sloma’s Liberate Your Art Post Card Swap. If you’d like to join us for the 2015 Swap, pop on over to Kat Eye Studio and sign up! We’d love to have you! Use this link: http://kateyestudio.com/liberate-your-art-postcard-swap

That’s enough for one day, folks! Thanks again for sticking with me! It feels good to be back!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

Outbound Mail Art: Mail Art 365 Update

The summer has found me lagging in many areas. It’s a lazy time, summer. One just wants to languish.

Recently, I’ve been making a consorted effort to catch-up on my Mail Art 365 postings. I think you’ll agree that I’ve made tremendous headway.

Some of these may look familiar from earlier posts, others are new to the blog.

Enjoy!

A Bite of Lunch 009/365

A Bite of Lunch 009/365

Embroidered Floral 010/365

Embroidered Floral 010/365

Medusa's Allure 011/365

Medusa’s Allure 011/365

DoOdLe Flowers 012/365

DoOdLe Flowers 012/365

Geometric Dance 013/365

Geometric Dance 013/365

A Classical Movement in Scraps 014/365

A Classical Movement in Scraps 014/365

A Cigar Band Sampler 015/365

A Cigar Band Sampler 015/365

Big Pharma 016/365

Big Pharma 016/365

It seems I somehow doubled up on the sixteenth piece. I wonder… Does that mean I’ll be finished with my 364th piece? 🙂

Nymph in Dragonfly Pond 016/365

Nymph in Dragonfly Pond 016/365

Sunshine on My Shoulder 017/365

Sunshine on My Shoulder 017/365

Vintage Sewing Sampler 018/365

Vintage Sewing Sampler 018/365

Then Why Does Dad MOW the Grass? 019/365

Then Why Does Dad MOW the Grass? 019/365

Enchanted Winter Trees 020/365

Enchanted Winter Trees 020/365

A Paisley Sampler 021/365

A Paisley Sampler 021/365

Jumping the Grid 022/365

Jumping the Grid 022/365

Red Ball Tangle 023/365

Red Ball Tangle 023/365

Playing With Shapes 024/365

Playing With Shapes 024/365

Polka Dot Bounce 025/365

Polka Dot Bounce 025/365

Shades of Black and White 026/365

Shades of Black and White 026/365

Happy Fortune 027/365

Happy Fortune 027/365

Favorite Things About Making Art (SARK-like) 028/365

Favorite Things About Making Art (SARK-like) 028/365

Zentangle Dream VI 029/365

Zentangle Dream VI 029/365

Natural Elements 030/365

Natural Elements 030/365

Two Women Descend a Staircase 031/365

Two Women Descend a Staircase 031/365

Angels and Daemons 032/365

Angels and Daemons 032/365

Liars Club 033/365

Liars Club 033/365

Doodle Flower on Watercolor 034/365

Doodle Flower on Watercolor 034/365

QSL I 035/365

QSL I 035/365

QSL II 036/365

QSL II 036/365

QSL III 037/365

QSL III 037/365

Black & White & Red All Over 038/365

Black & White & Red All Over 038/365

Experiment in Black & Kraft I 039/365

Experiment in Black & Kraft I 039/365

Bubbles 040/365

Bubbles 040/365

Scraps Gone WIld 041/365

Scraps Gone WIld 041/365

Mod Partridge Family Groupies 042/365

Mod Partridge Family Groupies 042/365

Measure Twice, Cut Once 043/365

Measure Twice, Cut Once 043/365

Experiment in Black & Kraft II 044/365

Experiment in Black & Kraft II 044/365

Cracker Jack Dragonfly Twins Shopping Spree 045/365

Cracker Jack Dragonfly Twins Shopping Spree 045/365

Floating in White Space 046/365

Floating in White Space 046/365

Red & White & Platinum??? 047/365

Red & White & Platinum??? 047/365

Numerical !*?#% 048/365

Numerical !*?#% 048/365

Orange Dream 049/365

Orange Dream 049/365

My Orange Garden 050/365

My Orange Garden 050/365

A Movement in Orange 051/365

A Movement in Orange 051/365

PHEW!

