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Last night I experimented with heavy crayon over alcohol ink. I thought it might be possible to scratch out a pattern through the crayon, but the result looked meager. I threw the card away.

This morning I thought I’d apply gesso over the discarded work and do something on the new surface, using the “what’s on my desk?” technique. This card is what I made, from an acrylic skin (defined below if you need a definition), a magazine clipping, and some yellow paint, which wasn’t on my desktop but had been, recently.

An acrylic skin is a dried-out patch of acrylic paint — typically many layers — that can be peeled up from your palette more or less intact. Being acrylic, skins are more than willing to be pasted down with acrylic medium. With any luck, they are a little grungy, with ragged edges and oddly mixed colors, as in this instance.

This still-damp card has been scanned through a piece of plastic wrap to protect the scanner surface. Light reflects erratically off the plastic and adds little white flecks to the image, a digital bonus.

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The Second One

(As I may have said before) I am taking part in the Index Card a Day challenge from Daisy Yellow Art. That means I’m committed to making art (or putting something) on an index card every day in June and July.

The idea is to be literal — one index card each day — but we each decide quietly just how literal we will be. The only rule is that it’s an index card.
Some of the participants are making phenomenal small works of art; and some of us occasionally have to scribble “no art today” on an index card before we go to bed.

What I’m finding is that after I make my card for the day, I often want to make another card, and I often like the second card better. Making something primes the pump for making something else. So here’s today’s card #2.

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From April 20: I’ve made ten postcards for iHanna’s semi-annual handmade postcard swap. Some of these postcards were made long before hand; they sat in my “to send” file. Others gave me the chance to act on a new idea or a crazy thought. I like them all.

Here are three more of the [10] postcards I sent; they should all have arrived by now.

If you have a favorite, let me know.

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In my old quilting group, I was teased for my inclination toward so-called neutral colors. I haven’t worked that much with blacks and tans lately, but a big striped shopping bag from Designer Shoe Warehouse came into the house recently and begged to be cut up and used.

This piece reminded me that when you are working with multiple media, the order of operations matters. The monoprinted layer went down first and produced  interesting blotches.  I hated to cover them up.

Another thing I remembered is that I like little collections of vertical marks. I like making them and I like looking at them, too. You’ll have to click on the image to really see them. I could make more ….

I might make another piece like this and work harder on the composition. It was a really big shopping bag: There’s lots of striped paper.

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I’ve made ten postcards for iHanna’s semi-annual handmade postcard swap. Participants will get their lists of addresses soon. Some of these postcards were made long before hand; they sat in my “to send” file. Others gave me the chance to act on a new idea or a crazy thought. I like them all.

There is probably not much overlap between the participants I will mail to and the people who look at this blog, but just in case, I won’t post the postcards I made until enough time has passed for them to be received in other parts of the world.

Well, maybe just one.

That’s Janet Yellin’s head. I hope she doesn’t mind (or find out.)

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Skin All Over

The Economist magazine is a rich source of small images. Who would have guessed? The strip of brush-cleaning newsprint in the middle has only a few words of readable text: “skin all over.”

Index card, painted newspaper, magazine images, tissue paper, a very little bit of felt tip marker and colored pencil.

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The first page in my first visual journal is the last page that I made. I was provoked by the quote. Enlarge the image and you’ll see what I mean.

I spent about 17 months filling this book. I’m not sure how many sheets it is; 40 perhaps. What a great ride. I have a new one to work in.

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