Some mixed media

February 17, 2007

Ah, finally… it’s not that I had time, I made time. I’ve been reading all my Somerset Studio mags over and over and over, and finally I had the courage to play – just play! So I tried out several different techniques I had read about, used magazine cut-outs and paint and stamps and ink on a wooden cutting board, and I’ve finally had my first mixed media experience. So much fun! As always, I love the outcome. I wonder if everyone always loves their work, or maybe it’s just because this is so new to me. I smile every time I see it. Makes me feel good. Plus, the sun is shining and spring is on its way!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Altered book round robbins

November 4, 2006

I’ve been looking at beautiful fat books and altered books and decos for a long time. I think it’s a wonderful idea to have a book circulated around many crafters, and receive a beautiful, interesting, varied and international piece of art.

So I finally decided to set up a round robin myself. The idea is for each participant to create their own book/journal, start a theme, design the cover, and send it away to the next crafter who will continue the theme with their own spread/page, and send it on. When the book is complete, it will be returned to its original owner.

It would be my first time participating in such a swap, and I’m really hoping people join. I decided to be strict about who can join, because of some sad experience with bad swappers, and I’ve also made up a rule which will hopefully eliminate the number of unsent items – that is, that even if you’ve signed up, you don’t have to complete a page. If you received a book/theme you don’t want to participate in, or can’t, you can send it on, without doing anything in it.

My blogger buddies – please see this as a personal invitation – I would love for you to join! First timers are also welcome, after all, I am one too! 🙂

Read the rules and join here.
I’ve also created a Flickr group for this purpose, so we can post all the works in progress.

Altering

September 16, 2006

Last week I received two books ordered from Amazon, “Living Out Loud” and “52 Projects” (also Google their names for their internet sites/ authors’ blogs). So much inspiration in these little books, so much fun awaiting! I love how art is referred to as “play”. That’s exactly what I feel. I’m on the floor, playing. Playing with color, experimenting, marvelling at my products.

A few months ago I participated in a swap-bot swap of free cards – those postcards you can pick up for free on racks in restaurants (more specifically in restrooms…). That was really fun, and although I received many beautiful cards, others I had nothing to do with, except…alter! Nowadays I try to alter everything I set my eyes on. The other day found me on the floor, painting an egg crate. It’s a small crate that had 6 eggs in it, and when i tore the top cover off I was left with a small “shadow box” in hand. So yes, altering is fun. But I was going to write about my altered postcards. I usually do all my technique experiments in a journal/book I keep for this purpose, but for the acrylics techniques, I thought it would be a good chance to use my free post cards.

I still feel like a girl-in-a-candystore whenever I talk about art. What can I say, it’s new to me, and it’s just so much fun! So painting without knowing what the outcome would look like, spritzing water on paint, using acrylic paint to stamp, experimenting with different transfers, OH THE FUN!! 🙂

First, I tried Try It Tuesday’s technique from week one. I only had three acrylic colors, so there wasn’t much deliberating or choosing, but it was fun, I love the outcome, and I must try it more and more!

Then I tried Artchix’s acetone transfer technique. I loved the results, but it was a bit difficult, and the fumes really gave me a headache. I’ll try it again, but only outdoors.

And lastly, the image transfers with acrylic – also quite difficult to get a good result, but I gave it a few tries, and I’ll have to try another tens of times before I can really make it “mine”, and understand exactly how much paint I need, which images are best to transfer, or how much time I should let it dry (if at all). I transferred a laser printed picture I downloaded from the Flickr group for images:

And then a magazine cut out: