Wednesday, February 27, 2008
For her birthday I decided to create a multi-viewed collage of the Eiffel Tower. I scanned in a Paris street map for starters. Layered over it is a cropped photo of the Eiffel Tower that I took while standing at the base of it. I also used an image of French writing that I had gotten free from an art magazine web site (Alas, the site name alludes me. It was months ago...) Using various image editing techniques and playing with saturation levels I was able to come up with 3 images I really liked. I printed them on a decent weight paper, cropped them and arranged all on canvas. Once I had an arrangement I liked I glued them down using my all-time favorite glue: gel medium. I want to add some paint and other embellishments to the piece before handing it over to Mom, but I did let her get a good look at it today and she loved it! Now if I could just figure out a way to get back to Paris I'd truly be a happy camper.....
The first three images are the collages I created on Picasa. The last image is all of them arranged and pasted onto canvas.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Paul is the owner of the Tattoo Gallery in Southboro, MA and is a true artist. When I first went to him with my ideas I never dreamed how truly awesome the design he created would be. On his first try he was able to draw exactly what I wanted. The best part, for me, is that no one will ever have this same tattoo. It's MINE! How awesome is that?
Monday, February 18, 2008
And while I do that imagining, I'll take a few moments with my handy, dandy camera to get photos of those altered jeans and the jacket to post here!
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Post-Crossing has been exceptionally fun for a lover of postcards. Not only do I get to send out as many as I wish, but each one is assigned a unique id alpha-numeric code so that the receiver can log it in once it arrives. Once logged I get to find out when they arrived, how long it took and read the comments made by the receiver. For each one I send out that gets logged back in I receive one in return. Fun for me no matter how you look at it!
I've also been busy altering some clothing. A denim jacket that once belonged to my mother has undergone a complete transformation. It's been dyed, bleached, stamped, cut, sewn and painted. The result is a stunning, funky jacket that I can't wait to show off. I also painted a pair of jeans with skulls, done free-hand with paint pens. These too are fun and funky. So much so that I just may submit them to Altered Couture just to see if they get picked for publication.
I love altering clothes. It's something I have always done. Long before it became the popular thing to do. Ages before books & magazines geared toward altering clothing, creating wearable art or any of the other catch phrases now in use, were even thought of. Am I ahead of my time when it comes to these things? I don't think so. For what bored teenage girl hasn't taken out a pen or marker and doodled all over her jeans or created a jeans purse? I know all the girls I hung out with did it. Granted, it was usually me who instigated the happenings, but that's just because I was more fearless than they were and was always the one to say, "Hey, let's do such and such!" before anyone else would think to say it. Or maybe I am ahead of my time. I'll go with that because it makes me sound so revolutionary....
Monday, February 11, 2008
I also started an ATC swap at Swap-Bot titled 'Blue for You' It's a mixed media ATC exchange. All cards for the swap need to be primarily blue & also use at least 3 different media to create them. Each participant will have 2 partners that they send 2 ATC's to. I love hosting swaps through swap-bot. They make it so darned easy to set them up & you always get a decent number of participants. The only drawback is you occasionally get flaker's (people who flake out & never send) but that happens anywhere you swap unfortunately. Once I get my cards done for that swap they'll make their appearance here.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
These six ATC's were for a Funky Zetti swap I'm in. Each one is hand-drawn using various markers.
This is one of the ATC's I made for a Hand-drawn Day of the Dead swap. I love Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) imagery so couldn't resist joining in on another swap featuring them! Actually, I've joined two swaps with DOTD themes. I have a few more cards to make for this swap and then I need to do the ones for the other which is a Zetti DOTD swap. I'm hoping to get to them today.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
So, what have I been working on? ATC's, journaling, making a Goddess doll for a swap, altering a denim jacket, reorganizing my bookcases so my newest additions can fit (a loosing battle, by the way) and general chores around the house.
The journal work I did was adding paint, marker & text to a hand-bound & collaged journal I made in a workshop back in December. Raine and I spent a day at Ink About It immersing ourselves in journal making & collage fun with Kelly Kilmer. Kelly was a great person to take a workshop with. She's fun, livley and very creative. And, as luck would have it, she's coming back to this area in August so I'll be jumping on the chance to take classes with her once again.
The cover & pages shown were started in class, with the addition of paint, marker & text being added in my studio.
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Given my love of mail art and mail art calls how could I possibly resist submitting a piece to wackystuff's BIG QUESTIONS call? Of course, I couldn't resist at all and I suggest you don't resist either. Wackystuff creates cool art and offers up equally cool mail art call themes. BIG QUESTIONS is only the latest. Check it out even if you don't end up submitting a piece.
Postmark Deadline: September 30, 2008
Send mail-art asking a significant question to:
615 Foul Bay Road
Victoria BC V8S 4H2