Everybody seems to be into artist journals. With a blog, a journal that I keep when I go to restaurants (mostly), and art that consists of collages, it’s hard to justify using collage papers on something that I am not going to sell or frame. I do tape and glue little things in my written journal, like tickets, good horoscopes, fortune cookie papers, etc., and lord knows when I plan on scrapbooking to keep the other memorabilia. Probably never.
But I decided to give it a go – maybe last year – and got the cover done, one collage done, and painted a couple of pages in preparation for more. I do see it as a great place to really go wild – in my collage work, I do not use glitter or sequins. Neither can I use a lot of the images I used on this cover, for example. The major image is cut out from an awesome book on the Virgin of Guadalupe, called Guadalupe, Body and Soul by Marie-Pierre Colle.
I also used some fun glitter sticker letters – the message “Rock The Art World” was possible to make after I did my name in the center! And, of course, I do want to one day rock!
A lot of the hearts and roses are also cut from the cover of the Guadalupe book – I hate to waste bright images. BTW, the hard cover of the book has the same image as the paper cover – I am not really one to jacket books. The Chupa Chups logo was designed by Salvador Dali – did you know that? I don’t love the suckers themselves as much as the wrappers.
The next image is a sticker from Punch Studio that I superimposed over a tequila bottle label – Jose Cuervo. The colors of the agave fields were perfect against the Virgin. I also had another candy wrapper (from a Lindor truffle) to add to the mix.
I am constantly buying books for my classroom. I love to collect folk tales, fairy tales, and picture books that have great art. There is a series of books by an author named Monica Brown – the three I’m talking about are biographies for children. There is one about Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Gabriela Mistral, and even Pelé (must be newer), but the one I got the picture from is called My Name is Celia/Me Llamo Celia – about Celia Cruz. The illustrations are by Rafael Lopez and they won a Pura Belpre Award. One day, I would like to write a book – either a Young Adult novel or an art picture book, so that is why I also attached the “Latina Book Award Winner” medallion.
In my collage materials, I have a finite number of Peter Max hearts from a run of wrapping paper that he designed for Target years ago. I went back to the store when the displays were being taken down to ask for them – they were awesome big hearts – but they said no. Before one of them got put in the recycling bin, my sister managed to obtain one of them (is it really stealing if they are going to throw it away?), which hangs on my studio wall.
Another element I use often – especially in my Blue Dog Shrines, is a wrapping paper by Caspari – a gold background with painted squares. Whenever I use it, people always think that I painted it myself. Nope! Nel Whatmore did. Here’s a Virgin of Guadalupe shrine that I did – gave it to a friend of mine for her birthday – I might need to remove it from my Etsy shop.
At the bottom of my Virgin, of course, is the little angel that holds her half moon up. Since my name is Celeste (which means “blue sky” or “heavenly”), I like to hope that angels are watching over (out for?) me!