That’s all for now, folks!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

P.S. If I am estimating correctly, THIS IS MY 100TH BLOG POST!!! Everyone who comments will get a little something in the mail from me! 😀

With One Stamp! (update)

The With One Stamp swap has come to an end. Having received all of the postcards, with the exception of the one I sent to Neha Luhar-Trice, I thought you might like to take a peek at the variety of designs the group created using the simple clock face image I shared.

If you are interested in reading the original post to learn more about this swap… https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2014/07/26/with-one-stamp/

In order of their arrival in my mail box…

Time to Dance by Jackie Davidson

Time to Dance by Jackie Davidson

Time to Create by Veronica Fortune

Time to Create by Veronica Fortune

Polka Time by Bairbre Aine

Polka Time by Bairbre Aine

Time for a Change by Bonnie Linhart

Time for a Change by Bonnie Linhart

From what I have been able to gather, it seems that Neha Luhar-Trice did not receive my piece and therefore has been unable to return it.

Hope you enjoyed these interpretations of the image as much as I did.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

With One Stamp!

A while ago, I joined a great group on facebook called The Studio- a thriving artist community. The folks there are friendly, talented and well… they’re pretty much amazing.

There are swaps and add and passes (or round robins) going on all the time. Inspiration is not short on supply, I assure you.

Although I had been yearning to jump in and participate for some time, it just wasn’t working out, until the announcement for ‘With One Stamp’ popped up!

The idea was intriguing. Participants were to be put into small groups and would send out a rubber stamped image, on a self-addressed 4×6 postcard, to each of the folks in their group. The idea was that each person who received your image was to use it as a jumping off point for creating a piece of art and would mail it back to you. In the end, you would get all of the cards you mailed out, but each would be uniquely designed. Loving any opportunity at a collaboration, I was in!

There were five artists in my group. The following pics show the cards as I received them, along with the photos of my completed artwork.

The image I sent out was a roman numeral clock face, stamped off to one side of the card. These are the two completed postcards that I received back…

Looking forward to receiving the final three interpretations.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Holy ICAD!

This summer has been a particularly hectic one, leaving me wishing that the ICAD challenge was a winter event.

Lagging far behind in both posting and creating ICADs, I’ll pick up here with Day 25 posting those finished pieces from my desk…

Day 25 FLY

Day 25 FLY

FLY was created with rubber stamps and ink, the large butterfly was attached using foam tape.

Day 26 Circles in Rotation

Day 26 Circles in Rotation

Watercolor circles provided a jumping off point for stamps and doodles in Circles in Rotation.

Day 27 This is Important

Day 27 This is Important

The hubby picked up a bag of odd savings stamps at a yard sale. I had been trying to figure out what to do with them. The colors of these prompted me to use them as a back drop for This is Important.

Day 28 Dream Sphere

Day 28 Dream Sphere

Playing with watercolors, I made a big circle and didn’t know what to do with it. I almost cut it out, but at the last second, opted to fill in around it with a complimentary color. I then stamped and doodled until the Dream Sphere felt finished.

Day 29 Blue Grid Bounce

Day 29 Blue Grid Bounce

Blue Grid Bounce used scraps cut from a quadrille index card and circles punched from a bumper sticker background. Sometimes, simple is best.

Day 30 Gold and Silver Red Wheels Turnin' I

Day 30 Gold and Silver Red Wheels Turnin’ I

Gold and Silver, Red Wheels Turnin’ is a two-piece set. I used painter’s tape to secure two index cards end to end and then layed in ink. When I thought I liked what I saw, I separated them and added stamped images and doodles.

Day 31 Gold and Silver Red Wheels Turnin' II

Day 31 Gold and Silver Red Wheels Turnin’ II

The tissue separating layers of vinyl did not escape my clutches in Recyclable.

