I will post some of my own art on here soon, but in the meantime, make sure you don’t miss these 2 fabulous countdowns to Mother’s Day.
Last Day For Holiday Countdown March 23, 2008
I almost missed this one! Lisa Vollrath at tentwostudios is having a holiday countdown for March, and today is the last day.
A lovely mix of St. Patrick’s day and Easter images. All you need to do is post a link to the countdown and then you get to download all of them.
Lottery Series ATCs completed February 19, 2008
Many thanks to everyone on the Artist Circle group that gave me suggestions on how to finish my ATCs.
I got the lottery series ones done, and decided to let the self-portrait ones simmer for a while as I worked on other things.
I’m pretty pleased with how these turned out.
I’d love to hear comments or critiques on these if you have them.
Muse Messages February 18, 2008
I think my muse is trying to tell me something.
As you can see from my previous posts, I work mostly in paper – altered books, ATCs, some collages, etc.
Something I’ve never worked on or even thought about working on is canvas. It seemed too “high art” for simple old me.
But today I was poring through an old Dick blick’s catalog and saw they had multi-packs of mini-canvases for sale. This was inspiring – I like working in small formats and restricted spaces. I also like working in multiples or series.
Then, someone in one of the Yahoo groups posted about a project they had just completed. They’d made a mixed media piece on a corner canvas – but they used it backwards so the sloped sides became part of the artwork. Beautiful work, and very creative use for something that is generally used in very traditional work.
A few hours later, someone in another Yahoo group posted about a project she had just completed – a mixed media piece using the back of a canvas! http://greenwomandesign.blogspot.com/2008/02/tintypes-and-daytona-500.html
So, I went from not thinking about canvas as a possible medium at all to seeing it in 3 different places within a few hours. And not only that, but 2 of the 3 places talked about flipping it around and using it as a pseudoframe.
That’s the kind of coincidence that means I must try my hand at something like this soon. If that’s not a message from my muse, I don’t think I’d be able to ID one if it hit me over the head!
Help Me Finish These ATCs, Please! February 15, 2008
Our first project for February for the Artist Circle Yahoo group was to make 3 part ATCs – a background, a focal image, and an embellishment.
Initially, I found this project tremendously inspiring, but I’m afraid I’ve gotten in trouble by interpreting the instructions too literally. Below are my ATCs all with only 2 parts – I’m stumped on how to complete them. I’d love any ideas you can give me.
Part of my problem is being new to the whole art scene. My stash of images and embellishments is not terribly large. Most of my images are cut out from magazines, catalogs and junk mail.
I don’t even know where to begin as far as embellishments go. Most of my work thus far has been fairly flat rather than 3-D. I realize I could use another image as my embellishment, but I’d really like to break out of my box and do something really cool here.
I’m open to buying new products if I get specific recommendations for something that will give great results. I really just want to get these done so they aren’t weighing on my mind any longer. I’m really excited about our next project but feel I can’t move on until I’m finished with these. (more…)
Tag Booklet completed January 19, 2008
As I mentioned in my previous post, our project at The Artist Circle Yahoo Group was to create a tag booklet. We started with coffee staining some tags, then colored them in various ways, followed by different embellishments. The final tag booklets were as varied as they could be, with all sorts of colors, artistic styles, and themes. This is really a great group for anyone looking for inspiration and encouragement to try lots of different artistic projects.
I really liked the first tags I made, but they were a mishmash of shapes, sizes and materials, and I wanted a more uniform look for the final book, so I made myself some more. I simply cut a single sheet of cardstock into 2 1/2″ X 2′ rectangles, then cut the corners at angles and punched holes for the tags. So these were little tags, but I like the small size. I think being constrained by a small space forces me to maximize my creativity.
I coffee-stained, colored and dry-brushed the new tags with gesso. (There were a few days between each of those steps, because I like time to think about where I want to go next.) Then I started looking for images or themes for my finished book.
In a catalog (one of my favorite sources for free imagery to use in my artwork), I found a set of glasses with pictures of hummingbirds and flowers on them. They were exactly the right color, and more importantly, the right size for my booklet.
I cut the hummingbirds and flowers out, and played with several arrangements of the images on my tags. When I had a layout I liked, I glued everything down. I then sprayed all the tags with Platinum Pearl Color Mist spray for an additional unifying layer.
The tags were pretty, but fairly bland, so I went to Google to find some hummingbird related text to go on them. I found this site, with the perfect hummingbird poem by Charlotte Smith. I added this to the tags, one line per tag, in black Sharpie.
by Charlotte Smith
Minutest of the feathered kind,
Possessing every charm combined,
Nature, in forming thee, designed
A proof within how little space
She can comprise such perfect grace,
Rendering the lovely; fairy race
I was happy at this point with the look of each individual tag.
Now, how to put them together?
I considered various options – craft wire, binder rings, a stick and ribbon close, but ultimately decided that the look was best maintained by a simple binding of ribbon through the hole in the tag.
I still had 2 problems, though.
1) While the tags all looked good and like they belonged together, the booklet as a whole still looked unfinished.
2) I wanted the attribution for the poem to be more prominent. (I had written it on the back of the last tag, but it’s kinda hard to read, and you’d have to look for it.)
The obvious solution to both problems was to add another tag – a cover that would have the poem’s title and attribution on it. But none of my leftover tags jumped out at me as being right for this purpose.
What did look like it might work was a tag I’d saved from a toy the baby had been given for Christmas. It was the right size, but an oval shape, which I thought would be a nice contrast with the body of the book.
I painted the tag with green acrylic paint, a fairly thick layer to obscure the writing on the tag. I then applied some gold ink with a baby wipe to add some sparkle. A quick spray with the Platinum Pearl color mists worked to tie the cover in with the rest of the tags.
The final step was to write the name of the poem and the author on the front of the cover, write my name and the date on the back of it, and tie everything together with the ribbon.
8 reasons I’m working in a traveling journal December 12, 2007
Someone on one of the groups recently asked why anyone would choose to participate in a traveling journal project since they didn’t get anything to keep at the end of it. Here’s some of the reasons I wanted to do this:
- I get to see and touch other artists’ work
- My art gets exposed to a wider audience than if I just posted it on this site
- It’s posted anonymously so I can get completely honest feedback and critiques
- It forces me to be disciplined and complete work by a deadline
- It helps build my resume (so to speak) of successful collaborative projects
- An established artist gets to know me and my work, which could lead to other projects in the future.
- It’s a slightly different form of expression than what I usually do (art journaling vs. altered books) so it’s a creative stretch for me
- I get to let go of my art, rather than hoarding it till I no longer know what to do with it.