But then something unexpected happened!
Call it creative inspiration or a mischievous muse. Instead of coffee cups, I started manipulating images I found in an old science textbook. I shared some of the images here.
They became eerie backgrounds. In the foreground, I added cutouts from other old books.
|Why a bowler? Maybe the round ball in the background is to blame.|
|This gymnast looks like he's tearing right through the turbines behind him.|
|The quote comes from a math textbook, but I think it applies to more than subtraction.|
Where did these ideas come from? They're a far cry from coffee cups. Instead of sticking to my first idea, I let my curiosity take me to a new place. My right brain was in control, finally! Until, of course, my "there's only one right way" left brain took over and thought:
Eureka! The formula for perfect collaged postcards!
(strange mechanical thing x 4) + 1 cartoon person + enigmatic quote = art!
Alas, it was not to be. My next postcards deviated from the formula. And I liked them even better.
|The pink cutouts are open hands. Once I placed them in the middle, |
I had to find something for them to hold. Mary obliged.
|This one began as a black-and-white fish fossil. Then some |
killer whales dove in.
|My favorite! Should the blue image be the background instead of the red? Too late.|
|The center image is a transfer using packing tape. I'm not sure the bathers really|
go with the mushroom clouds behind them.
|Silly, sure, but doesn't it look he's moving, just a bit?|
Besides the cards, I came away from this swap with a better understanding of how creativity works. Instead of holding onto an idea like a life preserver in the midst of a stormy sea, I need to loosen my grip and float on to the next idea. Thank you, iHanna!