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The Unexpected

I think one of the things I enjoy about creating collage art is the element of surprise or the unexpected like this one:

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The assignment in The Collage Workbook By Randel Plowman for week four is Color Charge.  He says; “Experiment with adding color to a collage that is primarily black and white.  A few subtle strokes and bright marks can make a subdued collage really pop.”

In the above 6×6 inch collage, the postage stamp gives a pop of color as does the gelli-prints.  It also helps direct the eye throughout the piece.

In my next one on a 4×6 inch index card, I tried to add pink to make you think of lipstick shades.  The large pink circle is from a paper napkin.  I think it adds balance to the collage.

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My last 6×6 inch collage is more simple and yet the red paint circles make you look at the whole collage and find something hidden:

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Collage is a lot like a puzzle for me.  How can I help you look further and discover the unexpected?

I’d love to hear what you think!

Cheers! 🙂

White Out

I was excited to see that Evelyn Flint was completing one of the 50 Creativity Exercises each week from Randel Plowman’s book, The Collage Workbook:

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This is one of my favorite collage books!  Check out Randel’s blog at www.acollageaday.com

I asked Evelyn if I could join in the fun and she said, “Yes!”  Thank you, Evelyn!  🙂

I wasn’t able to start until this week so I did the first two assignments.

The first one was to do a 5-minute collage.  I decided to create with warm colors, mainly yellow.  (I was in need of a little sunshine…)

It helped me to gather my papers before I set my timer:

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I used scrapbook papers, my own hand-painted papers, a sunflower image from an old calendar, my own drawings (color photocopied), old book pages, an image from an old magazine and old postage stamps.

Setting a timer on my phone helped me to stay on track.  This is my first one, on a 4×6 inch index card:

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And my second one:

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Do you have a favorite?

Yesterday, I did the second assignment titled, “White Out,” using various shades of white only.  This one took me a little more time to gather my supplies.

I used a variety of old pages from books, sheet music, a shorthand book, etc.  The first one I made is 9×12 inches:

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I was surprised how interesting variations of white could be!  I also did one that is 4×6 inches:

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I really enjoyed both of these exercises.  I hope you enjoyed seeing them. 🙂

Please take a moment to look at Evelyn’s collages on her blog – she does AMAZING collages!!

It is so fun to see how each person interprets the assignments with their own artistic touch.

Thanks again, Evelyn for allowing me to join in the fun!

Cheers! 🙂

And The Materials Are…

I wanted to show you the collage materials that went into making my weird bird from yesterday:

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Did you guess ALL 10 materials?  Well, if not, let me help you out!

  1.  I started my bird collage with a word from this children’s dictionary for my bird’s body.  It started me thinking about a sewing theme.

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2.  I altered pages from this old sewing book with acrylics before using it as part of the bird’s tail and nest materials.

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3.  I color copied a doodle I did previously and cut it up for my bird’s hat.

4.  I used my gelli-printed deli papers for my bird’s head, wing and nest materials.

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5.  A paint sample card for the bird’s eye but I didn’t like the yellow color so I turned it over and used the other side with the bar code!

6.  An old button was perfect for the top of the hat.

7.  A sequin for the eye.

8.  Old sheet music that I gelli-printed for the base of the nest.

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9.  Swedish Tracing Paper that I had gelli-printed a feather stencil – this tracing paper feels more like a fabric.  It is a super fun material to collage with BTW!  I think I purchased it on Amazon.  It comes in a large roll.  I used it under the bird’s body for the nest.

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10.  Tissue from an old dress pattern was used over the sheet music for the nest – a fun element of surprise. 😉

I usually use a glue stick to glue everything down and outline my bird with pencil to give it a little dimension.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the FUN I put into this BEST Dressed Bird!

Cheers! 🙂

 

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In case you are confused my title, it says, “Creating Backwards.”  It was my creative prompt on Friday by Carla Sonheim for the year long class I’m taking online.

It challenged me to create this collage in a different order:

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Normally, I would create a collaged background with various papers and then paste an old photo over it.  But this time, I collaged a background of old book pages, then the photo and lastly my hand painted gelli-printed deli papers on top.

I like how the patterns and transparentcy of the deli paper add a little mystery to the piece.

I finished by stenciling the number of the day, 41 and a section of the alphabet backwards.

How would you create something in a different order?  You might surprise yourself like I did.  I encourage you to give it a try!

Cheers! 🙂

Monday’s Mixer

After a busy weekend, I often struggle with an idea for Monday’s post.   Yesterday, I was reading an article in Cloth, Paper Scissors Magazine – Nov/Dec issue on challenging yourself to create every day by Robyn McClendon.

She shares in her article that she found creating a collage a day helped her to create consistency in her art.  I resonate with her idea that doing something creatively EVERY DAY does generate MORE IDEAS!

Some days this is really difficult!  Yet, not impossible!  So I have decided that Mondays were the perfect day to create a simple collage in an art journal.  Creating a simple collage each week feels more doable than each day for me.

I decided to use a purchased journal since they are inexpensive and I happened to have one ready to go!

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I was also recently inspired by Debi’s blog on Saturday.  She shows how simple it is to create art by her surroundings.  Please check out her blog – if you haven’t already!  🙂

Here is my quick collage for today:

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I was inspired by the Fir trees in my yard.  Have you ever noticed how Fir branches reach up towards the sky?

It inspired my haiku:

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It says:  “Fir branches reach up, Worshiping arms towards the sky, Praising God divine.”

