Monthly Archives: February 2009

More of my passion for creating art

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angels at the Italian Cemetary

angels at the Italian Cemetary

One of my many attractions are cemetary angels. I have been doing lots of research and found out that they are mainly used in Catholic cemetaries and most of those being quite old….people buried prior to 1950. I went to a local ¬†almost forgotten cemetary right in my own city, Concord, CA to photograph old graves etc. What I found out was 1) cemetary overgrown with weeds as tall as I am 2) some angels, some portraits of people on their headstones. I went on a foggy day and I think it really helped with the lighting.

Then one weekend, my husband, John and myself went over to Colma to the granddaddy of all cemetary angels sightings…the Italian Cemetary!

Oh my….so many to chose from; big, small, dramatic, tall, cherub like and more. Loved it! It was worth the trip over the bridge to photograph them.

Now I am figuring out how I would like to present them in my artwork. I am toying with idea of doing a gel medium transfer on fabric or in an altered book. I used the faux photoshop program on my computer to add the sepia or black and white to them. Enjoy!

tea dyed tags

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These were for larger tag book swap. 1) cut out 5″ x 7″ ish size tags. 2) soak in strong tea and set out to dry. 3) punch tag hole 4) decorate both back and front 5) add fibers and ribbons. Mail off to swap hostess! I did 14 tags for 2- 7 page tag books coming back to me bound. I loved doing this! Fun! Creative! No two alike!

tea dyed shipping tags

tea dyed shipping tags

IMHO

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In my humble or not so humble opinion, The Fab Four were and still are the greatest rock and roll group ever. Period. End of story. Don’t try to tell me that there is any group greater than Paul, John, Ringo and George.

I remember seeing the commercials for the Beatles to appear on Ed Sullivan show…”the boys with the unusual haircuts…” My Dad said that he was kind of embarrased because their hair was “so long”. That was it, I was hooked on them.

I had a Beatles lunch box, Beatles trading cards, and bobble headed Beatles dolls that you got free when you bought a six pack of Pepsi in bottles, of course. I also had a teenage babysitter named Shirley who was more obsessed than me. She had a 2″ x 2″ square of the sheets that the Beatles slept on. She kept it in her wallet in a little plastic sleeve. I was most impressed!

IMHO the best ever

IMHO the best ever

Poetry Book

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one more page

one more page

cover-flower cut out with packing tape transfer
cover-flower cut out with packing tape transfer
a very sweet poem

a very sweet poem

created with rubber stamps

created with rubber stamps

I was in a swap where you made an entire chunky book. It was about 15 pages long, back and front, 6 x 6″ with lots of charms, decorations, embellishments all around a poetry theme. I loved doing this…in fact, I sent one to a partner in Sweden and one to a partner in New Zealand. It was great fun, lots of work and most fulfilling!

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