Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Book Lover Project

Sometimes ideas come from all sorts of places. Most times, I find them in my dreams. It's amazing I get any sleep at all!

So, recently I've been thinking about greeting cards.  Who doesn't love getting them?  Someone is thinking of you, sending you sweet thoughts and wishes. But what happens to those sweet words once they are read?  Most likely they are thrown in the trash. Horrors!  Personally, everything in Bluepie Design headquarters gets reused or recycled, of course!  The greeting cards I receive are either saved (from special people)  or cut up for collage projects.  So, I figured there must be a better way.

I have always been a fan of an object having multiple uses. I remember this from my son's architecture program- form follows function.  So, why can't a greeting card fall into this category?

And so, the Book Lovers project was found.  A greeting card that is not only a card, but also a unique work of art and a gift!  Certainly not to be discarded in the trash!

All of my bookmarks are unique  hand painted drawings or collages on both sides of heavy watercolor paper.
So far, I have made about 6 of them. I will be sending them to friends and relatives for birthdays, anniversaries, inspiration and special occasions. Perfect for book lovers! ( and cookbook lovers too!)

I am also planning on making up sets of 10 with assorted occasions to sell on my Etsy site soon.
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So, what do you think?
Till later----
Gotta go dream up some more ideas at Bluepiedesigns!

Here's a few for you to check out!

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Bluepie Cafe....

Experimenting with watercolors.....so- if there were a Bluepie Cafe, this is what is may look like....
ummm...maybe someday!
 I would imagine it as a unique cozy  place for sharing ideas, art, writing, tea, coffee, music, good wine, ethnic snacks, poetry, good books and friends...what's not to like at the Bluepie Cafe?



Saturday, June 02, 2012

Read all about it!

         Every once in a while, I get sidetracked and start a new project. Well, of course, this is nothing new!
A few months ago, the brain cells kicked in with an idea for using old newspapers. I used to work at the New York Times and love newspapers! So, I came up with making placemats from them with old or new articles. I started calling them "Convo" PlaceMats or "Read all about it".  But I am still not sold on what to call them. However, they are very cool in my opinion anyway. And, everyone I've showed them to or given as gifts loves them.  I have used all different themes and each one has a front and a back. Some continue the article on the other side.  So, while you are eating your meal, you also have something to read!
They are stuffed a bit to make them sturdy, sewn  along the edge with a zigzag stitch and covered with a special plastic coating to make it waterproof.
Of course, I will be expanding on this idea too and making these from other pieces like children's art work, vintage maps, poetry, artwork, homework papers with an A+, old taverns, travel, history etc. whatever- the list is endless.

And they are really fun to make too. If you want me to make one for you, just let me know and I'll see what I can come up with. I will be collecting more papers and more ideas in the months to come. I welcome any ideas from you too..
Here are a few I've made already: (click on pic to enlarge)













Thursday, May 10, 2012

I love trees!

Continuing with my transformation of  photos to paintings.....

Here is one from an old photo I took of some Colorado birch trees.  I'm liking it!
Would love any comments- thanks for looking!



Tuesday, May 01, 2012

In Decorating Mode.....

I got sidetracked and picked up a paintbrush do paint some Chinese letters on watercolor paper.  Spray painted a couple of old frames black and voila!  Two new pieces of framed art for over my bed.
So here is it:

Lastest artwork-handpainted Chinese letters in goauche..letter on the left means to create, to inovate, originality. Letter on right means to live, survive to be alive, flexible and moving! Good reminders for starting my day!



Friday, April 06, 2012

New Painting!

Collage Class is over- boo-hoo..However, my new class is Gouache Painting!  Loving this too. I have practiced this medium before but never really understood all the qualities and different techniques involved.  It is absolutely my favorite way to paint.  Rich, opaque, full of color saturation. Much easier and more fun to manipulate than watercolor. It even reminds me of oils which I practiced for many years.
So, here is my first assignment- "What do you see from your window?" I love the colors and I'm happy with the results! I'd love to hear what you think.
Until next time....

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Confessions of a Bag Lady!

As I continue my art class on collage, another new collage has been added to my collection.  This time the piece had to be in 3D and the theme was a storefront. Well, of course,  since BluepieDesigns already has a for real  ETSY storefront at www.bluepiedesign.etsy.com  and is all about bags (well other things too), the decision was easy.  I decided to use one of those well constructed designer shopping bags.  I happened to have a COACH shopping bag, so what could be more perfect?

 After cutting out the front window I filled it with handbags hanging from a clothesline using tiny wooden clothespins.  The inside background were magazine ads of  some women sitting in chairs with their handbags. A few other details inside and out completed my store. I'm liking it!

 I added the Bluepie name, of course, on the top and the name "Deborah" that I pasted on the front was actually taken from a photo of a clothing storefront I snapped in Milan Italy a few years ago.  So how cool is that?

Here's a view of the front, inside and back.



Thursday, March 15, 2012

Why I do what I do....

Someone once asked me why I make handbags, etc. (The list is too large to put into words)   Besides the fact that it is an obvious obsession and I can't stop doing what I do , the answer is really simple.  Not only do I adore fabrics, but I love the process of combining colors and patterns. This became even more obvious on the last bag I made.  I was in the fabric store yesterday for hours searching for the perfect lining for my latest creation.  It didn't matter how long it took.  It had to be perfect.  And luckily, I think it was.
Actually, I don't know what I would do without my passion.  So, I think I'll just keep doing what I do.

