International Swap Pages from Chris

What's black, and white and
red all over?  This art swap page
from Chris over at Pearshapedcrafting .
My theme for this swap is
"Word and Number Play."
Beneath the red acetate overlay is

'Play', a puzzle, numbers, and playing cards...

Vintage music images, and a
gorgeous tag...

A colorful clown page...
that has a folding door. It
opens to reveal clowns of
television and movies!
Love Danny Kaye,
Robin Williams, and Lucille Ball!

"Strength in Numbers" ~ I think it is
inspired by Lynn Perrella's work.
The simple technique of repeating an image
makes a big impact, especially with the use
of bright colors and interesting textures.

Six of one, half dozen of
the other. Namely, 6 boys--

and half a dozen girls!
The flap opens to reveal the
girls, and the tag has the swapper
information on the back. The
eyelets and strings are fun, and the
 numbered images carry through
the theme...

Vintage fashion images and
a sweet tag. I delight in vintage
images, and can only wish that things
were always "just the right size!"

Linking up with Bleubeard and Elizabeth
for T Tuesday.  The Techo drawing
below with the tiny, wonky coffee cups
will have to do for my beverage reference
today.  You can join the blog hop
every Tuesday over at Altered Book Lover
and share a beverage with the group.

I am so enjoying the swap art I've received,
and next week on T Tuesday,
I plan to show you what arrived
from Annette! So stay tuned...
have an artful week!

Swap Pages

My second set of swap pages
(the Rust pages were the first set)
were due to be mailed out just
as my old computer 'gave up
the ghost.'  So I took photos with
my phone, and am just now
remembering (and figuring out how)
to post them here on my blog...

The theme for these pages was
"Childhood Memories."  Which I
found a bit challenging, since my
childhood memories from here in
rural Ohio might not be anything like
those of someone in a different area
of the country, and possibly in an urban
area.  What childhood memories
are universal? I did have a hint that the
recipient enjoyed stitching themes,
so I took the opportunity to add
fabric, lace and stitching. I found this
charming illustration in a vintage book
and thought it was so cute, so it
became the focal point of the page.

Another vintage illustration from an
old book -the children reading- found
its way onto this page.  I painted the
violets on a page of text that had been
covered with gesso. I used to pick
violets for my mother when I was young,
so that's why I chose violets.  Fabric
scraps and some watercolor doodles,
along with some cross-stitch flowers
finish off the page.

This is the tag for the "Childhood
Memories" page, with the credit to the
illustrator.  Not shown was a tag for
the illustrator for the 'children
reading' image by Annabelle Prager, c.1972.

A fun theme to interpret...
what are your favorite
childhood memories?

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Techo Illustrations and Notes

Do you think having an
illustrated diary might prompt
you to do more interesting things...
just so you have something to
write about or draw?

Or does daily life become more interesting
when we are looking for the opportunities
in each day to write or draw something?

This week, my Techo seems to be all
about the food!  Have you been to one of
those steak houses where the décor
consists of trophy heads on the wall?
Kind of creepy on one level, but an
opportunity to draw something that I
probably won't see in real life.

This trophy head was on the wall
behind my daughter.  The waiter left
blue crayons on the table (the wait staff
writes their name on the paper 'tablecloth'
after they introduce themselves) so of course
I had to take the opportunity to draw!  Then I
remembered my watercolor pencils and
water brush were in my bag...dear daughter
thought it was a great opportunity to post
my photo on Facebook--drawing on the tablecloth.
My first thought upon seeing the post...?
"I look so old, and I'm frowning-(in concentration)
why didn't you warn me?!"  sigh...
but at least she thinks I'm a
"cool mom."

Recording the activities and outings for each
day brings back memories when I read
about them again later...I enjoy investigating
little shops and old fashioned
dime store/hardware stores!

Sharing a mug of mocha coffee
this morning, and linking up with
Bleubeard and Elizabeth for
T Tuesday...
what have you been doing this week?

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UnPlanner 2016

For May, I've dispensed
with the monthly view calendar in
favor of a collage in my DLP

One of our challenges was to
create a pocket.  I decided I'd like
to have some scallops on the edge,
and make the size so that the
page behind it would show.

Haven't written anything on the tag yet.
I'll figure something out...I used mostly
highlighter on the tag. The pocket
page is a combination of watercolors
and highlighter pens.

