Weekly Weather: Hurricane

For this round of Weekly Weather collages I decided to do another atlas as my base. However, the pages/signatures came apart from the binding so I’ll be doing each two page spread separately and when I come to the end of the year or when we start repeating the weather topics, I’ll bind them all together.

This weeks topic is Hurricane (is a rapidly rotating storm system characterized by a low-pressure center, a closed low-level atmospheric circulation, strong winds, and a spiral arrangement of thunderstorms that produce heavy rain. Depending on its location and strength, a tropical cyclone is referred to by names such as hurricane , typhoon, tropical storm, cyclonic storm, tropical depression, and simply cyclone. A hurricane is a storm that occurs in the Atlantic Ocean and northeastern Pacific Ocean, a typhoon occurs in the northwestern Pacific Ocean, and a cyclone occurs in the south Pacific or Indian Ocean.)

Because hurricanes happen primarily in the tropics, I chose a lot of palm tree scenes – with a few stormy seas thrown into the mix. A couple of upside-down sailboats and waves crashing over some birdhouses remind me that even as I live in a coastal area, every year without a hurricane means another sigh of relief of not having to evacuate and/or worry about flooding. Not so with my sister whose house has been flooded due to a storm. 

 

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packing means uncovering memories

If you read Toby’s blog (Kitty Caperz) then you’ll know I’m in the midst of packing in anticipation of a move to a new abode at the end of August. And with packing comes the discovery of old memories and treasures. I found a book that I made in 2000 and it proves to me, once again, that my craft & art have come full circle. memory 2000 a

This book is made from cardboard, covered in glossy magazine photos, with stickers, stamps and photos and bound together using a clothes hanger wire wound around a can.memory 2000 b

Completely nonarchival but who cares? I remember making it and having fun.memory 2000 c

And, 17 years later, I am with my first love, Collage, again. memory 2000 d

 I cheated on Collage by having illicit romances with acrylic & oil painting, jewelry making, crochet/knitting, digital artwork, and scrapbooking.memory 2000 e

But, I’m back and hopefully I won’t betray my Muse again!!memory 2000 fmemory 2000 g

Weekly Weather: Hail

For this round of Weekly Weather collages I decided to do another atlas as my base. However, the pages/signatures came apart from the binding so I’ll be doing each two page spread separately and when I come to the end of the year or when we start repeating the weather topics, I’ll bind them all together.

This weeks topic is Hail (pellets of frozen rain that fall in showers from cumulonimbus clouds).

Depictions of hail are not easy to find so I went with lots of diamonds cut from lots and lots of jewelry ads in magazines like Elle, Town & Country, and Vogue. The central ‘sun’ is reminiscent of how the sun can be shine one minute and it can hail the next!  I really wish the next hail storm would be diamonds!!

 

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Cast off art project

Last week I went to an altered books class and afterward I helped clean up. To my surprise I found the book below in the trash can.cast off ab 1

One of the students had worked on it for two hours — she tried making a window–cast off ab 2

 

Dyed pages with peach colored ink, added some pretty paper scraps…cast off ab 3

 

That included a feather and a transparency over an image of a house…cast off ab 4

 

She tried her hand at decorative folding and tearing…cast off ab 5

 

And decided in the end she hated it so much she tossed it away in the trash can and walked away. I fished it out, brought it home thinking I would finish it for her. But now, I think, I will leave it as is to remind myself to never give up on an art project. This book has lots of potential. The student-artist has lots of potential. But she seems to believe herself to have no talent and as such, throws her potential away. That saddens me.cast off ab 6

So, to the unknown student artist – you may not believe in your own talent but you’ve helped me to believe in mine. And for that, I thank you.

New Altered Book

The local library offered a free class on Altered Books this week – and being one to never turn down a free craft class – and even though I have at least two altered books waiting in the wings for me to do – I went to the class and started one anyway!

The book is a Reader’s Digest Condensed Book, Summer, 1956. The title of the over all book is Harry Black Teal. I chose that name because the first story in the book is called “Harry Black” and since most of the illustrations were various shades of blue and green, the theme will be the color teal with a masculine flair if I can manage it. (Being a girl, I find it difficult to think like a man.) The pages I’m showing today are just the ones I started on Monday night at the class and by no means are the finished product.

I’ll post updates as I work toward finishing it. 

 

Weekly Weather: Rainbow

For this round of Weekly Weather collages I decided to do another atlas as my base. However, the pages/signatures came apart from the binding so I’ll be doing each two page spread separately and when I come to the end of the year or when we start repeating the weather topics, I’ll bind them all together.

This week’s topic is Rainbow (an arch of colors formed in the sky in certain circumstances, caused by the refraction and dispersion of the sun’s light by rain or other water droplets in the atmosphere).

With this collage I am celebrating real rainbows and rainbow colors! I had three pages to work with so there are 5 views. I hope you like my rainbows!!

 

Rainbow-Brite---Puppy-Brite-

Weekly Weather: Drought

For this round of Weekly Weather collages I decided to do another atlas as my base. However, the pages/signatures came apart from the binding so I’ll be doing each two page spread separately and when I come to the end of the year or when we start repeating the weather topics, I’ll bind them all together.

This week’s topic is Drought (a prolonged period of abnormally low rainfall; a shortage of water resulting from this; synonyms: dry spell, lack of rain, shortage of water.)

For this week’s collage I used 3 pages, folding the middle page and elements on it. This resulted in a lot of surface to create and many different views. I was blessed to find plenty of drought images to cover the surface, which, like other weather types (sleet, hurricane, halo/sundog) are harder to find in magazines (my favorite source material). I could print images from the internet but I prefer the glossiness of printed pictures instead. As always, click on the image to bigify!!