Finally my book is finished, here are the last three pages, to see it in its entirety you can click on the link above. The book was inspired by Lily Chilvers - designer of The Octopode Factory images. One of the first things I noticed on Lily's blog when I first discovered her was her quote - 'There once was a girl who wanted to conquer the world' and that's how the story started..
The story is however really about me - I come from a family, my mother was very talented, crafty wise and my dad can knock up a pretty mean painting but I was always fairly inadequate in the drawing sense but I always loved making things, sadly at school in the 70's - if you couldn't draw you weren't considered arty. I did scrape through my exams and got a CSE ( that shows my age!) grade One - but I will admit to the world now that was only because I 'borrowed' some work produced by my dad and my sister! About the only work actually done by me was a couple of Batik's - which I must say were pretty good - why oh why didn't anyone in those days pick up on the fact that to be creative you didn't have to be a superb 'fine' artist
Fortunately things these days have changed in school - speaking to my daughters Art teacher, she says sadly my story is one she hears much too often. Art in school these days is so much more that paint, pencils and cartridge paper.
The quote above is by Erin Partridge an Art Therapist - it really sums up the ethos of my book
So what are you waiting for??
PS, FAO Lily.... I really hope you do conquer the world
Hi there, I am a 50 something stay at home mother to two adorable (sometimes) kids and wife to an adorable (sometimes) man,servant to a Chocolate Lab. I try to run an organised home but get waylaid by an arty project, but hey when I'm dead people will remember that I was covered in paint rather than my house has a fine layer of dust. As long as we have clean clothes to wear,food to eat and clean toilets I feel I can be free to get messy with paint. Apart from my family I love my small circle of special friends and wide circle of acquaintances, I have no time for petty, silly, rude people. SOH - wicked, Legs - short, waistline - bit too big Red wine makes me feel suicidal so stick to Beer.. Roles in life? Mother, Wife Daughter, Sister, Friend, Mate, Cook, Cleaner, Dental Nurse, Pretend Artist, School Governor,Blogger... I love Daffodils, Bendicks Bittermints, Copper, bits of what other people may think of as Tat,0ur Trailer Tent, My lappy, Bargains, , laughing, my bed, getting up (yep i'm weird) McCoys Crisps, Roast Dinners, Imperial Leather soap, Hardware shops, Rod Stewart, James Stewart, Clarence Frogman Henry, Warm Socks, Coming Home.
But I have found someone totally copying some of my stuff (why they would want to heaven knows) and claiming it as their own inspiration... so while I find it a complete honour for people to gain a little inspiration from my tat, please be honest. We all get ideas from other artists, thats how the art world flourishes, but please note that all artwork, photos and text on this blog are mine. I am more than happy for you to take inspiration from my work, but please do not attempt to copy or reproduce it without crediting the original idea to me. Thank you
* CHANGE IS AS GOOD AS CHOCOLATE, SO IF SOMETHING DOESN'T MOVE - ALTER IT *
There is no must in Art because Art is free -Wassily Kandinsky
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You can't stand & wait for the storm to be over you've got to learn to dance in the rain'
That's not actually the name of the ATC, but I never got a return for this 1:1 swap...... perhaps the chap from Ireland didn't like it, perhaps he had personal problems that prevented him from making me an ATC, perhaps it got lost in the post, or perhaps he was just too rude and too lazy to make one!
Altered Jigsaw bit
Theme I was given was 'Shabby Chic' and pink..
Theme Nature..... the quote reads.. There are always flowers for those who choose to look Henry Matisse.
I just love this piccy of me and my mateys
A Laugh is just a smile that has burst
and the last
Zettiology meets Claude Monet
I was challenged to make an ATC with this quote by Claude Monet, 'Colour is my day long obsession, joy and torment'
My first ever ATC
Bit basic but I still like it, hope the owner is looking after it!
No matter what looms ahead, if you can eat today, enjoy the sunlight today, mix good cheer with friends today, enjoy it and bless God for it. Do not look back on happiness -- or dream of it in the future. You are only sure of today; do not let yourself be cheated out of it.
