Sunday, July 20, 2014

Can art prevent another giant spider invasion?

Scientist and giant spider. of course.
Here's another one of my science-inspired collages. A better term might be "science wary." As in "I'm strangely obsessed by science but also a little suspicious and fearful."

Maybe I've seen too many old sci-fi movies where scientists lose control of their inventions and giant irradiated spiders take over the world.  

Friday, July 18, 2014

Book review: Collage Sourcebook

Whenever I'm at my local library, I wander through the art section to see what's new. That's how I discovered Collage Sourcebook, a thick book filled with projects by collage artists working in different mediums and styles.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Collage is never dull -- Making 40+ abstract backgrounds in just 15 minutes

Altered magazine page
Tuesday was another half-day collage class, hosted by artist John in his well-stocked and well-ventilated garage. It was over 80 F outside (which qualifies as heat emergency in the Northwest), but we stayed cool amidst our paper scraps, matte medium, solvent and stencils.

Today's lesson was surface transformation. That's a fancy artist term for changing the material you're working with -- paper, fabric, whatever.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

What on earth can I do with paint chips?

Paint chip bookmarks
Admit it. You can't help yourself. After all, they just sit there, unguarded, practically  asking for it, aren't they?

I'm talking about that irresistible hardware store temptation -- paint chips. Those thin paper strips in every color of the rainbow. They inspire even the most jaded crafter. (Here's one of many Pinterest boards devoted to paint chip crafts.)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

A few of my favorite June ICADs

ICAD 2014 cardsI just finished my first month of ICAD -- no, it's not a brand of CrossFit or summer programming camp. It stands for "Index Card of the Day." Every day there's a prompt (like "orange" or "Star Wars") and each week has a theme, usually a technique or material. 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Part 2 of my art-intensive week -- starting a mixed media art journal

making a mixed media art journal
Last week was jam-packed with art. Just a few days after a Gelli plate class, I began an ongoing art journaling workshop. Our small group will meet twice a month until the fall to try new materials and techniques while building an art journal.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Part 1 of my art-making-intensive week: Gelli plate workshop

gelli plate print
I'm in the midst of an art-instensive week. It started last Saturday, with a daylong workshop on Gelli plate printing, one of my addictions passions.

We printed on paper, file folders, cardboard, card stock. For designs and texture, we used all kinds of recycled refuse for masks and stencils -- cupcake holders, wrinkled plastic bags, bubble wrap. 

Here are a few of my favorite prints.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Sketching at the museum

old timey pencils
Some people fantasize about being famous, winning the lottery, or escaping to Bali. I've always had a different kind of fantasy -- sketching at a museum.

Once when I visited Chicago's Art Institute, I saw a group of art students sketching a sculpture. How cool, I thought. I'd love to do that. But how could I? I'm not a real artist. 

Maybe now I am.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Treasury of truly kitschy art and photos from the 50s

Ford Treasury of the Outdoors
Every time I pass a second-hand bookstore, I dart inside and head for the young adult section, always looking for more Nancy Drews to turn into Kindle cases

On a recent trip to Half-Price Books, I spotted a stack of the yellow-spined hardbacks hidden behind a shelf. Ha, they can't fool me! But the real treasure was a few aisles away, in the Vintage section -- a 50s era book called Ford Treasury of the Outdoors.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Blinded me with science: Another Gelli print collage

I have issues with science. Ever since my high school chemistry class, when I submitted an unsolicited essay to my bewildered teacher entitled "Why I Don't Believe in Molecules." 

My best friend and lab partner didn't help. Daughter of a physicist, she kept telling me things I didn't want to hear. Like, if you took away all the empty space between molecules [she was a believer], the world and everything in it would be the size of of a golf ball.

I blame such experiences for surreal collages like this one.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Stamp nirvana at the Artist Garage Sale

Stamp I found at Artist Garage SaleI owe it all to Amy Duncan. She posted the announcement on her blog

"The Artist Garage Sale: This annual event rounds up a very of artists who are cleaning out their studios…from supplies and tools to original art. Everything is priced to go." 

So yesterday morning, my husband and I headed north to Everett to see what we could find. We found plenty!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Doodling on Gelli Prints

Lately I've been embellishing my Gelli prints with doodles and collage. For instance...

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Raining caterpillars and hopping blogs

I spent the weekend with 100 Brownies and 1 million tent caterpillars. Seriously. It was some kind of year-of-the-locust plague. 

Monday, May 26, 2014

Why we do what we do -- around the world blog hop

I'm fascinated when other artists describe how and why they do what they do. Today, thanks to an invitation from Quinn, an insightful writer who blogs about creativity, I get to share my own creative process in an around-the-world blog hop

When Quinn asked me to take part, I said yes before I even knew what a blog hop was, exactly. Turns out, it's a little like a chain letter, but more fun and without the dire consequences if you refuse.

I in turn have invited 3 more bloggers to the hop. More details about them at the end of my post.