Monday, February 27, 2012

Textured Surfaces

Textured Surfaces
12 x 9
textures on wood
For Mixed Media.  Create textured surfaces.  These use stucco patch, plaster strips, crackle paste, and venetian plaster.  

Monday, February 20, 2012

Textures Book, Paste Paper

Paste Papers 
11 x 15
flour paste and acrylic on Reeves BFK
For Book Arts.  Use flour to create a paste to make a glue to create covers for future projects.  My paste was super lumpy so I found this project to be a bit difficult. I do like some of the affects I got though.  

Book of Textures
9 x 4
wood, twine, metal paint, modge podge, crackle paint, metal, acrylic
For Book Arts. Make a book without paper. To make my book I used scrap pieces of wood, decorative metal, dyed twine, metal paint, patina solution, glitter, glue, acrylic paint, & crackle paste.  It is an exploration in texture.  A book without words.  

Exploring Textures 
various sizes
wood, metal paint, crackle paint, metal, acrylic
I love when my classes inspire each other. I used the techniques in Mixed Media to inspire the book for my Book Arts class.  To create the first pieces, I taped the decorative metal onto wood and painted with metal paint and patina to create covers for my books. The second one is blue acrylic paint, crackle paste, & bronze metal paint on wood. 

watercolor on Reeves BFK
For Mixed Media, Creating surfaces and experimenting with watercolor, salt, alcohol &soap.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Plaster, The Pauper & The Knight

mixed media joint compound on wood

For Mixed Media 2  In one I embedded a piece of yarn and in the other I dripped in watercolor while the joint compound was wet.  
The quote reads "The Quesion of life is 'Why?' The answer, "Why not?" I used  watercolor, tea, ink, sanguine, and white charcoal.
The flower is watercolor, and colored pencils.  
 This is what they looked like after the plaster was dry and before I worked into them:


 The Pauper and The Kinght
8.5 x 5.5
 handmade book
For Book Arts. We had to create a book based on 5 random words. To find my 5 words I opened my dictionary, closed my eyes, and went with where my finger landed.  
My 5 words are
- purloin
- head
- coat of arms
- ultimatum
- partway
These words inspired me to write a story and illustrate it.  Fine art is my specialty so illustrating the book was a bit difficult. 
The story is about a pauper who wants to be a knight and decides to steal a coat of arms. 

 Below are some models I made to practice different binding techniques. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

3 little books

 Receipts, Quotes, & The Story of a Line
3.5 x 4.57 & 6.5 x2.5  
Japanese Rice Paper and Text weight paper
 My 3 little books. I used an 8 panel folding technique.  The pages are made from a single piece of folded paper.  Each book has its own concept-

-Receipts 1.28-2.4 2012- My receipts from buying supplies for this semester :)

-Quotes- Inspired by a list of art quotes I collected. They are
"There are no rules. That is how art is born, how breakthroughs happen."~Helen Frankenthaler 
"I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it."~Pablo Picasso
"Art is making something out of nothing and selling it."~Frank Zappa
"I do not take drugs. I am drugs."~Salvador Dali
"Art is an experience, not an object."~Robert Motherwell
"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."~Scott Adams

-The Story of a Line- This is an idea I would like to explore more.  It was supposed to be longer but I got 2 of my books mixed up so Quotes got longer and The Story of a Line got shorter. 

I was going to try and use card stock for the cover but 1) it was too difficult to fold well and 2) it was too heavy of a paper for my light weight rice paper. 



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