Friday, March 02, 2012

It's Tea Time!

What does tea time mean for you?
Relaxation, Renewal, Serenity?
I tried a new technique with this collage and I believe it was a journey that was worth the trip!
Hope you will share your thoughts and leave a comment.
Thanks!

Monday, February 27, 2012

The obsession continues..and so does the fun...

Week 5-

My latest collage.  Our assignment was to find a painting and make it a collage. I chose Van Gogh's "Flowering Plum Tree"...very happy with the result! What do you think?

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Week Four....

My love of collage art and my new artist friends have given new meaning to my definition of joy.  I look forward to my weekly class on thursday afternoons. I also know that my brain will most likely explode. But that's fine with me.  Better to explode than recede into a vegetative state.
This week we finished our project on creating a collage from some type of text.  I chose to refer to a story that I wrote years ago about my son when he was obsessed with Jim Morrison.  Yes, we are talking "The Sixties". So that was my theme. I created a collage of the history of those years.  Hope you find it "groovy" to walk down memory lane or just enjoy the experience of the Hippie years. The imprint has never left those who have been there and continues to influence our future- yes..those were the days!
(click to see a larger view)  Please leave a comment with your thoughts!
to be continued......

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Week Three.....

Okay....the collage obsession continues......This week in class the project was to create a travel poster. I looked through some of my favorite travel photos that I have taken throughout the years.  Of course, Italy spoke to me and a photo of the canals of Venice was my inspiration.  I printed a larger photo to get a better look at it but my printer was almost out of color ink so the print was only half there.  Ahhh...there are no accidents!  It became an interesting composition to work with, so I used it as a base for my collage and worked around it, pasting on old torn pieces of discarded watercolor papers and other bits of cloth etc. I worked in some black marker to outline, some italian text long the edges and soon I had a very colorful, beautiful Venice. Loving the discovery of a new way to look at materials. So, here it is: (loving the laundry!)

Monday, February 06, 2012

Collage Art-- continued....

Week two of my collage art class: The theme for this week was music. I chose to "Play the Blues" with my favorite instrument- The Sax.

I now call Collage "Poetry in Pictures".  One of the things I enjoy most is how the process evolves. I begin with an idea and cut up papers  etc arranging them in a way that conveys a feeling, emotion or idea.  However, as you play with your materials, your brain takes off and shows you something new, so it is really always a surprise to me what my finished piece of art will look like. So far, the surprise has been satisfying, not to mention fun!

In fact,  as I was working on this piece, I was suddenly driven to compose a poem that conveyed my feelings while I worked.  So here it is: (click on the image for a closer look)
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BLUE MOON
So, I painted my moon blue.
It wasn’t the color of the stars that night, 
or the taste of a juicy orange in my mouth that made me do it.
It wasn’t the music of John Lee Hooker or the bird 
that flew past my nose while my brush was in hand.
It wasn’t the voice in my head that noticed something was not quite right,
or even the  stroke of the cat who jumped on my lap.
It wasn’t that fact that I didn’t remember algebra from 7th grade.
Nor the memory of the scream of my firstborn as he decided to enter the world.
It certainly wasn’t my red lips as I sucked a cherry popsicle.
It could have been my breath as I inhaled the  sweet scent of lilac.
But I don’t think it was.
Maybe an invader from Mars had something to do with it.
But I doubt it.
I know the moon had its own ideas that night, 
 but I didn’t steal from her.
I just wanted a blue moon.
And now I have one.

Monday, January 30, 2012

New Passion- Collage Art!


I've done collage art in the past- (think decoupage and modge podge) but I never really knew what I was doing or why. There was no meaning or knowledge behind my creations instead I just pasted  images on a page.  Until recently.  A week or so ago, I started an actual  2 hour a week collage class with an outstanding art teacher (and writer), Mickey Waring who teaches art classes in my area and also at the http://classes.artscouncilofprinceton.org/
 Not only is she an amazing artist but she thinks like an artist. Not stuffy, not rigid, not  too structured. Instead her ideas and methods are free flowing and inspirational. There are only 4 others in our class so not only only are we getting lots of individual attention but we also talk non stop and bounce ideas off each other.  It is an awesome group and an amazing  treat for me to hang out with other artists.

So. here is my first piece: " The Tree of Life and Death" (click on the image to enlarge -see if you can read the small text and get the connection) The theme of this project was Food.



I am working on my second piece now which will include the theme of music. (will post soon)
I found a great way to organize my material too.  Hello- Ziplock Bags!  They are perfect for storing all your papers etc and keep them separate from other projects:


I am having so much fun playing with art!
I'd love to hear your thoughts too.



collage (From the Frenchcoller, to glue, French pronunciation: [kɔ.laːʒ]) is a work of formal art, primarily in the visual arts, made from anassemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole.
A collage may include newspaper clippingsribbons, bits of colored or hand-made papers, portions of other artwork or texts, photographs and otherfound objects, glued to a piece of paper or canvas. The origins of collage can be traced back hundreds of years, but this technique made a dramatic reappearance in the early 20th century as an art form of novelty.
The term collage derives from the French "colle" meaning "glue".[1] This term was coined by both Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso in the beginning of the 20th century when collage became a distinctive part of modern art.[2]