Tuesday, August 26, 2008

I'm Home .......

Just a quick post to say hello.... I've missed my blogging friends and have been visiting a few blogs today to catch up on all of the wonderful art that has been created whilst I was on holiday in Hong Kong.... some fantastic art out there!!! The picture below was hanging in the foyer of the hotel we stayed at in Mongkok and I just loved it. Couldnt find out who the artist is, but love the cheeky round faces of the chinese children ... so thought I would share it with you. So cute and quirky. I love Asian art, and this was something a little different to the usual asian themed art I have seen.
Hopefully over the next few days I will have some art of my own to share with you all. I am looking forward to getting back into my Soul Journal (very much in catch up mode) and a page for the fabric round robin I am involved in.
I had a wonderful time in Hong Kong.... the Olympics were electric!!!! My son Matt did Australia proud coming 21st overall in the Showjumping, and jumping his way into both the team and individual finals - we are SO PROUD of him and his horse Leconte. Thanks to all of my blogging friends who wished him well and checked his progress along the way - we appreciated your support.

Take care and happy arting!

Jacky xox

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Soul Journal pages and more Klimt.....

Finally.... pages 1 & 2 of our Collage Potpourri for our Soul Journal with Sarah Whitmire. Due to preparations for my upcoming trip to Hong Kong I have fot a little behind with my pages (but I still intend doing them all as I love this challenge). Prompts for these pages can be found on Sarah blog. Once again I was challenged to go out of my comfort zone. The most difficult prompts for me were the magazine silhouette technique and finally to drip and splatter paint on these pages...... My theme for these pages (derived from the silhouette) was a reference to the body clock ticking away.
I havent glued down the hand from the clock as yet as that will interfere with my other pages. It will have to be done when I finish the journal. My favourite part of these pages are the flowers in the corners which are paper napkins, I love the transparency of them in collage. This inspiration comes from Sharon Tomlinson (All Norah's Art) and Ro Bruhn (both are in my links if want to visit and see their wonderful art journalling).
Also, since this picture was taken I have added a postage stamp of a woman and baby within the clockface of the female silhouette, I think it needed something more.
Below is a Klimt doll made for an "art buddy" up in Queensland. I really enjoyed working with her colours. Sorry about the quality of both this photo and the one above. I didnt have very good lighting and they are a bit washed out (need some photography lessons).

As promised my finished page in Belinda's fabric book. I did a little more embellishing and finished of with a binding of felt ribbon with overstitching.
This is the back of the page... more glorious Kaffe Fassett fabrics plus some colourful threads for the pocket (theme of the book is to have pockets for treasures). Plus see below for another treasure that goes in the pocket....
And this is the enigmatic "Tom' that I created to pop into the pocket. Those who are in this Round Robin know that Tom is the soul mate of Gretchen (bel's doll) and is travelling with her for the final months of this RR. I was so pleased that Gretchen found her soul mate in Australia.
I have had a lovely day today. I caught up with my dear friend Dot for a lovely lunch in Mornington and some creative chatter.... we always have so much show and tell.... always FUN!

(Hope you enjoyed your sticky date pudding Dot.......)

Hope everyone had an "arty" weekend.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

WIP and art swap....

I took this photo a couple of days ago.... it is a WIP (work in progress) for a fabric page for a round robin book being hosted by Belinda Schneider. Belinda loves Kaffe Fassett fabrics and also Klimt (and so do I !!!!). I have tried to include both in this page for her. Very busy and colourful page..... I hope Belinda likes it! Will share the finished pages at a later date. I recently did a swap with Linda Vincent in the UK (I love her art!!!). Below are two ATC's she made for me. Love them both.... I even rented the Frida DVD this weekend to learn more about this artist. It was a great movie and a real insight into her life. Love the zetti ATC too.
Its a shame but the photos just dont do justice to the detail Linda puts into her work. Lots of embossing and some delicate pen work.....
I also received these gorgeous houses. Once again lots of wonderful detail. Love the numbers (7 being my favourite) and the beautiful bird images. A lot of the "doodling" on these houses Linda has done by hand, dont they look amazing.
I am finishing off my journal pages for the Soul Journal with Sarah Whitmire and will have some pictures to post in the next few day (got to get that camera out !!!). Sarah is away on a weeks vacation, so if you want to join in the fun, plenty of time to get caught up with the prompts.

Take care of you!