Wishing my daughter Brook Berth, our dog Edna and friends good luck at Westminster 2014!
Above is the result of the map making challenge, Mapping 2014 Artfully, hosted by Jill K. Berry on her website here - http://personal-geographies.com/2013/11/30/call-for-arty-cartophiles-mapping-2014-artfully/
I procrastinated on the project for weeks. I’m not really sure what my goals are for 2014. I had an art play date by my friend Kim Geiser, so I decided to get to work. I started gluing down images that I felt drawn towards in a manner that was pleasing to me. The advantage of working while chatting with a friend is that it helps to not overthink the process. Next I painted black around the collaged images. Finally I added map-like marks with a white jelly pen to further add direction.
I’ll let you draw your own conclusions as I’m not even sure of all the meanings myself. As the year unfolds I will return to this map to rediscover it’s hidden meanings. Perhaps I will make other maps with more definined goals.
I am thrilled to be a participant in a Blog Hop featuring the TEXTures 2 Series stencils. This is a collaboration between Jill K. Berry and Artistcellar.
You can find these Artistcellar Signature Series Stencils by Jill K Berry here: http://www.artistcellar.com/stampstencil/acSignatureSeries.html
The individual stencil names are: 069-Picasso, 070-Bird, 071-Gera, 072-Miro. The style number is etched on the stencil somewhere.
Simply comment below how YOU would like to use these stencils in your own style, and I'll pick a name using random.org on 12/20/13 In order to qualify, YOU MUST LEAVE YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS IN THE COMMENTS USING THE name(at)domain(dot)com FORMAT. For example my email address would be kimnugent(at)yahoo(dot)com. When you use the (at) and (dot) in parentheses, the Spambots can't get your e-mail address (it's how you get on lists you don't want to get on).
For my project I decided to make a journal with an etched brass cover. I securely taped the Gera stencil down to a piece of brass. Then used a sponge to sponge StazOn ink over the stencil to act as a resist. Next I etched to cover.
I also etched some scrap pieces of copper using the same technique. Eyelets were used to fasten the copper to the brass and holes for the binding.
I also made some pages using packing tape transfers from magazine pages. The page on the top was the packing tape transfer. The page below is the magazine page after the transfer was removed. This first transfer worked so well I was lured into a sense of false skill.
The second transfer didn’t come off of the magazine page nearly as easily. I am happy with the end results though.
I ran out of time to make more pages. It was time to put the journal together using coptic binding.
The journal is 4” x 5”.
Ready for journaling!
My husband and I went out to listen to some blues music. As a last minute thought I decided to take this journal along. While sketching Raven Reverand the design from Jill’s stencil filled the page like the music that was filling the room…and my soul!
I used a pencil and jelly pen to draw while listening to the blues music. This morning I painted in washes of color in my studio. I also used a thicker marker to bring more emphasis to the words.
There are many more techniques that I would like to explore using these stencils.
Check out the other participating blogs for more inspiration and chances to win. I am already looking forward to trying some of their ideas!
12/7 Artistcellar www.artistcellar.com/wp
12/8 Kecia Deveney http://www.lemoncholys.blogspot.com
12/9 Sketchbook Challenge/Jill http://sketchbookchallenge.blogspot.com/
12/10 Brian Kasstle http://apaperbear.wordpress.com
12/11 Mel Kolstad http://reliefpress.blogspot.com
12/12 Kim Rae Nugent http://www.kimraenugent.blogspot.com
12/13 Jodi Ohl www.sweetrepeats.blogspot.com
12/14 Effy Wild www.effywild.com
12/15 Tamara Laporte www.willowing.org/blog
12/16 Jane Davenport http://janedavenport.com/
12/17 Chris Cozen http://chriscozenartist.typepad.com/my-blog/
12/18 Guadalupe Brizuela Cabal http://guadasartplace.blogspot.com.ar/
12/19 Jill Berry http://jillberrydesign.com/blog
This is a journal page about transformation. It speaks to me on several levels. The salamander template was the last collage item added. The page was almost finished and the geometric triangles had briefly reminded me of MC Escher’s art piece with the lizards but I didn’t have that in mind when I let it sit for a few days.
