My great grandmother, a scrapbook page for my family history book

This is my great grandmother who was named Martha Fritz Meier.  She came to America from Germany as a child.  She married my great grandfather when she was 18 and living in Minn.  They came to California and she had 11 children.  Unfortunately, my great grandfather died early and my g. grandmother had to support her family.  She was a strong woman who lived to 88 years old.  The contrast between the two photos ; one when she was about 40 and the last right before she died at 88 are both so beautiful.ImageImageImage

free tutorial on how to make a clay cover mixed media collage for an art journal or smash book DIY art project

This is a free tutorial on how I make air dried clay covers for some of my art or travel journals.  I will post the pictures with the explanations below.  Start with some air dry clay that you can get at Michael’s or Joann’s in the children’s art sections.

ImageMeasure the cover of your journal and roll out the clay on wax paper and cut it just a little smaller than the cover measurements. ImageHere I have cut the clay and added 2 rolls in a swirling pattern and stamped some impressions on the clay.ImageHere are four different clay shapes that I made at this time.  It is easier to make several different shapes and clean up afterwards.  The one I am going to use in this project is the one on the far left.ImageThe painting is down after I have let the clay dry for one day.  I use metallic paints; teal and sapphire blue to make the base of the collage.ImageHere are some of the supplies that I use to make the collage vary in color and textures.  The glass beads paste is spread around and then the micro beads are sprinkled on top so they will dry embedded in the paste. The Golden gold paint is used sparingly to highlight the different levels on the clay.ImageHere I have glued on Tim Holtz’s metal gears, and clock face and hand to the top of the swirls.  I then glued on Swarovski crystals to make the collage sparkle.  Here I am trying it on the top of the journal that I will be covering to see how it fits.ImageThis is the finished journal.  I have covered the journal with matching card stock and glued the clay collage on top.  I have added a ribbon loop and a brad to make the closure.  The cover is done.  Inside the journal I continued the theme of Steampunk purple with designer papers and envelops and tags that I made to hold journal ling and photographs inside for future use.  Here are some photos of the inside of this art journal.ImageImageImagethis journal and other journals that I have made in a similiar manner are available in my etsy shop at  https://www.etsy.com/shop/LDphotography?section_id=6805677&ref=shopsection_leftnav_5

 

Hope you enjoyed learning about this fun way to use air dried clay for mixed media collages and journal covers.

starting new 2014 art journal smash book

For the last two years I have started to seriously journal and smash at least once a week.  You would not think that is so hard to do but finding the time and inspiration is sometimes difficult.  Here is the cover of the new journal that I just finished   I made a digital photo background on PSE  then I added some tissue paper to make some layers on the bottom.  I added wood cutouts of people to represent my family, gears, stars and the year 2014.  I painted all of them.  The clock is a metal embellishment and then I put Swarovski crystals to make the cover sparkle.  I put the collage on a piece of vintage paper and added a Graphic 45 ruler on the bottom.  The title of the journal is “2014 ; a year for change and travel”.  We shall see what it brings.  I will try to document the pages here in my blog.  Good luck to you and your families this year.ImageImageeImage