New to Me: Hand-Painted Washi Tape

Most of you are aware of my complete obsession with washi tape. If you’re not, maybe this will give you an idea as to how addicted I am…

My Washi Tape Collection

Hand-painted washi tape was introduced to me by a friend and fellow artist, Jackie Davidson. I first noticed it on an envelope she’d sent to me. The colors were vibrant and the texture was heaven to my finger tips!

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I loved it so much that I was inspired to carefully remove it and use it as the basis for another piece of mail art. Those torn bits that playfully form the diagonal? Those are Jackie’s. It was originally one strip. I added bits of hand painted Indian papers given to me by another friend, Jessica Manack.

When Jackie saw how much I enjoyed the tape, she sent me a small bit leftover from that same batch, about the size of an artist trading card. So what’s a girl to do? I made an ATC using Jackie’s tape as my background! It just so happened that Nancy Baumiller of Crow About Studios-B had just released her latest kit, Ballyhoo Mail Art, to her creative team and I had great fun combining the two! If you’d like to check it out, you can find the new kit here: http://www.mischiefcircus.com/shop/product.php?productid=23072&cat&page

Be Brave ATC

Be Brave ATC created using elements from the Ballyhoo Mail Art kit by Crow About Studio-B!

Over the holiday weekend, I found myself with some spare studio time. I seized the opportunity to play and created a sheet of my own hand-painted washi tape. I can say with certainty that I am hooked!

Hand-painted Washi Tape July 2015

You can see that I’ve already begun cutting strips and pieces.

Making your own hand-painted washi tape offers so much versatility! I love that you can cut your sheet into strips, or use sections. Please let me know if you try it, or if you’ve tried it previously. Keep in mind that you can add pictures in your comments by copying and pasting a URL.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

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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!

 

Update: Mini Glue Book Round Robin 2014

While the wheels of the world have been turning, I have been busy creating on several different fronts and documenting has taken a back seat.

The Mini Glue Book Round Robin is about to wrap up and it occurs to me that several of the page spreads I created have been sitting in my photo folder, waiting to see the light of day. The wait is over. It is time to let them fly.

Susan Accuosti’s (Steward) Mini Glue Book theme was Tea Time. I went with an Alice in Wonderland style page spread… A Little More Tea?

A Little More Tea?

Red Riding Hood was created for Jackie Davidson’s book whose theme was Story Land.

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Finally, Birds of a Feather (my favorite of the bunch) was created for Jill Adamy’s book, whose theme was A Little Birdie Told Me…

Birds of a Feather

I have two more glue books currently in my possession, in various stages of completion. I’m not certain if there are any others left to make their way to me, but I do know that my book, A Bird’s Eye View, is about to find it’s way home.

This collaborative effort has been so much fun, it’s sad to see it come to an end. I wish that we could continue sending them ’round until they were full, but alas, it seems everyone has other commitments and with the holidays fast approaching… well, it just isn’t possible.

That said, my next update will be my last. I will reveal my final two page spreads and showcase all the pages completed in my book by the collaborating artists involved.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

UPDATE:

These are the final two page spreads I completed in the Mini Glue Book Round Robin…

A Minnie Pearl Moment was created for

A Minnie Pearl Moment was created for Nancy Baumiller’s book whose theme was Odd Moments.

Rule 8: Be the Queen You Were Meant to Be! was created for Melodee Isaacs book, whose theme was Rules of the Odd Girls Club.

Rule 8: Be the Queen You Were Meant to Be! was created for Melodee Isaacs book, whose theme was Rules of the Odd Girls Club.

Thanks for following our progress through the Zetti-Style Mini Glue Book Round Robin!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Fall Swap: With One Stamp!

You might have seen my posts this summer about the With One Stamp postcard swap. Artists used a single rubber stamp of their choice to place an image on blank postcards and mailed them to the members in their group for completion.

An amazing collaborative effort, it was great fun! So much so, that we opted to take another shot at it before the holidays were upon us.

