Saturday, April 21, 2012

Art Geeking & an Altered Book

 I was cleaning out my garage the other day and found some treasures. One of my goals in 2012 is to get more organized, so the garage is on my tackle list. Now, you have to understand that before deciding to stay home after my son was born, I taught elementary school for 12 years. You can only imagine all the things I have hoarded collected during that time. I can assure you that my true "ark geek" self came out in full force when I found all kinds of old books that are screaming to be altered. I mean, you know, true "geek" status has arrived when the sight & smell of old paper makes your heart swoon. I think I actually squealed with joy when I found a red canvas book...long and skinny. 
It is such a fun shape!! 

A little side note on the word "geek." It is not negative at all. You are a geek in some way too. Do you love reading? You are a "Book Geek." Do you love music? Music Geek. Technology your thing? Tech Geek. You get the picture. I mean it in a completely positive manner. In Hubby is a total "Bug Geek." Yes, you read that right. Bugs. Funny story...totally off topic...but, this is what I think about when I think "geek." Hubby was a biology major in college with an emphasis in entomology. He would tell me stories (breathless from excitement) about sloshing through swamps studying mosquitoes. Shortly after we were married he took me on a bug trip. Seriously. I am not kidding. We went on a road trip to the desert in search of big bugs. Beetles I think. No sipping cool drinks by the pool or romantic dinners...nope. We drove around in search of big nasty (my word) beetles. He would hop out the car, running around trying to snatch these gigantic beetles. Hilarious. We don't go on "bug trips" anymore. But, he will grab any bug...anywhere. 
My kids are fascinated by him. He puts up with paint in my hair & I put up with an occasional bug in my freezer (preservation). Total geeks. :)

Back to the art!

I grabbed one of the books and felt like drawing happy flowers. 
I drew & painted right onto the paper. I love to see the text coming through. I used watercolors & my water brush. I love the yummy vintage illustrations the books have too. Such great backgrounds to start with already!

I also quickly worked on a girl all in pink. Speaking of geeks...I was inspired to paint one color by Christy Sobolewski. She as a great site called Art Geeks. Perfect, right? 
What are you "geeking" over?? :)

Oh, in case you were wondering - He has totally made up for the nasty bug trip with many lovely, relaxing excursions and romantic dinners. Plus, it's not so bad being married to a "bug guy." Besides the kids thinking their Daddy is the "coolest dad on the planet"  -  I never have to worry about who is going to get the spider. (Babe, I know you are reading this. Yes, I know spiders are not bugs.) I lump all those creepy crawling things together. :) Happy Creating!!
Linking up to Paint Party Friday & Sneak Peek Friday.



  1. What a delicious post - loveely/loving memories and great art!

  2. Geeks... love it! We are all sorts of geeks too! lol Love the happy flowers! Such a pretty girl in pink! How interesting to learn all about bugs from your husband. I think that is neat! :)

  3. Ohhhh! I LOVE this post! LOVE your pink girl right on the page, the old books (I can smell them from here ;) and your hubby story and footnote. Just awesome! 'Cept for the bugs in the freezer part ;) xoxo!

  4. Great post. Love your art particularly the trees.

  5. Love it all!!--It doesn't matter what our passion is--it's just nice to have one!
    And isn't it great to make a chore a fun one?!--you wouldn't have found these goodies if you weren't cleaning....LOVE the artwok!

  6. It sounds like you and your hubby compliment each other perfectly. Love your altered book pages. I still have tons of stuff from my days on the paper manufacturer's geek list. That stuff will make your heart skip a beat.

  7. Love your vibrant flowers....pretty girl too!!

    Hugs Giggles

  8. More than your repurposed art work, I enjoyed reading your "love bug" story :) you were indeed hit by a great love bug :) i love reading and hearing unique love stories, and yours is indeed worth sharing. Have a great week Jen!

  9. oooooo kkkk, I am a bug hater! oh ya. My oldest gets so mad at me because she tells me how important they all are. Uh, not to me!!!

    so, I guess you could call me an art geek and an ink geek!

    Great artwork here dear.

  10. I am a "book geek" and you both added to that with my Kindle that I love!
    Funny story about Lou becoming a bug geek is that when he had to mow the lawn or yard work when he was young he was terrified of bees or just wanted to get out of it! Now I see him grab a bee by its wings, amazing!

  11. Great 'Geek' post!! :)I think there's a geek in all of us!! ;) I'm a button and lace geek!!
    Fabulous painting..I also love the text peeking through! :)
    Mmmm...not so sure about the bug trips though LOL!!
    ...and you have reminded me, that my garage could do with a sort out!!..agh!
    Jan x