SUMMER VACATION – HANDMADE BOOK/ART JOURNAL – Using my sea shell photographs taken on the beach along with illustrations and information about the shells. I imagine this book as an inspiration to go to the beach and “collect” shells by taking home their photos in their natural environment, researching their names (perhaps by using my book “A Guide to San Diego Sea Shells” – sold on Amazon!) and doing sketches of the shells. We can enjoy walks on the beach and protect our coastal environments. I have seen beaches here in San Diego that 40 years ago had shells and today have none. If we hope to have future generations enjoy seeing shells on the beach, then we must “Leave Nothing, Take Nothing”.
200 COLLAGE TAGS PROJECT! I created 200 plus collage tags years ago. Making these tags was addictive & satisfying. I used small magazine photos, other paper ephemera, which I rubber stamped over the images with metallic inks. I added jewels, trinkets & embellished the tags with beautiful assorted ribbons. The tags were created by color & subject so I have tags with different themes – India, the Sea, Animals, Gardens, Flowers, Jewels, Fantasy, Art, etc. When I photographed the tags, I photographed them by subject and/or color. The tags are filed by subject in boxes for easy access. One of the uses for these tags is hanging them on my handmade art journals. These art journals look the same lined up on the shelf, but I can quickly look at the tags to tell me what subject the journal is about and what dates the journal covers. By the way, I photo the pages in all my journals so I can look at all the pages in each journal in my computer. This allows me to easily find any page I am looking for and to know what art journal that page is in. (I also have a 4 drawer file cabinet with magazine images saved in files by subject. You might say I thrive on organization!)
I BLAME IT ALL ON THE RENOIR EXHIBIT AT THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM ART’S 2010 EXHIBIT OF RENOIR PAINTINGS. The gift shop had an amazing display of gossamer scarves & I wanted to take everyone of them home with me & wear them always to remind me of the beauty of seeing the world through Renoir’s eyes. Of course, I didn’t even get one scarf so to fill the void I starting collecting scarves at TJ Maxx, Marshall’s & good old thrift shops where scarf beauties hung on racks calling out to me to take them home with them. Sigh. Fast forward to my closet all these years later & you can only imagine all the scarves I own. Have I ever worn them? Sometimes and usually they make me sneeze from the dust they collect hanging around in my closet! So today I pulled them all out. Scarves made of silks & linens, embellished with sequins, pom poms, & lovely tassels. Scarves of turquoise, aqua, blues & purples. Scarves from India sheer & diaphanous, embroidered with elephants. Scarves that really are dreams of the kind of life I dreamed of living. They are not just lovely strips of fabric. They are dreams of romance, of beauty, of a kind of elegant life I simply don’t lead. Sigh. I filled up a grocery bag to go back to the thrift store, but I need to let go of more. Also I’ve now been reminded that all of these scarves state Dry Clean Only. I’m hand washing those I want to keep. It may be just the motivation I need to give more away!