Tuesday, November 27, 2012

My Dog Ate My Art


My dog really did eat my index card a day!

I am so bummed.  I made it when I was just playing around, and it was not anything great, but I liked it and my dearest sweetest dog is addicted to paper and can't help himself.
My cat has to sit upon my art, especially when I am working on it, Murphy wants to eat it.
I have tried to get him into a twelve step program, but he doesn't think he has a problem.
See the heart in the middle?  That is from a security envelope I upcycled.  Got the idea from a friend who used them to make paper beads, and from Sarah Ahearn Bellmare, an artist I adore.

My friend who makes paper beads, is really a quilter and she asked me what it was about working with paper and found things, that I loved.
Well you might as well as me what makes me tick...why I am on this earth...what is the meaning of my life?
I don't have a clue.  But it seems for years and years and years, I have been gluing paper to things.  I remember my first decoupage (summer camp around 11 years old - I think I have it somewhere) I thought it was magical.  I remember making these big posterboards, that my older cousin showed me.  They were friendship boards - you cut out words and cool images that your friend would like and you put them all down on a big piece of poster board and if you were really cool, you would have some glitter to add, or in a pinch a few drops of glitter nail polish here and there.
Then came scrap books of photos, flyers, newspaper clippings.  Then came The Book of Happiness!

Yes, that's right, I wrote the Book of Happiness.
Well, I started a scrap book that was going to be dedicated to recording things that made me happy.  I was going to toss stuff in there and not care what order it was in, or if I put something in once a day or once a month.  I was going to document only things that made me happy (I had a tendency to dwell on the things that made me unhappy, so this was the beginning of an antidote aka Attitude Adjustment.)
Well, as it turns out, and as you may have already surmised, what I had started was my first Art Journal.
I didn't know there was such a thing then.

I would also take it to parties and friends would play in it and leave me drawings and notes reminding me of my good fortune to have such lovely people in my life.

OK, got to get up and get to work.
Hope you all are finding something you can call Happiness today.

Friday, November 23, 2012

This was an odd and beautiful thing.  I am very attracted to odd and beautiful things.  This photo was untouched...It really did look like this, on that summer night.

Though my soul may set in darkness,
it will rise in perfect light.
I have loved the stars too fondly
to be fearful of the night.

I am posting the photo now, in Late November, because I needed a celestial photo for my latest favorite quote.  

Monday, November 12, 2012

The Joy of Newsprint

I am crazy about this image. I was doing these faux silk screen prints and made a great cardinal that I used a couple times but this one has been sitting around in a drawer, waiting to be used, for a while.

You can see it was printed on newsprint which is my favorite art supply. I laugh at all the materials I have to choose from and I love newsprint best.  I can not get enough foreign language newspapers up here. I squirrel away a couple pages of Chinese newsprint from years ago in NYC and another that I think is Arabic.

One newspaper will do me for many many projects.  There is a small Chinese grocery in town and I should check them out for newsprint.

I had to clean up my space to make room for a watercolor class to come in and use the room.
My dear friend helped me.  She kept me company, and helped me shove things into the cabinets and puzzle piece all the things I had out on the tables.
Sometimes having too many supplies is not a good thing.  It can be overwhelming and frustrating when you know you want a big stamp or some kind of mark maker - and it is buried in among the other supplies.  
If you are forced to use what you have, and what you have is limited, it can help stretch your imagination and creativity.
I love the Index Card A Day (ICAD) project because we do so much with so little.

I also like that newsprint is free.

This is the most recent ICAD

This is a card I made for my Mom.

This is a piece I started to experiment with the technique of using the newspaper around
the negative space.  I am moving forward with this technique on the big canvas piece.

This is a section of an all paper collage, no paint.  I have been sitting around wondering if this is done... think it is.  I like it just the way it is.