Although this could change again I at least wanted to get the most up-to-date version online! I am looking at adding a second “Web Presence for Artists” class the last Saturday of September and we may also schedule one more “Industrial Art Duo” in October since it was so popular the first time. Of course you are always free to request a class that interests you! (Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your requests.) Stay tuned for updates, I’ll post them as I know them!
Earlier this week I posted about the last “Open Studio” class I held where we created artwork on old 33 1/3 albums. Since one of my students wasn’t able to attend I couldn’t resist joining in and playing a bit too. I’ve been playing with some other collage piece using old sheet music recently, so I decided to incorporate it into this artwork as well. It sure makes naming the piece easy when the music has a title! And it gave me some color inspiration as well. 🙂
This ended up having lots of cuts & layers of paper, followed by charcoal, more layers, acrylic ink and some embellishments. One of my students mentioned how it looked almost three-dimensional, that was all it took for me to make it that way! I’m not sure how well it showed up in the straight-on photo at the top of the page so I took a second one of the finished piece from the side to show the pieces that rise off of the background.
I enjoyed just making some art for the fun of it! I have a lot of fun projects I’d like to play with – along with some new commissions and artwork for upcoming shows. Trying to keep it balanced, along with the rest of life!
The collage class last Wednesday was a lot of fun! I always love seeing the creativity that others have once introduced to a medium and this was no exception. The variety and styles were all so different, once again showing how unique each of us really are.
The layers of paper started building early into the session.
Once they discovered their direction you could see each new item added refining their vision.
Looks like fun, doesn’t it? There is another collage class scheduled for Saturday, March 24th from 9:30 to noon, so you haven’t missed your chance yet!
Well, October has finally arrived! I’ve been anxious for it because it appears that I’ll be able to live life at a bit of slower pace. No art shows, the gallery shows are all hung on the wall, and no pressing deadlines for project. I even have a clean studio! September seemed to have each moment double-booked so I am anxious to slow down. Of course I’m also anxious to get that studio dirty and create again!
After a trip south in a few weeks ago I took a little side trip to a paper store. Oh, how I LOVE the paper stores! Something about being surrounded by all the lovely colors and textures is almost intoxicating. While I intended to control myself, the stack of papers that I selected grew quite tall. They were all so beautiful I took these pictures of them after I brought them home – creating collages and other art with them is going to be so much fun!
I have a tendency to be a bit of an art supply hoarder, so making myself use these instead of just keep them will be a nice step in breaking that habit. I also got a great deal on some canvases and large wood panels. Exactly what I’ll be making with them? No idea yet, but I can’t wait to find out. 🙂
I hope you are looking forward to a lovely month as well!
Well today was pretty much a bust for getting anything done in the studio, but I rather expected it so I was at least prepared. I’m guessing I won’t get much work done there at all until early next week. Since I’ll be hanging my next show in about two weeks I am feeling the crunch of wanting to finish new work for the show, but I am trying to keep a good attitude about it and just do what I can. I can’t do anything else! As promised in yesterday’s post I did get back out there long enough to take photos of the work that I finished yesterday. So I’ll share that will you today, anyhow! It also occurred to me that I finished a piece last week and never posted it online. Plus I have another digital art post and the last of the photographs from out west to share – no studio time doesn’t mean a lack of blog posts! Even if I have to go “retro” and pull some old work out of the archives, which I haven’t done for some time. 🙂 But for now, here are the latest art images:
I had a lot of fun playing with some paper & fibers to create these pieces! I have a big collection of beautiful papers that I am determined to make myself use instead of just “have” so this was a great kick-start for making myself use them. I have some ideas for using some of the thicker papers to make wall hangings with. Always more ideas than time!
When I ordered some new art supplies last week I purchased some multi-media art board to work with after reading a customer review that said you could soak the paper in hot water and then mold it into various shapes. Now THAT was just too tempting to resist! Although I bought the board in both black and white versions I wasn’t sure what the hot water might do to the black colored ones so I decided my initial experiment would be with the white. I ran it under hot water then let it just soak in the sink, the longer it was in the water the more translucent it became. Once the entire piece was soaked through I pulled it out and placed it on top of a dish towel so I could begin to shape it. I gathered cylinder shaped bottles, cans, tubes, etc. from around the studio and wrapped the art board around, over and under then, then wedge the entire thing together and let it dry overnight and well into the next day before disturbing it.
Well, I’ll be, it worked! It had dried as rigid as it started. I have no idea how well it will hold it’s shape when paint or adhesive is applied, I’ve not been brave (or inspired) enough to do anything else to it! I took several photos of it laying on a black background and thought it was lovely as it is. I’m sure at some point in the future you’ll see other images of it as I do more work to it. (Or I’ll add a postscript to this entry if it dies a tragic death!) I’m also thinking of experimenting with a black piece now that this try was successful. In the meantime, enjoy a few more photos!
If you have any ideas for media, subjects or techniques to try on this piece I’m always open to suggestions…
In yesterday’s blog post I showed the process I used to create a background for a collage set. Today I will show you the progression of another background paper that was used in a collage. For fun I decided to start off experimenting with coffee & tea as my medium. I had used coffee & tea (as well as brightly colored kool-aid!) in staining photographs but had not used it directly on paper so I was curious to see how it would work. When I stained the photos it seemed like the tea had the best results but on paper the coffee left a much deeper color. I mixed up about an inch of boiling water with two spoonfuls of instant coffee in one cup and about an inch of water with four tea bags in another and left them to steep for a while. Once they had cooled a bit I began adding details to the paper by painting the coffee or tea onto a foam stamp and then stamping on to the paper. It wasn’t an exact stamping process but some of the design showed up and the paper was getting covered with the brown tones I was looking for.
Eventually I moved on to splattering & dripping and, when I was almost finished, I began wiping coffee around the bottom of the cup and leaving cup rings on the paper too. I gave up on the brush somewhere along the way and just dipped my fingers into the cups to drip, splatter and wipe. I enjoy just letting go and getting my hands into a project, even messy ones that stain my fingers brown for a short time! After the coffee & tea finished drying on the paper I continued adding designs using acrylic paint. First I used black paint and a couple of different stencils – one with narrow stripes and another with small stars.
After I was happy with the amount of black that had been added then I switched to white paint. I rolled the white paint onto a texture plate and randomly applied it around the paper. Although it didn’t show up a great deal, it did make some interesting patterns when viewed close up.
When I was finished adding the pattern I used what paint was left on the roller and randomly wipe on some extra white across the paper. It helped to lighten the paper and tone down the stark black.
I purposely avoided some of the large, round, dark drops of coffee because I loved the way they looked. Be on the lookout for the finished collage images using yesterday & today’s background papers!
Creating background papers will be part of the one-day collage workshop I am presenting on Saturday, March 20th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. The cost is $60 and includes all the supplies & mats for framing your creations. The class size is limited to four participants so be sure to sign up soon if you are interested in spending a Saturday having fun and getting creative!
I hope you aren’t getting tired of these! I have been doing a few other things, but nothing that’s finished and ready to share. SO…for your immediate viewing pleasure I will post the four newest mandalas, created during the last week.
Spent some time outside in the lovely weather this weekend, making art with my grandson. I will post a few of those images soon.