I had the best time playing
in my studio last week.
Altho I was inspired by the mono-print workshop I attended last month, it got me to thinking about where my strengths and skills are,
and what exactly do
I Love to create.
Along those always present lines of "what is my style, do I have one, what am I trying to say, why do I do this etc" .
Scroll back to re-visit my post about the workshop and
the soul searching comment I received from Stewart Gill Paints
So, I've gone back to LOVE.
What do I love to do?
Messy painty textury Backgrounds.
What else do I Love to do?
Collage on wood.
And most of all?
I Love to make
Artist Trading Cards.
Every one of my prints that I have for sale on etsy, began with
the humble ATC beginning.
So maybe all my soul searching
is a no-brainer.
I Love to make messy backgrounds
and turn them into collages on wood or ATC's.
I began with some vintage
ladies crafts/recipe/ magazines
called The Workbasket.
I started with dripping some
alcohol ink randomly.
I like the intensity of the ink.
It does not get diluted with
water or paint that is added next.
Keep that in mind, cuz, it aint goin nowhere!!!
I then added some Glimmer sprays, home made sprays, Ranger sprays.
I am not thrilled with any of the commercial sprays due to the nozzles clogging.I adore the colors but the clogging is
frustrating. I use cheap body sprays I get at Walmart.I just dump the "perfume" gag, down the sink and add my ink with water,
or paint with glazing medium and water.
I love the look of the oxidized copper and think I got it good this time. I also scored some cross stitch patterns in the magazine and decided to cover some baseball cards to turn into ATC's at a future date.
By the way, I lightly dry brushed the vintage papers with gesso before spraying. To toughen up the delicate papers and push some of the writing to the back.
I used some scrapbook paper as stencils for spraying and then glued the actual papers down on some of the vintage papers.I love the texture!
I only stamp occasionally now, but I wanted to add some curvy fonts and organic shapes, thus the Italian font and the thorns.
I gesso'd thru scrapbook paper onto some old calendar pages.I also laid a light layer of gesso down and wrote into it with a stick.
Then after drying, I cut and glued the papers onto illustration board for ATC's and adhered the calendar page onto a wooden shadow box.
So there you have it!
Spray Studio Play! This week I had the mother lode of all hauls!!
Work was getting rid of over 100 solid wood 5x7 plaques.
I was able to take them!!!
I am sooooo tired of paying $$$
for wooden shadow boxes!
This is the perfect size for me.
So maybe it was a good thing I figured out
what I LOVE.
Thanks for visiting!!