Day 32 Recyclable

Day 32 Recyclable

Ink and rubber stamps combined to create Jumping the Grid.

Day 33 Jumping the Grid

Day 33 Jumping the Grid

Short on time, but eager to create, washi tape gave me the ability to create the Washi Tape Blossom in under three minutes on a previously inked index card!

Day 34 Washi Tape Blossom

Day 34 Washi Tape Blossom

More quadrille scraps appear in Off the Grid.

Day 35 Off the Grid

Day 35 Off the Grid

Scraps from a previous endeavor were used to create Natural Elements.

Day 36 Natural Elements

Day 36 Natural Elements

A previously painted watercolor background became home to this Doodle Flower when I was short on time, but needed an outlet.

Day 37 Doodle Flower on Watercolor

Day 37 Doodle Flower on Watercolor

Ye Olde Sewing Room is a mixed media piece combining stamped images, stickers and washi tape among other media.

Day 38 Ye Olde Sewing Room

Day 38 Ye Olde Sewing Room

Again, a piece I’d inked previously provides the background for some rubber stamp play and doodling. Can you guess what song was trapped in my head while I worked?

Day 39 HAPPY!

Day 39 HAPPY!

Don’t worry, Be HAPPY!

Off and running for some more summertime fun… Hoping to get to more ICADs soon!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

 

 

ICAD 2014 Has Begun!

Life’s a Circus!

Circus Tent ICAD June 13, 2013

Circus Tent ICAD June 13, 2013

There’s been so much happening these days that I ALMOST (only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, right?) missed the start of ICAD 2014!

Worthy ICAD June 6, 2013

Worthy ICAD June 6, 2013

When the hits started coming in for my previous ICAD posts, I could hardly believe my eyes. At first, I was slightly confused. Then I panicked! Where did the time go? In March, I couldn’t believe June 1st was so far off and willed it to hurry up and get here!

Well! Now that I’ve got that all out of my system…

Mellow Yellow ICAD July 19, 2013

Mellow Yellow ICAD July 19, 2013

Tammy Garcia over at http://daisyyellowart.com/ is inviting everyone to participate her Index-Card-A-Day (ICAD) Challenge 2014.

Children's Insurance ICAD June 14, 2013

Children’s Insurance ICAD June 14, 2013

Once again, I’ve taken the plunge. I strongly encourage you to do the same, if the idea appeals to you even the tiniest bit!

Blue Flow ICAD July 17, 2013

Blue Flow ICAD July 17, 2013

The challenge is simple. Working on index cards (either 3×5 or 4×6) you create a small piece of art each day, for 61 days. You can jump in at any time! The point isn’t to stress, it’s to create daily. You liked one card and hated the other? Fine. Everything you make won’t be a masterpiece. In fact, the point is the creative expression and trial and error which are often messy and experimental. Be open to whatever comes and  I promise you will walk away with something amazing at the end of the challenge.

Treasure Map ICAD June 9, 2013

Treasure Map ICAD June 9, 2013

Last year, I started out strong, intending to post my ICAD progress weekly. Two weeks in, my laptop died, but I kept creating. By July 31st, I was so used to to the ICAD rhythm, that I didn’t want to stop. I kept on making them daily… until life got in the way.

Vibrant Woodsong ICAD July 20, 2013

Vibrant Woodsong ICAD July 20, 2013

Weekly posts of this year’s ICADs will begin on Monday. Sprinkled throughout this post are scans of my ICADs from 2013.

One Heart's Flight ICAD July 22, 2013

One Heart’s Flight ICAD July 22, 2013

Although I kept all of my ICADs, I am now ready to let go of most of them. I will be using them as mail art since I worked in the 4×6 size. There are so many options for these miniature works of art. Some of the images herein were used to create professionally printed postcards and note cards over the winter. I am sure you’ll have no shortage of ideas for yours!

