Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Got my groove back

You know that huge list of bookmarks you've got stored on your computer?  All those links to tutorials and inspiring techniques that you'll "try someday"? The list that is way easier to add to than to go back and use?
Of course you know that list.
We all have that list.

Last week, I actually picked something on my list, watched all sixteen videos on the tutorial page, and then (lo and behold) sat down to do some work!

And just like that, I seemed to have snapped out of my months-long art funk.  I devoted most of my weekend to art, and came away with 20 collages over a 3 day period.

And maybe, just maybe, this will also get me out of my blogging funk since I have such a back-log of things to share.

Today I share this.
Inspired by the fabulous collage art of Laura Lein-Svencer and the techniques she generously shares on her tutorials page.


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Book in progress

After an extremely busy back-to-school period at work, I finally found some time and energy for art.

You may recall I'm participating in two different collaborative art journal round-robins. I've had Mandy's book for a month, and was supposed to mail it out by September 1st,  but I just couldn't get out of my own way.
Finally, here it is, a week late.


Since this is a collaborative project, some of these pages are things I'd consider invitations for my partners to work on.  Other pages were already started when I received the book, and I added to them.  Mandy chose a 1962 math text book as her journal.  You can see equations in the background on most of these pages.


This first one arrived with a painted background and random reptile limb.  I added the vacuum cleaner.


Here's a page I started from scratch. The face is "found art" from my blotter paper that I cut out and glued here.
How well can you compute?



Lynn made the background on this one:



A strange invitation for Gina or Carroll to alter.



A simple scrap collage.  I suppose it could stand on its own, but additional elements are welcomed and encouraged in this group.


 Cracking myself up with this one:
(the text says "do not bother with names")


The more I look at this one, the more I like it.

I already have Carroll's journal in my possession, with three weeks to work in it.  I feel like the past few days with Mandy's book has built a momentum - perhaps Carroll's will go out in the mail early!
(those of you who know me, can all stop laughing now.)

I don't think I ever posted the work I did in Lynn's book back in July.  I'll save that for another day.