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Archive for January, 2016

Snow Boxes

Hand-painted background, calendar cutouts, and white Sharpie paint pen. I love the puffy dots a paint pen makes. This postcard will go out to a friend who got a lot more snow than I did. But probably less ice.2016-01-24-snowboxes

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What’s Odd

What’s odd, I guess, is how attached I got to that purple “A.” I tried it out on a variety of projects. It didn’t look right anywhere. Eventually I gave in and created an odd place for it to land. Then I over-stamped it with greenish metallic ink, which smeared, and rescued it with a white sharpie paint pen. Maybe these snow days have gone on long enough.

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Working on how to get wild color, because I love it when I see it. This slab of cereal box got very bright with red and orange acrylics, got lightened up with  creamy white paint, and then got worked over with markers, paint pens, and water-soluble oil pastels. The markers may have been a mistake: Their line is more definitive than I really wanted.

Where the color got muddy, I tried everything I could think of to bring it back to life. I used a blender pen in there somewhere, I think. Blending created some of the mud.2016-01-23-wildcolor

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Alisa Golden, a teaching book-artist and writer, has recently made an art quilt by printing some of her favorite images on cloth. I have done some quilting myself, so I was pleased to see her long, delicious blog post about the quilt.

Could I do the same? I don’t often make prints.

Another teacher of mine has shown me that you can scan and print an image on cloth panels made for ordinary inkjet printing, then use oil pastels or markers to enliven the surface. This’ll work if you are making a piece you don’t plan to wash. And of course you can stamp or add mono-printed embellishments or embroider…

Alisa’s blog is always thought-provoking. Her blog and published books have useful, careful, step-by-step instructions. No dead ends or sudden leaps. She has an experimental frame of mind. I’ve learned a lot from her.

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A participant in one of the Daisy Yellow groups posted a wild scribble — it may have been Tammy Garcia herself — and I thought, “I could scribble, too!”2016-01-20-scribble

There’s not much you can say about a scribble except that it felt good, and I keep going back to it and scribbling a little more. I did figure out that I can scan from my ring-bound journal, which I thought I couldn’t do. That’s a big win on a cold day. Hope you enjoy, and go scribble something for yourself.

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Thinking in Red

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I really enjoy working with red.

In the image above. an original collage on the right meets its digital mirror image on the left. The original is about 5 by 10 inches. It began with a substantial fragment from a red 10 x 13 inch envelope. My former employer sent all staff their United Way solicitations in such envelopes, and I used to retrieve them from the trash. Most were unopened. I won’t comment further on that.

The second element was the red and yellow tropical flower. I started to fussy-cut it then decided that the original dark foliage background would separate the flower heads nicely from the red background. I squared off the piece with black and white paper from a security envelope and some glossy Christmas paper.

After that, it was go-to-town with fragments of magazine images and text, big dots of white water-based Sharpie paint pen, balloons from some birthday tissue paper, and just a little bit of red and magenta marker, because most of the surfaces were glossy and I thought the markers would smear. See the textured surface of the yellow balloon(s)? While the tissue was still damp with glue, I roughed it up with the tip of my craft knife. I saw recently that that technique has a fancy Frenchy name; I’m going to look it up later.

Then I brushed matte medium over the whole thing so that I can mess around a little more with pens, pastels, and crayon. But I like it a lot right now.

 

 

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Paper-weaving is a good choice when the fingers are restless.

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