Sunday, May 25, 2014

Honolulu Altered Books Group May 2014

Aloha,
 
Well, we did it!
 We finished round robin # 8!  It ran from Sept. 2012 to May 2014! We have come to the end of a long journey together and
we created some fabulous art in each other's books.
 
 Debbie and I are excited to continue hosting our second decade of Honolulu Altered Books Group. You should all be proud of the art you have
created. I thought you would like to know that a lot of people have viewed your artwork on this blog.
 This round robin has been viewed in 51 countries. Here is the round up by country:
United States, Canada, Russian Federation, United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Netherlands, France, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Malaysia, Argentina, New Zealand, Columbia, Finland, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Poland, Romania, Venezuela, Thailand, Belgium, Greece, Ecuador, Korea, Norway,Portugal, Taiwan, India, Philippines, Chech Republic, Israel, Denmark, United Arab Republics, Malta, Qatar, Ukraine, Turkey, Maurtitus, Hungry, South Africa, Switzerland, Belarus, Slovakia, Chile, Indonesia, Iceland, Singapore and Egypt.
 
We want to dedicate the round robin to Lori Mitrulevich who we lost late last year. She was an inspiring artist as well as a great friend and we will all miss her.
 
 
 
Art enables us to find ourselves
and lose ourselves at the same time.
 
Thomas Merton
 
 

 
Jennifer explores an edible version of
Pockets Of Quotes.

Lorraine created this beautiful Floral
SteamPunk Fantasy.

Rosemary, we're not in Kansas anymore!
There's no place like home, except maybe in the
Wicked Book.

Marcy says there's a sequin in every color. I'll order
up that Rainbow Trout from the Colors of the Rainbow Book.

Pam explores To Be or Not To Be a resident of Hawaii.
We say "come on down!"
 

Here Diane visits the classic Beatles' tune
Octopus's Garden in her Octopus layout.

May goes all retro designer on us
in her I Love Mid-Century Modern spread.

Teri brings us a verse from Joan Baez's
Diamonds and Rust from 1975.


Kim and Kehu really put their finger on the art
they created for the definitions book. They used the
word Dactylogram. Definition: fingerprint.

Here Kim and Kehu explore the definition of Illuminati,
which discusses the conspiracy theories about a
secret society.

Su's Origins of Man layout explores...

...Yin and Yang and making humans from blobs
of clay. 

Duality gave birth to Trinity.

Unity gave birth to Duality.

The Way gave birth to Unity.


Dorie shares with us her All wearable art.

Lorena melded three famous works of art to create
her Book of Secrets and Conundrums layout.
 1. The Iconic Edvard Munch's The Scream. But why is
he screaming? 2. Enter Frida Kahlo's The Broken Column and finally, 3 Dali's The Persistence of Memory.
She created a gel transfer which makes it feel like canvas.

Hope shows us some top secret folders in her Book of
Secrets layout.

Secrets revealed!

Amy brews up an Elixir of Life in her
Alchemy spread.

Darrell shares Baseball Diamonds and Rusty Staub
in his Diamonds and Rust layout.

Exploring the creation of the Diamond.

Teri created this humorous look at the Three Stooges
with a pop up face slap. Nyuck! Nyuck! Nyuck!

Stephanie mailed this from Nebraska. Ooh La La.

Debbie said that in the Fairy Tale King Midas learned
that gold isn't always the most valuable asset.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Honolulu Altered Books Group April 2014

Aloha,
 
 Welcome to the second to last blog of the 2012-2014 Honolulu Altered Books Group. We have just one round left to go then we finally get to hold, touch, get lost in, enjoy and share with friends all the fabulous art that we created in each others books.
 We couldn't have done it without the generosity of Deb Z 
giving us a place to meet each month. Please visit her web site for Rubber Stamp Plantation for some great Island-inspired products.
 
 http://www.rubberstampplantation.com/




An altered book can take you on a journey.
a trip to the past, a visit to the future.
a time of happiness, a time of sorrow.
sometimes funny, sometimes sad.
We can travel the world or stay in our own backyard.
Thank you for going on this journey with us.
 
