Art Studio

Vintage Vials for Altered Art

SCORE: $5 for this box of over 100 vintage pigment powder vials at an indoor community tag sale.  So excited to use them in matchboxes and on other altered art projects.

I’m trying to get adjusted to a new job and some other changes I’ve made,  Can’t wait to get back to art journaling and creating.  I’ve missed it terribly.  My outlook couldn’t be brighter than what it is and I think genuine and real joy is up ahead and right around the corner.

Vintage Vials for Altered Art: Junquemail Contessa

Vintage Vials for Altered Art: Junquemail Contessa


My mini art studio.

Pretty sure this little set up will work great.  Love the sunshine right next to the table and the only supplies I have (except for 2 tubs of fabric/textile art supplies under my bed) are all contained within this small space.  It has to work, seriously, because this is the third time I have tried to get an art space right in this house.

I went through 10 years of supplies and ended up getting rid of over 3/4 of my stash.  Nothing left in the bedroom or hallway closet.  2 friends and 1 sister raiding the stash and 3 trips to Goodwill got it all out of the house.  I still have plenty left for my many interests: Art Journaling, Artist Trading Cards, Mail Art, Encaustics, Textile Art, Needlework, Book Binding and Bead Making.

It was an easy task to accomplish as I have a tendency to use the same stuff over and over again and had a fairly good idea how much space I would have left after keeping all of the essentials.  It was also easy because I finally got to the point I was so tired of digging to find stuff I needed.  Sitting down on my bedroom floor going through tons of boxes, containers, bags and drawers was exactly what I needed right now as it kept my mind occupied.  I haven’t felt like myself in a long time.  I can’t tell you how many times I started a page or project and just froze.  So many things in my life seem off kilter.  I decided that maybe it’s time to seek some professional help and try to get myself all figured out (if that’s possible).

But back to my little mini studio in the sunshine…..

Here it is:

Mini Art Studio - Junquemail Contessa

Mini Art Studio – Junquemail Contessa

I took all of my stamps out of their packaging, got rid of a ton I will never use and tossed the keepers into the little rolling table.  The stamps I kept were the ones that work great for backgrounds.

Studio Storage Stamps - Junquemail Contessa

Here’s a close up of what I decided to keep within easy reach on my working table:

Studio Storage Table - Junqemail Contessa

And here is how I keep some of my ephemera within sight.  I organized them mostly by manufacturer but some are organized by theme and size.

Studio Storage - Junquemail Contessa

If you want a peek into some of the supplies I knew I absolutely had to keep, here’s a link to my “Can’t Create Without” Pinterest Page.

Thanks for stopping by for the tour, hopefully this will be the last one for a long long long time. xoxo

Hey there, friend. It’s been awhile. (Vintage Fabric Giveaway)

Took a few steps back and now I’m moving forward again…isn’t that what they call the Cha-Cha??

No boring details….just thankful that I’m here, where I am and in one piece….because man…I shattered.  Grateful to those who put the pieces back in all the right places.  Confused why those I thought would be there, weren’t.  Surprised that strangers could see me drowning when those closest to me couldn’t.  I couldn’t even see I needed to be rescued.  Faced a few fears, cried a few tears, ate a whole lot of cookie dough ice cream and stayed in pajamas for a few weeks.

My pity party is over…I have uninvited myself.

To get back on track and hunt down my wandering muse, one of the first things I have decided to do…since I haven’t touched an art supply since my last post, was bring my art space out of the closet and next to a window.  A big window…in our bedroom.  My husband (the cutest boy in the whole entire universe) actually suggested it.  And it makes a huge and wonderful difference.

I’ve been researching (aka Pinning) some techniques to bring more fabric into my creations and decided to finally organize my fabrics.  Since I work on a small scale, samples and swatches are the fastest and least expensive method to accumulate an awesome working stash.

I threw everything in my fabric boxes and bags on to my bedroom floor and sorted/grouped the biggest collections today:

Vintage Menswear Suit and Shirt Swatches

Vintage Menswear Fabric Swatches - Junquemail Contessa

Vintage Menswear Fabric Swatches – Junquemail Contessa

Vintage French Wool Samples:

Vintage French Wool Samples - Junquemail Contessa

Vintage French Wool Samples – Junquemail Contessa

Silk Kimono Scraps:

Silk Kimono Scraps - Junquemail Contessa

Silk Kimono Scraps – Junquemail Contessa

There were tons of smaller bits and pieces of menswear suiting, French wool and kimono silk that I set aside in one pile.  I love the idea of having these on hand for fabric beads and mixed media creations like this bracelet made by Baggaraggs on Etsy:

There were too many to fit into a 2.5 gallon Ziploc bag (my self imposed limit)….so, I put together 4 bundles to share (about 75 pieces in each).  If you would like the chance to win one, just comment on what you would use them for (ATC’s?  Art Journal?  Just to look at?) and I’ll draw 4 names on August 24th.  (International friends are welcome to join in.)

Please consider the fact that these bundles have samples over 50 years old and I only know that they have been in plastic bags in my closet for about a year, some less than that.  I have no idea what environments they were in before.  My house is dog friendly but non-smoking.  Some samples are extremely odd shaped (they way I got them) and may have slight staining or sticker glue on them.

Vintage Fabric Packet Giveaway - Junquemail Contessa

Vintage Fabric Packet Giveaway – Junquemail Contessa

Just my way of saying thanks for sticking with me. Let the creating begin…again.  Peace, friends. xoxo