Saturday, February 28, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
And here is Denise's, our guest participant at today's workshop, because i needed a ride. Well and because she is a charter member of my altered book group and she was happy to come and play. Sorry for the camera flash glare: And here is the one i made earlier that i forgot to bring today to show off. drat. Thanks Dorothy for a lovely afternoon. Thanks Bruce for the cookies! it was a terribly miserable grey and rainy day today. The time spent with these ladies making happy bright fanciful collages was just the ticket to think forward to spring!
1. Background - we'll be using my freshly painted stash of deli paper. the fun colour combinations will be put to good use. We'll use glue stick to attach the deli paper to a 9x12 sheet of heavy water colour paper. Deli paper glues beautifully. I may have mentioned that.
2. Focal Point - instead if hand painted faces, we'll be using fashion magazine images. You just need to find a face you like. Below i chose the girl from the Mama Mia movie.
3. Embellishment - to surround the face we'll be using flowers, butterflies and birds. You can use stickers or take the time to cut them out of magazines.Many of Anahata's artworks include sun rays. I have some tape in assorted thicknesses for that. She also does alot with circles and ovals. I found using a roll of tape is perfect to create "earrings" with a coloured marker. And finally i used a stencil to write the work LOVE on the top. I have BEAUTY prepared as well.
I'll have more pics to share later today . Yes - i MUST remember to bring my camera!
Here are some other versions i am working on. These are on 18" square stretched canvases. I painted them solid robin's egg blue and used gel medium to collage on top. You can see how they have the same recipe. Background, focal point, and embellishment: Flowers, Circles, Sunrays. This one has some painting along with the collage to blend the elements.
This one is a bit edgier looking, but it still needs more details - that will soften it up. Hubby said, "It is hideous, yet i can't look away." You know, like Kramer's portrait on Seinfeld. I think it was a compliment...!
Saturday, February 21, 2009
We were asked to use vintage photographs and combine them with words. When looking through my ephemera, i found this 1892 bill for a meat store in New Hampshire. I am SO NOT about making serious social commentary in my altered books. I just thought this was an amusing backdrop for a nude.
Shelley's book is a fragile old tome in a smallish size. It is too delicate for chunky embellishments - so i kept my pages quite flat.
This page evolved from two separate magazine clippings i found in my files. The page on the left is one of those "priceless" credit card ads. the one on the right was from a fashion magazine. they both had the same dappled sunlight. I added some mini sticker bubbles to enhance the effect. I am not sure why this spread came to be. My husband is a little shocked by it. I think the two "f" holes just called out for some words, and this just fit perfectly. Did you know they were called that? I didn't. But that makes it even MORE appropriate somehow. Let's pretend this model was pissed at Man Ray. Wouldn't you be if your butt was compared to a cello?
Friday, February 20, 2009
I bought three bags of these cheesy wooden birds. i wonder what they were for? I think painted plain white and glued onto a branch they might look really interesting.
I picked up a few random vintage paper things, like these silhouettes, two envelopes with interesting handwriting, a 1939 high school yearbook from across the bay in Crockett. It is not very thick, but i love the images and so many signatures. I also got a stunning Architectural trade magazine. it has floor plans of mansions and NYC apartments i just love pouring over. But the BESTEST thing i got today, is an actual audubon book from way back, with 435 bird illustrations. I mean like, i NEVER have to buy or download another bird image ever again. Have you ever seen a room in a magazine, where they practically paper the walls with images from an old book? It would be SO cool to use these images on a wall. I guess you'd have to use 218, since they are printed on both sides.
I thought i would also share my valentine gift from hubby. I make sure he knows my favorite stores, where i would love just about anything he picked up there. This time he went to Anthropologie and picked out these two hooks. He thought they were cool, vintage, decorative and practical! I love 'em!
Thanks to Samantha and all my Valentine buddies for a great winter swap! And especially to Samantha and Ramona for organizing the whole thing. Check out their blog Altered Art Junkies to see some other cards.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Here is my finished piece. Or maybe it isn't finished. I might apply a coat of beeswax. or more paint. or other collage elements. i'm not sure. I need to live with it for a while.
Thanks Karen for the inspiration!
I just cut out the paper into 3 x 4 1/2 pieces and glued them onto blank notecards with a glue stick. Deli paper glues beautifully.
I plan to give them as thank you gifts, so i printed "thank you" on colorful tags and tied them onto a stack of 4 cards with vintage seam binding.
You can see that i used many different papers, including some wallpaper, vellum, metallics and hand made paper with flower petals. I also scattered gold and vellum envelopes throughout - a little place to hide a photo or two. Or a scrap of actual peachy pink bridesmaid lace dress fabric!