You know what's really silly? I meant to take some stamps and put 'Fig. 1' ect. ect. on each butterfly but completely forgot. After I got the plastic sheet hot glued in place THEN I remembered and had a D'OH! moment. Still works though - I LOVE the naturalism movement in the 19th century. If I had the money I would buy illustrations and samples from that period of time but as I understand its expensive. I can make my own though - what do you think; shells, anatomy, animals, fossils? I'll have to see what I have in my junk box for another science/specimen/box art project.
Here's my art degree hard at work: a Victorian type illustration inspired from a fashion plate from 1864 but with a little Steampunk influence. Yes those lines took some time - about an hour with a Micron .005 pen. I have some ideas for some more Steampunk ladies and gents and I do love all those illustrations from the 19th century, all that lovely line work. I do love pens and lines. I gave her a little bit of color with pencils then added the Ladie's Hats with some wonderful stamps I bought from Michaels.
It's difficult to label these boxes; what umbrella do they fall under? Book art? Collage? Shadow Boxes? Its one thing I appreciate about art using paper, the vast and unlimited imagination of using literally any object you can find. Anything can be incorporated and I do plan on making one box made completely from found objects (I'm like a weird little magpie like that - I pick up strange random things I find on the ground. Mostly lost earrings, small toys and ephemera). Inspiration in large part was due to this wonderful book I found Altered Art that is full of color photographs of fantastic and strange things. My favorite was the lobster made out of old sports gear. The lovely bird box was made from gorgeous die cuts from a local scrap book store in Reno, Scrapbook Paradise that carries unique items (including Steampunk images!). Everybody else will have to make due with online stores and/or their own local scrapbook spots.
If its one thing i love is unique crafting supplies. Michaels is well and good for a lot of things but sometimes you need something that no one has really seen before. which is where this website comes in: http://www.alphastamps.com/
These are just some of the stamps i'm putting an order in for.
Sorry, this is a busy time of year for everyone. Especially since the majority of my presents for people are handmade. Will have things to add, just a little while later. Will post interesting things soon.
In one of my many forays into the underbelly of thrift storeing I was incredibly fortunate enough to find a book that was named A Pictorial Medical Guide but in fact was a strange, strange look into the nuclear family - more specifically the life and role of womankind. The name of my book, 'Preparing for Womanhood' was actually the title of the first chapter. I had a fascinating romp through text that was the size of a telephone book and marveled at Life Back Then. Mostly I just felt pity for any poor fool who actually believed what they read. From 'any menstruating woman should not do sports or any agitated activity' to 'wearing high heels during pregnency is perfectly acceptable' it was a portal into a past in which I'm glad I was not part of.
I made this book with excerpts from that fantastic book along with photographs from a 1954 Good Housekeeping magazine. There is an obvious feminist angle but what I was more interested in was flouting 'good' societies rules. What was written in that book was absolute; this is how 'good' woman lived even if it defined them in such narrow terms it squeezed the life out of them. I used traditionally feminine objects in this book: ribbon, tracing paper from clothing patterns, images from a women's magazine, card stock used to display buttons and rick rack. I am by no means done with this subject, there is so much in that book that could be used I'll probably need to do a whole series. Get ready for more!