How To Use “Altered Text” in a Journal Page – (or at least how I did it)

Starting... with somebody else's words..

Starting… with somebody else’s words..

Editing videos always seems like such a mammoth task to me, because it’s something I’ve not really done before. I’ve been putting it off and have video footage sitting waiting, but something else always come up.

Well I decided to just go for it and give it a go. I started with the video introducing the Guinea Pigs and then went straight into this one. I LOVED IT!! It’s just like creating another piece of artwork as you play with it, piece it together and mould it just how you like it. I even contacted Trace Bundy and asked if I could use his music in my videos. I didn’t even think he would reply but because this is what I listen to when I paint – I thought it would be nice for you to hear that too. He did reply – and said yes!! I’m off to see him in September LIVE! Can’t wait.

So… getting off the point really (no change there then – oh shiny thing!) here is my first edited art video. I wanted to show you how to use “Altered Text” in a journal page.. Just in case you don’t know “Altered Text” is where you use either a magazine page, page from a book, photocopy of a page etc… and you then find your own statement within that sheet of paper among the words… instead of you cutting out words and sticking them on in the order and sentiment you want – you have to search and let the page speak to you…

I really hope you enjoy it – and that it inspires you to give it a go! Also let me know what you think.. it’s always good to get some feedback – even if it is just a “HIYA!!!!” – otherwise it’s a bit of a lonely place, (and people think I’m strange when I leave the house because I’ve not had any adult interaction for a while… very strange!) ūüėÄ This page was actually started late at night – then I left it and went to bed. I then had one of those days – one where I think I experience every single emotion all before 12pm. Joy, pride, excitement, sorrow, understanding, empathy, deep sadness, anger, rage then peace. It was a very busy morning. I felt overwhelmed and thought I was going to spiral into despair at the overload… so I picked up my journal and just did. This is the result. ¬†I wasn’t thinking of the art.. just getting out of my own head.

There will be plenty more where this came from! Take care!

Hearts, hugs and giggles..

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Valentine Message Jar

For this weeks live show for Tuesday Schmoozeday over at www.craftylink.com¬†I decided to make something with a valentine’s day theme; so I made a jar! I love jars. Okay so I have a bit of an obcession with keeping jars (possibly not healthy but hey… I eat Pizza too!¬†:D).¬† I’m not sure what it is about jars that I love so much but I just hate the idea of throwing them out – “Just in case”. Firstly I use them for keeping water in for my brushes – but I always like unusual shapes and absolutely adore the tiny ones you get with your Tiptree (which is up the road from me) jams at breakfast in hotels (which is what I used in my “Tracy Goes Jar Crazy” show.

So for this week I popped to TKmax to replace a jar that I’d actually bought but had smashed in the garden. Why was it in the garden? Well I’m running out of room to store my jars so I figured I could just put them outside but the snow and cold weather was quite unkind to my jar. ūüė¶ They didn’t have the one I wanted but I found some with a heart on!!! As my show had a valentine theme I just had to get them!

I decided that a message jar might be a fun thing to make. Now these are great for yourself, for a loved one as a present OR you can also make one about a loved one who is no longer with us. I had a centrepiece in the jar of a rose which I made out of Polymer Clay Рso during the demo I show how to make that too!

Pop over to the replay to find out how to make them here: http://craftylink.com/group/tuesday-schmoozeday/forum/topics/tracy-makes-a-valentine-message-jar-includes-polymer-clay-rose and here are some photographs too.

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First Live Demo!!

This Tuesday at 10am Eastern Time, (3pm in the UK) I will be taking part in my first Live Demo on CraftyLink.com. I’m getting very nervous but also excited!! The live demos allow members to sign in, watch what you’re making, ask questions via the chat window and also chat to other people watching too. They are so much fun!

This week I’ll be showing you how to make a mini Thank you Jar for a loved one – a fun alternative to a greeting card. I’ll also show you how to make a prompt jar AND I’ll be setting the first in a series of challenges. The challenges are designed to give further inspiration. Just take on the challenge and add a photograph of what you came up with over at CraftyLink.com.

Can’t wait! Come over to www.craftylink.com and sign up to the Tuesday Schmoozeday group under Classes and Groups to take part.

I’m in a Magazine!!!! *Grins from ear to ear*

Oh Yes people this month I have got myself published in an online magazine called Sprout. When I found out that the theme for september was Playfulness I had to get in touch and see if editor Amanda Hall would be interested in what I do. She most certainly was, both with the Giggle Together work that I do and also my bright and cheerful artwork.

This month is just full of joy and silliness and I was honoured to be included along side such wonderful artists – including THE Violette Clarke author of Journal Bliss (which I have a copy of!). I’m a huge fan of Violette’s work, I love her bright colours and her tutorials are just so inspiring. I hope that my new videos are going to inspire people the same way that she inspires me.

Sprout magazine is full of colour, inspiration and joy – every issue. With Amanda’s artwork brightening up every page this publication is nothing but special. You’ll get your creative juices in a frenzy reading this and you’ll be on the hunt for a sketchpad to get all those ideas out of your head.

Get your copy by clicking on this image below:

Loving The Thud On The Floor

Since starting the strange and wonderful world of swapping (where you make art, and other mail things then send them to total strangers in the post – wait then recieve lovely post in return, from different total strangers who signed up to the swap – obviously you don’t just wait for the universe to pluck people at random) I have a new found love for the postman! (we won’t be running away or anything – I love my boyfriend way more).

