Sunday, January 24, 2010
I have scanned it very big, so hopefully you can enlarge it and see each page.
Marianne, Mim, Lynn, Suki, Kate, Caroline, Lisa and Lolo, you are all such good 'team' players, such warm and caring women, such great artists, who have each created something so very personal for me, and it all fits together in this amazingly perfect little book, which I will treasure forever.
I am so glad that I started this project, (thanks Lisa, you were the first person to show a huge response and excitement when I first suggested it, and this spurred me on to make it happen).
Here it is on my window sill, where I can see it every day and think about a special cover I want to make for it. I do so wish we could display our books in some sort of arty magazine, as they are all wonderful achievements, and now Lynn has started a second round with more wonderful artists from round the World.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart one and all, you make my heart sing and my cup runneth over.
I colored in some shapes here and there to give this side more color.
There you have it. Now tomorrow it will go to Joss!
The back has another bit of self-painted tissue paper and a list of the materials. I will now send it to Katie Jane and then she sends to Caroline I think!! I have received books from all except Lolo.
Friday, January 22, 2010
The back pages will be worked on today as well. I'll post them asap ;)
Sunday, January 17, 2010
I hope you like wax!
on the back part of a poem called "Cold Watercolor" by Wyatt Prunty. Now I mail on to Lynn and Lynn will mail to Katie Jane!!
Saturday, January 16, 2010
The zodiac is a planisphere or map of the stars on a plane projection, showing the 12 constellations of the zodiacal band forming 36 decans of ten days each, and the planets. These decans are groups of first-magnitude stars. These were used in the ancient Egyptian calendar, which was based on lunar cycles of around 30 days and on the heliacal rising of the star Sothis (Sirius).
Its representation of the zodiac in circular form is unique in ancient Egyptian art. More typical are the rectangular zodiacs which decorate the same temple's pronaos.
The celestial arch is represented by a disc held up by four pillars of the sky in the form of women, between which are inserted falcon-headed spirits. On the first ring, 36 spirits symbolize the 360 days of the Egyptian year.
On an inner circle, one finds constellations, showing the signs of the zodiac. Some of these are represented in the same forms as their familiar names (e.g. the Ram, Taurus, Scorpio, and Capricorn, albeit most in odd orientations in comparison to the conventions of ancient Greece and later Arabic-Western developments), whilst others are shown in a more Egyptian form: Aquarius is represented as the flood god Hapy, holding two vases which gush water.
The calendar is in an envelop , so you can decide what to do with it.
I mailed the 3 books (also Mim's own and Lynn's) to Mim today.
Friday, January 15, 2010
I started where Soul left off with her beautiful Egyptian page.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
On the back I just had to make a few quilted hearts.
When I think of Lynn I think of a big heart, because she has one!
I also wrote a poem by Judith L. Cox on the back, which I thought was so beautiful.
Quilt Of Colors
The quilt of colors of these fall days;
Bring ooh's and aah's and only praise;
For the master's brush wields the perfect blend;
All the hues of earth from end to end;
And all the wonders without number;
That we get to see before earth's slumber;
When the world will be caught in the hush Of winter's quiet sleep;
While mother nature does her work, and
All her secrets, she will keep;
Till spring breaks through in all it's glory;
To reveal once again the wondrous story;
Of the beauty and splendor each season brings;
To spark the song that your soul sings.
Judith L. Cox
All your pages are so beautiful Lynn, hope you will like my addition
Thursday, January 7, 2010
This is the reverse of Lisa's page. Having posted the picture yesterday and put it together with the others in her book I felt the back of the page needed a little something to complete it - especially as it is the last in the book and everyone else has actually done two full sides! So, I got cracking today with this. It's a postcard on which I have decoupaged a watercolour painting of two cherries over collaged papers (you may recognise my current favourite - a swirly white paper which seems to be popping up in lots of my pieces recently!). Thus 'Tumbling Cherries' was born! Although the colours are true, the scan does seem to have made the image look a bit flat - it just isn't doing the textures justice - pity :( !
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
I have given it lots of thought and don't feel I can participate in another book right now.
I do so love my atcs, and am involved in so many projects and swaps within my group, that I just don't have enough hours in the day. Now, if only I were retired.................................
I would love it if one of you would carry on; start another book, even an 'artysoulsisters' #2, and even use the same blog if you want to.
I will keep a keen eye on you all to see what you decide and where you go from here.
Love ya all madly for joining me on this project and for all the awesome, personal art that you have created. There's a little memento winging its way to each of you to say thanks and keep as a reminder of our project.
So here is the last page of Lisa's book! Can't believe how fast we've been getting through this super project! I thought that Lisa would like a nature inspired picture and decided on a wild flower/plants theme. Browsing through my books for inspiration I came across one on paper cutting and whilst I haven't the patience for that craft I thought the ideas in it might translate with a bit of adaption to a lino cut, so created a 'simple' design and set to with my gouges. Some hours later this print emerged - it was quite a task - not so simple with lots of curves and zigzags and I am guilty of obliterating a cute snail with a careless slip of the gouge -aargh!! So disappointing as when printed up there was an obvious gap where he was meant to be. However, after fiddling about with various decoupaged bits and pieces, I finally opted for an origami butterfly to take his place! The design was printed with sepia coloured ink onto delicate, lacy/spiderweb-like paper which when applied over the Japanese papers allows the colours to show through . Hope you like the print Lisa!
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Friday, January 1, 2010
Lynn's page unfolded. Isnt it sparkly and pretty. Note the footprints. I think some little elves came into Lynn's studio and walked on the book one night.
The book is just gorgeous, each page an artistic delight. Thank you all for making my book something special. I will treasure it always.