Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Journal Pages, A Technique, and yes, A Giveaway!

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I recently signed up to be part of yet another collaborative journal group, this one with Frida Kahlo as its theme.  The launch date is June 15, and I have done some more work on my journal.
First of all, I tweaked my cover art.   Here is the original cover:
And here is the new (and I think improved) version.  Can you spot the difference?
Well, I didn't think you could miss it.  I drew the lizard on grungepaper, cut it out, inked it and decorated it with gel pens, glaze pens, german scrap, and dimensional pearls.  His eyes are half pearls that I painted.  You can't see his tongue, but it hangs off the page and is made of a coil of wire.  Pretty cool.
I've also been drawing some folkloric images on paper handmade in Mexico (thank you Lori!  see, I finally used some!) and added some to this page, which may wind up being my back cover,  Or not.  But it will be in my book somewhere:
I needed some sort of sign-in page.  My journal is very small (6x6"), but I was determined to give the artists tags to decorate and sign.  And, I wanted to use my new friend, the sewing machine.  I covered a piece of cardboard with fabric, then sewed on strips of acetate to form pockets.  There are enough for everyone in the group, and I did one myself.  Remember, the whole page is only six inches square.  The tags are tiny!
Next, I just want to remind you that every Tuesday (that would be today) I post Technique Tuesday on the PID blog, and today we're using bleach as paint.  Hop over there and check it out.  Sneak peek:
OK. Journal pages, check.  Technique, check.  What else was I going to talk about?  Oh, yes, my giveaway. Well, yesterday I shamelessly bribed you for six more followers so I'd have an even 100, and you've outdone yourselves, people.  I'm now up to 108.  LOL!   Well, this is what I have to offer.   Back when Tim's new book came out, he was giving away very cool work aprons for those who ordered the book directly from him.  He had only a limited number, and I was one of the lucky ones to receive one.    Subsequently, I got yet
another one, a gift from my friend Elena, host of the wonderful Key Largo retreat.   So, I am giving away one of them.   It's a nice full apron with adjustable straps, two big pockets, and plenty of blank space to decorate, if you care to.

And, of course, the top is already printed with some of Tim's most popular stamps:
So, if you'd like a chance to own this limited edition piece, leave a comment on this post and I'll pick a winner next week, after the holiday weekend.  But please want this to use it.  If I see it on ebay I'll be VERY upset.  And upsetting a Brookyn-born girl is not recommended.

55 comments:

Lori said...

How nice of you, to give away one of the highly coveted aprons. While I think it's great, I probably wouldn't use it, so you can take me out of the running, but I did want to comment on your work, which is totally full of AWESOMENESS. And I LOVE that you used those papers from Mexico, mine, are, ah, still sitting on the shelf where I put them when I got back. That lizard is too cool. Can't wait to see your pages from this journal, I'm sure it will be totally awesome, and right up your alley. Great work!

Kerry said...

What a great apron! I thought I was the only one that still used a cover-up or apron! I've messed many a good shirt with glue or paint! It would definitely get used. That's a great giveaway -- Thanks! I am excited to be learning so many techniques - I have a renewed interest to really learn and to move outside my box. I have you to thank for that. Thank you for sharing. Kerry P.

Linda said...

Love the lizard you added! Totally cool! Love the little tags too! Like Lori, looking forward to seeing all the pages (both those you create for others and the ones they create for you!)

Linda

Nancy Lynn said...

This is a really great giveaway Eileen but please do not include me in it because I have one already. I wanted to comment on your always beautiful artwork. I love how you did the lizard. Look forward to seeing more of your pages in the book.

Sherry Goodloe said...

Hi sweetie - LOVE your journal pages and the one you did for the sign in? Oh yeah, that is cool.

Don't throw my name in the pot for the giveaway, as I have a TH apron - and btw I DO wear it *smiles*

PS Yes, the only thing that was missing from my past weekend was CHOCOLATE! What the heck was I thinking? LOL

Carol's Crafts said...