Sunshine on My Shoulder ICAD June 10, 2013

Sunshine on My Shoulder ICAD June 10, 2013

Jump in and get started! Use what you have. Simply let go and have fun creating!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

 

 

Outbound Mail Art: Orange, Blue and Bubble Too!

This week, I mailed a few special pieces out to some special people.

Observations in Orange was created for Dan Landrum as thanks for the entertaining digital collages he’d been creating from my mail art scans. https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2014/04/29/dan-landrums-digi-distortions/

Orange Observations

He was inspired to get to work right away!

LynnRadford_OriginalOrangeObservations

I loved the purple background and the addition of the tigers!

riffing_LynnRadford_OriginalOrangeObservations01

Another mail art cohort had recently expressed some feelings of “sad(ness) with a backdrop of happy.” In an attempt to cheer her, I sent Happy Blues to Stephanie Blake in Huntsville, Alabama.

Happy Blues

Diane Keys, of Elgin Illinois was the recipient of my most recent trash bubble. You might recognize it from an earlier post… https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2014/03/05/the-folly-of-hoarding-art-supplies/

Arriving a bit worse for the wear,

Upon Arrival (front)

it was billed as a Cautionary Tale…

Upon Arrival (back)

For months, I’ve been meaning to get something in the mail to Jill Adamy of http://www.glimmerbug.com/. Patterns in Plum seemed like the perfect piece, bright and joyful, much like Jill, herself.

Patterns in Plum

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

ICAD Follow-up!

The prompts for ICAD 2013 have been so inspiring that I have taken them in order. I’ve also decided to use all eight prompts each week, which has me off by a day. I must confess, last weekend was unproductive in the ICAD department, leaving me scrambling to catch up in time for the weekly Wednesday ICAD update.

Week 2 ICAD Sampler

The first of seven ICADs this week, Worthy, is one of my absolute faves. The prompt was crown. Glimmer Mist provided the background color. Bird was cut from a scrap of printed paper, tinted with chalk ink. Crown was an embellishment from Theresa Collins, made glorious with a gold sharpie and other assorted colors. The “nest” was a fun piece cut from a previously used envelope. Rub-ons and dot stamp added texture and depth to the background. Stick-on gems added just the right amount of bling!

Worthy

I love the way bright colors seem to POP! off a black background. That’s what I had in mind when I created this Paisley Sampler with my ZigWriters and gel pens.

Paisley Sampler

The Calligraphy Sampler was done on a 4 x 6 graph printed card with both regular and calligraphic ZigWriters. (The bottom portion of the image did not scan for some reason.)

Calligraphy Sampler

Treasure Map was a response to the map prompt. Used Tim Holtz Distress Ink pads directly on the card for the base color and edging. Came in with ZigWriters and a gold Sharpie to add details.

Treasure Map

The sun prompt gave me, Sunshine on My Shoulder. I love the bright feel of this piece. I began by using a found object as a stencil for the sun. I put in the yellow rays with a ZigWriter and  then re-positioned the stencil between the yellow ones, to add orange rays. The sun’s center was done with Pan Pastels. The sky and tree were done with ZigWriters. House was collaged from scraps, highlighted with a brown Staz-on ink pad. Clouds were added with a white gel pen.

Sunshine on My Shoulder

As someone pointed out earlier, this piece has a Sark feel to it. List of favorites was the prompt, but I tweaked it to List of Favorite Things About Making Art. Using the rainbow ZigWriter palette, I let those things spiral off the page.

Favorite Things About Making Art

 

The final ICAD for today may not be finished. I haven’t decided yet. I began by creating a “wall” using a brick patterned stamp and brown Staz-on ink. Color was added with Pan Pastel. Sky color is a combination of ink layers beginning with Tim Holtz Distress Ink. Once fixative was applied and the card was dry, I went in with gel pens to add the vines and flowers, inspired by the ivy prompt.

Vines on the Wall

That concludes this week’s ICAD update. Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!