Travel on T Tuesday

Smash book pages recently created
in my Eco Green Smash book...
the pumpkin theme continues!
Above, some ideas that I drew for
Halloween Artist Trading Cards.
Loved the adorable goofy pumpkins 
on the scrapbook paper I bought!

I exchanged an ATC with Dawn over 

Love the colors, the zentangles,
and the cute ribbon~
Thanks Dawn!
I taped her atc into the book with 
decorative tape...

and underneath the atc I drew a Harvest Moon.

My Travel for the week was a quick trip
to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky where we met our
son and his family.  Had a great time,
even though it rained every day. We were
very thankful that we 'camped' in a cabin
and not a CAN
 roast marshmallows in a drizzling rain!

I like to sketch scenes along the roadside
while we drive.  These mystery plants that had
been frosted had marvelous brown 'heads' and
an almost glowing lime-green stem.  Perhaps they
were little sunflowers? I am not sure, but we
only saw them on a short stretch of highway.
Had fun sketching the corn field too...

Bits of songs and silly conversations,
and radio can be a bit random,
don't you think?!  And when the grand kids
are not in the car, I have to be the one to
ask, "Are we there yet?"

On our way home, the fall foliage was rather
obscured by the cloudy day and rain, but
I still enjoyed the autumn colors.

Having my mocha coffee this morning
in my panda mug, which is getting more chipped
over time, but I can't bear to retire it!
Hope you will enjoy some tea or coffee today,
some color~ or some pumpkin!
Linking up with Elizabeth for T Tuesday...

Tricks and Twaddle

If I designed my own travel mug...
it would have curlicues and curling leaves
and a scary pumpkin face...

a grinning cat face seems a bit creepy too.
Very toothy grins and bulging eyes...

while sipping my mocha coffee and surveying the
grinning pumpkins and cats, an old folk poem comes to mind:
"from ghoulies and ghosties and long leggity beasties
and other things that go bump in the night,
good Lord deliver us!"

Linking up with Elizabeth for T Tuesday
link party.  Join us!

Time for Pumpkins

© Dianne Bishop Carey 2011

It's T Tuesday over at Elizabeth's blog:

© Dianne Bishop Carey 2011

And time to share a few pumpkin characters.
To celebrate October, I will show a variety of pumpkin
and Halloween decorations this month, so
'stay tuned' for stitching, painting, drawing,
collections, and dust-catchers of all kinds!

© Dianne Bishop Carey
I love vintage-looking pumpkins, so I am
sharing some past art work inspired by
old paper mache' Halloween decorations.

© Dianne Bishop Carey 2014
Above, an ATC (Artist Trading Card)
 with a vintage-style pumpkin face.  The 
Lettering was generated on the computer 
and printed on card stock. I drew the rest of the
 elements on white card stock, applied
 watercolor or marker, cut out, and glued on.
The background is navy card stock.
This went to Dawn via snail mail!

© Dianne Bishop Carey 2014

Above, 'Jolly Halloween' lettering was also
done on the computer. The background is scrapbook
paper and a piece of Smash book page, with a geometry
diagram from a vintage Geometry textbook.  I drew 
and watercolored the pumpkins and the 
Man in the Moon. The title on the back says
 " I AM smiling," said the moon.  This ATC may end up
in my Project Life scrapbook...

I am having my mocha coffee today and linking up
with Elizabeth's   T Tuesday link party. 
How do you celebrate October?


Typeface on T Tuesday
I learned lettering and calligraphy
in high school, using a 'dip' pen with a
wide nib and India ink.  We practiced and 
practiced the Old English style, until I was
very tired of it.  It was the most complicated
and had the most strokes to each letter.
Now that we use computers for lettering
fonts, it might seem unnecessary to know
hand-lettering styles, but I do enjoy being
able to draw or write almost any style
that I desire in my art journals.

Mixing up the letter styles is fun...and inventing
your own design is too!

Above, lettering 'borrowed' from the Harry Potter
movie series.  I see a resemblance to the 
Old English letters in the lower case lettering...

Above, an example of some lettering done
with a felt-tip calligraphy pen.  Basically that
just means the pen tip is a 'chisel-shape, '
rather than a thin point on the end.
When holding the pen at an angle as you write,
on the down-stroke of each letter you get a
wider stroke than on a horizontal or diagonal.

