Swap with my son

I’ll admit it. I’ve been wearing my cranky shorts over the last couple of days. Constantly with people over the last month, my poor little introverted heart has been shriveling and with it…my patience, humor and general congeniality. Today I took most of the morning and spent it painting, drawing and gluing. I found a…

Continuation

Tonight I continued working on my collage from yesterday. I used to different things to add some color to the wood, alcohol based ink as well as india ink. With both types I dripped the color on the top of a cotton swab and used that to dye the wood. Then I went through my…

Collage Techniques

I tried out a few of the collage techniques I learned in class the other night. I tried one with paper, the other with wood. I washed the surfaces with color and allowed them to dry. The class I took was called ‘put a bird on it’ so I figured I’d try another bird. I…

Collage

I took a collage class tonight and got some great techniques for further exploration. I can’t seem to organize my thoughts right now to get them down on paper but here’s the beginning that I started in class. I haven’t finished them and look forward to doing so.

Torn Out

This is not what I set out to do for my post. While looking for something else I had planned to do things started catching my eye and before I knew it I had torn out a collage. Been a while since I’ve done one and it felt great. The picture I took looks grainy…

Sewing and Collage

Quinton was a companion for much of my post today. I mentioned to him that I should make a dog chew toy out of fleece. “OK. Let’s do it right now.” Before I mentioned this, I’d had a vision of stripping off my grass and weed filled clothes (from working in the garden) and taking…

Postcard Duex

I spent some quiet time tonight working on more post card collages. I began by stamping several images on tracing paper. It’s thin and almost translucent which looks nice on the watercolor wash I did for the background. While the watercolor dried I began coloring in two of the stamped images. Slow, meditative coloring. Then…

Postcard

I’m doing a collage on a postcard to send to a friend. I started with a watercolor wash for the background and then a fun translucent paper I had and the images of friends that I drew onto tracing paper. There’s a serious absence of fun mail these days and I hope this brightens a…

Collage Exercise

I found a book on collage at the library. It seemed interesting so I took it home. I’ve used books before as a prompt or jumping off place if I’ve felt uninspired, it’s part of why this title grabbed me. However, I discovered today following directions is not always a good idea. The prompt, in…

Collage

For the past several years it has become policy that whenever a person leaves the agency I work for each person creates a scrapbook page for them. It gets compiled into a lovely book they get to walk away with. This one was a challenge for me because it’s the first thing I’ve done to…