I have been experimenting today with a second technique from the course Manipulating Photos By Hand -- blending to integrate the cut edge of the photos. L.K. Ludwig showed us one way by running pencils around the edges; if you use Stabilo pencils, chalk pencils, or china markers you can then smear the color into interesting lines (if using other media -- oil and chalk pastels, neocolors, etc. -- use colors that mix in with your journal page background). Here I used two photos of roses in my garden. I cut them out of the original photos. I used some acrylic paint on the edges, then iridescent chalk, then oil pastels on top and smeared the heck out of them. Fun baby. This is an incomplete spread in my MizAdventures altered book.
I am taking an online course with L.K. Ludwig -- Techniques for Manipulating Photos by Hand. This very cool lady has several books out on art journaling, and some very good online courses on journaling and working with photos for use in art journals. She's very thorough and inspiring. Just began the course and so far it's exactly what I was looking for...help in integrating my photos into my art journals and altered books.
This is a spread I created in an old altered book called Paranormal Dating (haha) using the vignetting technique. You create a type of tunnel vision around your photo to draw the eye in. This photo I took in Mexico in one of those beautiful Mexican graveyards. By accident I took it in black and white, and I love the perspective and the shadows. It seems to be very appropriate for my pale, dark lady. Who is she waiting for? Is she looking at her watch? She seems a bit impatient, yet very much grounded in her environment. Check L.K. and her blog out --The Poetic Eye.
My Express Yourself! Artists: Bonnie, Ingrid, and Pat
On a rainy, blustery, Saturday afternoon, a small group of women ventured out into the stormy weather and gathered to take my Express Yourself! Altered Book and Collage Workshop at at Once Around -- a beautiful craft and art store in Mill Valley, CA. Photos of their work and participation can be seen here. What did they have in common? A Master Pilates instructor, a CFO, and a quilter? -- All had the desire to be creative and were curious about how altering a book could ignite their creativity and express them. Bonnie's Color Spread
One of the women had taken a previous class with me, and after having a minor breakdown when I asked her to rip some pages out of her first book -- her creativity has spread like wildfire.
Ingrid's Window Spread Interior
This seems to happen, some people just need that first spark to ignite a passion that is already there. Others go more slowly, are more cautious. I was like that. Although I was altering journals in high school, it took me many years (decades!) to actually bring creativity into my life on a daily basis, and there still are many days when I look at a page or look at my jewelry making supplies and wonder where my inspiration went off to. What I know now is that it always returns. Sometimes you just got to step over yourself to get there. Sometimes you have to wait it out. But it always returns.
I digress. The workshop was fun, it was filled with laughter, it was a joyful thing to see what people came up with...when not sure if anything would happen. It always does!
Pat's Color Spread For more photos of the workshop and their work go here.
With my Journal Page Day 182, I am now 1/2 through my second year of creating one journal page a day! Hard to believe that I would stick with something this long. Go here to read my first journal entry on March 26, 2009. You can scroll back through my blog to see the individual pages, or you can go to my Flickr account to see a slide show of 2009 and the current slide show of 2010. Has keeping these journals bolstered my creativity? Absolutely. Definitely. Without question. Just graze through my blog to see the evidence. I am sure that the discipline of creating art everyday begets more art!
This year has been a little tougher for me to keep on schedule -- I'm bending my own rules a little more often -- but I always manage to get caught up with my pages. I also think it would be beneficial for me to experiment a bit more with materials and style. I have here and there, but I have this judgment that I should be more aggressive about experimenting. However, I know that judgment interferes with creation, so I am just gonna wait for desire to move me. One of the other pluses of this personal art challenge is that it is extremely satisfying to see my journals slowly stack up! I found the perfect vintage cedar box to hold all of last year's journals and a few from this year (22 completed journals in all). One of these days I'm going to scan all of the covers and post about that!
I am excited to announce that I will be holding my Express Yourself! collage and altered book workshop at Once Around in Mill Valley (CA). A friend told me to check out this new craft store, which I did (always looking for new supplies) -- and I was delighted with its colorful interior and the substance and quality of the art and craft supplies it offers. Moreover, the owner was looking for instructors and jumped on the idea of a collage and altered book workshop. So I will be teaching my beginner's level Express Yourself! workshop on Saturday, October 23rd, 12:30-2:30pm!
Class Description: “If you've been itching to create something beautiful, or looking for the magic to achieve that, here's the perfect opportunity to explore your creative self. Through the magical medium of altered books and journals, you will learn how through collage and simple art techniques (I mean simple: cut, tear, paste, color!) to transform a used book into your own work of art. Prepare to be surprised at what will emerge! Materials fee covers your own book to alter, and all art materials. If you would like to make your book even more personal, bring any personal ephemera may have lying around your home (you know, the paper stuff we collect everyday -- mementos, old photos, greeting cards, magazine images). Artist, dancer, teacher Virginia Simpson-Magruder will guide us through the creative process with her own special brand of magic. $30 plus $5 materials fee.
My next Collage Cafe workshop will be held Sunday, October 17th, 11:00am-1:00pm at Stage Dor in Sausalito (CA). Come explore your creativity through the medium of collage and altered books -- you'll be surprised at what comes out of you! If you are a "newbie", just bring any personal paper ephemera you have lying around the house. If you've been to one of my workshops, bring the altered book you are working on. Otherwise everything else will be supplied.
Oh, wine (mimosas?) and snacks will be served! $35.
Photos from the September Collage Cafe can be seen here.
Welcome! My Mane Blowing in the Wind is a visual showcase of my art, oriel pendant necklaces, and creative musings. I have danced toward and away from art for the past 28 years. Much of the moving away from was due to what I guess you could call "artistic paralysis": I heard the muse but went internal with it instead of externally expressing it through art. But somehow my art keeps emerging and recently it seems to have taken on a life of its own. This blog is a record of that discovery.