Altered Book/Art Journal

As part of my “Creative Every Day” challenge for this year I’ve been working in an old book that was cut down and had a hole punched through the edge so it can be clasp shut with a chain.

Here are a few of the first projects I’ve done in it:

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Opening Page

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Pen, pencil, colored pencil

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Front cover art

I also did a two-page spread of this lovely lady and her funk and funky hair:

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Beginning design, ink & colored pencil

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Design finished, ready for color!

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Color added & complete

I have done a few other things since then but I’ll save them for another post. Have any of you been following the “Creative Every Day” challenge? What have you worked on?

Lynne

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Sometime

What an apt title. Sometime I get away from blogging. But I always return. This time with some new art to share. I’ve been very prolific lately, which is awesome. It just doesn’t correlate with regular blogging. Two sides of the brain I think!

"Sometime", four-piece mixed media artwork, each piece 8x10 - 32x10" total © Lynne Medsker Art & Photography, LLC

“Sometime”, four-piece mixed media artwork, each piece 8×10 – 32×10″ total © Lynne Medsker Art & Photography, LLC

Remember a while back when I shared with you all the gelli prints I’d been making? Well I finally decided what I’d do with them. They make AWESOME background for mixed media art! Add in some book pages, decorative & tissue paper, top it off with charcoal outlines and acrylic ink plus some fun designs with pens and voila! Here are a couple of images of the work in progress.

Work in progress, applying book pages and gelli prints to wood panels

Work in progress, applying book pages and gelli prints to wood panels

Decorative papers, tissue paper added to panels

Decorative papers, tissue paper added to panels

Charcoal lines added to surface

Charcoal lines added to surface

Close-up detail of surface after acrylic ink was applied

Close-up detail of surface after acrylic ink was applied

It certainly ends up looking totally different from the starting point! In addition to this artwork I’ve also complete four large (24×36″) canvases in this style as well as a set of five 6×6″ wood panels. The titles for all the new work come from some of the text that is still visible when the piece is complete. This one had the least text showing of all the new art but from what I could read “sometime” seemed perfect. I’ll be deviating from the geometric for the next few pieces but I’m sure I’ll return!

Thanks for continuing to follow this blog, it’s really appreciated!

Lynne

Fall Tree Workshop, October 2nd, 2014

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Sunshine (and some friends)

As I’ve been working from a table in the kitchen while waiting for the finish of the studio construction my art took a turn toward the small. blog sunburst © Lynne Medsker

Many pieces were created on scraps of wood collected from the building and some, like this sun, are on small 6×6″ wood panels. Painted backgrounds in various shades led me to create a variety of different images with torn book pages. Here are the beginning stages:

To see how this, and others progressed, here are additional images.

I like to add shading with charcoal or graphite before I do the outline & design work. It helps the pieces to seem more dimensional! The details are done with marker and ink. These are just a few of the pieces I made over the last few months. Some have found new homes during art shows and from galleries and a few are still keeping me company. I’ve even presented a couple of classes guiding others through the process, which was a lot of fun!

Keeping creative,

Lynne

ArtScape! This Saturday evening

I’m so excited about this show!
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I’ve been busy selecting and creating works to bring.  Here’s a peek at some of the “tiny” pieces I’ll have available that evening:

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Little canvas pieces, with art created on old dictionary pages – only $20 each, including the tiny easels to display them on! Of course I’ll bring some medium and large size pieces as well. I hope you will be able to come and support the public library in Avon, Indiana while viewing/purchasing a wonderful variety of artwork.

Lynne

 

Abundantly

"Abundantly" cup paper over old book pages mounted on 12x12" wood panel, $145 © Lynne Medsker

“Abundantly” cup paper over old book pages mounted on 12×12″ wood panel, $145 © Lynne Medsker

The last of three pieces on the blog this week, all created using the same technique, this one titled “Abundantly”. Although very time consuming (and hand cramping!) to draw and cut the paper cut over-lay, I enjoyed creating these pieces that combine my love of the mandala form and for old book pages. I hope you have enjoy viewing them as finished pieces and during the process of them being produced.

Until next week!
Lynne

Adventure

"Adventure" cut paper over dictionary pages mounted on 12x12" wood panel, $145 © Lynne Medsker

“Adventure” cut paper over dictionary pages mounted on 12×12″ wood panel, $145 © Lynne Medsker

Similar to “Ambience” that was posted earlier this week, this piece was also created on a 12×12″ wood panel using old dictionary pages and cut paper. Here are some images of the process/progress along the way:

One piece left to share with you that goes with Ambience & Adventure….look for it Friday!

Lynne

Ambience

"Ambience" cut paper over book pages mounted on 12x12" wood panel $145 © Lynne Medsker

“Ambience” cut paper over book pages mounted on 12×12″ wood panel $145 © Lynne Medsker

The first of three similar pieces that were created for last years upcycled/recycled show, Ambience began with a blank 12×12″ wood panel that was covered in old dictionary pages. Then a mandala like design was drawn onto the back of a black piece of paper and carefully cut with an x-acto knife.

Once the cutting was finished the black paper was mounted on top of the pages and ink, buttons and other embellishments were attached to create the finished piece.

colored ink added

colored ink added

Look for the other two pieces to arrive on the blog later this week!

Lynne

Something fishy

Back in the fall, during my unintentional blog hiatus, I created several new pieces of whimsical art using scrap wood pieces, old dictionary pages and ink. They were fun! I have ideas for more pieces in this style once I get back into the studio. Today I’m sharing one of my favorite pieces from the batch I created.  It began with one of these pieces of wood, the backgrounds painted with acrylic:

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Add some torn paper shapes:

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Then lots of ink details and DONE!

Fishy © Lynne Medsker

Fishy © Lynne Medsker

Just for fun I left some of the paper un-attached to the surface to make the pieces more dimensional, in this instance the fin on his side!

Lynne

P.S. If you’d like to see this, and other creations, in person they are located at ProArt Gallery in Greenwood, Indiana!

Dream Each Day

I finished this piece a few weeks ago, now it’s time to share some of the images during the process.

"Dream Each Day" Mixed Media on wood, 12x12" $225 © 2013, Lynne Medsker

“Dream Each Day” Mixed Media on wood, 12×12″ $225 © 2013, Lynne Medsker

I’ve been working on these 12×12″ wood panels that are first covered with old book pages. I like the text as a background! For this particular piece I decided to draw directly on the surface. Here are the progress images:

The title came from a saying that I included in the image….can you find it?

Lynne