 Darrell West
 
 

Lorena's pop up layer cake in the All book tells us
we can all have our cake and eat it too.

Hope shares with us Chromesthesia, where
one sees sounds and hears in colors for the
Visual Incongruities & Conundrums book.

Amy knows a secret and she can't keep it to herself.
There's more to Victoria's Secret then meets the eye in her
Book of Secrets and Conspiracies layout.

They found the founder next to a flounder!

Some more dirty little secrets.


Darrell explores movie alchemy, turning
the silver screen into gold.

winners through out the years.

Stephanie shares some Dagwood humor for
the Got Humor? book.

Debbie's Ooh La La Mailbag spread is about the monthly
packages of art that arrive in our mailbox from
our off-island members.


Jennifer's Fairy Tale layout features her daughter
Sachie in a tale that takes place in her husband's
home town of Nakano.
The Crane Maiden was one of Jennifer's favorite
tales as a child.


Lorraine displays her great sense of humor in
her Pockets Of Quotes page.

Rosemary gets all steampunky and floral in
her Steampunk Floral layout.

Marcy created this wicked layout for
the Wicked book.

Pam explains the wonder of color in her
Colors of the Rainbow page.


Diane explores what to do in her To Be or Not
to Be, To Do or Not to Do layout.


May chose Jacaranda for her page in
the Definitions book.


Stephanie's Fairy Tale layout features the old lady
who lived in a shoe.

Kim & Kehau made a fashion statement in
their I love Mid Century Modern layout.


The classic look.

Su explains chromataphore. Or is that a pigment
of my imagination.

Dorie's Origins of Man layout is about alien intervention.

DNA and hieroglyph evidence is out there.

The starchild skull resembles the little green men.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Honolulu Altered Books Group March 2014

Aloha,
 
 
  March turned out to be quite a rambunctious meeting at Nico's Restaurant for our altered books group. We had the pleasure of finally getting to meet Marcy Grudzien who was visiting with her husband Stuart from Michigan. Marcy has been a member of our group since 2012.
We only have two more rounds left in this round robin, so let's be sure to let that creativity flow.
Please enjoy this months art work.
 
 
 
Do what you can, where you are, with what you've got. Break the rules, be different, be dynamic, but above all, be yourself! And have fun doing it!      (Paul Dixon)
 
 
 
 
Marcy shows us her Floral Steampunk Fantasy layout.

Here is a close up.
 
 
Pam had a Wicked good time doing her Wicked
spread.

Diane's Colors of the Rainbow Layout.

May's surreal take on the Octopus.

Can you guess what this means?



Kim and Kehau took two different viewpoints
in the Definitions book.
Succulent love....

...Indomitable Spirit.

Su gets all groovy in her I Love Mid-Century
Modern pop up layout. Check out the
hand painted Golden Gate Bridge.

Dorie's To be or Not to Be, To Do or Not
to Do layout.

I think she should be!




Lorena takes the literal angle on her
Origins of Man spread.


I'm at a loss for words!

Hope shares with us an "All is forgiven" verse in
the ALL book.
 

Amy shares a humorous conundrum about
rush hour.

Hurry up and wait!

I want to ride in Amy's car pool!


Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale, a tale of
a fateful trip. Darrell takes us on 3 hour tour about
the Secrets of the seven "castaways"

Mr. Howell was an alleged drug runner who chartered the
 Minnow and paid off the Skipper and Gilligan.

The professor was brought along to test the drugs.

Mrs Howell was in on the whole thing and
Ginger with her unending wardrobe, uses
her Hollywood connections for Mr. Howell.
Mary Anne was a Fed on the trail to bust Mr. Howell. 


Terri created this page for the Alchemy book.

Here are some early masters of Alchemy.

Complete with formulas.


Stephanie's Diamond and rust layout.

Debbie created a pop out Grinch with quote from
ole Grinchie himself for the Got Humor book.

Jennifer explores the showdown between the Storks and USPS
for exclusive rights to deliver babies in the Ooh La La Mailbag
book.

Lorraine temps Snow White with an apple in her
Fairy Tales layout.


Rosemary uses bubble wrap to create her Air Quotes for the Pockets of Quotes book.