Tree Girl, part 2

Altered book, see first posting HERE.

Poem by Emily Dickinson, “We Grow Accustomed to the Dark…”

Collage Art by me! Click on an image to biggify!

After the break–

Wow! I can’t believe it’s been more than two weeks since I posted anything. It was a well-deserved break. While away from the computer I was not idle.  I have a new altered book to show off and I’ve been working on my 120-Days of Color 2018 but I don’t think I’ll wait until 2018 to show the pictures off. I really like some of them!! 

I missed two postings of Weekly Weather, but plan to get caught up soon!

In the meantime, here’s the first posting of my new altered book, Tree Girl. I took the theme from the title (I did read the book first and while I enjoyed the story I wasn’t going to read it again. Go HERE to read BobbieSue’s review). I used 3 poems by Emily Dickinson and will post each poem on separate days. I hope you enjoy the collages – I had loads of pleasure creating them! Click on the images to biggify them!

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Break-time

I’m going to be taking a break for the next few days – maybe a week – I’m worn down completely and need time to recharge. When I return (next week, I hope) I plan to do a reflections post on the A to Z challenge, share an altered book I recently finished and upcoming projects I’m working on! Thanks for being patient with me while I recharge!! Until then, I’ll be snoozing with my kitty- babies!0306d1

CYW – Wrap-up

This year Color Your World Challenge was a definite challenge for me. It wasn’t easy. First it took me months – to figure out what I wanted to do. All I knew was I wanted to use the actual crayons in making the art. The image that started the crayon melting, so to speak, was this image of President Obama’s hands:0112a-sepia

I was struck by the way he held them, calm and relaxed; but more than that, it was the color of his hands. A beautiful shade of sepia brown. After deciding on what I wanted to do, I spent many more months searching for 120 images that matched the crayon colors. All the time I was doing that I was contemplating how to melt the crayons and then, finally practicing it. After that I had to sketch all 120 images from the inspirations.

By the time I was ready to pour the melted crayons, it was mid-November and the challenge started January 1. The whole time-consuming process of melting crayons, pouring, letting the wax harden, remove it and repouring as necessary – then adding the outlines and finishing touches to photograph the images – by the time I got close to the end I was into mid-January still working on April’s images. And, I also had to make sure the Blogging A to Z challenge was ready to go!

I’m not complaining about anything – I put this pressure on myself – and I alone own it. And that’s okay because I’ve learned to be better organized, to force myself to make decisions sooner and to stay with the decisions I’ve made. I have a tendency to delay making final decisions and then change lanes mid-stream.

So next year, when I do it all over  again – I’m hoping it will run more smoothly – it should – I’ve already begun the images for next year. So whether JNW’s Challenge goes forward or not, I will still post my work in 2018!

Here are my favorite images from April:

 

And my favorite 4 images of the whole series, starting with #4.

 

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Finally, Z is for…

 

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The end of a long, exhausting journey!!! For each letter I cut out those same letters out of hundreds of magazines (thank you VBPL for the free mags!), glued them on a paper background until the page was filled. Then I glued the page on a heavy cardboard background and chose 3D items that represent the letter gluing them on. I hope you enjoy my collages!

 

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CYW ends as well – I’ll be doing a reflection post on both the A to Z and Color Your World challenge later this week. Until then- don’t call me – I’ll be asleep!!

CYW: Black

This is the LAST Color Your World Challenge post for 2017 – 120 days of Crayola Crayon Colors! It’s been a long haul and I’m glad its over. I’ll be doing a reflection post in a day or so; after 4 months of posting every day, I’ll be taking a break and post every other day or every two days or whenever I feel like it – at least for a while!

Melted Black crayon brushed on, outlined in black Sharpie and various button accents to mimic inspiration.0430b

 

The Inspiration:

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Y is for…

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For each letter I cut out those same letters out of hundreds of magazines (thank you VBPL for the free mags!), glued them on a paper background until the page was filled. Then I glued the page on a heavy cardboard background and chose 3D items that represent the letter gluing them on. I hope you enjoy my collages!

 

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