Looking Artsy

Back at the end of February, which seems a lifetime ago. a friend from my Xanga days mentioned on FB that she had put together an art book and wanted some volunteers to add their art on the pages. I jumped up and down waving my arm in the air shouting “Pick me! Pick me!” And she did. Sandra aka Harpo’s Mark, bound the little book and decorated the cover with a collage. As you can see the cover is beautiful.

She also did the first page with amazing prints and even a poem! Which I realized would be hard to follow.

Thankfully I was not the next to get the book. That honor went to another ex-Xangan, Beth aka Seedsower. She does doodle art that is outstanding! I have a cross she did and have it framed in my guest room. She put together a Valentine themed page (since she had it in February).

I had been thinking about the page for several weeks and had tried to come up with a theme to no avail. When it arrived in the mail I knew there was a time crunch. With the pressure on I was still unable to find something to get excited about. Then I had a dream. I dreamt about mermaids. Perhaps it was watching the movie “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”. Maybe it was from the anticipation of my trip to Florida. Either way I just knew I wanted to do a mermaid.
This is what it looked like before I glued down all the kelp or fixed the mermaid to the background. This next photo shows some of the details I added – fish and other sea creatures.
This last one shows the addition of the octopus and the senyru poem. I apologize for the horrible photography. Taking photos is not a skill I have developed…

The poem reads:
Tentacles tickle
Melusine mirth-bubbles rise
Waking dreams of depths
As soon as the glue dried (under a ton of dictionaries) I was able to add it to the blank page and send it on to the next artist!

61 thoughts on “Looking Artsy

    1. Thanks Stephanie! I’m glad you enjoyed the look of the book! As for my alias – it is murisopsis (meaning mouse vision) my real name is Valerie…

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    1. Hehe! My mother always wanted me to go into art – she enrolled me in a college art class as a 2nd grader. I did well considering my classmates (all college freshmen) thought I was a prop!

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    1. Thanks Bonnie! No the book does not come apart – it is bound and you have the option of either building your art on the page that is provided OR putting your art on heavier paper and then gluing it to the existing page! I opted to build the collage on heavy card stock (trying to avoid warping) and then affix it to the book page. It took forever to dry under a couple volumes of Encyclopaedia Britannica.

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    1. Hehe! Thanks Judy! I’m a little ashamed to admit that I sleep like a log. I fall asleep nearly as soon as my head hits the pillow. I suppose it is “normal” for me to have several things going on as I’ve spent most of my working life “spinning plates”….

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  1. A traveling art book, what a wonderful idea! My sis and I did something sort of like this years ago, mailing a blank book back and forth and filling it with clippings, quotes, photos, stories, art, whatever we thought the other person would enjoy. When it was full, she got to keep it (it was originally a bday gift from me to her). I wished there were two of them, so I could have my own copy, but alas… I love your mermaid. You have so much artistic talent, Muri. 3D, 2D, words, food, creative solutions to problems, the list goes on.

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    1. Hehe! I think the allure was that she sang beautifully and was topless! I don’t think any of the sailors ever got close enough to tell if she smelled fishy!! And thus a myth was born…

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  2. awesome collection and great work Val … nothing wrong with your photography! That will be an amazing book, mainly by Xanger artists. So a treasure trove of fond memories also πŸ™‚

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