Wednesday, August 11, 2010

altered calendar mid year break

Well, July marked the return of my very own calender, which has been touring California since the end of January. Here are some of the images from when it started its journey here and here. Along the way my very talented friends created some fabulous collage on the pages i'd love to share with you!
This is one of Aileen's crazy colourful pages - full of texture and detail. The illustration on the left was in the book - and she created the frame and opposing page to tie it all together.
This is one of Shelley's spreads.  I think the image on the right was original - but maybe not.  You can see how she is a master of colour and pattern mixing.
This is one of Dorothy's pages.  Her spreads almost always include words - poems, thoughts, quotes.
This is one of Marie's whimsical spreads.  Check out all those groovy backgrounds.
This is by Terrie who found the perfect images to echo the soft colours of the existing illustration.
So i had the book the whole month of July - but chose not to bring it on vacation lest it get lost or ruined.  So yeah, i worked on it the first week of August.
The illustration on the left was in the book, unframed.  I added the soft patterned paper since the colours worked.  The lady on the right was from a Nordstrom ad.  The bottom of her dress was cut off - so i used it to create a bra top for the corset on the left! Tucked into a pocket is a card with all the things we did on vacation.
The smoking jacketed piano playing gentleman on the left gave me a playboy vibe, so i added a frilly bed from the Anthropologie catalog and a couple of ladies wearing chiffon and lace.
The tree on the left had goats on the branches. Yeah. Goats.  So on the right i added a tree with a peacock on the branches. The next town over, Arcadia actually has live free-range peacocks meandering the towns lush lawns and flitting about the roof's and tree tops!
This page had the taxi illustration.  I added the checkerboard and street sign stickers.
Finally - i took a page from a Zen calendar and added it to the last page of the July section of the calendar. No embellishment necessary.  Off it goes for another round - 5 artists, 4 spreads each, 5 months, and at the end of the year - it will come back to me filled with artistic friendship.