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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Please go to the Penny Experiment and learn how you can help

or leave a comment on my post card!
Thanks hope you can say something nice so my piece will go for more at action and bring more food in for the needy! Sanna

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Asian art for a RR book I am doing in one of my groups.

OK so I did this spread or spreads for a gal I don't even know on a group I am on. Her name is Saundra and her theme was... Asian! So for the first page which was adjacent to one of her I used a bounty paper towel for the background. Pretty isn't it? I save everything Asian I ever get in a special box for just such an occasion or new friend. I had this neat rice paper with what appeared to be Japanese writing. I used some Golden's gel medium and spread the bases down. Nest I used some fabric paper I got from BMUSE. placed some awesome gold charms that were also Asian in origin over that. I used a bead to adhere the center piece. Then used another matte gel medium to make sure everything was well secured.
This is the second spread second and third pages. The first page was to announce my chapter, these two pages tell part of my story. It's all about the Geisha. How she dresses and what she wears and how she does her makeup. I recently watched a show about the first non Asian geisha actually. She said she had to know the language and then go to train for three years on top of that. They spend most of their geisha earned money on their kimono gowns, she said 13 thousand dollars was not unusual. This is a very serious and well revered career so most Japanese girls will not want it. They can never get married and must commit their entire lives to being this special type of entertainer. Doing tea ceremonies and dancing with fans etc... So for this second page I drew a copy of the fan in her hands on the right. I painted it just the same as the 3d fan. I even embossed the fan with gold embossing powders. The little outfit was a Jolee set I had on hand just in case! I used a stamping up stamp for the Japanese letters that spell out prosperity.

Next I drew and then painted and cut out my geisha. Her hands are 3d over the fan which is actually fabric. The background was a Japanese colored scheme napkin, some gesso, and some paper that Saundra sent to me. Then I also added a majong red tile and sewed a neat red ribbon with blue zig zag stitch and then hand sewed the rest of it together to be sure it wont fall apart. Notice the geisha has black eyes just like the real geisha who wear special black eye contacts. I also painted her kimono to match the one Jolee makes. So it appears my painted Geisha has dressed into the outfit on the left! In the past real geisha's also wrapped their feet which was actually a form of torture for anyone. As they aged their feet would really be painful all so they could appear small footed and graceful.

This is my last spread pages 4 and five. Here I have her either arriving or leaving in her Rickshaw. I gave her Rickshaw red German scrap ARTCHIX wings so it would appear more magical. All part of the mystic and cultural experience to leave and arrive in this form of transportation. Here I not only used a bounty towel but also the Japanese color schemed napkin and gesso to integrate the pages I did for Saundra. I also used another Stamping up stamp this one though says Happiness in both English and Japanese. I also added one of Jolee's papers cranes to further enforce flight and the Japanese ways. the last touch was the left over scrap from Saundra.

On this last page you can see I copied a trio inlay but added some Lazar black trim over a Saundra scrap, some special Japanese Dogwood I think that's what we commonly see in Japanese art anyways. In the previous page I painted some flower from the same tree so the pages would mesh better.
If you notice of this farewell page I have added the women waving goodbye with my own painted and cut hands. Then I looked up the translation for Good- Bye in Japanese and this is the word it gave me. So I simply we to word and enlarged it. Gave it a little frame and base and viola, my story of the geisha.

I thought I wouldn't like doing this because I find some Asian art redundant, but I actually had a blast making my pages so I did five of them! Sure hope Saundra likes em. I made em with love, Sanna

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Here are the covers I just finished making for a RR book

Jill Noblitt is a very talented artist!

Here are the pages my friend Jill Noblitt made for me and I absolutely love them! She even gives a little story all about them on the back of her tag! It's perfect because in the real ghost story a little girl named Elizabeth comes and plays from the grave with a real girl named Carly! I just love the back ground in Jills pages too with the little scrbbled rusty dolls crawling all around. They are even so much better in person if you can believe that as art almost always is... the first page shows a new dolly package with a used creepy doll inside so unique and interesting! I love her wires and sproket eyeball! Jill has neat stuff would love to get into her studio and her artistic mind. I think Jill's idea od dug up toxic dollies goes so well with the true story and my theme, thanks so much Jill, this is a wonderful start to my book.

Be sure to read this the back of Jill's tag you simply must to grasp the full creepiness of this story!!!!!!!

My chosen theme is CREEPY DOLLS! Here I found a neat ceramic cherub face for my front cover. I chipped and chisseld off it's wings and the face made for a great creepy doll. I then added crackle paintes and distressed inks and embossing powders and it came out soooooooooooooo creepy. I also had some old dolls book pages I copied for the background. I have a friend who recenty inspired me for doing this front page too. She thinks her house is haunted and so they looked it up online and found out the little girl who she said called herself Elizabeth in her attick the other day actually existed. To yop it off she was burried in the yard somewhere with the rest of her family. This house she lives in is historical and very old from the 1700's! That gave me the idea to do a creepy doll dug up from her grave!

The page directly above is the inside cover. It shows tags and dolls that are swapping or grabbing each others heads. There are lots of textures here. Like scene door looking stuff and cement or stucko too! This was so much fun for me to make. I was kind of a creepy kid with my dolls when I was young. My life was really hard and so my dolls were always kept in prestine condition if anyone touched them even slightly I would freak out. So everyone always did to torture me. My dad would punish me by knocking all my dolls off their shelfs and I would totally wig out. It's funny I love creepy dolls now kind of cathartic for me to own them and think about them as kind of being alive!

Here I simply used black gesso and then white ontop of that and scapped the words into the page. Then I added some crakle paint and lastly some ARTCHIX doll head images!

The back are photos I found on line locked inside a house full of only windows the dolls are peeking out at you from the back of the book!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Some Valentine Zetti cards I made!

This first card is not Zetti. I made it for my mom. Happy Valentines Day mother!
All the rest are my idea of Zetti Valentines. I made them for my friends and frineds in a swap I hosted!

Happy Valentines Day everybody!

I been having a hard week this past February so far.

Today is the 25 of Febraury, my step mom has finally passed on and triumphed over her battle with Cancer. Rest in peace Marcia. Know you were loved and will not be forgotten.
Went to my great aunts funeral. She died from liver cancer but she was 95 years old. She had a great long life and was a wonderful matriarc. Still we all miss her.

Now my step mother is so sick in the ICU with blood clots in her lungs and she too has cancer. She has had such a struggle these past two months, really she has been fighting the cancer which started out as ovarian years ago. Her life has been extended greatly by modern medicine but lately it just seems so hard for her. I been feeling sad thinking about loosing people we love and about the sufferring that goes along with dieing. So I made this card to express my feeling as I am not sure how else to do that.
Two of my other very good online artist friends were diagnosed recently their names are Marta and Nick. I pray for these people often. I have lost a few friends too one was Kelly and the other was Selkie all within a year. My other friend Kelly another Kelly alos fought against cancert and hs won so far. Yea for that!
Cancer is so ugly and so mena and unfair. Dieing is a part of life and more so the older we get. It's just isn't something I have grasped yet. I believe in God but I still feel so sad when someone has to suffer as they are leaving. I feel sad if they have to leave at all especially before what I consider their time. I mean young. Like anything under 95!

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