These backgrounds for ATCs were to have shown up the building images much more clearly. I like the looks of the ghostly images. I had tried a transfer technique that did not work all that well. When I applied a glaze of Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide, it made the details pop out a bit. The background on the bottom left is actually the paper left after trying to transfer the image off of it. It turned out better than the paper I was transferring to! Oh well, it was a fun day to play when I was sick with a cold and it was windy and rainy.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Here is one of a series of ATCs I did for the arttechniquesatc group. The theme was Letter A, Number 2. I used Lumiere paints and Color Mists, a favorite rubber stamp, and a chipboard number that was painted and then hammered with Tim Holtz' Texture Hammer. I then rubbed black ink over the number.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Ann had us start out by taking one magazine from her table and spend 5 minutes ripping out images that appealed to us. I happened to get a Better Homes and Gardens from July, so it had lots of summery pictures of kids. I usually don't do a lot of kid-themed collages.
We then had a few minutes to tear around the designs a bit more, and then a few more minutes to decide exactly what images we wanted to use and play around with placement.
I love how this collage came together with the images and words. I added one more butterfly (today) going off the top of the page to give the idea of childhood being a fleeting season in our lifetimes. Seasons could refer to the time of year, or the time of life. The simple joys of patty-cake, blowing bubbles, playing in a sprinkler, and enjoying a parade are ofttimes left behind as we become adults. I want to keep a youthful, fun-loving spirit as I age. Facing each day with a joyful attitude of "what wonderful thing will happen today?" is how I want to face the future. For a quick exercise, I was pleased that I could find so much that is meaningful to me in this collage.
Dan and I went for a walk at a newly opened park today. There isn't a long path yet, but it was nice. There were a few fishermen in their belly boats and the golfers were wearing short sleeves and shorts. A beautiful February day! It will probably be 70 or 72 degrees today. A nice change from the incessant rain we've been having!
Saturday, February 09, 2008
We had such a fun time in this Layered Collage Workshop with Ann Baldwin. Held in her lovely home studio, Ann has a gracious and easy-going teaching style. A big thank you to Roberta for putting this workshop together. Pictured is the group watching Ann demonstate, and the bottom picture is an unedited picture of the piece I made. I had a theme of "books", and the photo on the left is of my aunt taken around 1919.