Thursday, March 29, 2012

Monday, March 26, 2012

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Friday, March 23, 2012

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Thursday, March 15, 2012

One a Day - March 15th, 2012

I'm wondering whether I should've re-oriented this one 180 degrees....what do you think? Also, it's interesting to me that, with drawer and piles and boxes of paper and ephemera I have, it's this scrap of paper - the black with the gold Chinese characters - that has caught my attention for the last several collages. It was a scrap of paper, no bigger than about 2x2" that came as a gift in a Silver Crow Creations order. Anyway, I think the fact that it was just a small scrap challenged me to use it in more than one piece.I think I will go to their site and see if there is more to order, I really like it.
March 15th, 2012

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Monday, March 12, 2012

One (or Two) a Day - March 12th, 2012

March 12th, 2012: No. 1
March 12th, 2012: No. 2

Sunday, March 11, 2012

One (or Two) a Day - March 11th, 2012

March 11th, 2012: No. 1
March 11th, 2012: No. 2

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Thursday, March 08, 2012

One a Day - March 8th, 2012

The image is "Princess" from The Stampsmith, with elements from "Ma Vinci's Reliquary".

There's a little story behind the inspiration for this piece....

March 8th, 2012
A couple of years ago I bought a box full of stuff - paper stuff mostly - at an auction in Minnesota. Well I bought more than one box but that's another story.

Anyway, in this box of "stuff" was an 1978 calendar published by the "Post Publishing Company" of Blue Earth, Minnesota. I didn't see anything unusual about it at the time, but I like how the photos are printed in color on colored paper, and put it in my box of old stuff.

I was trying to think of more ways to use my stamps, when it occurred to me that I could try to make images in the style of that calendar using photo stamps. So I grabbed some even older paper (receipt paper from "The Mower County Oil Company") and stamped Princess on it.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

One a Day - March 7th, 2012

I  almost didn't post this one because I don't particularly like it, but I changed my mind because it shouldn't be about my ego. And someone could find something they like about it.

I used stamps by SmARTworks and Zettiology. SmARTworks was very good to me a few years ago on a stamping challenge hosted by the Monthly Rubber Stamping club, and I love what I bought and what they sent me. Anyway, the background elements are by SmARTworks, and the faces are by Zettiology. I'll be using some SmARTworks botanical stamps in the near future.

March 7, 2012

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Monday, March 05, 2012

One a Day - March 5th, 2012

Another collage using stamped elements. Some of these come from Lost Coast designs, they have all sorts of fun, steampunk and other styles. I saw a couple 8" skull borders that I may have to buy.
March 5th, 2012

Sunday, March 04, 2012

One (or Two) a Day - March 4th, 2012

Roses are a powerful and deeply personal symbol for me. So I have numerous rose stamps, and this is my favorite, by Silver Crow Creations , also one of my favorite vendors for assorted odd and vintage items for mixed media art. I love the look of vintage illustration in this one. I've also developed a love of "brown pink" (Jacquard makes a luscious color of Procion Dye called "Brown Rose").

The numbers are from a Ma Vinci sheet of rubber called Rough Estimate, and in my humble opinion, every mixed media artist should have one of these. She's even got a Rough Estimate Redux.
March 4th, 2012: No. 1

The next collage features the three graces, a stamp by Above the Mark, which is sadly shutting its doors. I think she may be selling the remaining inventory at this time. The background is a marching band schematic from Northwestern University in 1947. My dad was in the marching band, and now I have these lovely papers to work with.

March 4th, 2012: No. 2

Saturday, March 03, 2012

One (or Two) a Day - March 3rd, 2012

I evolved into a mixed media artist by way of rubber stamping. I'll never forget discovering stamps - it was 2002, I was unemployed (a casualty of the dot-com bust), and was in a Barnes and Noble leafing through Photoshop books, hoping to brush up on my skills (no pun intended). I sat in one of their stuffed chairs, and on the coffee table in front of me was an issue of Stamper's Sampler (February 2002). I had never seen anything like it, and I remember thinking, "this is SO COOL".  I still have that issue, I reclaim that sense of wonder every time I look at it.

Over the next few years I developed an impressive collection of rubber stamps. I really took off running when I discovered unmounted stamps and the small business/cottage industry stamp companies online: Above the Mark, Silver Crow Creations, The Stampsmith, Stampers Anonymous and Zettiology, to name a few of many (I know I've left a few of my favorites out). I was definitely a member of the "if it doesn't move I'll stamp on it" club.

Like many, though, I moved on to other techniques and media. Vintage magazines, collage sheets and "authentic" ephemera displaced my stamps.  I want to be a "real" artist, and stamps, I thought, were craftsy. The "Stampers Sampler" gave way to "Somerset Studio", "Cloth, Paper, Scissors" and beyond.

But I've missed my stamps. I loved collecting them and using them. I still have binders and shelves full of stamps, as well as "too many" inkpads. So I've been trying to think of ways to incorporate them into my work. Bring them out of the closet, so to speak.

In doing so, I try to think of it this way: a stamped image *is* a printed image, except that I control the medium and the substrate. And, as far as my daily collages go, I'm doing this for other reasons than to make "fine art". If I make "good art" that's a bonus, not the goal. (If I sound defensive it's because I am.)

So this week I've pulled some binders off my shelves and started stamping. I did two collages today using a photostamp image from The Stampsmith. The first one was the "good" impression, black dye ink on glossy cardstock; for the second collage I used a "practice" impression. (I think like the second one better.)

March 3rd, 2012: No. 1

March 3rd, 2012: No. 2

Friday, March 02, 2012

Thursday, March 01, 2012