Tuesday, May 24, 2011

First Journal book (almost) done, and a new friend

hi friends, Here is the cover of my first altered book which I filled with paintings of girls, and song lyrics  .I may add a bit more embellishment, because all I have right now is some baby pink pom poms on the bottom, lol! and I think she needs some more glitter.
I can't wait to start another one soon.  Using these recycled board books was a great way to practice my faces, with no worry about ruining a canvas. I was able to try different faces, and even paint a portrait without starting with a sketch first.
Now I also want to make my own journal. I've seen some artists with those really big juicy journals, with thick pages, and torn edges. I've been looking on Etsy hoping to find something similar, but had no luck.
However, I can make something similar, and the very talented Teesha Moore has a fabulous Youtube video, showing you how to make a 16 page journal. I love Teesha!



Last Saturday we finally saw the sun shine, yay! so me and my dad drove to a greenhouse to buy some flowers and vegetable plants for my garden. I wanted to go to this particular place since hearing they have animals, like chickens, goats, pigs, ponies,  and of course parrots. This cute little guy was hard to photograph, each time I would move back trying to get a good profile pic of him, he would follow me, lol! 
I used to want one of these birds since seeing one on the tv show Baretta,! does anyone else remember that one? I'm showing my age now, so I will stop :-)

thanks for reading! and have a blessed day

19 comments:

Magic Love Crow said...

Hey Betty, yeh I can post! I had to change my browser! I love your journal with the pink pom poms! LOL! I remember Baretta! LOL! I was a little young though! LOL! Cute picture of the bird! I did some gardening too! Did you hear about the maybe postal strike? I'm putting my store on vacation, I don't want anything getting lost! Untill I know what is going on!

Sophia said...

Hi Betty...loving your journal cover/book. Ohh la la. Fab work. And what a beautiful bird, too. :) Hope you are well. Hugs

Mina said...

Your journal is gorgeous. There is something about the expression in the eyes that really move me.

Annie said...

Your journal cover is beatiful. Adore the pom poms.
Hugs,

Jaime Haney aka ArtsyFartsy.Me said...

your journal cover is beautiful, I love her great big eyes and the pink pom poms... how appropriate for you ;)

Clare said...

your journal cover is stunning, its a happy pink candy delight - what a clever idea to use board books - gonna try it myself.

Jen @Sadie Inspired said...

She is sooo pretty! Love your journal cover. I will have to check out Teesha's video. :)

slommler said...

Love your journal cover!! Beautiful!
And I too remember Baretta!! Oh my! Haven't thought of that show in years and years. That bird was incredible. And the one you have befriended is gorgeous!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Lee Pierce said...

Betty, your cover looks great! Forgot to look for board books at the dollar store :( time to start making lists...
Yup, I watched Baretta too ;^)

Cameron said...

This looks great!!! I'm getting clost to finishing up a few projects, then I can start doing this myself...the books are calling to me from the shelf. Oh, and I got a big ol jug of gesso...haha! I'm set!

Thanks so much for the inspiration!!!

Diane said...

I don't think you could mess up a face if you tried--I love your girls!!
And Hey--I remember Baretta!! Was the bird's name Fred???

Julie-ann Bowden said...

She's lovely! Always beautiful and going to be a whole book too!
Hugs!
Julie

Judy said...

Thank you for that youtube link!

Judy said...

Thank you for that youtube linke :)

Purple Pony Art said...

How unexpected to see a cockatoo at a greenhouse!

Pam of Always Artistic said...

Your book is beautiful. Hope you can find or make a cool art journal for yourself!

Cockatoos are beautiful. We babysat one for 4 days and was a learning experience. I am glad I went with a smaller parrot, as they are so heavy on my arm.

Faerie Moon Creations said...

She is absolutely lovely!!! What a beautiful cover. :) All your girls are so fabulous. I love them all! Theresa

Fair Rosamund said...

Your portrait is absolutely beautiful! How fun to make your own journal, I can't wait to see how it comes out! :) And that greenhouse sounds lovely, that bird is such a cutie! ~Lauren

Kimberly Vanlandingham said...

Your journal cover is amazing!!!