Loves... My family My friends My craft time Laughing
Hates Political correctness gone mad Liars People who think the world owes them a favour Bad grammar and loads of other stuff, getting to be a real Grumpy Old Woman
CRAFTY LIKES AND DISLIKES
CRAFTY LOVES UTEE... love it and use it in large quantities Metal.. Friendly plastic Shrink plastic Paint and ink in any shape or form My Crop-o-dile odd bits and pieces Paperarsty stamps Brilliance inks Tim Holtz (aka god) Distress Inks Debbie Moore's Metal magic Perfect Medium Glossy Accents Debbie Moore's Enamel embossing powder
CRAFTY DISLIKES while i think there is a place for most things at some time or other...I do dislike peel-offs with 99% of my being, but and this is a BIG but there is the odd and very odd occasion that they can be used without being too offensive (boy that hurt, it was almost an admission that i have used them) Book-a-trix... sorry but they do look like memorial stones and nothing anybody says will convince me otherwise. Decoupage..... I am sure the Victorians are turning in their graves Flowersoft... a friend summed this up perfectly...Devils Dandruff People who say/think ATC's are cardtoppers.... thats Dawn Bibby off my christmas card list Cute Penny Black Stamps Stick and Stamp pad and anything which is sold and just does not do the job!! Dufex Tilda stamps..... why half a face??
Miniature works of art created on cards have been around for centuries, largely used as business cards. The modern-day concept of ATCs was conceptualized by artist M.vanci stirnrmenn in 1996, an idea born of older sports themed trading cards, and became a movement that denounced the tradition of critiquing and appraising art, and embraced the process of one artist connecting with another and exchanging styles and techniques. ATC are art collectables but the one rule that makes an ATC derive from their origins: the dimensions of the ATC must be 2.5"x3.5", or 64x89mm. To this rule are appended a couple of conventions. First, an ATC mustn't be sold, only exchanged, as the whole essence of these tiny works of art is about artists meeting in person, by correspondence, online etc and exchanging their works, thus getting exposed to and experiencing many personal styles and techniques. Second, on the back of each ATC the artist writes part or all of the following information: name, contact information, title of the ATC and number (i.e. if it's a one off original or part of a series).
ATC's are just such great fun, at first the size seems just too small, then after a while anything bigger seems quite alien! the fun is in the swapping!! For some stunning galleries check out http://www.squidoo.com/atcs
A FEW BITS AND BOBS
ATC size, I stuck bits of friendly plastic onto a piece of mountboard and then heated it, swirled it around, stamped into it (ink your stamp first with versamark or similar and don't worry it won't damage your stamp) added beads and hey presto
Friends are angels without wings
Altered jigsaw on an ATC for my friend Bess... decided to start writing on my work, however much I dislike my handwriting
paint on that acrylic paint and dry with your heat gun... fab effect! I love the way the paint has bubbled and looks like one of the faces has a hood on it's head
My first attempt at using Beeswax, an interesting technique but i'm not convinced yet,..... still got alot to learn, any experts out there??
learnt that mica and beeswax does not mix!
Altered Jigsaw Pieces
All on the same theme as they are RAK's for some people who are in a Jam swap with me
Altered mint tin
Alcohol inks, Utee, Microbeads...
Made for a friend, accordian album showing times we have shared
Front of the slide mailer
my first attempt at calligraphy.. well you have to try everything!
This one was cut along the spine and then rejoined with a piece of plasterboard tape (much cheaper than buyng Magic mesh!). The extra depth was needed to allow an false 'box' to be put in filled with bits and pieces) The theme the mailer was 'look and you shall see'
Double slider closed
Pull the tag at the side and both sides come out at the same time, great fun and easy to make. The instructions are on the Splitcoaststampers site, take a look its a fab site!
A pressie for my best mate.... (she knows who she is cos she has got the clock LOL) The 'numbers' tell her what she should be doing ie. Eating, getting up, going to bed and crafting, but as my son pointed out, most of them say 'crafting' Allsorts of paints, embossing powders and goodness know what else were thrown at this
A cuckoo angel........ read into that what you like!!
Slide mailer (front)
I love using metal in my work, here it is freestyle embossed and backed with a calendar from an old Pears Cyclopedia
Slide mailer (open)
made for a hosted swap, the 'person' is an inkblot image with added elements, the words are from a song written by my boss. The Rabbit is 'late late for a very important date'
whatever will you find. I love working with metal, as a child I used to fiddle with some pewter that my mum had, she played with loads of different stuff, must be where I get it from. I forgot all about it until I went on a Ten Seconds Studio course. Metal is such great fun, doodle, emboss, use stencils, whatever you fancy. Can be fiddly and takes patience but is very relaxing.