Thursday, February 28, 2013

Mixed Media goodies before and after

Here's someone new.
I missed the deadline for a time related challenge ---  only to find she's relevant for this one:
 For the Try it Tuesday challenge: "Time Flies"

Recognize her from this post about Fantastix sponge sticks?

Haven't done a canvas in a bit. This one is 6x8, and features vintage feedsack fabric, inktense, vintage book papers, decorative paper, alphabetical stamping.

It reads "Tempus Fugit" - Latin for "Time Flies!"

I may coat her with resin when my new round of ICE resin arrives. The old one hardned during my long hiatus.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

From my surface journal and about stamps in mixed media

All the pages in this journal start with surface treatment. I'm trying to do things I normally don't - in this case really vibrant color and stamps, which I'm generally opposed to. They're great for applying text - my own lettering capabilities are awful - I'm left handed and it shows. So stamped in are some letters.  the rest is watercolor, acrylic resist, Distress Ink, a cut up moment of artistic FAIL in inktense and artbar and acrylic, some inktense pencils, blickcrylic gel (it is a journal page after all.)

Ok, I'm about to drop a snob bomb. Please don't be hurt - if you create with stamps, designer paper, inkjet printouts - more power to your badtastic artistic self - but it's hard for me Momma. HARD. I have hangups.

I know this will sound snobbish in the extreme, but there's something I don't like about using the same imagery as other people, readily available, just ink and press.  I don't like it. I love other people's work that uses stamps sometimes - like any medium, some is great, some is good, some is less so but as long as people are creating, yay.  I don't generally like mine. I've never felt enough connection to the imagery.

Buying a lot of the repro "ephemera" and designer papers feels to me like solving a visual problem by throwing money at it.  It's not that I don't spend money on vintage papers and books that I'm willing to give the chop - and I'm lucky to be near the ULTIMATE source (more on that later) - I find that I think harder and more about what I'm buying.Limiting myself to really having to hunt though things and decide which old things are right for repurposing - which feel "too good" for being remade into art, which have an interesting backstory - this is part of my art process.  I can't get that from a digital collage sheet.

I've even been resistant to using the distress inks - it's not a dis on Tim Holz, whose work is great, I just don't like the whole thing of "and now I shall make a Tim Holz project" that follows from grabbing up the whole line of offerings.   There's a ton of distress ink in this though, the greens and some tea stain tones.  Yes, they're fantastic to use!

Overall, this is probably something I should get over, but it's definitely something I find I think about a lot.

So for me I guess a good challenge piece would be to use only materials from designer lines or something.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Dimensional beaded russian doll softies

So I had so much fun making the flat dolls that I decided it was time to go 3D! How I got through life without embroidery hoops I'll never know.

My first attempts at dimensional dolls - these are backed with vintage feedsack fabrics, hand sewn, hand painted and embellished.

Monday, February 25, 2013

The Supply you can't do without?

art by paperyum
What are your desert island picks when it comes to tools?  I bought these foam-ended sticks on an impulse at JoAnn - a store I haven't been inside literally in years.  I don't do much at all in the way of stamping or scrapbooking, but the scrap/stamp section can be a real materials and tools treasure trove.

Fantastix by Tsukineko are probably my favorite thing in the world now. Unlike a lot of foam ended tools I've toyed with, these don't disintegrate at all.  They wash clean, they stay flexible, and they stand up to a lot of friction and abuse.

I'm not getting paid for this endorsement, I should mention, I'm just incredibly enthused about these sticks - at 4.99 on sale for 50 percent off, grab a bunch of these at your JoAnn and see what I mean!

What's your new find you can't do without?

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Let me call your attention to....

Hedwig's Illustration Friday from last week.

It's well drawn, and it's also funny original and goes off in an unexpected and very offbeat path.

But did I mention just HOW well drawn? Reminds me of earliest Warhol.

Here's the starting point. But you have to see the rest:

Friday, February 22, 2013

Illustration Friday again already

Prompt: "Whisper" for illustration friday. 6x6 acrylic and inktense

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Journal Page

I'm starting a surface driven journal. All the pages in this one, I think, will start with surface treatment and build from there.  I've been restless for spring, tired of getting slammed with all the winter weather in one month. That's what I thought this little entry was about.

After adding the text, I realized this has nothing to do with seasons at all, rather someone dear to me who was lost out of the blue.  It's interesting how the mind and emotions have their way with you when you let them open up.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Illustration Friday - Wool

For IF - wool. This is an ATC, so it's actually pretty tiny.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Watercolor Drawing

I'm making myself deal with watercolor - I love the versatility, and if you've ever heard an artist say "watercolor is the hardest of all the paints" you bet your sweet bippy they're not lying.

I'm thinking I should simplify things even more still, make myself deal with form in a really reductive Albers way - the weak spot in my education was in formalism, and I feel like I have so much catch up just to be able to make things the way I want.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Fresh Start

Hello! It's been a looong hiatus, but I'm firing up this poor jilted blog again. It seems I'm making things with renewed vigor. It's been a crazy few years here, but I'm looking forward to getting back into my studio!

I consolidated studio space, intensified my non-art business, and now things seem to be in that happy medium between money and time, where I can finally buckle down creatively.

I'm at a point in my life where I'm in it for me. I've made a lot of art in my time - art about complex issues, unanswerable questions, conflicts, struggles - and now I feel like I'm in a Preston Sturges movie - the only thing that some people have is a laugh and the only legacy that really matters is love and positivity.

I want to make things that make me happy, and I hope they make you happy too.

These are flat fiber art dolls - a little family of Russian dolls made from inktense pencils, fabric, fabric medium, beads, vintage trim, and synthetic felt.