Monday, December 24, 2012

The Story of Inez

Corinne's book is a family scrapbook of sorts and artists are invited to add to the story of the people already in this family album.  I had a few old photographs and wanted to find a way to incorporate them into Corinne's book.

I was drawn to a photo of a little girl that was already in the book.  I decided she would be Inez at the age of 4.  

Inez, age 4

Since the pocket behind her photo was empty, I decided to create a pocket accordian book to house the other photos I was going to use in my spread and to tell the story of Inez.

Envelope accordian book

Front of envelope accordian book

The first photo in the accordian book is a baby picture (given to me by a friend who found this baby photo at an antique sale).  I imagined Inez an orphan.  
This is believed to be the earliest picture of her.

As Inez grew into a beautiful young lady (this is an old postcard from 1917), she was often found in the company of men.  

As a young lady, she enjoyed the company of men.

As she got older,

a dark side of Inez began to emerge.

This photo is actually a lenticular sticker, so the face changes as you tilt the image.

And by age 30, Inez had gone completely mad.  Here, I sliced up an old photo to show a split personality, a shattered mind. 

By age 30, she slipped into complete madness.

 OK, I admit, the story line I came up with is rather dark, but given the only old photos I had, I thought Inez made for a pretty interesting relative!

Mixed Media Play

Look what you can do with a 5 x 5 canvas, a little red acrylic paint, a heart-shaped die cut, a rubber stamp, perfect pearls in bronze, a sheet of music, vellum, gold joss paper, bubble wrap, bronze lumiere paint, red glitter glue and gold shimmer spray.  Valentine's Day is just around the corner...

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Playing with Artistcellar Stencils

I haven't really used stencils in my art work before, so this month's chunky page theme was something new for me.  My dear friend, Lisa, generously gave me a "Venice" stencil which her company, Artistcellar, carries.  Who knew the canals of Venice would make such a stunning graphic?  I played with metallic purple and gold spray inks (which are the colors of Carnevale di Venezia).  The stencil is 8.5" x 11", so I was able to make my chunky pages two-sided by cutting two 8 x 4" strips and folding them in half.  But I still felt that my pages were missing something...That's when I came up with the idea to use the Comedy/Tragedy masks to decorate my pages. 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Paper Feathers

I absolutely LOVED doing this little project!  I had seen these paper feathers made out of old hymnal pages on Pinterest and just had to give them a try!  I think they make a nice gift.  You could use all kinds of different papers for your feathers.  Imagine foreign text, colorful comic book pages, leftover wrapping paper, pretty scrapbook papers--the possibilities are endless!  Since I made these feathers with hymnal pages, I plan to give them to the members of my mother's choir group for Christmas.