Monthly Archives: November 2012

Safe?

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This is my entry for the latest Fall Fearless & Fly challenge. When I read the prompts and looked at the guest artist entry, the phrase “safe as houses” came to mind and wouldn’t leave! I even found myself looking up the etymology of the phrase (old English majors will recognize this trait). Meanwhile, I prepped the page with gesso and cut a stencil from a cereal box (love to use cereal boxes for all kinds of cheapy recycled art). Instead of spraying around it, though, I decided to roll the paint onto the stencil with a brayer, making it a stamp. The look was very interesting; anything but safe! I glued down some text from chipboard letters and used a fluid acrylic paint splot-and-spray technique I saw on Donna Downey’s blog and did a little ‘drippage’.

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It seems as I grow older, that security is more important to me as I realize how illusory it can be. Money and health issues, natural disasters can all deal blows to feelings of security and safety. I know that when I don’t feel secure, my creativity suffers.

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Background noise

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Gelli plate monoprinting has been all over the web lately. I don’t have one (yet) but I still have some gelatin so I mixed up a batch Friday night and spent much of the last two days making prints. I even used some of the prints I made last time as backgrounds. This journal spread has one of them on the right, with a silhouette a la Dina Wakely. It got a bit overwhelmed as I collaged the rest of the spread–being distracted by football–which led to the caption.
I now have a ton of mostly finished collages and backgrounds and as a bonus, I got some cool painted embellishments from the masks I used to make the prints. My gelatin ‘plate’ started to crack or I’d probably still be at it. I learn a lot every time I do this and it’s hard to mess up. You need a lot of drying space and that’s about the only ‘down side’. I suspect there’s a Gelli Plate in my future. πŸ˜‰

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In black and white part II

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When I thought I’d have to abandon the first black and white pages I’d started for the Fall Fearless & Fly challenge, I started over. I like what I did on the first attempt:

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but I haven’t figured out how to finish it, and it isn’t exactly JUST black and white. So I used the same Balzer Designs stencil from Crafters Workshop with white acrylic paint. This time I sprayed black Dylusions in a few spots and wiped the spray off in a circular motion. This created a two-tone effect and also gave a kind of pebbled effect where there was overspray. I carefully wiped some of the overspray off to make areas whiter

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And the circular sprayed areas have a sort of ‘cut away’ look, even though the black is on top of the white. Strangely, the black has different hues on different parts of the page although I didn’t use anything but black and white on this page. I liked the baxkground as it was and finished with a Donna Downey tag stamped with one of her Unity stamps and some black masking tape for a border.

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In black and white part I

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I’ve been struggling to use black and white in the latest Fall Fearless & Flychallenge. JUST black and white. Look back at what I’ve been doing and you’ll get some idea how hard it’s been. I admit to ‘cheating’ at first. If you look at the background of this page, you’ll see some shades of red peeking through. I slapped myself around and covered it up, though! πŸ™‚ This started as a lot of journaling with a black Pitt pen on blank pages (during the storm when I was worried about what was coming and whether we’d lose power) and then I swabbed black paint through a stencil. Then I sprayed with yellow and red dye sprays, which I then covered up with black spray. I liked the ‘jacquard’ look this gave to the background. After I let that dry completely, I splattered white acrylic ink and let that dry. When I brushed on a thin layer of Collage Pauge, some of the dye lifted and gave the background a vintage look. The page languished for a while, then I decided on shapes cut out of book pages and some plain old masking tape to finish.

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Dia de Los Muertos

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Here’s the facing page to the one in the last post. Same stencil but with gesso and then acrylics and sprays over it. I consider this ochre and Not Yellow. πŸ˜‰ Love my Day of the Dead book and image CD from Dover Books! I have several of their copyright-free images books and CDs. I see they’re doing collage sheets now. Woohoo!
Our piece of VT came through the storm just fine; thanks to everyone for your concern! Keeping those not so fortunate to the south of us in thoughts and prayers.

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