Oh Eileen, I would love to win this apron. I could really, really use it in my art room, since I am sooo messy when I create. I promise I won't sell it on Ebay. Thank you so much for having this giveaway.

Penny Duncan Creations said...

As always I LOVE all your creations!!!! The one with the embellies from Mexico is different from what I see you create but still just as gorgeous!!!! How COOL that you are giving away one of the aprons....

carpediem said...

Awesome giveaway!!! I'd love to win the apron so that I can wear it at Tim's workshop that I will be attending in June!!! laura j

Sherri Auld said...

eileen, i love the lizzard, it is a perfect finish to the cover. I can already feel how amazing the book will be.

Thanks for the chance to win the apron from Tim - and trust me, nothing tim will ever leave my hands - and certainly not on ebay :-)

Scrapping Mom said...

I so love all of your work you do... YOu are such an inspiration. thank you so much for the giveaway.
Celeste

buglady said...

Hello Eileen,
Thanks for showing the update to your Frida journal pages. I am in that group also, one of the lucky 11, I guess we are now. I missed out on getting one of Tim's aprons so I would certainly love to win this!
Aloha, Kate

Sue Young said...

Eileen...hi again.Nice Frida pages!!!LOVE all the color!
If I win the apron,I'll send it to Ali,who couldn't be with us in the Keys...I think it might cheer her up a bit!
Thanks for the chance to win it!
Sue

inge said...

Hello Eileen,

I would like to be in... not for myself cause I was one of the lucky ones to get one of Tim with my book, but for my friend Dorien :)
I do use mine: it's already very very used...

So , you started the Frida Kahlo journal !?!
As the MA journals are expensive to send to and from belgium, it's better that I don't sign in, but I bet this theme will make you all be very colorfull !!!

You started a great front and back page and the lizard out of grungepaper is a great focuspoint. I like how you embellished him :)

greetings from Belgium
Inge

MarleneMAZ said...

Lucky you getting another of the coveted aprons. I was not quick enough the day Tim had those up with his book, :( I would love to own it.

Bethan said...

oh Eileen what a fabby thing you're doing....giving away a Tim apron...you can definately put my name in the pot...LOL!! and I definately wouldn't want to upset you by not using it either!!!
As always your work is a total inspriation. Love your lizard!

Hitomi said...

Awesome work on you Frida project! I love all the colors and textures. Very nice of you to give away the extra apron.

julie m said...

the tag idea for the group members is a great idea. also love the lizard. such cool creatures. your blog is always full of fun stuff.
as for the apron, i would love it. right now i am wearing an old oversize t-shirt when i do messy stuff, so this apron would be great. and having pockets would be a plus when outside spraying. wouldn't have to worry about laying down masking pieces and having them blow away.

Karen's Fun Blog said...

That apron is awesome!! I would love it and would most definitely use it!! I would wear it proudly!! I love all of your creations, you do beautiful work!! : ) I am a ATT member. kmstark61@yahoo.com

Elaine A said...

Eileen...I always love coming to check out your blog. The apron would be very useful if you happen to be messy when creating art projects like I am.
Love your Frieda journal too.
Keep inspiring all of us with your fantastic projects.

patricia smith said...

Eileen, I love the colors in your Mexican posting! That lizard makes the piece.

I would love to have the apron. I could not afford T!ms book when he offered it, so missed out on the apron. I have since gotten the book, and believe me, to have something like that apron would make this old great grandma or 7 laught out loud! Daily!

Thanks for the opportunity to win. And thanks again for your wonderful art. I subscribe to your blog & so enjoy your talent!
Thanks for sharing.
Pat Smith ATT group

WendyP said...

oh my oh my oh my - winning this special apron would be AMAZING - and i would wear it with much pride and tell EVERYONE how I came to get it . It definitely would be unique here in Australia and wouldnt be sold or given away!
it would be mine mine mine hehe.

Love your journal cover and i think the addition of the lizard is perfect.

Dorothy said...

Love the journal Eileen and your "bleaching" is awesome!

Gloria L. said...

