2015 ART JOURNAL PAGE – The beginning of September finds me taking things to Goodwill because I’m transitioning into a new phase in my life & I’m making room for new opportunities to arrive! Lots of baskets, clothes, kitchen items, holiday decorations, vintage dishes; everything is fair game to be packed up and moved on to someone else’s life! It has been boiling hot in San Diego this Summer & September has been no different. My outside cats are “catatonic” with the 90 degree days here on the coast. All sorts of weather records have been broken & San Diego even had 1 inch of rain in the month of August! (The cats are terrified of the thunder & lightning storms & I don’t like them either!) I completed a Japanese brush painting book called “Flora & Fauna”, which is shaped like a fan and fits inside a fan-shaped paint supplies box and painted tiny 3″ x 3″ waterlilies for 3 “belly bands” to wrap around 3 flower brush painting books, too. A fun project was to paint black & white cats for a friend in New York who had a birthday. She has an adorable black & white cat named “Pumpkin”. One of my jaunts was to visit Cedros Gardens in Solana Beach for flower inspiration where I saw Passaflora flowers on a vine, which meandered up the archway entrance. Quite wonderful. Finally, I created 10 beach theme greeting cards using corrugated beige paper, natural colored raffia and sea shell bits picked up on the beach. The background of these cards is a watercolor painting with sea salt sprinkled on to create a sea-like atmosphere. These cards are very much 3-D so they won’t be mailable unless you put them in a box! Still I was pleased with making them because a lot of my art feels like playing! Always something to create when you are an artist living in San Diego by-the-sea!
A SERIES OF GREETING CARDS MADE FROM SEA SHELLS & SHELL BITS PICKED UP ON THE BEACH. Watercolor background made by sprinkling salt on the watercolor. Corrugated cardboard pieces have natural raffia tied on to hold the shells to the card. Corrugated cardboard used to make pillow boxes to hold the three-dimensional cards, which could not go through the mail in a regular envelope. Tags on pillow boxes are hand-painted seashells tied on with silk ribbons & raffia.
Circle envelope card is made by tracing 4 circles using an old CD as a template. Use double-sided paper so that when the card is closed, the pattern will have interest. The cards inside can be square or whatever shape you would like. I made some of my cards circles to carry the circle theme through. Listed below are my handwritten directions from my Greeting Card Art Journal. Enjoy!