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Derigible – Altered Book

It’s been a while since I worked in a book but I picked up a couple of beauties at Books-a-million recently and as wonderful as they are, I am altering them. You can’t sit still around here without getting painted or glued. Sometimes, both. This first spread is in Altered Wrecks by Chris McNab. If you like rust and tarnish and all things old, you’ll love this book. When I saw this old ship sitting in the dirt, I saw an old dirigible, rusty and patched but still flying so I had a little play.

I meant to take a photo before starting but I already had some paint on there before I remembered.

Collage Cards

I still love my glue and scissors and collage cards are perfect to work on when I don’t have the time or energy to stand at the easel and paint. I got rid of my Flickr account months ago so I maybe I’ll start to show some of my collage stuff here. I made these cards last week. Sometimes I add a lot of paint or ink but this set is mostly just magazine or junk mail images and glue. I use these as note cards in mailings or sometimes I add them to other projects like book covers. They are a good quick creativity fix because they are fun and don’t leave a big mess when I don’t have time to clean up. These are 4×6.

Wanna see something scary?

This is a work in progress that is still in the terrifyingly ugly stage. I hate stopping at this stage because it’s hard to want to pick it back up again to finish but I ran out of time tonight. She isn’t meant to be bald, I just haven’t decided what I want to do with her hair yet. and hopefully she won’t look so much like a zombie when I’m done with her. This is a cropped version because the whole thing won’t fit on my scanner and it’s too dark here for a photograph. Mixed media but at this point it’s just watercolor crayon and gesso.  Maybe she’ll be looking a bit spiffier by next week’s Paint Party Friday.

Word for 2012

In 2011, I decided that I needed to work more outside my  journal. I wanted to do some bigger projects and paint on canvas again. I want to continue that this year but there were times when I really missed my journal, so I’ve decided to start an art journal for 2012. I may not work in it as often as I used to, so that I can still work on other things, but it will be there when I need it.

I’ve been thinking about what word I want to focus on in 2012. I’ve finally decided on STRIVE. I thought about what I want to focus on this year in different areas of my life, what I want to accomplish, and how I can get there. Strive feels like the right word at this time. It seemed like the perfect theme for the first spread in my new journal. Mixed media in a Moleskine sketchbook. Have you found your word for 2012?

I only managed a couple of journal spreads this week so I’ll link this one to Paint Party Friday.

Twyla and the Dove

Here is the painting I’ve been working on this week, Twyla and the Dove. It scanned a little darker than true. It is mixed media over collage. The collage that I started with is shown below, in case you like to see how these things evolve. I changed the girl up quite a bit because frankly, the original model looked like she was spaced out on drugs or something. This one was fun to work on and the silliness of it cheered me up. I tried to keep it loose and not get caught up in the details like I tend to do. I’m posting a bit early for Paint Party Friday, since I will be gone most of tomorrow. Be sure to check out what the others have been up to this week!