Sunday, October 28, 2012

Studio Sunday

While thinking about this....

I'm doing this


and this


and this


and this


and this


and looking for more surface space to spread out on!


I know there is a table under there somewhere LOL!  Who works like this???


 Let's just say I wouldn't have been able to produce this way at any other place I have ever lived.  Thank goodness I'm here!  Sorry to be silent.  Big deadlines!!!  I will make it through and there will be a big Thanksgiving dinner waiting for me!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Studio Sunday

Abstract art?



A little paint, a brayer and a stamp


maybe a little pencil marking


How do you define abstract art LOL?  This is not a serious question, today.  But I do want to stress the amazing textures that you can create on deli paper and how much fun it is to incorporate those papers into larger pieces of art!  There will definitely be a video coming so stay tuned!!!

I'm working hard on my Cloth Paper Scissors DVD and I can't believe I have just a month of weekends to pull it all together!  I think I better load up on Red Bull for some late nights, too!  I hope you are all getting in some solid creative time this weekend.  If you don't hear from me soon, SEND COFFEE!!!

Margaret

Friday, October 12, 2012

What do Scor Tape and Deli Paper Have in Common?


EVERYTHING!!!!!  
Art journalers, collage artists and altered book people will love this stuff!  


Scor Tape is an awesome double-sided tape that you can make paper and fabric tape with.


I used some of my painted deli paper.


YUMMY!!!


You can also use paper punches!



Oh, did I mention screen-printed deli paper?????


This stuff is fabulous!  Joggles carries this in a variety of widths and check out Barbara's tutorial on using it!


Have a great weekend!!
Margaret

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Studio Sunday-Seth Apter-Giveaway WINNER!


Happy Sunday everyone!I hope you work this morning to clear blue skies as I did.  I'm starting to see some wonderful colors of leaves changing outside my big windows but I saw beautiful foliage yesterday on my road trip to CT (more on that to follow).

Let's get down to business!!!  Thank you for all who joined my FREE GIVEAWAY!!!!!  It is really cool to read them all and people have such nice things to say so thank YOU for that!!!

I pulled up my handy dandy Random Number Generator and let it roll this morning.

The FREE GIVEAWAY WINNER is...



MICHELLE!!!!  
Please e-mail me so I can get your mailing address and ENJOY your new Thermofax screens!!!!


SETH APTER Rocks!!!!  Yesterday, I got on the road at 6:30 a.m. to make it to my workshop with Seth at the big Art Is event in Stamford, CT.  Well...it was way worth the ride!!!!  Seth put on a fabulous class and everyone's work cam out fantastic!  Thank you, Seth, for introducing me to black gesso and acrylic glazes!!!!  


This workshop was his 52 Card Pickup and his thought process (perfect for the disciplined journaler) was that there are 52 weeks in a year giving you one card per week to journal on the back of a cool collage!!  How great is that!!!  I think I could make myself journal once a week, maybe???


I went back over some of my cards with white and then glazed again so I had lighter areas that would show through my layering of screen-printed deli papers!


I just love how they came out!!!


All this awesome color and texture!!!


Here is the book's back cover and the ribbon wrapped around it.  Yummy!!!  The best thing about this project is that the cards are all detatched and you can just pick which card you choose to journal on the back of each week depending on which one speaks to you or captures your current mood.

Awesome, Seth!!!  Thanks again for a fantastic workshop!!

I was also able to connect with a few amazing people whom I met at the CREATE NJ retreat in July, art doll artists that I hung with in 2007/2008 (Hey Susan!!), and even Andrew Borloz, who I met at ArtFest in 2008!!  

Have a great week and BE CREATIVE!!!
Margaret

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Copyright Infringement and BIG SURPRISE!

I just wanted to let everyone know about what happened with my hijacked blog content the other day.  First, BIG THANKS to Michelle Ward for becoming aware that something was amiss!  From what I can tell, someone in Spain, or who knows exactly where, was playing a joke on another blogger that he/she knew and he/she had literally copied the content right from my blog and pasted it into his.  Then, must have added a little blurb about porn.  Needless to say, I was horrified and freaking out because I started this blog Memorial Day Weekend in 2008 when I submitted my first article to Quilting Arts Magazine.  Everything that I had accomplished to date was being strewn across who knows where by who knows who with not a care in the world for the impact that they could be potentially making on my little world.

It's a very scary thing to realize how easy it is for someone to destroy everything you've built in a matter of minutes and as much as I like to give people the benefit of the doubt, I have become a little more cautious these days.  The owner of the other blog has taken down the stolen content and apologized for the inconvenience.  Here is what I did to attempt to solve this issue:

First, I had e-mailed the contact that was on the blog asking if the blog was hacked.  I got no response.
Second, I got on Blogger's help area and posted a question about what to do.  The person from Blogger who answered my question for some reason could not see any duplicated content (ignoramus).
Third, I found this link on the web:


and sent another e-mail (using the exact wording found on the link) for a Cease and Desist Notice to the contact e-mail on the site.
Fourth,with a recommendation from a friend, I found information on Google for filing an on-line claim.  See the link below with information on where and how to file it.


When I woke up this morning, I had received an e-mail response back from the owner of the blog saying something to the effect that he knew who had done it, he had removed my content and apologized for the inconvenience.  Ugh.  That's it??????  LOL I had to be happy with that.  I'm just glad it is solved without hopefully any damage being done (hopefully).

Google also followed up today on the claim I filed last night so if this does happen to you, or something similar or WORSE, definitely file the claim with Google.

Now that I have preached and shared, did everyone know that you can screen-print with Jones Tones glue for foil embellishments?????  Yes you can!  You should try it if you have not.  I recommend washing that screen out immediately since the glue dries fast.  I managed to rinse it all out.  Here is a bad picture but I used one of my border screens to add the foil on top of my already screen-printed fabric.


So...ARE YOU READY FOR THE BIG SURPRISE??????

Cloth Paper Scissors magazine has invited ME to tape another Workshop DVD!!!!  This time, it will all be about creating imagery for the screens I make and creating layered collages with screens and paper and paint and all the good stuff I've been playing with!!!!  Yahoo!!!!!!!!!

AND DO YOU KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS??????

I won't need to video the entire first part of Creating Personal Imagery 101!  It will be available on DVD and download through Interweave/F&W Media!!!!!  The CPS Workshop DVD will show all of the easy ways I create my personal imagery, then I can follow up with all of the Photoshop Elements instruction separately!  I am over-the-top excited about this and will be heading out to Colorado once again mid November!!!  

Ok, there are only a couple hours left before bed and I am BUSY, BUSY, BUSY!  Save those links above in case someone steals your blog content!!!!  I'm headed down to Connecticut to take a workshop with Seth Apter at the Art Is retreat.  Sunday I will open my studio up to the public as all weekend it is Lowell Open Studios!!!  If you are local, come visit!!!!

Margaret