Saturday, February 25, 2006

Puttin' on the Ritz

I have joined a circle journal swap, where each person has to make a page for the others in the
group according to their theme. This is the first page I have created - entitled Puttin' on the Ritz.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Collage card by Sylvia

I created a card today by putting together some photos of old books and some scans of my own paintings. Then I tried out various modes to blend them together. It is interesting to see what happens! One could do this work with painting,transparencies and tissue papers.

Prague Manhole Cover

Found this in my photos from last summer... wondering now to what secret rooms in the Castle it may lead...

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Chinese Lantern

I know I'm a bit behind here
I got carried away with the
Manhole Covers.
This chinese lantern was
created using red cord, bells,
crystals, beads and a
feng shui coin.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Picture Trail Album

Taking advice on board from those who recommended Picture Trail for uploading pictures. I have created a Picture Trail Album to store images of my artwork.


All this taking talk and taking photo's of manhole covers prompted me to do a search for some tutorials to make digital madalas using Photoshop. These first two were created using the instructions in this tutorial

The second mandala was created using this image (0ne of my gluebook pages)Then using this tutorial

I created this mandala

it started life as the Minstrel

Friday, February 17, 2006

Chinese lantern for Megan

will be posted next week - made from the cardboard case surrounding my husband's new moble phone sim card, collaged and stamped images

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Stage One - Manhole Cover Project

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Through the arteries to the world within
Now to figure out how to do the plates to attach to the CD

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Heart tag

This collage was made from a variety of bits and pieces
some of which Gail sent to me.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Valentine to Nature Postcard

copyright Monika Roleff 2006.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Old Photos to Share

I started going though my mothers boxes of old photos and letters again the other day and scanned a number that I happily share with you for your personal use. When I add another batch I will let you know.


Friday, February 10, 2006

Chinese Lantern Collage Effect

I didn't know how to go about making a real
lantern, so decided to experiment. With materials
and some creative brainstorming, I realised I
already had things to hand that I could use
for a collage. I rounded up some used tissue
paper saved from Christmas, some yellow
netting from a supermarket lemon bag, used
matchsticks to make the lanterns look realistic, and
some cotton thread from some incense for
hanging threads. The net gives texture, the idea of which I
got from a book, and the tissue is thin enough
to show it through. I already had some insect
stickers in my kit so they came along for the ride.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

New altered book page

I'm really enjoying creating my altered book, I'm rapidly running out of pages to alter.
Luckily I have another project in mind. Here is my latest page that I have completed.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

My First Canvas

I thought I would share my latest adventure. I created this collage on canvas for my husband.
(he loves cooking) This is the first time I have created such a large collage - 8x10 - it is also the first time that I have used canvas. It looks very effective, I may just have to create some more artwork for my home.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

gesso transfer background

I followed a link on the Valentine Countdown Calender and came across this background technique. I'm not sure if it wll be a background - I think the pages look great on their own.
Here's the link:

Light of the Ancestors - Chinese Lantern Mail Art

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Chinese Lanterns

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Asian Altered Book

Front Cover
Originally uploaded by megkenau.

I have started my first Altered Book. I was inspired by Gail's Chinese New Year Book and thought that I would give something similar a go. I have started several pages - I'm unsure at the moment if they are finished, but it is a work in progress. Check out my Flickr album if you want to see the rest of the pages. Just click on the cover page.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Countdown to Valentines Day

Hi everyone

check out Lisa Vollrath's countdown calender for Valentines day.
Each day it links to a papercrafting freebie.