A couple of tags

another substrate I like to work on are tags.  They are inexpensive and easy to alter.  Sometimes though they are a little flimsy for the media.  These tags are made from heavy chipboard and make a great substrate for the many layers.

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A “New” old piece

Cassia gave me this vintage sewing machine.

I think it is going to be a great display piece in the store.

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National Stationary Show

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Met up with the owners from Foxy Fix.  It was their first time at the stationary show as well.  It is always great to meet someone that you tak with on the phone or via email.

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I went to a few tourist spots in the evenings.  I love New York City, the streets have their own song and everything is so vibrant.  I always feel that I could move here and then I feel the crowds of people and realise I could never live there.  Way too many people for me.

 

I did manage to a little journaling in the hotel

My Moleskine Planner

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New York

I am staying in North Bergen, NJ and taking the ferry over to New York.

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The Javitz Center is a couple of blocks away from the Ferry terminal and as long as I have this I am fine!

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Saw a huge peaceful demonstration while I was here:

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They are part of the Falun Gong demonstrations.

Storage solution for cut collage pieces

I have so many collage papers and images and when I have some free time I cut images out.  I altered a small accordian file from the office suppy store to file my bits and pieces in.

 

I used my Gelli Plate along with stencils and Acrylic Paint on copy paper to make the backgrounds.   I glued the background papers to the accordian file usng gel medium and then added a couple of layers of gel medium on top to protect it.

I glued on an image and some letter stickers and this makes a great file to keep small bits!

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Here is a photo of the file opened.  There are 13 tabs inside labeled.

Labels such as body parts, ocean life, heads, household, hats, etc make finding images a breeze

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Here you can see some of my cut out images waiting to be filed

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Before I get called out by those that know me, lol – I have hundreds of collage papers and bits and pieces.  These are stored in plastic totes of which there are many!!  This small file just holds all the cut out pieces.

Inspiration

I was inspired by an artist I saw at Wynwood Walls.  He made huge canvases out of magazine images.  I sized mine down for my art journal.

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I like the effect,  I would normally reach for Paynes Grey or Black when blocking images but I liked the pink

Urban Grafitti the File Folder Edition

I love to make books and when I make a painty or repurposed journal I call it my Urban Graffiti series

 

This book was made out of a file folder using tons of paint, gesso,  ink  and of course my gelli plate

One of the inside pockets filled with tags

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I cut openings in the cover so that the images could peek through

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You can see some of the tags peeking through the openings

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This was a fun journal / book to make