Saturday, February 28, 2009

9 of Hearts

Sometime as I was playing with my other potential 9 of Hearts cards, which I was not very happy with, I got this idea to do a vase full of heart flowers. I am much happier with this, so this will be my contribution to the 2009 ACEO Playing Card Deck.

I did a little paper sketch first to get the placement of the stems, then cut out the vase but left it off so I could extend the stems. Just some simple thread painting, and I filled in a bit with ink. There is some awesome artwork being created for this double deck..can't wait to share more!

Making the final cut of the card was aided tremendously by a new tool I have! My friend Pat from Come Quilt with Me makes templates, so I asked her for an ATC/ACEO template. It arrived yesterday, I've used it several times already, and it is awesome!

It is clear, so I'm showing it here on a piece of colored paper. Exactly 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" so I can trim around it with a rotary cutter!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Friday Night ACEO Trio

It's challenging to learn to work in the space of an Artist Trading Card, and at the same time I am challenging myself to learn how to make collages. Sometimes it is easier to work in a series, and spread the message out over a couple of cards, like in this series...

the dreamer, the lover, and the flower child,
la rêveuse, l'amoureuse, et l'enfant de fleur...

la rêveuse. Diane Weber, 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"

l'amoureuse, Diane Weber, 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"

l'enfant de fleur, Diane Weber, 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"

The clue I keep in mind came from a fellow collaging colleague...4 layers. So in all these cards, there is a background layer, stamped, then a photo, stamped or embellished, paper elements, like the clock faces, the typewriter letters and the dictionary excerpts, then a final embellishment layer - brads, stamped images and crystals...simple :-)

Thursday, February 26, 2009

There is nothing like a book...

No matter how advanced we become, how much I can fit on my Blackberry Storm, and despite my vague interest in Kindle, to me there will never be a substitute for the BOOK.

And so while I may not have much to show for it, I am currently working on continuing to print my blog from last year, and making books of my trip to Paris. And oh what fun it is!

Don't let all your blogging thoughts go away in a puff of ether...print them!

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Yes, so do I, but I need it because I intend to print every word I ever write...hey, a girl has to have a legacy :-)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

9 to 5

Continuing to work on my 9 of hearts...not there yet, but more work in progress.

Actually, I can call these three "done", but I don't think they are quite what I want to submit yet.

I finished off the one I was working on the other day...

And quilted two more...

Still have some work to do...

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Hurrah for Thimble People

The Thimbles humbly accept the 2nd place award in the February monthly Year's Best ACEO Awards Call to Art :-)

Monday, February 23, 2009

After 5 Days...

This collage / mixed media ACEO all started with a vintage airmail envelope. I love these envelopes, the older the better. I saw some, all thin and faded, at the De Anza flea market at the beginning of the month, and the guy had tons of them, but wanted $1 each. I don't think so. So I hunted some down on eBay, a bit cheaper, and even unused! When I cut a piece of the envelope to fit onto the ACEO-sized board, the words jumped out at me!

AFTER 5 DAYS RETURN TO ...why it had to be... PARIS!

To the envelope I added the lovers, and note how their heads come together in a perfect heart shape, just like the stamped paint chip heart behind them, a French ribbon bearing the message "Je t'aime" (this is the ribbon from Loisirs & Creations), an Eiffel Tower (some newly purchased image art) and a canceled France postage stamp (from the stamps Megan bought me at the Grenelle antiques market), then perfectly stamped "Paris" in the return address area, and added a heart and fleur-de-lis. That's the way I left it last night...there was a little something missing.

Tonight I added the Eiffel Tower cancellation mark, and I now find it perfect :-)

ACEO "After 5 Days", Diane Weber, 2 1.2" x 3 1.2"

On the back are additional images of fleur-de-lis, an Eiffel Tower and a Paris postage cancellation mark, and the title stamped in French, "après 5 jours".

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Deadline Approaches...WIP

We're going to have another ACEO Playing Card Deck. This time, a double deck. After staying up until midnight a couple weeks ago to be sure I had a chance to sign up, I've been assigned the 9 of hearts.

Being the literal iterpreter I am, it will be a quilt with 9 hearts on it. Perhaps the idea is not creative, but I'll try to make the techniques so.

I'm starting with hand-painted backgrounds. While I had the paints out, I figured I would paint and stamp a bunch.

This one on the right, a merged progression of red, blue and purple, overstamped with a red heart, is my favorite so far.

And so I did some thread-painting on it today...

Stay tuned as I try to come up with the best 9 of hearts!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

How Do I Love Thee...

A couple of weeks ago I happened across this twill ribbon on eBay, with Eiffel Towers and the numbers,,,une, deux, trois, quatre. Yes, I will take 20 yards please. OK, not quite 20, but a few more than 1 :-)
Since then I have been planning this ACEO, but it took me a while to figure it all out.