This is the image I sent out to the members of my group:

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She was one of a set of three. I thought she was sassy, mysterious and full of promise. I hoped she would inspire my partners to stretch their imagination. I wasn’t wrong about that. They came up with some splendid pieces…

by Terry Owenby and Sandra Connelly

by Terry Owenby and Sandra Connelly

Unfortunately, a piece of one of Terry’s feathers came off in transit, while Sandra’s card from Germany arrived without damage.

by Jackie Davidson and  Veronica Fortune

by Jackie Davidson and Veronica Fortune

Such contrast in these two pieces! A gypsy feel to Jackie’s and a “Boxy Lady” from Veronica.

by Tammar Stubblefield and Julia Jacques

by Tammar Stubblefield and Julia Jacques

Here, Tammar went with a Halloween-ish Witchy Woman and Julia went Vogue. Just imagine me with those competing tunes stuck in my head! (I relate most everything in my life either to song lyrics, commercial jingles, or movie quotes… doesn’t everyone?) The Eagles and Madonna were battling it out.

Think of it like this…

Strike a pose
Vogue, vogue, vogue

Raven hair and ruby lips
sparks fly from her finger tips

Strike a pose
Vogue, vogue, vogue

Echoed voices in the night
she’s a restless spirit on an endless flight

Strike a pose
Vogue, vogue, vogue

wooo hoo, witchy woman, see how high she flies
woo hoo, witchy woman she got the moon in her eye

Beauty’s where you find it
Not just where you bump and grind it
Soul is in the musical
That’s where I feel so beautiful
Magical, life’s a ball
So get up on the dance floor

Strike a pose
Vogue, vogue, vogue

She held me spellbound in the night
dancing shadows and firelight

Strike a pose
Vogue, vogue, vogue

crazy laughter in another
room and she drove herself to madness
with a silver spoon

Strike a pose
Vogue, vogue, vogue

woo hoo, witchy woman see how high she flies
woo hoo, witchy woman she got the moon in her eye

Greta Garbo, and Monroe… Grace Kelly; Harlow, Jean
Picture of a beauty queen… They had style, they had grace
Rita Hayworth gave good face
Lauren, Katherine, Lana too
Bette Davis, we love you

Strike a pose
Vogue, vogue, vogue

woo hoo, witchy woman see how high she flies
woo hoo, witchy woman she got the moon in her eye

Strike a pose
Vogue, vogue, vogue

Be honest, you could hear it, couldn’t you?

I’m sure that was more than any of you bargained for on this Monday morning, but there you have it… wrapped in a blanket of honesty, too much information!

Getting back on topic, I even tried my own hand at the image!

Miss Birdie Thanks You

Miss Birdie Thanks You

You might recognize this piece. I printed and mailed approximately thirty of these in appreciation of those who helped to celebrate my 100th blog post here at Trash Bubbles and Life’s Little Bits.

That’s all for today, folks! Bet you’re glad it’s over!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

P.S. This week, after this post went live, the final return for the image arrived in my mail box. Thought I should reunite her with her sisters. 😀

From Belinda Dworak

 

 

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!

In the Mail: More Awesomeness!

So certain I had published this blog post last week… but when I went to begin a new one, here it sat….

Before I get into the roll call of Awesomeness, I just want to say that I am dangerously close to publishing my 100th blog post here at Trash Bubbles and Life’s Little Bits! It must be said that the blog is nearing 100 followers as well. I was thinking that we need to do something to celebrate… but what? PLEASE leave your ideas in the comments section!

Now, on to the Awesomeness!

The following pieces came my way via the Whimsical Garden exchange. From Jackie Davidson, ‘Where Faeries Dance’ arrived, along with a print from the hostess, Jill Adamy.

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Mail from Dean Marks (Paris, France) is always a joy to receive and this piece is no exception. Tour de France and so much more!

TourdeFranceDean Marks

From Finland, a collage on black from Carina Granlund.

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Corrine Gilman (Massachusetts) has been restoring an old farmstead this spring and summer. You can imagine my surprise at hearing from her, considering how much she’s had on her plate.

SummerInFullBloomCorrineGilman

Prior to leaving for Quebec City on vacation, Mim Scalin (Virginia) sent this piece, a print of one of her collages.

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From Susan McAllister (California) this collage on black was a textural delight!

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D.S. Kohlberg (Florida) surprised me with an encaustic piece entitled, ‘Words Escape Me.’

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The collage stylings of Jane Smith (California) always makes me smile. 😀

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And last, but not least, Amy Irwen from Minnesota sent this piece. The collage, acrylic and stitching atop the texture of the paper towel background was refreshing. The envelope was not too shabby either!

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Thanks to everyone for all of the AWESOMENESS that graced my mail box recently!

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!