Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Bits and bobs



I'm making a new journal out of recycled manila folders and the green heavy card folders that are used in metal filling cabinets. I've cut them to size but have to assemble them. I'm not sure if I will spiral bind them or come up with some other process. The black lacy background is actually a paper napkin, it looks so much like lace and even has a texture to it. The pink rectangle is the inside of an envelope and the Lulu/Diva 1 is a paint swatch. The flowers are cut out of my decorated paper scraps.




This necklace is made from found objects.





The close up bead is one I made from Polymer clay and an old washer. I bought some old African beads many years ago and couldn't find anymore so thought I'd have a go at making some. I was quite pleased with the results.






I cut a hole in a metal tag, then cut up an old wooden carpenter's ruler. I riveted the metal to the ruler.






Finally this is one of the pastel paintings for my exhibition, I'll have pastel and acrylic paintings in the show, it's just a case of getting them finished and framed.

I also have to thank Toni for nominating me for the Arty Pico award again. I again thank everyone for their awards.

Don't forget to visit Monica's site for the Pink Artist fabulous doll competition to support breast cancer. Thats' open until the 15th October.

26 comments:

Sharon said...

I'll be watching to see what you do with the new journal. I have such supplies too. Amazing how the black napkin looks like real lace. Also, the painting is beautiful. And your homemade bead is great.

kate said...

You seem to have boundless creative energy! I particularly love your clay and washer bead. It's brilliant!

rivergardenstudio said...

I can hardly wait to see what you do with the journal, love all the unique textures and colors. Also, I agree with Sharon and Kate, the close-up of the bead is wonderful! Roxanne

sharon young said...

Great start to your journal, RO, sounds very intriguing and 'green' :-)
I must admit I'm thinking a lot more about recycling these days than ever I used to.
Love the bead and washer combo.
And your pastel painting is beautiful, wish I was going to be there to see the exhibition, post lots of pics, please.

MARGARET FIELD said...

wow some beautiful pieces of work you have done.

I came over to find out about paper napkins, after Jacky mentioned you.

And boy that black lace one looks amaxing

Alexandra Knittel said...

Your work is wonderful.

Crow said...

interesting blog...i like the pictures very much

Maureen said...

Like my friend Margaret I'm interested in the napkin, never seen one like that in the UK it's fascinating - really looks like lace. Love your worlk also !

Heather, paperfollies.typepad.com said...

What a great idea for a journal...i absolutely get frustrated with those green hanging folders b/c they always come apart, so now a new use if i ever come upon any! The bead is great...i think you recreated the african look nicely...
you are truly a jill of all trades!
xo heather

Jo Horswill said...

Ro, I have been contemplating the whole "recycled art" concept lately. I open your page and there it is!!!
You have produced some amazing pieces here.
The page is wonderful...gee lucky book! I would be tempted to frame it!
The jewellery has a unique and thoughtful feel to it and yes sensitive too.

Maria said...

Beautiful pastel painting Ro :-) I can't wait to see photos of your exhibition!

Joanne said...

I love your painting Ro, I thought it was a Monet! Can't wait for the Exhibition.

Marilyn Rock said...

Ro; love what you're doing with your new journal! Amazing; such beautiful colors and patterns. Your clay beads - WOW! Your pastel painting is incredibly beautiful; so soft and elegant.

grrl+dog said...

The found objects are a thoughtful collection. I especially like the patina on the polymer clay bead

Judy Wise said...

That bead is awesome!!

Elizabeth said...

Ro- You just blow me over!! Your pins are wonderful and your new floral Journals are divineAND you do pastels as well!!! Is there anything that you don't do- you are such an amazing inspiration for me! i can't wait to see the finished folder Journals!! your Show will be such a treat fro all lucky enough to attend- I wish that I could beam myself over!! i am sure that you will both be a smash hit!!

Thanks for my OVER DOSE of wonderful inspiration!!
Hugs!
Elizabeth

Jackie said...

Lovely pastel piece Ro.

femminismo said...

Thank you for explaining how you did this. Unbelievable! That napkin looks like real lace and I wondered how you "drew" the flowers on it. The bead is a wonder. If we were beginning the world over again I'd nominate you to be jeweler for all the women! femminismo

Robyn said...

Love the carpenters ruler tag, but then I love everything in this post. The journal page is lovely.

Sam Marshall said...

Wow,wow, wow!!! You're so amazing.

Vanessa said...

So multi-talented. I adore the found object necklace!

Jen Crossley said...

Your amazing Ro you always inspire me with your creative flare.
LOVE LOVE the metal tag with the ruler
Jen

A bird in the hand said...

Ro, your jewelry is magnificent. I am very drawn to found objects!

cheers, Colette

Ann Christine Dennison said...

You are multi talented. Love it all :-)

Jason said...

Do you mind if use some of those necklace photos on my blog. I did a post about your work. I was trying to use an etsy mini but it didn't work.

purplepaint said...

Oh this is just gorgeous!!! Your work is beautiful! I love your jewelry also!