I've started cutting up an old romance novel to get my words. It's funny, don't ask me where my hairbrush is, because I don't know, but I had no trouble remembering that there was a romance novel in the drawer of the nightstand in the spare room.

I think next I am going to look for a large print version - it's hard to cut and mount such tiny words!

So, here we have a metallic paper background, a stamped heart image on metallic paper, French ribbon from Loisirs & Creation and Montemarte - all these sewn in place with gold metallic thread. Then I added the lovers image, a gold heart brad, and the words mounted on a paint chip (Home Depot is the best source for FREE colorful paper).

The attached tag is not an emery board, although it does look like one. It's gray metallic paper, with the words mounted on a black paint chip, then a piece of the Eiffel Tower twill tape, connected with silver grommets and a sterling silver S-hook.

ACEO "Count the ways", Diane Weber, 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"

Friday, February 20, 2009

"Winter" in California

I love living in California...would not trade it for anything, except possibly a year in Paris.
Where else is it like this in January & February?

The boys are ready for the sunny season to begin.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

More Valentines...Who Says I Can't?

Who says ACEOs with lovers and hearts have to be limited to Valentine's Day? I like hearts, my favorite color is red, and I have a new set of heart stamps that have to be used, and so here are two lovers, two hearts and ephemeral bits.

This ACEO starts with a background of brown fancy French paper, to which I have added gold vellum, French ribbons, one of which says je t'aime (I love you), stamped hearts, images of lovers, all supplemented with a "2" playing card pip, a red heart button, a gold heart brad, and the message...

"2 hearts beating as 1".

ACEO "2 Hearts", Diane Weber, 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

ACEO Collection Additions

Remember, I DO NOT collect ACEOs!

I just happened to pick up this little gem, because I have a thing pour les lapins (to look at, NOT to eat). It was several months ago that I saw this painting on my blogging friend Deb's blog, and I hunted her down to ask, "where is it, I want to bid on it?". Turns out it was not an ACEO for sale, but a painting she did for her son. But, like an elephant who never forgets, she did another as an ACEO, and I not only hunted it down (sorry, petit lapin, we are NOT hunting rabbits!), but won it!

Here is my little lapin (la pen), who must be "agile" to stand up and reach the carrots growing on the tree :-)

OK, so the references are to "Le Lapin Agile" a very famous cabaret in the Montemarte area of Paris, made famous by the sign of the agile rabbit jumping out of the pot, seen on the front of the building (this is a copy, not the original sign).

The Lapin Agile is also famous because it was a favorite haunt of local artists, including Pablo Picasso, who lived and worked at Le Bateau Lavoir just "deux pas" as the French say (which literally means two steps, but it's more like our "stone's throw"). He painted this self-portrait at Lapin Agile, with the owner in the background, and gave it to the owner, who later sold it for about $20. The next time this painting sold, the price was $41 million!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Adding some an ACEO

I decided to get out the paints the other day. Well, the paints are always out on the painting, I mean dining room, table. I was making an Asian themed artist trading card and wanted a bamboo stem down the side.

As simple as this card appears (which is the goal with asian art) it has a lot of elements - the painted bamboo stem, a piece of silk dupioni down the right side, clip art geisha and butterfly , some fancy red and gold papers, a (fake) gold coin, and the stamped word "beauty".

On the back is another mini collage - fabric base, some fancy paper, and a fabric fan that would not fit on the front.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Speaking of Sewing Themes...Vintage Sewing Bargello

This poor quilt is feeling rejected, and needs to be adopted and find a good home. It was purchased, but unfortunately the sale fell through. So it is back, waiting for someone to love it. I love it of course, but I can't love, as in use, all my quilts.

The fabric in theis simple bargello is all Lakehouse, from the vintage sewing collection. I remember Holly drove down to Atlantic City to show me this collection, and I was so excited to design a bargello with it. It looked so wonderful at Quilt Market that year...a shining star in the booth. Poor thing has gone from celebrity status to reject :-(

Don't worry, lovely quilt, someone will come along again to love you!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

And Sew They Lived...a Cartoon ACEO

This is probably the most fun I have had making an ACEO, and I smile, chuckle or outright laugh every time I look at it, which has got to be a good thing...

The background for my cartoon thimble couple is blue and green fabric mounted on stiff interfacing, on which I have free-motion quilted a grassy field. The thimble couple are composed of paper thimbles, thread painted arms, legs and hair (I love the "That Girl" hairdo on the girl), button faces, and brad embellishments.

On the back is a funky folk-art fabric and the title of this ACEO, "And Sew They Lived...".

It's my entry in the Year's Best ACEO Group's monthly Call to Art (YBAC). The theme for this month is "cartoon art". I thought I was going to have to pass on this theme, since I don't know how to do cartoons. But Megan tells me that cartoon art is animating normally inanimate objects. OK, I can do that! I chose a couple of my favorite objects - thimbles and buttons, and made them into stick figures...I can draw stick figures :-)