Have you ever tried altering cabinet cards? These are the sepia toned images you can find at the flea market, from around the 1850'5-1920's. You know, the ones where no one ever smiles. I can never figure that one out! Here is one of my book covers with an altered card.
You can see a set of my altered cards on my Flickr site here. The key is to mask the image, itself, then you are free to alter the background by sanding , painting, stenciling, rubberstamping, or anything you can think of. Once finished, add some rub-ons or phrases and these become pretty interesting little works of art! Try one!
I finished up my journal pages from the trip to PEI and thought I would share a few with you. I tried not to 'over-do' it this time, and just did small summary sections for each day. That seemed to make travel journaling more in my grasp....making it possible to finish in a reasonable time frame.
A map of the island and the primary villages we visited.
Right, was the "century house" that we leased. So cute inside.
We saw numerous lighthouses, but this one had a Marconi Station.
Couldn't resist a sketch of the beautiful lupins.
........exploring a new place is such a pleasure. Thanks Erin!
Because I am in full-tilt sketching mode these days, everything in my path is subject to be my subject! In our little town, we have a retired postal worker. He has the outward appearance of a grizzled bachelor, but he sprouts a mean green thumb! His home is surrounded by gardens...both floral and vegetable. Out front, he sets up a card table, with cut $4 bouquets and produce of various kinds. The payment system is an honor jar. An HONOR jar! I keep expecting him to quit using it, but year after year, the jar is there. Money and all. I love that.
I needed a new journal with a little more space on the pages for drawing and watercoloring. I love the Remains of The Day style, but I didn't have enough drawing room! I decided to have fun with the cover. One thing led to another and the magna-doodle was formed! Naturally, I couldn't leave the pages completely plain! I showed a few of the embellishments in a previous post. Here is the end result.