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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

One a Day - October 26th, 2010 "Special Delivery"

I think it's kind of cool to know that most of the paper in this collage is from a February 21st, 1920 issue of "Dry Goods".  It's over 90 years old! (and looks it).
October 26th, 2010

Monday, October 25, 2010

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Friday, October 22, 2010

Monday, October 18, 2010

One a Day - October 18th, 2010

I thought of photoshopping this to make it look better but then thought nah, move on...
October 18th, 2010

Sunday, October 17, 2010

One More a Day - October 17th, 2010

For no good reason, I'm feeling sentimental today.
October 17th, 2010

One a Day - October 17th, 2010

October 17th, 2010

Saturday, October 16, 2010

One a Day - October 16th, 2010

This is a technique I love but rarely use outside of "just playing around." For the architectural element in the background, I clear-embossed a stamp image (Above the Mark) on a piece of old paper, and used the embossing as a resist for Windsor Newton ink (Nut Brown and Canary Yellow).
 October 16th, 2010

One a Day - October 15th, 2010

October 15th, 2010

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Monday, October 11, 2010

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Ten on 10.10.10

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Saturday, October 09, 2010

One a Day - October 9th, 2010

I came across a newspaper clipping last night while I was looking through some old envelopes that contained sewing patterns. I will write more about this as I use the various materials in this lot of stuff from an auction.  In an envelope that contained an unprinted pattern for an apron was some newspaper that was used to extend the apron pattern in some way or another (I think it was to make it longer). The image in the lower part of this collage was part of this "extension".  I love the aged colors in this, and I would love to see it as it was when it was new. Anyway, it was the daily paper for Fairmont, Minnesota, and it was dated Friday, March 5th, 1954.
October 9th, 2010

One a Day - October 8th, 2010

October 8th, 2010

Friday, October 08, 2010

One a Day - Barely - October 7th, 2010

Ugh.  It was one of those nights where I worked on something hopeless for a couple of hours, threw it away, and put this together in a few minutes. I hate when that happens!
October 7th, 2010

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

One a Day - October 6th, 2010

I'm trying to loosen things up a bit...maybe not so much loosen as "roughen". Not quite where I want to be but closer...

October 6th, 2010

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

One a Day - October 5th, 2010

Origami paper, vintage wrapping paper, white gel pen.  A girl and her green cat.
October 5th, 2010: A girl and her green cat.

One (or more) a Day - October 4th, 2010

Well, not being inspired yesterday and recycling some old work actually got me inspired to recycle some more. So I took three more of the remaining paper quilt postcards, cut them into 4x4" backgrounds, and "finished" them. The images are from an old Saturday Evening Post magazine (from the late 50s).

I'm finding that since I've gone full time at work, and I have less time to putter in my studio, that I'm forced to be more spontaneous and less fussy about these. I think this is a good thing, what do you think? Would anyone care to join me in this? It's turning out to be part journal, part creative exercise, and an opportunity to take myself less seriously.
October 5th, 2010

October 5th, 2010: I like this image enough to use her twice.

October 5th, 2010

Monday, October 04, 2010

One a Day - October 3rd, 2010

I wasn't feeling too inspired to make art today. So for today's collage I put together a couple of things I'd done a while back (a few years back as a matter of fact. I took a 4x6" "paper quilt" postcard I'd made a couple years ago, and trimmed it down to 4x4".  I then took an "inchie" I'd made a few years ago as well.  I put them together and toned down some busy spots with some Titan Buff paint. I kind of like it. These are both things I'd made quite a few of at one point, and I was a bit obsessive about the inchies, making at least two-hundred of them. I think they came together well.
October 3rd, 2010

Sunday, October 03, 2010

One (or more) a Day - October 2nd, 2010

And now for something a little different...

While rummaging through my studio I came across a 9x12" piece of canvas paper that I had collaged in a white on white background. I cut it into six 4x4' pieces and pulled out my dictionary clippings. I completed four of the six pieces.

October 2nd, 2010: "Barbell"

October 2nd 2010: "Chimpanzee"

October 2nd 2010: "Gyroscope"

October 2nd, 2010: "Human Heart"

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Friday, October 01, 2010

GPP Street Team Challenge Number 44 redux

The September challenge to the Green Pepper Press Street Team was "In a Scrape," in which we were to create a multi-colored background using nothing but scraping tools...no brushes. The first attempt I did in my journal, you can see it here.  

But when my "art group" decided to hold a "True Colors" round robin, I knew it was the perfect technique with which to introduce the colors for my book. I chose a palette of blues, greens, and yellows.

I first treated the spread (in an old book) with a couple of thick coats of gesso. Then I blobbed and spread (with a palette knife) a couple of shades of yellow on the bottom part of the page.
That was followed by a couple of shades of blue at the top of the page.
I then did the same with shades of green in the middle.  I let the first layer dry overnight (it was pretty thick with paint), and when I saw it the next day I felt that it was a bit on the dark side.  
So I  repeated the process with brighter, more saturated colors, and scraped those over the first layer with an old gift card. I then went to my local hardware store and grabbed a bunch of paint chips in my chosen colors, and sliced and glued them onto one side of the spread.  I coated the entire thing with a layer of Modge Podge which acted as a varnish and sharpened the texture and color.