Playing with something new in the studio

May 16, 2013

It’s a quiet day at home.
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Everyone’s busy doing their own thing,
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and I had enough of photography for the day.
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So I snuck away into my studio and altered a book.
This is a sweet little children’s book with sturdy pages. It is called Sheila Sinclair’s Quest by Muriel Stapley. I loved the little cameo image on the front cover and decided this would be my quest to play book.
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I glued every three pages together with a glue stick to make a sturdy “canvas” for holding paint, collage, anything. This left me with 18 paintable surfaces. Not too long, not too short, just right for a quick fun play.
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The first page evolved into a life-sized petunia blossom from my garden, painted with acrylics and India ink on a backdrop of collages paper.
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The second pages features a found phrase and is painted with black gesso, India ink, colour pencils and white chalk.
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For the next pages I’m playing with constructing pop-ups.
Stay tuned for more.

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  • Reply Becca May 16, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    You are so talented and imaginative and creative and just wonderful. Just wanted to let you know in case no one has told you lately. πŸ˜‰

    • Reply Veronica May 16, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      Aw Becca, that’s so sweet of you, you sweet sweetie. Thank you so much. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Felicity May 16, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    I have been trying to leave comments but without success.
    It happens all the time.

    Lovely post and presentatiion.

    • Reply Veronica May 16, 2013 at 5:30 pm

      Hi Felicity, that’s so strange. Oh dear. I’ll look into it because I love seeing you here. πŸ™‚

  • Reply michellepond May 16, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    As usual, your work is beautiful. Looking forward to the pop-ups!

    • Reply Veronica May 16, 2013 at 6:58 pm

      Thank you Michelle. I’m looking at an old children’s pop-up book trying to figure out the construction. Seems simple enough. πŸ™‚

  • Reply May 16, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    I AM SO HAPPY THAT YOU ARE DOING THIS! It brings joy to me.

    • Reply Veronica May 16, 2013 at 6:59 pm

      Aw Kathryn, thank you. I’ll post some more pages soon. πŸ™‚

      • Reply May 17, 2013 at 6:40 pm

        Please do however I am 600 +/- emails behind.
        This traveling thing…….

  • Reply M.A.Rauf May 17, 2013 at 1:05 am

    Hi Veronica, i am glad i am here. Love to see rest of your posts. This is a very good idea. You are incredibly talented Veronica. What else would you do when children grow up and you are left with many old children’s books ? While deleting a lot of spam i found your comment, i sincerely apologise that i did not respond as i stopped blogging a couple of years ago.Glad to know that you are Alicia’s friend ( Alicia M Ballard, Studio Galaria on Facebook ) i am glad that you are still coming up with posts. good to know you Veronica

    • Reply Veronica May 17, 2013 at 4:04 am

      Hello M. A. I’m glad you’re here too. It’s too bad you’ve stopped blogging and I hope you start again in the future. I think you have a great deal to offer. Your argument against skin whiteners was very moving and your photographs of the gulls and terns took my breath away. Take care for now. Love to you form me…your new friend. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Catherine Llewellyn May 17, 2013 at 1:21 am

    just stunning x

    • Reply Veronica May 17, 2013 at 4:04 am

      Catherine, you’re a sweet sweetie. Thank you. XO

  • Reply Jeannine Bergers Everett May 17, 2013 at 4:43 am

    Beautiful – I would love to spend a day wandering about one of your imagined worlds.

    • Reply Veronica May 17, 2013 at 6:48 am

      Thank you Jeannine. Wish you were closer and we’d build an imaginary world together. Hey, how about I start, send it to you, you do something, send it back, I do something send it to you again and so on. That would be fun! πŸ™‚

      • Reply Jeannine Bergers Everett May 17, 2013 at 10:03 am

        That would be fun! I could use some new creative inspiration. I feel like I have tunnel vision. I’d love it if you could share some of your pixie dust with me!

        • Reply Veronica May 17, 2013 at 1:07 pm

          Ooo, lets work something out. I’ll start a piece and send it to you maybe? In a small journal? Two journals post crossing back and forth, one for you, one for me to keep eventually? Whadaya think? πŸ™‚

  • Reply Anita Rivera May 17, 2013 at 5:30 am

    Hi Veronica! I love these art journals; what a grand way to spend a day, musing in the beauty of your home. I have you down on my link list that you are participating in the FRANCE link party? It started this morning and your link is LIVE. Please let me know if you are no longer interested in posting…I need to know. Anita

    • Reply Veronica May 17, 2013 at 6:46 am

      I’m in Anita, just getting organised. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Sara v May 17, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Wow Vernonica!! Those are stunning–looking forward to seeing what else “pops up” πŸ˜‰

  • Reply nantucketdaffodil May 17, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Oh I love the journal! I saw something similar on Jeanne Oliver’s course!

    • Reply Veronica May 17, 2013 at 1:09 pm

      Hi Monica, don’t you love Jeanne Oliver? I do. I love her collaged girls. πŸ™‚

  • Reply jlynn sheridan May 18, 2013 at 5:19 am

    Your art is inspiring. Some day I’ll dig out my water colors and ink and play again. Looking forward to seeing your pop-ups.

    • Reply Veronica May 18, 2013 at 7:09 am

      Hi JLynn, Gosh I hope you do. I’d love to see some of your stuff. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Jeannine Bergers Everett May 20, 2013 at 11:23 am

    I love the idea of sharing a journal with you! Lets do it!

    • Reply Veronica May 20, 2013 at 3:14 pm

      Great Jeannine, let’s do it. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Astrid May 27, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    I love your pictures, they are just beautiful! I wish I could draw, but I’m useless so I’ll just have to stick to stitching!

    • Reply Veronica May 29, 2013 at 8:37 am

      Astrid, I wish I could sew. πŸ™‚

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