Don't have one! NEED ONE! Although I have looked through Tim's book, I don't own a copy. So this would make me very happy! Thanks for the chance to own at least his apron!

Elaine A said...

Hey Eileen -

You crack me up, I will most definitely NOT upset the Brooklyn girl - LOL! Love your journal, the colors you used are just so vibrant - and the lizard, cuter than the Geico Gecko!

Elaine Allen

P.S. Noticed you've picked up another Elaine A, how lucky can you get - two of us - LOL!!!

Patsy said...

Really liked your Mexican paper, very colorful and fits so well with the theme of the page. The lizard is super, adds so much with
the pearl eyes. I would love to win the apron, dearly love TH, collect his stuff religiously. He is so talented. Thanks for all the techniques you share also.

Kathy said...

love the apron and would swear on my TH Bible (Compendium of Curiosities) not to give it up EVER.
Also love the little canvas you did for his contest. It is nice to just sit down and make something just for the fun of it...
kathy m

Dawn B said...

Hello, I'm a newbie to your blog and so far everything I have reviewed is great! I'm just now getting into the art journaling, but have scraped for years. I am in love with anything t!m holtz, from inks to ideaology to of course his techniques and new dies. Winning the apron would be like a dream come true!! I haven't been able to create much lately due to a horrible bought with kidney stones which is so messing with my arts/crafts time. I look forward to being a part of your blog and seeing and learning some new techniques! :)
Dawn

Cher said...

Hi! I am one of the yahoo groupies ATT too...LUV YOUR JOURNAL and that lizard...how very clever! I quickly ordered the book elsewhere..no idea Tim would sell them and offer up the apron...so.of course..I WANT IT but...he ran out. I would be thrilled if you were to toss my name in the hat for a chance. Good luck to all and tyvm for the chance. Please share the journal upon completion if you can...xo

Anonymous said...

I would love to win this apron, it is so awesome. I promise to never sell it! I would wear it every time I went into my art room! Thanks for having a blog filled with great art and inspiration! I look forward to reading it every single day!! stampinbetsy at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

That's a cool journal! It seems so much bigger than 6" x 6".

So nice of you to give away the apron!

Thanks!
Josiane

Anonymous said...

I would love the apron, not so much for me but to give to my art buddy - she makes me push my art just that bit further and has even offered to come over and help me tidy and organise my craft room (somewhere I don't like going at the moment as it is such a mess). Dedication and love like that deserves rewards.

have tried to post with my google account but it won't let me for some reason - evewatt@iinet.net.au

pat m said...

I would love to win the the apron! I can just picture myself wearing this fabulous apron. Feeling some of the creativity flowing thru me..........

~ Witchypoos ~ said...

WOW ... a TH apron give away. It would be hung in my studio as I always seem to start working then realise I have not put an apron on... I would have it ready should Tim ever arrive in the UK to do a class.

The lizard really finishes off your cover =) A great choice. Looking forward to seeing your future pages !

Sandi M said...

That lizard is just the coolest lizard on the block! I can see his tongue btw. As for the apron, I already have mine so please pick someone who hasn't been as lucky as to already own one :)

Cheryl said...

What an absolutely wonderful give-a-way! I for sure would love to win it. If I do BTW I would love to have some of your art added to it before it is sent. Thanks so much for the chance to win.

bockel24 said...

No reason to be upset in my case: I´d wear it! Of course you´d have to pick my name before that ...

Jason said...

ok great Frida pages-- makes me want to pull out my Frida rubber stamps and play. When I send your vintage pages -- I am going to include a Frida Tri Shutter card that I made some time ago.

~Jason

Pamela said...

What a great giveaway, how very generous of you. I would love to win it and yes I despirately need an apron to do all my ATT crafts in. I got Tim`s Book, but sadly didn`t order direct from Tim so I didn`t get this wonderful apron.I have been following your blog for a little while now and love your work, you are such an inspiration!
Love the Lizard, I can`t wait to see your Vintage pages in person as I`m in Jason`s group as well.

Nancy said...

What a great giveaway. Would love to win it for me. Wear it while I scrap. Nancy P.

