Tattered Past

Tattered Past: My ongoing journey through genealogy, history, writing, self-exploration and art. ~~~ Rita Ackerman

Monday, February 29, 2016

Working Art Journal

I was out of the habit of art journaling for awhile although I kept up with the various 
FaceBook sites and blogs. 

When I saw the tutorial on how to make this canvas journal I had to try my own.  The series of videos are by Effy Wild. I so appreciate all the art journalers out there who share their time either with paid or free tutorials.


Closed with the flap and beads attached to the spine.


With just the flap open. As it gets full it will expand and the flap will become smaller.


Open to the first page and inside of front cover. I use a lot of paint, stamps, collage, pens, ink, stickers, and anything else I find in my stash.


I use pages to make a statement for myself and others. 
Mostly they are confirmations for my inner, growing self.




Sometimes I just see something that catches my eye like this bathtub cocktail. 
Then I find a quote or words to ponder.

Sometimes I'm just feeling sad and the process of making a page is great therapy.

Art journals have no rules. They can be as simple as a drawing of a flower and a found quote copied out. Other times they have layers and layers of stuff. 

The joy is in the process.


Friday, February 26, 2016

Art Abandonment and Kindness

There is a wonderful movement on Facebook called Art Abandonment. (I'm sure there are others, but this is the one I'm involved in.)

The idea is to make art, leave it someplace public, and leave. Most take a photo of the item in place. There is also a special tag to attach so the lucky finder can let the artist know they found it. 

It is so much fun. 

I did a lot of pieces a couple of years ago and then moved on for awhile. Then somebody posted these wonderful gnomes with the link on how they learned to make them. 

I had to give the gnomes a try. 

The link for the gnomes is:  wee folk art

Actually, there are many videos and tutorials, but this is the one I used to make these wonderful little gnomes.


I will be abandoning these in the next couple of days. 



I abandoned this one at a local open air mall.

If you are interested in art abandonment you can find them on FaceBook or learn more here.

Of course, this all goes along with kindness and the belief in Random Acts of Kindness.

Try it. 
Have a happy day or evening. 



Monday, February 22, 2016

Anniversary and Marshall

Saturday I went to the Phoenix Writers Club and the guest speaker was state historian, singer, and story teller Marshall Trimble. I've known Marshall for many years through the various Western History events I've attended. 

As always he was great. 




I got him to sign his latest book, in which my book about Ike Clanton is referenced.
Thank you, Marshall. 

Staying on the subject of western history  . . . 
I went to the mailbox Friday and this strange box was in there. It took up the whole rural mail box. 


I couldn't figure out what the heck it was . . . no address that I identified. It did cross my mind that it could be a bomb, but putting that thought aside I finally opened it and found a great mug from the owners of the Tombstone Times recognizing my ten years of writing for that wonderful journal.


Isn't that wonderful? No I will not put tea in it. I'd be heartbroken if something happened to it.

Well, today another package arrived in the mail. 
It contained a bag with the same sentiment.






I write about the buildings and people of the "Town To Tough To Die." I've written one article a month for a ten years; 120 articles. It has been an honor and a privilege to write for such wonderful people.

Thank you Janice and Keith.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Ten Years?


I was digging in the back of some file drawers and found these early issues of the "Tombstone Times." I was surprised to find the first article I ever wrote for this journal. More amazing was that it came out ten years ago THIS MONTH.

So ten years, times 12 articles a year, equals 120 articles. How can that possibly be?


This particular article was about the first permanent building in Tombstone: Once the mercantile and banking establishment of John B. "Pie" Allen and Philip William "Bill" Smith.

This adobe building was later a medical center where many local people were born and died.

Today it is the Tombstone Visitor Information Center. 

I will be submitting an updated version of this article for the March issue. 

My! How time flies.