Super sweet Japanese heirloom tomatoes anyone? When I saw all of these fat flower-shaped tomoatoes sitting in a wooden crate I kept saying over and over, “They’re so beautiful.” I mean just look at them! Who could resist? Then I saw these enormous avocados. The flavor is buttery and mild. Mmmmmmmmmm perfect for a mid-afternoon snack with a dash of salt & pepper. The vendor selling these babies told me they were known as “Cannonball” avocados. This morning found me at the Pasadena Victory Park farmer’s market. It’s quite a bit larger than the Montrose market and a fun change of pace.
Wyatt Earp is at the ready to inspect everything.
I have fallen in love with this stencil I carved today. I’m sure by the end of this post you’ll know which one I’m referring to. I also cut another self-portrait. I have reached the absolute END of my visual journal. AFter I spray/stencil the covers that’ll be all she wrote. In October this bursting at the seams book will be headed to Tempe Arizona to The Paper Studio for their annual UNDER THE COVERS art journal exhibit which lasts for a month. My friend & mailart buddy extraordinaire RANDI is a regular participant in this show also. This will be my 3rd year participating.
Once I cut a stencil I have to spray it on everything. This old music booklet came from a winter trip to the flea market. I’m not so much into sheet music, but it does make a nice background for a stencil.
Sometimes I don’t have the patience to wait for the paint to dry. Things get stuck together, pages rip, accidents happen, stencils are flying. Most of this stuff I never use. But oh…. the fun of so much unbridled chaos!
I’m very fond of this deer. He insisted on being on the cover. And about 6 or 7 pages inside.
And a monoprint. MICHELLE had an in-depth post this week about spraypainting/stencilling. In it she mentions printing with stencils. You can go here and read more. Sometimes the monoprints come out cooler than the actual stencil. Sometimes they’re a goopy mess. Spraypainting is wildly unpredictable.
Here’s that last page I was telling you about.
And the back cover.
Lisa Hoffman says
It’s so inspirational and what feels better than a beautifully FINISHED journal?
Well Done, now on to the next one, new frontiers, new mylar to cut…..
I agree with Michelle, let’s just hop right up on the desk next to Wyatt…while we’re eating fresh stuff from your farmers market. That produce makes our stuff look like cardboard. Drool.
oh- geez- I LOVE the flower stencil. and the new self portrait is amazing too.
Hey Girlfriend!! That Self Portrait stencil of you and your camera is the bomb?? How did you take a picture of you holding your camera anyway?? Gosh I didn’t know you must have that new foot attachment. Leave to MA to always have the latest in technology. It makes me want to forget the laundry, painting the hall, making meat loaf all before Bret’s baseball game tonight and spend the day MAKING STENCILS!! I saw this thing on TV last week and thought of you. They enlarged a image off a piece of fabric and made a stencil off of it so the image on the wall matched the fabric on the pillow. How cool is that.
I particulary like the last page…the combo of the stencil and the monoprint!!
AND those figs! what a great photo!
patty van dorin says
The floral stencil reminds me of fireworks. Flower fireworks to celebrate the finish of a journal.
michelle ward says
oh my! that tendrilly floral is very fine and LOVE that new SP with the camera! how’s this for sychronicity? i just carved a stag in rubber last night. yours is bigger and better, a stencil! so much to see…wich i was sitting with wyatt 🙂
&#^*! That is what I have to say about your newest self-portrait stencil. I would gladly translate &#^*! but, methinks we speak the same dialect 🙂 In my opinion you saved the best for the last page!
Oh…and those tomatoes and figs…we found a bag of them on our doorstep from a friend the other night! How cool is that? Uh, but could you pass the avocados, please?