This morning was no exception – today he posted 3 lovely postcards from Amy in California, Susan from OshKosh, Wisconsin, and a secret was sent from Raellyn & Melissa in Kentucky (fancy chicken now..). As well as those I also received a larger envelope, again from Kentucky (mmm really want chicken now) and this was for an Art Swap I did privately (way too complicated to go into the way Swap – Bot works but there are public swaps and you can also do private ones where you choose who you swap with and you get something from the person you send to… ).

This is PURPLE ME by Christina Griffith and I absolutely love it! (I haven’t even started mine but have been inspired and know exactly what I’m going to do now).

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So Thank YOU Christina!! (artsyMimi) YOU ROCK!

 

Getting Distrac….Oh shiny thing…

I have a new addiction, to add to the spending one, the eating one, and the collecting addictions one… I now feel I am quite addicted to swapping and watching videos of people making art. Ok that is two. WATCHING videos of OTHER people making art (crafters porn, really… it is!) only means that I am actually DOING less art.

Perhaps I like that fact? I have mountains of things that I should be doing so perhaps this new obsession¬†is just another way for me to be able to procrastinate. I actually cleaned up my kitchen sink the other day – who knew it was stainless steel??? I got it all shiny again! :p Now if that isn’t a cry of avoidance I don’t know what is but hey – I have a shiny sink again and I half cleaned the floor. I went round the stuff on the floor – it’s not like that is gathering dust.
If there is such a thing I think I have chronic messy disorder. I feel more at ease in a messy home… in a messy studio; until that is I am expecting company. When that happens I see every single bit of fluff, every hair and start counting the flies – and I know there is an unhealthy amount of them in the house. I start to see all the layers of dust – like a scene in a movie when they find an abandoned mansion (which will ultimately end in their doom – the sure sign of this is the amount of dust they see as they run their fingers over the mantlepiece) – we all scream, “GET OUT!!! RUN AWAY!!” and that’s probably the reaction I have when people come round here.
I do try to have a bit of a tidy – I start to sneeze, become all wheezy and get out of breath – and that’s just from digging out the hoover from the clutter under the stairs.. only to find the belt broke in 1983…
So yes I can get a little distracted and often this is just an avoidance issue… It’s hard really because as soon as I miss a deadline my brain just gives up. So annoyed and ashamed that YET AGAIN everything got delayed and left til the last-minute¬†and we missed the deadline that its logical way of dealing with this is to just not bother at all. It’s absurd of course. Surely one day late is better than not at all??? I know that, we know that – but my brain isn’t really on board with that theory and so will busy me with other things like bleaching and scrubbing the tiles – like THAT is ever an urgent job (unless you are my Mum of course).
The other problem with swapping is that I am spending more time making art for total strangers, paying to have them sent away and I’m not doing the work I should be doing – again, a handy avoidance tactic.
Watching other people make art only makes me want to go out and buy all the stuff for that craft and do that – because I get bored VERY easily so always want to try something new. This also then feeds my addiction to spending and hoarding and being surrounded with STUFF even more. My studio is so full with stuff it will probably last me for the rest of my life because I don’t actually make anything – oh no – too busy on the computer watching other people creating and keeping up with everyone’s¬†EVERY THOUGHT PROCESS on facebook….
So – in conclusion to these revelations what will I do differently? Perhaps go on the computer less – which could lead to more housework instead, which to be fair isn’t¬† really a bad thing… (must get that hoover¬†belt). Will I stop going on Facebook? Does it really matter if I don’t read the comments people make every few minutes? Will the world end if I don’t get on there and announce that I have found another grey hair? Will people really miss the photographs of the art that I do or have nervous breakdowns because I didn’t share some random petition to save the earwig from extinction..? NO. I don’t really want to get old and listing all those things I said I would do but never really had the time.. I DO have the time – I just seem to waste it all on Facebook!
The trick will be that I don’t get distracted and decorate a room instead – (oh yes I have done this one… whole room makeover in 38 hours).
So with that I am going to get off of this contraption, take myself to McDonalds¬†and I’m going to write some jokes for my gig – which is TONIGHT! – right after I just check facebook and tell everyone that this blog post is here…. ūüėÄ

A Tribute To a Tiny Angel

I find it hard to think of what it would be like to have lost Jamie when he was born and read stories on facebook from women who have been through just that. I can’t even imagine the pain that they have gone through. I made these booties because I thought that it might be something I would like if I had gone through this.. I wasn’t sure if people would like them or hate them.. so did nothing with them.. Then one of my friends on facebook wrote openly about it being 10 years since her little angel had passed – having only been on this earth for 8weeks.

I messaged her a few days after – asking what she thought of them and she absolutely loved them.. so I sent her one from me as a gift.

“Tracy¬† its a perfect tribute to¬† my¬† Angel. Thank you so much¬† for your kind gesture¬† its really is beautiful ‚ô• xxx It fills me with joy that¬† there are people¬† out there with¬† beautiful¬† hearts¬† like you¬† xxx”

I would like to make these and sell them to raise money for the charity Bliss Рfor babies born too soon, too small, too sick. http://www.bliss.org.uk/?gclid=CKSawNT5m7ICFc93fAodoVUAIA РIf you would like one let me know. They are £10 each. Pink or blue ribbon with the option of a scroll with their name and date etc. x