I hope you will join me in creating a quick collage each week!  I look forward to hearing what influences YOU in your collages!

Cheers!  🙂

Explosion Of Color – Part 2

One of the main reasons I like printing with the Gelli plate is I LOVE experimenting with COLOR!!

I also like to use a variety of items I have around the house to make PATTERNS on the Gelli plate.

Here are some of my experiments:

I used a pencil eraser to make the lines on the left and a jar lid and rubber comb to make the patterns on the right.

I used paper that had a raised pattern to create the print below:

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The print on the left shows the positive and negative printing of a cardboard slide mount.  I also used a circle stencil and foam stamp.  I used a small pinwheel to create the patterns on the right.

You will see some of Golden’s High Flow Teal paint from yesterday’s post in the above left one…

A water bottle gives a watercolor effect to the leftover paint on the plate.  And this plastic comb makes a great pattern – the colors and patterns in this print reminds me of our flag:

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I often like to make prints on deli paper because of its transparency.  I discovered that tissue paper works just as well (the purple print).  And I love printing on old maps:

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I don’t like to waste any paint so I discovered that I could roll the excess paints from my rubber brayer onto pages from an old dictionary.  I used one of these pages in my weird bird on Wednesday.  I also like how it looks to print over papers I had previously collaged to a page:

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I hope my printing experiments will spark some creative ideas for you to try on your own Gelli plate!  It is so very FUN!  Yet, you may want to try it outdoors.  Lol!

Happy Printing!!  🙂

Tic-Tac-Toe

Tic-Tac-Toe… Three birds in a row,  Not a tick-tock clock,  Or chatter cross-talk,  Just a game you know,   Tic-Tac-Toe!

According to Wikipedia, Tic-Tac-Toe is a game of three-in-a row so I created 3 birds in a row for Weird Bird Wednesday.  It is also a British game known as Knoughts and Crosses, so I used the words, “not” and “cross” in the above verse.

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Here are the materials I used for today’s birds, can you find these materials in my imaginary birds?

 

Answers:

Gelli-printed paper (green) for the tree branch and gelli-printed maps in the bird’s beaks and Toe’s hat.  I used the old sewing book for the bird’s bodies.  And the children’s dictionary for the bird’s wings and tail.

Symbolism of the verse:

The wings on the first bird, Tic are from a clock illustration in the dictionary.  It uses the symbolism of “O” for the game.  The bird in the middle, Tac uses “X” for its symbol and I used a dictionary word, talk-a-tive, upside down on top of the bird’s beak for the word cross-talk which is British for chattiness.  The dictionary checkerboard on its tail represents the symbolism of a game similar to this one.  The “X” is a rubber stamp.  For the last bird, Toe, I used an illustration from the dictionary of a tablecloth to represent the grid pattern used in the game, tic-tac-toe.

I hope you enjoyed playing along today!

Happy Creating!  🙂

My Bleeding Heart Fairy – Done!

I can imagine my sweet fairy hovering under the tender leaf of a Bleeding Heart as its flowers unfold in the Spring warmth:

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I have enjoyed reading your comments as I progressed on my collage.  It is nice to know that we can ALL allow our imaginations to create wonderful stories on our canvas, sketchbook or wherever we create our art!

I wanted to show you my beginning piece next to my completed one:

Be sure to keep your eyes open for a tiny fairy in you garden or a walk in the woods!  You never know where one will turn up next!

Cheers!  🙂

A Garden Fairy

As I continued working on my collage that I started two days ago, a sweet garden fairy has started to flutter to life on my canvas.  I am reminded of the fairies of one of my favorite artists, Cicely Mary Barker – be sure to look at her fairies on Pinterest if you aren’t familiar with her art!

Today, I painted the background with Golden Fluid acrylics in Titan Buff as this creates a cohesiveness to my background.

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I added Liquitex Basics acrylic paint in Raw Umber.  I water down the paint and add it in layers, removing much of the paint with an old rag until I’m satisfied with the appearance.  I like how this ages my piece.

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I will be adding the finishing touches soon and plan to post my completed collage on Tuesday, Feb 9th.

Monday is Draw A Bird Day, hosted by Nina and Kerfe at Method Two Madness – so I will be creating a bird to join in the WP fun!  Why not join in the fun yourself?!

Flower Fairy Trivia:  Cicely Mary Barker used real children as her models for the Fairies and her flower pictures are botanically accurate.

Enjoy your Sunday!  🙂

Bleeding Heart

I decided to add the Bleeding Heart plant to my collage that I started yesterday.

I researched the flower on the Internet to get a feel for the shape of its flower and leaves.  I then sketched my layout in pencil.

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I glued my Gelli-printed papers that I did on deli paper to my collage. The papers have a nice transparentcy to them which I like.

Flower TriviaAccording to the Internet – The bleeding heart plant has been grown for centuries in China and Korea as well as in Japan. In 1740, a German botanist, J. G. Gmelin, first brought a living plant to Russia for a botanical garden where he worked. The Royal Horticulture Society brought the plant to Western Europe through the work of Robert Fortune in 1847.  The plant traveled to America as a gift for Valentine’s Day because of the heart shape of the blossoms. While the preference of bleeding heart plants for the garden waned in Europe, it became a popular garden perennial here.

Next, I will add acrylic paint to my collage.  I like to use Golden Fluid Acrylics. So I hope you check in tomorrow for the next step!

Happy Saturday – May you have a happy heart!  🙂