Monday, March 31, 2008
When i showed it to my group - they all wanted to know how to do it. It was tricky turning a 6 hour workshop into a two hour class, well less than that if you factor in our altered book swap "show and tell".
I found the 1 1/2 inch gallery style canvases cheap on Dick Blik, if you order in bulk - it's the way to go. Or use your Michael's coupon or around here there is a place called Aaron Brothers that has a annual buy-one-get-one for a cent canvas sale.
The best part of this workshop was using Italian renaissance style images - from a very expensive art book bought oh man so cheap (like $3.79) from a clearance table at big box book store. At that price why make colour copies? Or scan the images? Just use the originals cut right out of the book!
The niche is made of foam core and covered with thin paper and inserted into the canvas. I won't reveal the secrets as to how - you can take Carine's class!
With a simple background of subtle scrapbook paper and a bold image, cropped to advantage, the effect is striking. Keep in mind none of us actually finished our collages or added any objets to our niche. In some of these pics the glue wasn't even dry!
It will be interesting to see how they end up. Do you like the simplicity as they are now? Or should they be "junked up" a bit more? I especially love how Shanna's has the blue sky from her image as the paper inside the niche. I used the same original vintage pen and ink letter i used in my first collage to tie the two together.
But we did and he was there to carry in all the treasures and help set up the training room. Oh - but to have the space to teach classes at home so that my supplies don't need to be packed up and organized and transported to another town.... So perhaps you already have three totes of rusty metal things from places like Urban Ore, and a huge glass jar of porcelain doll parts from eBay, and rolls and rolls Cavallini papers, and boxes of estate sale ephemera - but I bet it was really cool that you got to dig into MINE for a day!
S - Selection
C - Composition
A - Assemblage
This is my box - i went with the vintage theme - choosing a cabinet card image of a young girl i decided to name Annabelle. I picked out the block with an A because i liked the colour - her name came later! Then imagine my surprise and delight when rummaging through an old bag of jewellry i found gold pin "A", which i added to the cover. Well that's your serendipity right there, b'y. One student found a Bakelite button she told me to put aside and sell on ebay. She was amazed that i told her to keep it. (god please don't let rare bakelite buttons be worth $10,000....)
Saturday, March 29, 2008
The first spread uses one of the ladies dress patterns - then i "cut out" the same dress in two other "fabrics" - striped scrapbook paper and a floral napkin. I knew i always wanted to try to use a zipper in an altered book. I folded the paper and glued the zipper underneath. The flap just folds back enough to see the pin up gal in her slip lamenting that, even with her talent as a dress maker, she has nothing to wear. The back ground is Aileen's Color Mists in pink and green. Check our her products at OutsidetheMargins.com
The next spread was just for fun. I cut out a full page needlepoint/ cross stitch pattern of a house by a pond. It was the perfect backdrop for these ridiculous hard boiled egg cozy's that YES, you too can make out of felt, to dress up your morning breakfast tray. Is that supposed to be "the wife" all dressed up like a maid to serve the rooster eggs?
I have TONS of old lady sewing basket stuff i have collected over the years. So this book was a perfect chance to use some of it.
First i made the cover for the basket. I padded the page and covered it with fabric. Then used ruffled lace all around. Then covered the inside (next two pages in the book) with another fabric that is reminiscent of a basket weave pattern. I punched some holes in the cover and used vintage seam binding to create a bit of quilted effect. It actually kinda looks like the lid of a sewing basket! Can i just say that the Japanese Screw punch did a magnificent job punching holes through two layers of fabric, padding and several pages in the book.
Inside the basket are all of Nana's sewing paraphernalia. I actually cut a spool in half and wound it back up with thread, so it wouldn't be to thick inside the book.
Oh, what's that? An old girlie magazine clipping underneath the buttons and thread bobbins? Does granny have a secret she isn't telling us?
Monday, March 24, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
With Traci i am taking a Fiber Fusion Art Journal workshop. We will be making a funky book with painted pages all sewn together with fabric adorned spine and all sorts of dangly additions. Traci is known for her colourful style and zany approach to art.
With Stephanie i am taking a workshop titled Art Excavation - Plaster Meets Wax. It will be an exploration of a poured plaster surface that we will carve and embed fragments into. We'll also layer on colour and imagery to create depth.
And finally the workshop with Ann - The Palimpsest - The Magic and Mystery of Text. Sounds cool doesn't it? I know from the history of altered books that a palimpsest is an ancient document that is scraped and the text rewritten. Often done to conform to the religious beleifs of the day. We'll be using the concepts of the written word and layering to create some art.
