Sunday, March 22, 2015

a different look

This is pretty graphic, I usually have a bit more romanticism, but I like the look of this page, and the stripes fit me at least...

I have a number of pieces of wooden type in a variety of fonts.  I buy them off of EBay every now and then when I see odd things.  I have always liked this A and am trying to use some of the type and to incorporate words generally, though not as meaningful things, just as graphics.. I am still playing with how you do that.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

So I set it on fire....

But now I don't like that light colored stripe in the bottom part of the page, so that may well either take a hike or change color.

I am playing with stripes as a continuing theme in the journal #3.  I like the idea and I was given a huge assortment of wallpaper samples a while ago and there are ever so many striped wallpapers that I like.  Not so much that light one, but more about that tomorrow...

Today, I set the hole on fire and burned up the page and it was fun.  I think I need to have loose water around, but it was interesting to do something that was totally not controlled.  I of course want to control it.. We'll see...

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

and playing a bit with other ideas

I have never burned pages, but for a very long time I have been following the blog of Susan Bowers who does, among other things, a lot of burning of pages and words in her book creations.  I was looking at this page that I had written on and just decided to light it up a little.  I think I may repeat the dark spot in the center til it burns through....

Susan makes books also in a continuing shared book creation process with  Fiona Dempster who does some pretty amazing calligraphic thoughtful books and also burns. I just LOVE seeing what they do with their books.  They describe a set of "rules" and then they go off and each make a book.  The rules change every time and the degree of collaboration does too. I love reading about artist's processes and both of these artists are good at sharing what is going on.

So this is a tiny step into burning.  I will play some more and maybe I will get brave and make another hole... who knows!!!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

still playing with Image Transfers

This is another full page image transfer using gel medium.  I took this photo at the Met when they were showing  Cambodian Rattan: The Sculptures of Sopheap Pich.  It was a lovely show and the shadows cast by the artworks on the walls were also fascinating.

The chop at the bottom of the page is one I have had for a long time and I have no idea what it says.  Anyone out there who has a clue can feel free to play in on this.  It has a monkey on the top of the chop, so that may be it.

This page may be done.  I am however playing with using a connecting theme on the pages of this journal.... we shall see..

Sunday, March 15, 2015

For some reason, the cover got done early in Journal #3.  I have had this photo for years, since I lived in Atlanta, when I saw these by the side of the road.  I was trying Gel Medium Transfers, and these just really worked well, and the next thing I knew I had done them on top of the silver shoe polish that I had put on the cover. The image seems to be on there to stay, and the funkiness of the edges really is perfect for me.  I loved that edge when I could get it in my Polaroid transfers and I love it in transfers too.  SO, though I don't have any pages that feel done yet, it does have a front cover.