Though still doing the
Documented Life Project,
it has been challenging keeping up
with both my Hobonichi Techo and
DLP at the same time. April was a bit
over-committed since I was also doing
a Fake Journal, and swap art too. 
My daily activities don't always show up in
my DLP, but it's a fun way to
follow the challenges of the group and
do a few more doodles and sketches.
And try to use up what's in my stash
without buying more stuff!

Techo Drawings and Notes

Notes for the week in my
Hobonichi Techo...
loved the Sketchbook Fury class
by Graham Smith in
So fun, and lots of great tips.
I've always wanted to be
an Art Ninja.

I like to write down random thoughts
and quotes. (I guess you already know this)
 I am amused by most any little thing... 
As I am linking up to
the Tea Tuesday blog hop over at
Bleubeard and Elizabeth's, that little drawing
of the glass coffee mug, in which I had milk,
is my beverage reference today.

Since Mother's Day happened in the U.S.
this week, there were a lot of gorgeous
flowers for sale in the stores...
I bought pink begonias for my mother.
Though it seems that the weather in
our area is barely warm enough for
planting anything outside just yet,
the calendar says we are past the date
for frost danger. A few days ago it was
 getting in the 40F degrees  overnight! 
Really ready for warmer days...

Trying to maintain smiles through the
many cloudy and rainy days recently...
so "cuteness" creeps in to the journal.
How do you find
the 'silver lining' in your days?

Techo Pages

Pages in my Hobonichi Techo...random stuff, what I did, heard on the radio, or even crazy stuff I saw. You just never know...

T Tuesday

I am learning to make blog posts from my Android smartphone... It's a whole new learning experience. Maybe there will be a new computer in the future, but that would be assuming we find time to go shop for one...

Not sure I will be able to figure out the link up process, but do visit Elizabeth over at Altered Book Lover for  a beverage and a chat.

T Tuesday: Techo, Tea, and Treasures

Some days my Hobonichi Techo becomes
a Bullet Journal with illustrations.
A Bullet Journal (or Planner, or Organizer) 
seems to be one of the current
 enthusiasms On-Line these days. 
All types of Planners are available.
(and accessories to go with them)
I am NOT that organized.
Writing stuff down does help...or else
I will forget the errands I intended to
do before I even get out the door!
And I do love to make it pretty...
and fun...and random. instead of tea. Most days.
I did not draw these monsters. They
are stickers. Aren't they cute?!
Sometimes I get grumpy about rain
 and dreary, cloudy days.

And then, just in time for my eye
doctor appointment, and the dreaded
dilation of the eyes, the sun comes out!
I won't complain though. Sunshine cheers
me up immensely.  And cheap sunglasses
(can't you hear ZZ Top singin' it?)
are really helpful. I actually put a pair
of clip-on sunglasses on my prescription
glasses, and then another pair of 
sunglasses over that!

Poor hubby had some unpleasant
oral surgery, so I've been trying to
figure out what soft foods can
'make a meal.'  (I don't have a blender)
Hence the list of mushy foods.
Mashed potatoes and gravy seems
to be his favorite...but he's 
dreaming of milkshakes.

I hope you will stop by my
to see what my 2016 Fake character is 
drawing and painting...can you
guess what my character does?

Linking up with Bleubeard and Elizabeth
for the T Tuesday blog hop, in which we
share a beverage and whatever is on
our minds. Stop by for some interesting
photos and activities, maybe even 
some treats along with a beverage.

'Wedding Cake' hot air balloon~

Techo Tuesday

Hobonichi Techo
illustrated diary/art journal of sorts.
A tea bag wrapper made into a
little pocket in my Techo...

which qualifies me to 
Link up with Elizabeth and Bleubeard's
T Tuesday group. Every Tuesday we share a 
beverage, and pretty much anything
else that's going on.  Elizabeth has been
sharing some creative recycling tutorials,
so check them out!

I showed these 'pear trees' previously,
but the blank space beside them needed
something. Enter the painted scrap of 
paper...just for a fun contrast. It may 
also need a word above that...we'll see.

Any bit of random info can 
go in here...

I like the sound of "some serious
monkey business..."  love 
Curious George! Saw this in a 
cute new book, (sorry, didn't write down
the title) and it looked like it could be 
used as a high school graduation present. 
 It had fun observations 'for life' from 
Curious George's misadventures...

Acckk! I am so over snow right now.
I think there may be some serious
groundhog hunting going on around here.
Watch out Buckeye Chuck and 
Punxatawny Phil...

I invite you to visit my Fake Journal blog
to take a look my 2016 fake journal.
  See what you can figure out
 about my character...

What's up with you?