If you've ever examined the instructions for
calligraphy, some of the diagrams show tiny
arrows instructing the calligrapher in which 
direction to make the strokes for each letter.
It sounds complicated, but once you've 
learned the basics, it's similar for all styles
of lettering.  Above, Speedball textbook, 20th edition, 
copyright 1972. I probably bought this book in
1973, and have used it off and on ever since.

 These days, styles can be much
freer and you can get creative with spacing
and size of letters to suit yourself.  Well, I'm 
not doing a formal document or award, so
I pretty much suit myself!

When I make letters with shadows, I always put
the shadow on the right, as though the 'light source'
is coming from the upper left.  A habit formed during
 that practice in high-school.  When you are focusing
on the lettering, however, it is rather easy to
spell something incorrectly!  I try to double-check
before I ink it.  But the beauty of collage and
art journal pages, is that I can paste something
right over top of a mistake!

 I will be linking up with Elizabeth for her weekly
T Tuesday link party.  

and showing a beverage container...
do you ever have soda for breakfast?
just wondering...

TABS on T Tuesday

Tabs with my morning coffee today...

I like to try finding a topic that begins with 'T' for
the T Tuesday link-up party with Elizabeth and friends.
Thought I would share TABS
 on the edges of my art journal pages.
Tabs make me happy...

Most are made from scrapbook paper or 
watercolor paper, either rectangles or circles
punched out with a circle punch. Notice I sewed a
bit of burlap for the tab on the right. It is rather
bulky, but I like how it looks.  I've also used security
envelope liners, and watercolor paper with doodles
in paint and pen to make Tabs.

There are lots of options!

The Paper Clip as a tab: above, is a counted
cross-stitch design on Aida, that was cut out, glued to
the paper clip along with backing fabric, and 
the entire piece stiffened with white glue.

Another paper clip tab, with a knotted strip of
fabric.  You can also see the purchased paper clip
to the left that has an arrow image on it. I am not sure
if I bought it in the office supply aisle, 
or in scrapbook supplies.

Above, a rather large tab covered with
fabric scraps.  I guess I just wanted to include
the entire collage on this tab...

One of my favorite tabs: a scrap of lace that
I crocheted with beads sewn onto it.  The 
bugle beads and seed beads stick out over the
edge of the page. Not a substantial tab, but
adds a nice texture!

Tabs on cards or tags inside a pocket, make the
piece easier to pull out of the pocket.

A bit of fall color is showing up in my area
of Ohio...and here's one of the many

primitive pumpkins that appear around our
house this time of year.

Linking up with Elizabeth for T Tuesday.
Thanks for visiting!

Techniques on Tuesday

My most often used techniques:
Drawing, painting and collage.
Above, Sharpie pen drawing from a fashion
magazine, while watching a British murder
mystery on Netflix~ "Midsomer Murders."
  Couldn't resist adding that quote to the page!
Sharpie pen, blue watercolor, phone book
pages, and magazine scraps.  Click on the
image for a larger view.

I am faithfully keeping up - barely -
with The Documented Life Project, which
has a new 'prompt' each week.  While I 
usually get one page done (the tip-in)
 for the prompt each week, often
 the pages underneath have to wait days or
weeks to get completed. Sometimes they 
follow the prompt, but sometimes not.
Above, more faces from Week 35. The
journal also includes 'planner pages' with
my activities and appointments for
that week. I decorate and doodle on 
them too, but don't usually show 
them in order to maintain privacy-
at least some semblance of it.

Above, from week 33 ~ the prompt was to 
use your 'under papers' in your art.  Which 
meant whatever type of paper you had under
the art work you were creating, that might have
 splatters, scrapes, scribbles and drips of paint, 
or ink on it. Above, deli paper, painted papers, 
watercolor,  acrylic, Sharpie & gel pens, 
with words from a food packaging carton.

Above, Week 34 prompt  of DLP was to include
 numbers on your page.  I think these collages 
ended up being more successful than 
the initial tip-in page. (using my grocery list!)

Some unfinished pages...not sure what 
more to include, but there will probably be
 quotes and doodles involved...
upper right is a vintage scrap 
from Children's Book of Knowledge, 1953,
along with decorative tape and notepad paper.

Pumpkins and Fall decorations began 
appearing around my house in the 
middle of August. My daughter thought
 it was a bit premature.

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Linking up with Elizabeth's T - Tuesday party,
and showing a 'virtual' coffee mug 
from my art journal.  Pop over 
to T-Tuesday to see what's new...

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There may be more Fall arts and crafts to come
here on the blog...what do you think?