Friday, August 21, 2009

Conflicting Thoughts

As I journey down this lovely path of life, each day I discover more interesting information. Some about other people, some about myself. Life's experiences teach us so many wonderful things, allowing our minds to be comfortable. The process of physical aging is its own entity, the metamorphosis of the body..... Through this transformation I find myself buying more and more products, you know what I mean, vitamins, lotions, creams, whiteners and so on.

Perhaps there is a demand for a retail store designated to service the needs and wants of "baby boomers". A place where we all could go, shop, socialize, reminisce of the "good ole days" when our skin was tight, muscles toned and teeth white. 

I recently purchased dental flossers, the individual plastic flossers. I find these easier to use than the dental floss string. It is amazing how many different kinds of flossers are available. The first flossers I bought were great, with the exceptional the very sharp point on the tip. Yes, I poked myself several times, not good. The second brand I bought didn't have the weapon at the tip, however the string was weak and kept breaking. On to the third, haven't try them yet, though I am feeling confident about the strength of the floss. The package endorses "New improved super tuffloss, engineered not to shred or break during use. The same fiber used to make bulletproof vest." Well, I feel better about flossing my teeth, but now I am concerned with the lovely path on the journey of  life.....




Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Plot Your Own Mood Cycle in Art

How you ever notice the times when you are most creative? Have you long for a time to make art only to be frustrated because you are not in mood at that particular time? Think about it, your mind and body are in a cycle, literally. 

Understand who you are at different times. Let's try an exercise:

1. Pick up a sketchbook or notebook.
2. Date your daily entries. You only need to spend five minutes on each entry. Don't stress or edit, just do it.
3. Everyday at 10:00 am, write a word or sketch something to relay how you are feeling at that moment. Example, happy, tired, angry, thrilled, excited, neutral, satisfied etc. Sketching? Use color to emphasize your mood, keep the art simple, doodles, gesture drawings, shapes, lines, etc.
4. Repeat step two at least twice more each day, the objective is to have a morning, afternoon and evening entry.
5. Continue this for month. At the end of month, review your sketchbook. What patterns do you see? Look at the art you created over the month and compare it to the entries in the sketchbook. Is there a common denominator? 

What days during the month are you most creative? Least? Are you a morning person or nocturnal?

Examine your moods, you know you are in control. Accepting the fact that all people have mood cycles and accepting these fluctuations in people to the point of recognizing your own and other people's patterns-should do much to increase your ability to create, work and live. Try it, if you feel like it, get back to me. I would be most interested in your thoughts. 

Friday, August 14, 2009

Ask yourself

Ask yourself, how important is the creative process within your life? Do you crave it? Is it a necessity to survive? What makes you want to create? 

As an artist and a woman, I have conflicting feelings. Household responsibilities pull at my brain, relentlessly, demanding my attention in other directions. Were past female artist tortured by these obligations? Did they have to close their creative eye to vacuum the house or dust the furniture. Am I alone in these thoughts or do other artist today have "domestic" issues? 

I do know that the arts and crafts women create these days are fabulous. The content and technique prove to be beautiful and moving. I admire each creative moment that women give to the world of arts and craft. Through this admiration I have labeled this period in our lives as the "Domestic Art Movement". Let's talk about this movement, leave your comments on my blog. Tell me who you are and why you create art. What conflicts fall on to your path to creativity? How do you deal with these conflicts?

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Five Step Collage


As I look at other artist work, I am often overwhelmed by their process. I try to dissect the techniques that they used to create their art. You see, I am a person that can only tell you the time once I know how to build the clock. 

Once I started to "break things down" I realized that the technique of collage does not have to be complicated. This revelation lead me to originate "Collage Elements". What the heck are "Collage Elements", well these are the components that used to make mixed media art. Interested? Good! Go get your materials, you will need:
12" x 12" Card stock - solid color
Pack of double tack mounting film - available through Grafix and Hobby Lobby
10" x 10" paper with texture or print
5" x 5" book page
Image from magazine, book or your art 
Optional: Colored pencils, markers, paints, general art supplies to alter the surface.

Five Step Collage: Support, Background, Middle Ground, Foreground, Embellishments

We will start with the basics, the support, this is the paper, canvas, board or whatever you choose to use to support your art. Let's use a 12" x 12" piece of card stock. Easy to find, available in scrapbook section of Hobby Lobby, Michaels or other craft stores.

Preparation: Apply double tack mounting film (available through Grafix) to each element. Leave the backing on the double tack until you are ready to adhere it. For cutting smaller size images and details, I recommend that you apply the double tack to a larger imager and than cut it down.

Background: Next select a background sheet, cut it in a square or rectangle, 8" x 10" or 10" x 10" apply double tack mounting film to the back, and adhered it to the support.

Middle ground: This is the element that will support your foreground, so select something that compliments the background and brings the foreground to its' fullest potential. This principle is known as "unity" or "harmony". Using different elements to compliment one another, creating a feeling of one, so that the elements relate to one another. This can be a book page or torn paper.

Foreground: Oh the "spotlight" of your art, select an image and place it on the middle ground. The placement of the image is important, centering something is too obvious, push your creativity and see how to position your foreground.

Embellishments: These are the elements that make the art "balance". Take a look at your piece, do you think that you should add some outlines, or color to an area? Do it! You are the artist, and your intuition is the key to the entire piece. 

Viola! You have completed a collage!

What about those "Collage Elements" stuff like collage sheets, flower pressed pages, altered book pages, transparencies and more.....Well now they are all included in my upcoming book, "Collage Playground", North Light Books, with many, many more beautiful projects to create. And best of all, inspiration for you to make art!