I found the images above on google. Asilomar looks like a windblown natural sort of place - not what some people(including me!) would consider a resort. I doubt pina coladas will be served by the pool or anything like that. But does it really matter? It is all about the art and the experience of spending 4 days with like minded crazy artsy-crafty indiviuals.
Friday, March 21, 2008
I grabbed some of the scrapbook paper i had left over from my Kelly Rae Roberts workshop and started cutting out leaf shapes. I then folded each one in half lengthwise to create the effect in the picture. They seemed to use layered paper - but mine are already so colourful i don't think they need it. What's great is they are printed on both sides.
Here is the second Kelly Rae collage i did at my workshop. These are fun an can be addictive. See post below to learn how to make your own. Remember how i was worried about "copying" her?
Well the latest Cloth Paper Scissors has another article all about how to create Kelly's art and includes several images sent in my readers. One person even taught her class how to make them!
Now to figure out how to assemble these button flowers....without out actually HAVING the book (it comes out April 1st) i have to deduce that you should pass the wire through the paper leaves and through the holes in the stacked buttons. So off to find my button collection...
My collection is neatly sorted by colour in little screw top jars from the container store. They stack neatly. Sadly they don't seem to carry them anymore and i could really use a few more. I can never turn down a bag of old buttons at an estate sale that some lady saved for years! Oh, and don't let this fool you. Very few of my things are thusly "neatly organized!"
I selected a range of buttons in aqua,green, orange and yellow and stacked them by size. I used a fine guage wire - but thicker would probably be better. But it was the first wire i came across . I cut about 20" lengths. Passed it through the holes starting with the smallest button. Then poked two holes in the paper leaves, and gave it a few good twists. A dab of glue or maybe a sticky dot would probably make them a bit less wobbly.
Now like any self respecting crafter i have green florist tape. I just don't remember where. But when I find it i'll wrap the stems. Won't these look cute on my Easter table, i know - mixed in with a bouquet of daffodiles!
Thursday, March 13, 2008
The class is Sunday, March 30th at the nova studio in Point Richmond. Please contact the nova studio (link on the left) if you are still interested because there could always be cancellations. And Lori will take names for the next time the class rolls around the schedule.
I had the good fortune recently to get an email from the owner of a cigar bar asking me if i wanted any cigar boxes. Oh yeah! When can i come and pick them up? Imagine my delight at getting 8 garbage bags FULL of cigar boxes to take home. But horror of horrors! Imagine my disappointment when i got home and looked in the bags - over half the boxes had the lids literally ripped off! Yes - the hinges - some of them really intricate, just bent out of shape and the lids discarded. I get that they need to feature the cigars in the display case, but i nearly wept when i saw them.
After recycling many many ruined boxes i was left with about 30 with lids intact. I pulled this pic from the internet (i figure i am not committing any serious copywrite laws) but this is exactly what my stack of cigar boxes looks like. I think my husband will be delighted when they are given to my students and he can have some space back in the garage.
They range from your basic balsa wood paper covered thin boxes to some ornate and deeply stained boxes it would be a shame to alter! Some flat, some square, even a cool red one. Our class will focus on the plainer, nothing special boxes - since they will be covered up with vintage papers, photographs and found objects.
Here are some pics of boxes i did with a beach theme and a madame butterfly theme. Did ya know you can click on the images to see them full size to get all the details!
Monday, March 10, 2008
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Saturday, March 1, 2008
I suffer from a very common problem with collage artists. And that is the aversion to putting anything "away". I think since i was a child and i did not understand why i could not leave all my Barbie's spread out on the living room floor,now as an adult i get to leave everything spread out all over the floor if i want. Well unless i want to stay happily married, then i try to restrict my mess to my studio, the office, the landing at the top of the stairs and my bathroom.
My husband tries to tell me that even fisherman have to mend their nets, so too should i take a weekend and organize myself again. it is true that walking into a clean organized studio does make it easier to work. Yet when i am in the midst of a project i get lazy and just leave everything scattered around the floor.
To celebrate this beautiful sunny day i am sharing some pictures in did a few years ago in a "true colors" themed round robin. Her colors were pink and orange and I did a specatular spread of 4 faces surrounded by bountiful flowers. The faces are all split in three and can fold back and forth to create many new faces. It was quite a challenge to get the noses and mouths to all line up.