I am so excited!! A couple of weeks ago I submitted a quote for a project that Lesley Riley was allowing submissions for. Lesley Riley Guess what????? — My Quote was selected!! So that gives me the opportunity to create a mixed media piece that shows what the quote means to me. Cool huh!!
The quote I submitted was by Walt Whitman, “Re-examine all you have been told…Dismiss what insults your soul”.
I am so happy for the chance to be part of this Quote Book Project and hopefully I will be able to tell you hundreds and hundreds of readers (okay …50 or so) that I am actually published in the Quote Book some time in 2013. You may remember that I had set a goal for myself at the beginning of this new year – to sign up for an art show before the end of January. That is why I signed up for this project which isn’t exactly an art show but hey I had to sign up and take the chance. There is ART involved and I could SHOW someone the book —- so…… I signed up for an art show.
I will of course be posting pictures of the project as I create it. Now time to set another goal… But first…… The happy dance!!!!…… Gotta Happen……… hap, hap, happy dance!!
Have a good Thursday and choose positivity. I am going to spend some time at my favorite altered art store in a couple of days and then there will be some sassy snowmobiling for Mr. Inky’s birthday. Make time for art!!! As for this inky gal (me) – I will continue to cheerfully create imperfect art. The journey continues.
So I have been learning new techniques to use as I try to create new collage backgrounds to use with my art. This weekend I was looking through Claudine Hellmuth’s Book called, “Collage Discovery Workshop”. Claudine Hellmuth’s Website
The book which is the size of a magazine and is found in the crafting section isn’t new but I only recently came on it at B & N Bookstore Barnes & Noble. So anyway when I saw that an aged look could be achieved by just using acrylic paint and vaseline – you know I was on that like a hobo on a ham sandwich!!! First I took a canvas and gave it a base coat and let it dry. Then you take a blob (it is a technical term) and rub it on the canvas here and there – but you don’t want it to be completely covered. This next part was the hard part for me – You paint on top of the vaseline covered canvas with a slightly watered down acrylic paint. It feels weird but I did it – when the canvas was completely covered with that layer I let it dry – which is french for I can’t wait that long so I took out my handy dandy Ranger craft heating tool Ranger Industries and blasted that petroleum covered canvas until it was dry as a bone!!! Then you just wipe off the canvas with a dry cloth and the paint that is on top of the Vaseline comes right off and the areas that weren’t covered with it accept the paint. It really does achieve a nice aged look. Some of the greasiness was still on there so I took a handy dandy baby wipe and wiped the canvas down.
Here is a pic of what the first step looked like.
Here is a pic of the finished technique.
I can see a lot of potential for this technique as I prepare backgrounds for collages. All it needs is a little INK and it will be perfect!!
So first of all I have to give a nod to my super freak of a computer geek of a son who shall remain nameless. He made the new banner for my blog. Pretty awesome isn’t it. I like how the background looks like it has been Wendy Vecchi”ed” up with some of the Distressed Ink from Tim Holtz. Computers and all their geekiness are his super-power and he is good enough to share it with me on occasion. (my son – not Tim Holtz).
I have filled up a couple of art journals and I so I bought a new one the other day – you know that meant that I immediately had to start to ink it up and doodle and paint and stick stuff on it. I am not done with it yet but wanted to show you. Also I was up til like 3 a.m. working with wax and a new distress technique that involves…. wait for it…. vaseline!! It is a little goopey but the result looks great. That will be tomorrows post.
So Have a good Tuesday, make some time to make some art and choose to be positive.
So today’s quote is by Sarah Ban Breathnach, “The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do”.