Archive | February 2015

For the Joy of Angels & Pears 2014

I recently received notification from SOMERSET STUDIO GALLERY that this altered art journal was selected for publication in the 2015 summer issue which will hit newsstands June 1, 2015.  All featured stamp images are from my friend Linda Malcolm’s stamps — Lost Coast Designs

My third publication and I’m still excited. The cover story I wrote is pasted below all the photographs.   Enjoy!





Inside Cover- Spread 1    BUTTERFLY FACE







Spread 4    PEACE ANGEL    &    JOY


Tag fronts … wing from  MINI WINGS SET.


Tag backs … right wing from wing set



Book back … dictionary words: stamp “Joy”




by Cherri Robb, Loveland, CO

MY FAVORITE THINGS     I often hear myself referring to something as one of my favorite things.  By now I must have a million favorite things!  It gives me so much joy is to use, display and play with these treasures.  I love to have them sitting on my studio table where I can touch them, and imagine different ways I might use them to create something “oh-so-special”.

After many years of collecting it appears that my most favorite things are angels, wings, pears and the word JOY.  I have twice before created an altered book titled “Angels and Pears”.  The first one was spontaneous and just for me!  My friends asked me to teach that board book, but I have used my only sheets of paper and original images, so that wasn’t going to happen!  I ended up buying new paper and collecting new images … and yes, I taught the “Angels and Pears” book several times.  It soon became a favorite of my students.

INSPIRATION     Over the past twelve years, my art has evolved.  Working with paper and stamps, I continue to add more layers, detail and highlights.  I was inspired to play with my angels and pears once again.  Nine years after the first book, I began my collecting process again … this time mostly from the drawers and boxes that lined my studio walls.  What really set me into high gear was when I saw my local greenhouse owner carrying a stack of six-inch square paperboard packing pieces to recycle.  I quickly snatched them up because they were, of course, my favorite size format to work in.

IMAGES     With paper in hand, I went about stamping and cutting out my favorite Lost Coast Design angel stamps.  The images had their edges bent gently over my fingertips to mold their shape. This year I treated myself to a die cut machine — it is my newest favorite toy.  I quickly added decorative edges to a bunch of the paperboard squares and pretty new paper. The angels were gloriously arranged on five pages.  The newest angels and pears book had come alive! Well, except that I did not yet have any pears and this large lettered stamp JOY had gotten stamped and cut out along with my angels.  Off I went to my drawer labeled “pears”, and stamped some favorite pears.  And then it happened: the newest book became titled “For the Joy of Angels and Pears”.  I love it!  Yeah!

COLOR     Playing with different color mediums has given me a wonderful selection of favorite colors and textures to use in my altered art.  The images were adorned with chalk pencils, watercolor pencils smudged with Distress Ink and highlighted with embossing powder and with brushes dipped in metallic smudge pots.  I even dabbed a bit of pigment ink to add a golden glow here and there.  I turned an inkpad upside down to rub the edge of the die cut paperboard for a bold piping of black.

WORDS     Using the JOY stamp was now set in stone as part of the book design, so I researched to find a joyful quote.  First I used letter stamps to hand-stamp the quote, but they were a little too big.  Next, I typed the quote, selected a fun font in several different sizes until the words nested perfectly alongside the angels.  I stamped JOY with several other word stamps.  From the quote I then focused on the words star and singing; themed embellishments were pulled from my favorite ephemera.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST     The paper, colored images and quote were all laid out nicely along my story board pages.  It was time for just a little bling. So back to the drawers and boxes, and out came a few of my favorite buttons, flowers, ribbon, jewels, charms and metal corners.  Anything that touched my fingers and made me smile was placed on a side table.  One-by-one each page was adorned, rearranged a time or two, and now I was ready to make a commitment … that is to say get out my favorite adhesives (red liner tape and UHU glue stick)  Thus, the third sequel of my book was now ready for show-and-tell – Enjoy!   (716 words)

ARTIST: Cherri Robb

SUPPLIES: Lost Coast Design stamps, Decorative paper, On the edge die cuts, Die cut letters, frame and swirls, Momento and Distress inks, Clear embossing powder, Colored pencils and metallic pens, Embellishments (Small flowers, Buttons sewn on with embroidery thread, Vintage rhinestone and pearl chains, Metal charms, number and corners, Punched notes and stars, Laces and trims, Jewels and metal wings, Tags).