September 22, 2016

#ICAlumiHop Journal Giveaway – Diamonds & Gold

a Video HOP 

We were to do a 9 x 12 journal page, use an artist quote. For group 3, we were to also do an ATC . . . 

GIVE A WAY --- You see the different pages have been bound together by Shel C, including an ATC page, the Journal will be given away to ONE blessed person. Deadline to enter is Monday September 26, 2016, 12 midnight CDT (Central Daylight Time) and Winner announced by Shel on September 29 . . . so if you are reading this and have not watched the HOP – what ya wait’in fer?

AND as promised in the description box that appears below my video #ICAlumiHop Journal Giveaway – Diamonds & Gold 

MY Ingredients Were: Canson cold press 140 lb watercolor paper;
Acrylic Craft Paints – Craftsmart Navy, Apple Barrel – Aquamarine (I made this a wash using water & fluid matt medium), FolkArt – Neon Purple;
Liquitex white gesso;
Stencils: TheCraftersWorkshop – Mini Microbial & Mini TieDyed, StencilGirl – Wonky Eyes by Carolyn Dube;
Sizzix Die 660220;
Deli paper;
My own Hand carved fish stamps;
Liquitex Matt Medium;
Sea Horse Stamp – sorry I don’t know
Silks – ginger peach;
Archival Inks – Plum, Vermilion;
White cardstock;
Embossing Dabber by Ranger;
Recollections Embossing Powder – clear;
American Crafts black precision pen;
Soufflé white pen;
For the accompanying ATC – that was NOT included in the Video – Watercolor background, Hand Carved “water” stamp, Archival Ink – Manganese blue, Glossy Accents



Diamonds & Gold.

Within the flowing souls of humanity there is a treasure that shall not diminish, diamonds – glistening of strength and gold - a thread that forever connects us with our Source, our Creator, our very Breath

Pick Up Video - Coral Bits etc. , AND a Watery ATC featuring stamp carving - shows how I carved the stamp used on the ATC

Thanks for Watching, Sharing and Liking



Happy Art’ing Y’all

September 14, 2016

Paper Press

I was asked for photos of my paper press, I recently talked about in a video HERE.
My Husband made it for me info as best as I could measure follows:

Frame is 14 ½ x 12 ½ and 10 ½ tall; it is made from ¾ plywood

The dowels are about 1” round

The actual press plate (plywood) measures 11 ½ x 8 ¾


the washer like thing on the bolt bottom

handle on the bolt

top

underneath the bottom


The Bolt has a handle on top, it was JB Weld’ed, allowing it to screw up and down. On the bottom of the bolt is a round piece of metal (almost washer like) about 3 inches in round. It is not attached to the press plate, it does press down onto the plate. The JB Weld, did not hold the washer thing on the bottom, so I used some Gorilla Glue on it and it seems to be holding just fine.

So there we go, I hope this helps


Happy Art’in Y’all

Paper Press

I was asked for photos of my paper press, I recently talked about in a video HERE.
My Husband made it for me info as best as I could measure follows:

Frame is 14 ½ x 12 ½ and 10 ½ tall; it is made from ¾ plywood

The dowels are about 1” round

The actual press plate (plywood) measures 11 ½ x 8 ¾


the washer like thing on the bolt bottom

handle on the bolt

top

underneath the bottom


The Bolt has a handle on top, it was JB Weld’ed, allowing it to screw up and down. On the bottom of the bolt is a round piece of metal (almost washer like) about 3 inches in round. It is not attached to the press plate, it does press down onto the plate. The JB Weld, did not hold the washer thing on the bottom, so I used some Gorilla Glue on it and it seems to be holding just fine.

So there we go, I hope this helps


Happy Art’in Y’all

September 2, 2016

Dye'in to Bind

I was recently in a Natural Dye & Book Binding workshop, instructed by Delaney Smith of Delaney Smith Studio. It was a full day of dying fun and learning some simple binding techniques for our dyed papers.

Y’all know I’ve made a few many journals using the pamphlet stitch, staples, glue, hair bands and whatnotage but this was . . . My first time dying (lol) and my first time Japanese Stab(ing more LoL). Now some of my fellow workshopp’ers (I’m just full of ‘em today) had not done any binding before and some had.

Delaney fixed up three different dye baths for us, explained some of the ins and outs and different stuffs about using natural stuff in dying. One of the main things was to record what we used and the various notes to keep when experimenting (spear mints). You see if you want to try and repeat an outcome, you need to know how you got there.

Here are a few photos from the workshop














and TWO videos can be found here and here, of the little books I made at the workshop. I’m sure y’all will see some dying and stab’in videos in the near ta far futures.


Happy Art’in Y’all

August 21, 2016

new post

Recently we went to the Pearl-Fincher Museum of Fine Arts in Spring Texas. a very nice little place. It operates on sponsors and donations. It was originally the Barbara Bush Library, but they built on and moved the library into a bigger area and the empty space became the Art Museum.

Current exhibit  - The National Parks, images by Mark Burns, Vital, Margaret Smithers-Crump, and Transcendental Inspirations by Islamic Arts Society of Houston, closes September 3rd. The Museum will be closed for a couple weeks during the take out and take in of new art that will open September 23, 2016.



This is one of my favorites pieces by Margaret. Each little piece is attached individually to the wall, so it will never be exactly like it is pictured again. Margaret works with Plexiglas and acrylic paints. They have great dept and you really want to touch them. . . no I didn't because that would be rude. . . but I wanted too lol. And did I mention how Cool these pieces are . . . they really are!

I will be going back & if y'all are in the area I suggest that you drop by if possible


Happy Art'in Y'all

August 4, 2016

It's been a year

We continue to go in for tests and have had a few rounds of chemo over the past year. As of right now it is stable . . . there but stable.

As usual we still see not only the oncologist, but other doctors down at MD Anderson to keep an eye on all his systems.

Yes we still request prayers, without you we couldn't have done this well and come this far. This time of year brings extra stress for us as I'm sure it may do for you . . . the changing of medical insurance season. The hospital only accepts insurance that covers at least 60%, they do NOT take any HMO's. As some of you may have found out the insurances offered through the government exchange is ONLY HMOs.

Please pray that we continue to have adequate medical insurance that MD Anderson will accept

thank you so much for all your prayers and positive energy on our behalf, may God bless you all with abundant good health, financial support along with love, joy and harmony in all that you do.


Richmond Texas

July 3, 2016

Creative Circle

The past couple of Wednesdays in our creative circle we have been playing in alcohol inks. They are interesting. I used them mainly on old photograph paper cut into small'ish sizes. . . they have become fun and unique greeting cards, that I hope to offer for sale at the Gallery at the Madeley come August and perhaps in November / December as well. Why yes of course there will be video, this coming Friday on my YouTube Channell - APG Jamie, if the editing and voice over'ing work out. ah who am I kidding we know it will come out {cross fingers & toes}

I also had an article accepted to a new online magazine, I will of course share more of that information as I can . . . more good news the piece I recently finished, Direction was used on Conroe Art League 's monthly Exhibit and reception announcement for July. Which y'all are welcome to attend



Happy Art'in Y'all
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