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February 14

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Nine to Four

I was thinking about a simple art activity I could lead in a 90-minute session. I wanted a stress-free process whose result tickles the imagination and doesn’t require special skills, just willingness to wield a glue stick.

I found this idea in a quilt shop in Stetson, Florida, and decided to try it out in paper.

I made a simple collage of nine one-inch squares cut from magazine images. I pasted them down in a grid. The thick, wonky, dark blue lines below are just to make the grid visible. You don’t actually draw any lines, especially not crooked ones like these.

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You could make a pretty nine-patch collage this way, although this one isn’t it.

I cut the nine-patch grid into four pieces. More wonky blue lines, again for demo purposes only.

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Finally I rotated and re-arranged the pieces until I liked the result. I haven’t pasted them down yet, but it might be something like this.

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In a group, we could also swap patches before re-assembling them. The result might be a piece of mail art (if you sealed it down with packing tape) or a personal banner (hole-punch and yarn for hanging, glue a coin or washer on the back for weight), something for your journal if you keep one or just a souvenir of some fun you had.

 

Does this sound like 90 minutes to you, if I bring a box of pre-cut one-inch squares to choose from?

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Anais Nin

This is her face, gazing up from a discarded library book and setting me off on a small collage last summer. I haven’t read her work in years, and I don’t recall that it resonated particularly then, but I admire her persistence in recording her life and thought.  The owlets that frame her face are a hoot, don’t you think?.

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Today, I didn’t particularly like the quote in the center. The words weren’t tied to the images, except in the sense that Anais Nin wrote them. I obscured it digitally. Now just a few good words peek out: hilltop, beautiful, lived there. I’ll try something similar on the original.

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Why I Do This

I have been pushing this question around for a while. Yesterday I decided to push it to one side and just make something.

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Be Exuberant

“Be exuberant but don’t knock anything over” is the title I gave this 6 by 8 inch drawing done with brush markers (Tombow and Le Plume) and a Sharpie ultra-fine point.

This was stealth exuberance , committed while propped up in bed letting the flu roll right over me.

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Trees, 1

The first of two postcards for a swap on the theme of trees. I painted the leaves on a book page, applying acrylics with a pencil eraser or a finger tip. It was only yesterday, but I’ve forgotten which….. I cut out the foliage and glued it on a painted background.

“Like a tree standing by the water, we shall not be moved.”

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Sleeping Bags

I saw this advertisement in a regional outdoors giveaway magazine. I’d still be winter camping if I’d had one of these body hugging sleeping bags back in the day! Well, maybe not … but the photo shoot itself seemed a little loony to me, so I decided to tweak it some more. I carried my gel pens to New England and back untouched, but now I’m back in the game.

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I used a very old postcard backing, one of the last two or three from a pack of 500 that got me started long ago in this postcard-making thing. The adhesive is unreliable, so the art is secured to the backing with packing tape. You can see the blue background change color at the boundaries.

Is there a scientific reason that most colors of gel pen look white to the scanner??

There’ll be nights I wish I had such a sleeping bag this winter.

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