Yesterday I took time to let my creative side loose and worked on a few new mixed media pieces and also created an altered art piece for an upcoming swap. I joined a local altered art group through yahoo last year after a couple of my students recommended it to me. You can visit their site at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/indianaalteredart/. My original interest in the group was that they had a monthly artist trading card swap and I had just begun exploring ATC’s. Although I’ve only been able to participate in a few of the swaps it’s been nice to meet others that are interested in mixed media. They have monthly meetings, normally at the Nora Library, and also hold workshops from time to time. They have expanded their monthly swaps to include more items than ATC’s, this month everyone is supposed to create a small piece on canvas, no larger than 4×6 inches. Here is an image of my piece:
The medallion is attached at the top but hangs loose over the canvas to add a little “movement” to the piece. I also created another piece with a postcard from the early 1900’s…I had fun creating the textured background with clear acrylic gel:
The title refers to the postmark date on the postcard. I have been holding on to this card for a couple of years trying to figure out exactly what I wanted to do with it. I finally pushed myself to just do SOMETHING. I’ve got so much material around that I am saving for “someday” that it’s always a breakthrough when I can make myself use some of it! Mental note to self – next time take an image of the back of the card! I regret not doing that before I attached it to the canvas. Although I jotted down the postmark date there was writing, a signature & an address on there that showed it’s “history”. I feel like I was a bit disrespectful by loosing that information. Sigh.
Working with this group makes me want to do some research on the exact definitions of altered art vs. mixed media, I think I use them interchangeably for the most part. I’ll let you know if I find out anything definitive!
More news soon, until then be safe & happy!