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Showing posts with label collage. Show all posts
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Round Robin Art Journal

I've participated in many internet art swaps over the years, but I have never participated in a Round Robin swap....until now.  I'm participating in my first ever art journal swap!  (Actually - this makes two firsts for me  as I've never made an art journal before.)  Needless to say, I've been spending many hours on Pinterest looking at art journal ideas.  (I love that site!)  This also presents a great opportunity to put my Zutter-Bind-It-All to work.  I just "had" to have one of these nifty little machines when they first appeared at the local craft store a couple of years ago.  I ended up receiving it as a Christmas gift that year and am now using it for the first time.  Oh, well, better late than never, right?

One of my artist friends on Facebook organized the event; there are 10 people participating.  Everyone in our Round Robin group begins by putting their journal together and deciding on individual themes.  Each person starts the process by decorating the first part of their journal.  The journals are then sent to each person in the group following a mailing list. Everyone will work on each journal sent to them and then send it to the next person until the journal has returned back home to its owner. So...in 11 months, my journal will be returned to me - fully decorated!

The theme of my journal is "In the Kitchen".   Here is a picture of the cover:

And here are the first pages inside of the journal:

I'm looking forward to seeing what the other artists contribute to my little book, as well as what themes they have each decided on for their own journals.  I'll be sure to share my contributions with you each month during this little artistic journey.   It's going to be one awesome little adventure!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Youth Bridge Almost Van Gogh Fundraiser Art Challenge

Youth Bridge is a non-profit agency in Arkansas that serves youths and their families in the areas of neglect, abuse, addiction, homelessness, mental health issues and behavioral problems.  When my son told me about Youth Bridge's annual art fundraiser and auction- "Almost Van Gogh" - I couldn't resist the challenge of participating in this very worthwhile event.  This year's event focuses on the importance of art therapy.  As one who regularly makes art as a way of "de-stressing" from everyday life and it's issues, I can totally attest to the value of art therapy.

This challenge invites local artists to create their own version of a Van Gogh, or paint something in the style of Van Gogh.  Each participant is given 3 colors of paint (my colors are black, white and red), 2 paint brushes and a 14" x 18" canvas to work with.  Artists can use any other products (not paint) to color and decorate their art.

I decided to make my version of Van Gogh's Poppies.  I painted the background with a mixture of white paint, alcohol ink and heavy gel medium to achieve texture.  I then used punchinella (sequin waste ribbon) as a stencil and sponged red highlights over the background.  Colorful scrapbook paper was cut into little squares for the mosaic-style table and vase.  Pretty silk purple poppies, leaves and filler flowers were used to complete the design.  Last, but certainly not least, I used a touch a red and black paint and glitter glue to add highlights to the bouquet.

I am looking forward to attending the "Almost Van Gogh" event this year and seeing how other artists rose to the challenge of creating art with a limited base of materials.  The event takes place on Saturday, June 23, 2012.  Stay tuned for an update of this fabulous and worthwhile event after that time. :)

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Inchies Tutorial - Miniature Works of Art

In the altered art world, inchies are all the rage these days. What's an inchie, you ask? It's a 1" by 1" canvas made of sturdy watercolor paper which is collaged, rubber-stamped, painted or embellished with tiny photos, trims, words and anything else one can think of. If you haven't tried to make these yet, you are in for a treat.


Cut a sheet of sturdy watercolor paper into the desired number of 1" squares.
Color the squares with paint or pencils, or use a tiny scrap of decorative paper as your background.
Select several small images and text (if desired) from clip art, magazines, books, etc. and cut them out.
Use a quality glue stick to adhere your images.
Highlight the edges of your inchies with embossing powder, ink,
or glitter. (I decorated the ones shown here with Stickles glitter
glue. One of my absolute favorite craft supplies.)
If desired, add tiny embellishments like mini flowers, trim, rhinestones, buttons and anything else you can think of.

Don't forget to sign the back of your inchie artwork.

Have fun!


Artchix is a fantastic source of pre-cut 1" watercolor paper squares, mini embellishments and images designed especially for use in making inchies. Would you believe, they even have mini frames to individually frame your inchie artwork?

I belong to a wonderful Inchies group on FLICKR. Please feel free to come check out the group for project ideas and inspiration.
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