Then, when I seen the salamander template from the previous salamander page I knew where it belonged. The journaling and quotes were added last.
Looking at the photograph, I now want to extend the stems of the dandelions to the bottom of the page. The upper right corner looks a bit bare too! Perhaps something will find it’s way later.
These two salamanders were seen by me the other day. It’s been quite awhile since one has crossed my path. Whenever an animal interests me I like to research them, look up their animal totem meaning and draw them.
“The appearance of a Salamander heralds transformation. It also announces assistance with this change from a source somewhere outside of ourselves.” http://spirit-animals.com/salamander/ Something to ponder... This is one of many paths of self discovery that I follow in my journals.
First I applied a color wash using a mixture of Nickel Azo Gold and Dioxazine Purple (Golden Fluid Acrylics) for my background. Next I drew the image of a salamander on a piece of copy paper. Then I cut it out to use as a template to trace, making two matching salamanders. I colored the Salamanders with several layers of Prismacolor colored pencils. Finally I added the journaling.
It has been quite a journey since I received the above ten items. From here to:
Day 10 – Part B for the TEN art challenge for Creative Studios https://www.facebook.com/elblockcreative
I am thrilled to say that the piece created for the 10 art challenge is finished!
The Magic of Mind
THE GREATEST POWER ON EARTH!
I decided to use the finial with the three spheres. I chose this finial because I felt that it complimented the retro feel of the magazine page plus it echoes the sphere shape of the glass paperweight.
View the film below to look at different views from the glass sphere plus the sides and close-ups of this art piece.
My first attempt at creating a movie from pictures. There is a lot of room for improvement but it is time for me to move on…
Close-up view from right side
So far I have shown you how I incorporated six of the ten items I was given. Below shows how I included the remaining 4 items.
I made a name tag with information about the challenge.
This was attached to the backside of the art piece.
These are the finished artist trading cards for the nine other artists who participated in the challenge plus one ATC notecard for Erika Block of Creative Studio, the host of the challenge.
If the other artists leave me a comment with the ATC that they would like to receive, plus contact information, I would be happy to send them that one. First come, first serve (plus you need to have actually finished your challenge).
Stay tuned for auction details…
Day 10 for the TEN art challenge for Creative Studios https://www.facebook.com/elblockcreative
I decide the red cardstock would make a nice compliment to the etched metal plate and weathered wood of the base.
Time to bend the metal plate to conform to the glass paperweight and wooden base.
Safety Tip: It would be wise to wear protective foot gear rather than sandals for this step.
My husband gave me these two steel plates to use as a tool to bend metal. I simply place the brass between the two plates. Then use some clamps to help hold in place.
Next bend the brass down using my hands. This is 28 gauge brass so it bends rather easily.
I end up bending the rest of the brass in the kitchen over the counter so that I have more room to work. My art always tend to spill over into the kitchen/dining area.
Checking the fit over the glass paperweight.
Pencil marks for next set of bends.
A little maneuvering and the bends are working.
Two sets of bends done!
Another check for fit.
I use the original pattern template to help me figure out the opening for the glass paperweight.
I tacked the metal in place and then drew around the brass with a pencil to mark my cutting lines for the red cardstock. I cut the cardstock with an craft knife.
First layer with inspirational magazine page.
Notice the tripod over the fire in the magazine image, that fits into the niche, on the lower left side…
…I cut a little opening to peek through.
Second layer, the red cardstock. ( I forgot to show the “Magic of Mind” title and descriptive text in the first layer picture. Too late now)!
Third layer mica sheets to protect the text and opening.
Post for TEN – Call to Artists – Day 10 – Part B coming soon!
Day 8 for the TEN art challenge for Creative Studios https://www.facebook.com/elblockcreative
A little more filing and now it’s time to think about etching. I sand the entire front surface with fine grit sandpaper. Next I tape cut out copies of the printed text to the backside of the metal to help me visualize the finished project. Then I put packing tape over the entire backside. The tape is sticky and I don’t want to spend the time to cut away all of the excess. So I try sticking tissue paper to it, which is only mildly successful.
Free flowing lines to mimic creative energy, thoughts and ideas flowing from the mind. This design is drawn directly on the metal with a sharpie marker.
All done and ready to etch! Two more days of work left.