Friday, September 12, 2014

Tilting with recycled plastic

Tilt is word #43 of 67 words.  Black and white is always a great place to start and these bread tags also had some blue on them, so that made up the color palette for "tilt". 

The bread tags were glued down with Aleene's Fast Grab tacky glue.  As the label says "holds items on contact" and it really does!  I really like to work fairly quickly so it's nice when you know things aren't going to shift around as layers are built up.  

canvas board painted black

Didn't take a lot of process pictures for this word. 

But on the finished piece you can see I added blues and black and white by blobbing it in spots and encouraging it to run down.  

Then another layer of bread tags was glued down and splatterings of white and black paints.  

finished canvas

The last layer consists of other plastic items like wire spools, computer keys and packaging materials of black and white.  

which way should it hang?

I really like this limited color palette AND all these plastic TRASH pieces that got recycled.  May have to work on more limited color palette pieces in the future :)

And that my friends is D

D key


End computer key

of my tilted tale...

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Reframe, artist trading cards

Reframe is word 42 of 67 words.  I chose to reframe some clipped catalog images onto artist trading cards for this challenge.

First, I chose some ATC blanks with oranges and yellows, which I Gessoed to tone down the brightness a bit.    

catalog image

Then, I chose some images that might look interesting over the background and covered them with packing tape.  


bold image

It's important to rub the tape down well onto the images.  Don't expect perfect image transfers, just see what happens.  Sometimes the biggest "mistakes" turn out great!   

Soak the taped images in water and rub paper away.

soaking taped images 

Glue down images to ATC with whichever glue YOU like :)

Here I used Liquitex Matte Gel but a glue stick could work too.

glued tape transfer

After trimming excess tape from the ATCs, I realized something was missing, so...

trimmed ATC

I used Washi tapes to "reframe" these images.  They don't look anything like the images from the catalog now.

washi tape "reframing"

This challenge is about spurring on creativity and its definitely working for me.  

Word #43 is tilt, in case you are playing along.

Do you set creative challenges or goals for yourself?  I'd love to hear what you're up to...

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sweet tags

I made a bunch of tags to share with friends at the Java Stop and sweeten (41 of  67 words) catches me up with the challenge :)

word 41 of 67

I like to have something pretty on BOTH sides of the tags, so this tape is an easy way to cover the opposite side of "sweeten".

taping back of tag

I chose the colors of lettering to go with the tape and these pretty stickers.


The last embellishment is a short piece of pink ribbon so "sweeten" hangs prettily on the line.  

hanging on my art line

Using up mono prints, ribbons, words, tapes and random bits from around the studio helps me clean things up and make pretty tags for sharing.

tag pile

This apt fortune added the final embellishment on this tag.

Fortune on tag

How do you use random ephemera that's hanging around?  

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Kith, an art journal page

I love my Java family and that is what this art journal page is all about.

A red polka dot bag, cardboard and used coffee club cards frame this photo and it was all glued down with gel medium.  

Grand Opening photo

This tag is topped with a red button, now anytime I want to find this page, I can!  

Index tag

Kith #40 of 67 words signed art journal page.

signed and labeled

This was a laugh out loud moment, when I stamped the wrong date :)

August 32nd anyone?!

A look at the other half of this spread, stream of consciousness writing covered with 1st layer of gesso.  Wonder what I'll do next over there?  

full spread

My second family on the opening day of "our" coffee shop, a memory worth keeping!

What are you creating today?!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Coral artist trading card

Coral is word 39 of 67 words and I am almost caught up with my challenge. 

The initial idea was to work on a word per week and when I get to sweeten (#41), I'll be there :)

Here's an artist trading card featuring an old dictionary definition WITH a drawing of coral.  Background colors on this "blank" is why I glued coral down on the ATC.  

Coral ATC close view

Adding oil pastels of pink, peach and orange around the paper edges and onto the card, helped complete the artist trading card.  

Coral dictionary definition

My hope is that in the near future I'll be doing more drawing for these weekly challenge words.  

Coral (#39) ATC

The edge line on the right side is another reason I chose this card, see how the dictionary line is continued on the card?  It was fun, FAST, easy and now it's FINISHED!  

Happy arting.