Diann said...

Your Frida ART is awesome...love both for covers and loved seeing how you produced this style (love the lizard for sure)..thanks for always sharing your steps. Oh yes, I'd love that Tim apron and never go to EBay..LOL! How nice of you to share! Heck you share everything! I've enjoyed all the techniques I'm learning from you.
Diann

nancy mayer said...

Oh wearing it with great pride and inspiration!!!! Sure would like to have this one!

texasbarb said...

OMG!!! I soooo wanted one of Tim's aprons but was to late ordering to get one. How cool is that of you to give one of the precious prizes away!!!

BTW...gotta say I love Frida too!!! You've done a nice job with your book. Thanks for sharing...and thanks for the opportunity to possibly, maybe...keeping my fingers crossed...getting Tim's apron to come and live in TX.

Angie Hall Haviland said...

FABULOUS new pieces, Eileen!! LOVE the addition of the lizard!! :O) and how SWEET of you to have a giveaway!

Kelly Sas said...

I so enjoyed your painting with bleach tutorial. Thanks for finding time to do these. I would FLIP if I would become the owner of one of Tim's aprons!!! You are so kind to give this away. Over my dead body would you find it on ebay!

Barbara Mason said...

Eileen- I already own the apron so count me out of the drawing, but I am loving your Frida pages - I know she has become one of my all time heroines---just having to live with Diego was challenge enough for this great woman & then that damn bus accident!!!! Loving your colors & the lizard, gecko cracks me up!

Sarah said...

I love your journal! The colors and techniques are amazing!! that lizard is super cute too!! That apron would definately be used as I don't have one yet, and I do tend to get a little messy while creating!

Sarah W said...

Eileen, what a beautiful apron. It would feel very at home here in Australia. Like some of us, we would have loved to be in the Keys with you all, but flight cost was an issue. You have a wonderful blog, I love the lizard, wonder if one can sneak onto a journal page of mine LOL.

SusanK said...

Love your work - great pieces of inspiration for everyone! I'd love to have the apron - I'm a messy person in the kitchen and in my stamp room.

Kathy said...

Oh yes, I would use it Eileen, I love looking at your artwork...I missed out on the apron, and would love to win it!!! Keep up the good work and I will love being your follower.

Ann said...

your journal is fabulous. love the acetate pockets..great addition. Frida is a personal favorite of mine and I love how you portrayed her in the theme.
PLEASE ADD MY NAME TO YOUR WONDERFULLY GENEROUS GIVAWAY !! To own a Tim Holtz apron..OMG!!!(will it magically help me be more creative and artistic?
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR 100+ FOLLOWERS!!!!!

Pat said...

This is my first time on your blog. Love your creativity. I am a huge fan of Tim Holtz and take a monthly tag class of his at one of our local scrapbook stores. I would love to win one of his apron.

Michelle Nelson said...

Love your blog Eileen and always check out Technique Tuesdays. More than 'projects' I enjoy learning new techniques. In the privacy of my own home I do wear a manufacturer's apron advertising apron but I would love to have Tim's apron so I can wear it loud and proud outside my home! There is NO WAY I would sell or give it away. Thanks for making someone very happy!

Michelle Nelson said...

Love your blog Eileen and always check out Technique Tuesdays. More than 'projects' I enjoy learning new techniques. In the privacy of my own home I do wear a manufacturer's apron advertising apron but I would love to have Tim's apron so I can wear it loud and proud outside my home! There is NO WAY I would sell or give it away. Thanks for making someone very happy!

2amscrapper said...

Wow! How nice to share! I'd love to have this special apron to keep and use! (no e-bay here). I get your daily feed but maybe I'm not a follower, so I'll add that as well. You've been an inspiration to me here on your blog and at PID. And I love the Mexican paper. I'll have to ask Lori about that.

Elena said...

Hi Eileen! I already have one of these wonderful aprons so don't include me in the give away but I had to write and tell you how much I LOVE your Frida work! I of course am in this project with you and am looking forward to seeing your journal in person!