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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Working hard. . .

but sadly not so much time for art! But I can share a few things with you, the little moments I can steal to get things done! I've been spending most of my time at my school, making things for my classroom, and getting things ready for September. Not art, but still creative!

But I have been keeping up with my swaps for the Yahoo group I belong to called Art For The Creative Mind. This group really keeps me on my toes!


First up, my Asian Book. We were supposed to use file cards which have a tab, and the theme was "Asian". Well my favorite Asian theme is Japan, so I did a Kimono based Asian book which now lives in Lake Whanapitae deep in Ontario (it almost didn't get there, I liked it so much I almost made a new one to send away, but there was no time!) I know it's in a good home!

I put smushed bottle caps on the tabs, and painted all the pages black. 
I love red and black together! I used theMizuhiki
Japanese cord to tie the pages together. The bird on the front came from 
a package of Japanese stationary!

  These are the first 2 pages. I have a kimono on the right side of each page and
things I felt reflected the kimono on the left. The word stamps 
I think are all Stampin' Up and maybe the coins too.


The images on this page, and the previous page came from a pack of Japanese
playing cards I picked up at a garage sale years ago.

The image on this page came from a set of postcards my dad gave me many years ago.
All of the kimono images came from Dover as free samples.

Back cover, I love this samurai stamp but rarely get to use it!
The "Hand stamped" is also from Stampin' up.

Next up we have Black and White Tags. This was a fun swap - I love B&W! I first saw these tags on Marnie's blog, and hoped they were coming to me - and they were!



I'm using the first one as my new fav bookmark, and the second one hangs in a place of honor on my fridge!

I made two tags as well, and they are now living in sunny Florida!

Well, I think I'll stop here, even though I have a few more things to show you. Maybe I'll post again tomorrow!

7 comments:

Janet Ghio said...

I really like your Asian book. Those little tabs along the side are really neat!

Neet said...

Oh wow - that book is amazing - what a lot of work has gone into it. I love the bird on the front and the bottle cap indices are a brilliant idea.

Ingrid Dijkers said...

Love the book and the tags! I too am crazy about Black and White, and of course red added is wonderful. Enjoyed my visit to you blog today. Great work!
All my best-
Ingrid

Caatje said...

Wow, your asian book is really stunning! Wonderful work!

Francine said...

Just love your Asian book. Keep up the great work that you are doing on your blog art. Hugs, Francine

Deb said...

Hi Linda,
Thanks for the comment on my blog. I loved doing that poem for myself. It made me think a little about myself that day. We traded postcards back on the color postcard group. I think it is no longer a group. I tried to do soem this year and I think I fell short. Hope I don't owe you a card.:-) I think I am going to love this new group, lots of different things to swap.
Take Care as you get redy for another school year.

Ingrid Dijkers said...

Can't find an email address to thank you for the kind words you left on my blog today. I appreciate your stopping by!
All my best-
Ingrid