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Sunday, March 29, 2015

robin´s eggs

in preparation of the scroll Journal(s) there will be a lot of W.I.P. -
simply because i make strips or pieces until a certain stage... then collect them in a box to have something to work on by handstitching.
 
so far not sure about the size... at the Moment i end up with about a half a4 size (lengthwise), but there may be other measures and either i sew together pieces with about the same size or with different size (or place the smaller ones on backings to fit...) - all that will turn out at a later Point of time. just collecting so far...
 
today i made this:
 
 
it started with stamps from green pepper press. michelle ward made gorgeous egg stamp-sets and i inked two of them in blue raspberry and black (my favorite things - pads):
[well, Robin eggs ARE turquoise, but i´m sure you know;)]
 

i stamped two Little nests and in between i glued a selfmade faux postage of a Robin and added a cancellation stamp (ma Vinci)
 

and then i went to the attic to look for my embroidery floss (well, leftovers from a previous life, when i was doing a lot of cross stitching... decades ago...)
what a joy this big tin can holds for me: my heart is singing when i open it, it is like a treasure box...
 



i looked for some threads in Colors to build a nest for the eggs and started crazy stitching:
 
 
and i fixed the faux postage by machine stitching:
 
 
then i layered it onto a Strip from an outworn boxershort of one of my sons (see photo on top).
there is a rule in the house: old and damaged clothing is NOT to be trown out!! (not before it ran through my fingers...)
secret: as my husband is too lazy to buy Shirts himself i buy them in "advance planning" to use the pattern/Color for myself one day.
 
so, this Piece is now in the box waiting to be embroidered with some handstitching. French knots, cross stitching or whatever i can come up with...
 
linking it to mm&m and ajj 


Friday, March 27, 2015

starting a new journal in scroll format

i already said i´m feeling a bit stuck These days. that always happens when i worked for Longer time in the same Format... then i have to put out my feelers into new directions. and maybe Change the medium a bit.
 
AND: it is for a while now that i want to fill a box with bits and pieces for handsewing. i like that because it is so meditative and i can do something e.g. while watching tv etc
 
PLAN IS: journaling in scroll Format.
that means: at first making smaller pieces, sewing These together to get Long stripes and getting them scrolled around a twig or something like that.
 
so today i started gathering some matching stuff (oh my, this again will be an endless adventure...)
 
ribbons, fabric bits...
 
but i also want to incorporate paper (sewn onto fabric probably)...
so i thought of strengthening a Piece of ledger by covering it with dispersion glue (a bit diluted; i had no gel medium at Hand, but this also works similar, i think)
 
spread the glue and let it dry laid on Kebab sticks to prevent the ledger to be glued onto the newspaper...

found some poetry Pictures and glued and sewed this one onto the ledger - thought it might match the themes of ajj and mm&m, but also hope it makes the words i stamped along come true... we are longing for higher temperatures (Alpha from teesha moore)

 now i will look for a fabric to sew this one on and i already have the beginning of the scroll Journal!
maybe i also add some handstitching, too...
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AND THEN...
you won´t believe it... (i hardly do...)
 i.made.my.first.picture.transfer!!!!!!
(which i had tried several times with gel medium and it never succeeded! i had given up, frustrated...)
it was like a voice whispering: try it with that glue!!!
and i did...
i took a laser printed Picture (laying around here for a while; inkjet won´t work, as water is involved...)

i painted the ledger with the glue,
then painted some glue over the Picture...

and pressed it (face down) onto the ledger, burnishing it with my bonefolder

quite moistened... put it aside.

two or three hours later it was completely dry.
then i dabbed a wet dishcloth (spongy type) over the White backside and let it soak in a bit.

and started rubbing gently.
suddenly it seemed so natural...
i have no idea why it never worked before...

going on and on adding a bit of water and rubbing in circles...

until i felt it would be enough.
there is still a bit of paper on the top, but i don´t want to rub holes.
i do not think i will seal this.
i will also sew this onto fabric (Jeans maybe?) and incorporate it into the scroll Journal.
 
so i call it a good day!!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

which egg was mine?

 
once in a while a digital piece...
Background texture: ztampf
bird: png i made from a medieval picture
font: bleeding cowboys
 
