Tuesday, October 27, 2015

ART FROM THE MAIN HOUSE: Sunday Postcard Art Challenge

The Sunday Postcard Art challenge this week is following the Halloween theme.  I created this postcard by dabbing Tim Holtz' Mini Distress Ink pads (various fall colors) on my craft mat, then spritzing with water.  I then continued to drag my postcard through that yummy color until I was happy with the result.  After drying with my heat tool, I stamped Stampendous' Crowscape using archival ink, then edged the postcard with TH's Rusty Hinge.  For the sentiment, I used a stamp from Stampers Anonymous called Crazy Talk, and done!

Come play with us at Sunday Postcard Art challenge this week!

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

ART FROM THE MAIN HOUSE: a sympathy card

A couple of people have asked me about my entitling my last post (and this one) as "Art from the Main House."  The house we have rented for the winter is only feet from the Atlantic Ocean in Rye, New Hampshire.  We are in the "main house," hence the title, in a group of homes and cottages called Salty Breeze Cottages.  Ours is the largest and so has always been called the main house.  The art I create from this venue may/may not be different from any other works I have created, but I always want to remember that I created these works during this period of my life.

Earlier this month, a friend of mine unexpectedly lost her husband. It has been a most difficult time for her, as you can image, and I have taken a long while to digest it myself.  Only today, have I been able to create a sympathy card for her.  I had forgotten how therapeutic making a card of condolence can be.  As I worked on the card, I sorted through memories and plans that will never transpire for us as couples.  

The card was created on a card blank using scraps of paper.  The stamp I used is from Stampotique Originals.  I used a metal die (Poppystamps, Inc.) called "Weeping Willow Branches," to create the cascade on the left which I thought went perfectly with the tearful image.

Thanks for stopping by today and for taking a moment to leave a comment.  Both your visits and comments are important to me!

Friday, October 23, 2015

ART FROM THE MAIN HOUSE: a journal page

It has been since July that I have been without art supplies.  After selling our home and giving away, donating and storing our worldly possessions, we are finally settled in our "winter rental" in Rye, New Hampshire.  We are in a wonderful home on Ocean Boulevard, just steps from the Atlantic Ocean.  I can see it, hear it, smell it and even taste it.  It is a very peaceful venue in which to begin again to create!

Some number of months ago, an elderly woman died.  As often happens, what remains of such a person's possessions is left to the children.  It is up to them to determine the disposition of those items.  The son of just such a woman happens to be a friend of my sister.  One day, the son was lamenting to my sister that he had a file folder full of papers handmade by his mother and he was at a loss as to what to do with them.  His mother had clearly marked them "not for sale."  My sister shared with her friend my love of art and that she was sure I would appreciate them.  I am privileged to use one of those papers in my art journal project today.

The paper that I have used here is described by Cal Williams, the creator of the paper, as being...

Kozo - Japanese Mulberry Bark
Beaten but uncleaned

Due the rough, yet very beautiful texture of the paper, I wasn't sure that I would be able to stamp on it, but am pleased with the outcome.  The stamps I used are both from Stampotique Originals.  I highlighted the edges with Tim Holtz' Distress Ink in "Rusty Hinge."

I am glad that you stopped by today.  I hope you will take a moment to leave a comment!