Sunday, January 15, 2017

30 Day Collage Class - Days 1-7

Signed up for Randel Plowman's class which has been interesting if not educational. He has a different style to what I am used to - feels more academic - but that's okay. So here is what I've done so far...
Day 1 - Diagonal: It was tough getting started and I probably ruined more images than I would have liked to but finally pulled this one together...
Day 2 - Childhood Memory - use one of the following - line, shape, space, color
Day 3 - Three Elements
Day 4 - Black and White

Day 5 - Pairs
Day 6  - Analogous Colours

Day 7 - What Is It? (I'll reveal what these are later). Enjoy! Jewels

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Groovy Grunge - Outside/In

Wow - I managed to from relatively nothing to more than I thought I could manage with online classes lol - not that I am complaining. Randel Plowman's 30 day collage class started today - I think is more academic than previous classes I have taken but that is a good thing. Will share about that later.  Meanwhile, Tammy Garcia's Groovy Grunge started over the holidays - I've managed to get two spreads done so far following the Outside/In activity.
This was the first - you paint up your background, start collage around the edges and then do whatever you want in the middle. The quote is from Teddy Roosevelt - words to live by when it comes to looking at other's art work!
For my second spread (which included "painting" the text instead of using markers) I committed to a black and white theme - but with a little added colour using a technique by Naomi Vona
Sprayed the this 1941 thrifted picture with a fixative and then used POSCA paint markers to add some pop. 

The next exercise is ominously called THE WALL lol. Enjoy. Jewels

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Mail Art - Weather Report

The last 2016 Mail Art Swap with Jo and Lenna was Weather Report....and as usual totally different interpretations (though Sun and Rain played a big part in all lol). First up is what I received from Jo...
who lives in the UK and knows my family roots back to England. Perfect collage...
and a cool envelope to go with it!
Lenna's art is truly fab - she experiments with different materials and techniques - I love the texture she has created on this piece...
...and my personal weather report on the back.
A close up from her envelope.
Mine were both included in packages to my friends so no fancy envelopes. I dipped into my retro collection and found these two ladies (both are from ads for coffee). 
Jo's is based on one of my favorite songs!
I found this lovely poem by Langston Hughes that inspired Lenna's card.

So that's a wrap. Our first Mail Art Swap for 2017 is Alphabet Soup...meanwhile, enjoy. Jewels