Feeling a Little bit stuck These days... i think i should rummage in my fabric stash and maybe make a bit sewing or stitching... decisions, decisions;)
 
the Piece is linked to ajj (wings), moo mania&more (eggs) and 3-muses (eggs)

Thursday, March 19, 2015

fox and goose

actually i wonder that it didn´t happen earlier;)
i made this entry in my Journal upside down... it was too late when i noticed that, so i didn´t want to glue the page together (and the backsides were already worked on...), so now it is just 180° rotated in the Journal.
 
 
the spread is about a childrens´ song (Fox, you stole the goose...), which i printed on ledger paper. at the bottom selfmade tape. stencilling, geese stamps from stempelmine, Background textured with a custom made numbers stamp.
moo mania & more has poultry as theme of the fortnight, and as the goose has wings, it is also linked to ajj.

Monday, March 16, 2015

ethno look

 
a spread in the gelli Backgrounds Journal
with lots of green (> take a word) and red, which i lightened with White stamping (pattern from judi kauffman/red Castle)
upper right: selfmade tape (using painters´ tape)
capolan stamp from stampington, all the rest from zettiology
the two birdy postal stamps (>art-journal-journey) are from Donald evans
 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

bogenhausener friedhof II

some more photos from the cemetery of bogenhausen...
i did not use too many elements, only few decent brushes and some textures of shadowhouse, because i think it could become easily too much on These photos...
 
(in the late middle Ages swallows were a sign of resurrection... and in the folksy sense flying away they mean sorrow and heartache...)
 

hier liegen mitglieder der familien grassl und mack (wer immer das auch war, konnte nichts dazu finden)
bearbeitet mit einer brush von Sissy sparrows - Schwalben waren im ausgehenden mittelalter ein spirituelles Symbol für Auferstehung, im volktümlichen sinn bedeuteten wegfliegende Schwalben herzleid und trauer. außerdem Textur von shadowhouse.
auch bei den folgenden Bearbeitungen habe ich Texturen von shadowhouse genommen und nur vereinzelt zusätzliche brushes, denn bei diesen Bildern wird das sonst auch leicht zu viel...
 
gut gefallen hat mir auch dieses grab des deutschen Dirigenten knappertsbusch und seiner zweiten frau:
 
ein detailfoto:
 
 
und das kreuzzentrum aus der nähe:
 
 
ein weiteres Kruzifix
(grab des theater- u. Filmschauspielers Gustl waldau):
 
grab von dr. Siegfried holzer
 
Kruzifixe in unterschiedlichem verwitterungszustand:
 
 
noch ein paar engel...

auf dem grab von dr med Gustav blank...
 
und werner kreindl, der hier seinen türkisfarbenen engeln zuschaut:
 
verlinkt wird wieder zu mix-it-monthly und ajj
 
und zum schluss noch ein paar detailaufnahmen, eine kleine Auswahl von vielen...
es gibt sicher noch eine reihe von Themen, zu denen sich dann auch noch andere Fotos anbieten werden...
 

 

Friday, March 13, 2015

bogenhausener friedhof

(engl. Translation at the bottom...)
 
 
gestern habe ich besucht:
liesl karlstadt
erich kästner
rainer werner fassbinder
helmut fischer
bernd eichinger
oskar maria graf

...und viele andere prominente künstler, schauspieler, schriftsteller, politiker, geschäftsleute etc, die in irgendeiner weise mit münchen verbunden waren.

sie liegen alle auf dem kleinsten stadtteilfriedhof münchens in bogenhausen. dort gibt es nur etwas mehr als 200 gräber, die nach strengen kriterien vergeben werden: man muss entweder 30 jahre dort im viertel gewohnt haben, oder sich um die stadt münchen in irgendeiner weise besonders verdient gemacht haben.

ich hab mir den kleinen friedhof ausgesucht, denn es war recht kühl (den großen ostfriedhof mit über 34.000 gräbern werde ich mal bei wärmeren temperaturen besuchen...). und: ich denke, auf dem bogenhausener friedhof kann man jetzt vor dem pflanzenaustrieb noch am besten fotografieren (mal sehen, vielleicht geh ich im sommer nochmal hin zum vergleich...) - denn hier gibt es weniger monumentale skulpturen, es dominieren vielmehr filigrane schmiedeeiserne kreuze.

