Okay…back to catching up art from last summer’s solo show of recycled/upcycled art work! The next few posts are all about artwork that was created on 33 1/3 LP’s. One of my very first gallery showings, about ten years ago, was made up of the same thing so this isn’t new for me, just re-visited as it fit the theme.

The first step for all the pieces was to fasten wood pieces to the back so the hangers could be attached and so that they would stand out from the wall a bit when hung, giving them more dimension. It was also essential because some of them were made into clocks and there needed to be space for the mechanisms to fit. Blog, 2013-04-24 11.12.17

After that step was finished I began work on the individual pieces. Some had been spray painted and others were not. For today’s piece, Ceremonial, it had been painted  bright red. The time-consuming part of this creation was rolling all the magazine pages! From a distance many people have mistaken them for pencils. 🙂Blog, 2013-05-07 11.25.58

Once that had been done then I began playing with the layout of the piece. I had cut a piece of scrap foam core and covered it with aluminum to use as a vertical break in the piece so I arranged the magazine rolls to one side of it until I was pleased.Blog, 2013-05-27 12.28.34

Prior to attaching all the piece I colored the aluminum piece with inks to compliment the background color of the record.  Then it was time to glue the pieces down, add a few embellishments and, ta-da, finished!

"Ceremonial" © Lynne Medsker
“Ceremonial” © Lynne Medsker

More record art to follow soon!



Journal Creations

Although not quite as bad as catching up from March, these are images from an “open studio” class time in April. The project for that day was to create journals, using recycled materials for the cover. Specifically they all began as cereal boxes! Here are some “start to finish” photos of the journals in various stages.

beginning cover
folded box, adding textured paper
folded box, aluminum layer added on top & embossed with design
journal cover
journal cover, adding colored ink
journal cover
journal cover, more layers of ink/color
journal cover
stamping on the colorful inks
finished journal #1
finished journal #1
journal cover 2
finished journal #2
detail, journal #3
detail, finished journal #3
finished journals, back side
back side of all finished journals

I love how all of these turned out differently. That’s one of my favorite things about being with creative souls…even with the same materials and techniques each of us is so different in our vision. Amazing!

Commissioned Work, Roundabout

This piece of art took some twists & turns from it’s inception to completion, but ultimately it was a happy ending with the clients excited about it as well as myself.

"roundabout" finished work, installed
"roundabout" mixed media, 33x60", installed in clients home © lynne medsker

This was a fairly large piece of art, at least in my realm of creations, and was based on the composition of a smaller piece. Translating from small to large was a bit more of a challenge than I anticipated! One of the first pieces I made was the multi-colored, metallic strip that goes down the left side. Just for fun I created a composite image of how the color of the aluminum changes with each application of ink:

aluminum color steps © lynne medsker
aluminum coloring step-by-step © lynne medsker

Here’s another couple images of the work-in-progress, fairly far along:

roundabout, in progress © lynne medsker
work in progress, "roundabout" © lynne medsker
"roundabout" work in progress © lynne medsker
work in progress, "Roundabout" © lynne medsker

There were a few more layers of color/texture added to the background before it was framed and ready to hang. It was hung at the end of a hallway in my clients home, and made a great focal point!

"roundabout" install © lynne medsker
"Roundabout" installed © Lynne Medsker

Commissioned work in progress

I’ve not tended to the blog the last week because I’ve been busy working on a new commissioned project. Sorry for the light amount of posts! I thought today I’d share a few images of what I’m working on, at least enough to tease your imagination. The overall piece is going to be 33″x60″ and will be framed in a deep shadow box. Using aluminum, copper, slate, tiles and other assorted goodies I’ll be composing this piece over the next few days. Here’s what I’ve got images of so far:

step-by-step image of ink colored aluminum © lynne medsker
scrap copper piece

This is one of the scrap pieces of copper I’ll be incorporating into the design. I wanted to liven it up some a bit I got out my heat gun and began to heat it up, getting some nice color changes.

scrap copper after being heated

This image shows all three of the copper pieces after they’d been through the heating process.

three pieces of copper

Have I got you curious yet? I’ll post more updates as things progress.




"imagination" mixed media wall sculpture, 6x12" $125 © lynne medsker

Here’s a whimsical little piece to brighten your day! I had a lot of fun creating this…both the aluminum element and the painted background. It’s hard to see the actual word “imagination” in the finished image but it shows up much better in these progress shots:

"imagination" work in progress, image 1 © lynne medsker
"imagination" work in progress, image 2 © lynne medsker

I used a metal embossing stamp kit to hammer the letters into the aluminum surface and then filled in the letters with black ink before coloring the piece. I re-ink the letters afterwards to help emphasis them too! After that piece was finished I began playing with the background. Using acrylic inks and a spray bottle I dropped colors onto the surface, let them blend (helping them along from time to time), gave it some dry time and repeated the process, adding & subtracting as I went.

"imagination" work in progress, image 3 © lynne medsker
"imagination" work in progress, image 4 © lynne medsker

I love to watch colors run across a surface, surprising you with the way the blend and travel through a piece! Once I was satisfied with the coloring I sealed the background and began adding the details to the surface, it wasn’t long before it was complete. It’s hanging in my studio right now, keeping me inspired. You are always welcome to set up a time to come see it yourself!

Parts & Pieces…

"mini art" #71, mixed media in 5x7 shadow box, SOLD © 2011, Lynne Medsker

During my recent stay at Blueberry View Artist Retreat I was able to create several new artworks, including six of the “mini art” pieces I’ve been making over the past few years. Before I began assembling much of the art I spent time just making the smaller pieces that would be used as part of the artwork. Something that I hadn’t done before was to use ink to color small pieces of glass. I had fun trying different color combinations and came up with a nice selection of pieces to work with:

glass pieces, colored with ink

I also made more aluminum pieces that would eventually be covered in ink too. One of my goals for this retreat time was to play with letters, words, quotes, etc. and so I brought my collection of metal typesetting pieces.

metal typesetting pieces

I used some of them to stamp letters & symbols into the aluminum prior to coloring it. I took several images of this stage of the process, thinking I can use the images in some digital art next time I have time to play with Photoshop!

stamped aluminum
more stamped aluminum!

Here are a couple images of some pieces after they’ve been colored with the ink:

aluminum covered shapes, colored with ink
more aluminum covered shapes, colored with ink

Of course eventually I did begin assembling the artwork from all these parts & pieces, the first of which (mini art #71) is shown at the top of the page. I also had some spares left that came home to my studio with me – a nice beginning point for future creations! Look for images of the other new minis in upcoming posts, along with several other new pieces.