ca 360 fotos in 2¼ stunden, die wollen erstmal gesichtet und bearbeitet sein... fürs erste habe ich jetzt mal ein paar engel herausgesucht...
 
der einzige wirklich große steinengel steht gleich ziemlich am anfang. auf dem grab von Hugo von Seeliger , eines der bedeutendsten Astronomen seiner zeit. Theodor Frey schreibt auf seiner Website: "Ein wunderschöner, in sich versunkener Engel, der in tausend Facetten schimmert."
auf dem bild oben habe ich ihn bearbeitet mit einer brush von scrapbookgraphics und einer Textur von shadowhouse,
auf dem bild unten ebenfalls mit einer Textur von shadowhouse und einem spruch von cvisions: "life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away."
 
 
um die Schwierigkeit zu zeigen, schmiedeeiserne kreuze zu fotografieren, hier mal ein unbearbeitetes bild:
 
 
durch all die lücken hat man natürlich Hintergrund mit drauf, den man nicht haben möchte...
macht alles sehr unruhig, man sieht das wesentliche oft nicht (von den problemen mit dem autofokus mal gar nicht zu reden...)
deswegen habe ich hier einfach oft detailaufnahmen gemacht, wie von obigem kreuz diesen engel (er sitzt oben rechts auf der Krümmung):
 
 
hinterlegt mit einer freien Textur von flickr, am rand musiknotentextur annabelle von kim Klassen, font bleeding Cowboys.
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gelinkt wird zu mix-it-monthly und art-journal-journey
... und wie gesagt, je nach zeit und lust baldiger Sichtung meiner Fotos folgen noch weitere...
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yesterday i visited the smallest graveyard of munich in the quarter of bogenhausen. only 200+ graves, but many of them were very famous actors, writers, scientists, politicians etc... there are very strict conditions to become buried there: you must have lived 30 years in the community of st georg or you are a famous Person with a close relationship to munich.
 
it was quite cold yesterday, so i thought i would not go to the eastern cemetery (as last week) again, as that one has more than 34.000 graves... better for warmer times.
but then i spent more than two hours on the small graveyard anyway... and now i have another 360 photos to be looked through and edited...
 
there are only very few bigger monuments (as the Stone angel above) at this small cemetery - you can mostly find wrought-iron crosses. fine to look at - but hard to photograph. as you can see in the sample Picture, you have a lot of Background and hardly can see the motif... so These crosses forced me to make detailed shots. here for example the Little angel, sitting on the right curve... the Background is taken away by editing and some effects are added.
 
(more to come as time allows...)

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

poultry

poultry is the theme for the next fortnight at mm&m...
and what was my first thought??
 

mean, macabre... says the chicken
yummy, healty... i said
 
dead chicken from coffeebreak designs, recipe and photo printed on old ledger, washi tape tim holtz, Alpha stamps ma Vinci

and linking to ajj, too :)

Monday, March 09, 2015

a spring weekend

we really had a sunny Weekend of spring - and the upcoming week has a wonderful forecast, too.
the nights are cold, but the croci are having a Party in the garden (and i decided NOT to add another gazillion photos of them to my collection;))
 
i was in munich on friday, visiting an exhibition of butterflies in the botanical garden. the greenhouses are awesome and i spent about 2½ hours there (meanwhile i´m clever enough to Dress in layers, because in some of the houses a t-shirt is enough...)
 

i had some time left until a Meeting with friends in the evening, so i went to a graveyard (ostfriedhof), but it was a short stay there, as it was quite cold in the late afternoon... i´ll have to come back, because this graveyard is a really large one and i will surely have to make more photos...
 
 
the angel is from the ostfriedhof, but the Background is from my hometown and taken out of my clouds Folder... plus a texture from shadowhouse creations.
 
Fonts: for the Butterfly Quote brush up too and for the angel draft brush
 
both Pictures are matching the "wings" theme at ajj, the Butterfly also the take-a-word theme "spring" and the angel the current mix-it-monthly challenge...

Sunday, March 08, 2015

watch - guide - protect


an entry in the Teeny tiny altered book
the angel is placed onto a Piece of selfmade tape (with green acrylics and stamped pattern from chocolate baroque)  -  White circles stamps from Flamingo artstamps  -  text stamped with Alpha from teesha moore onto old ledger
 
linking to m-i-m  and ajj