Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Making of a Master (Masterboard that is)

So over this past weekend, I found a large piece of cardboard that made up the backing of a stack of large pull off area maps. These maps measure roughly the size of a piece of posterboard, so my immediate thought was ah ha.. a Masterboard! I grabbed my rather large bin of bits and pieces and started madly gluing this and that here and there. What I ended up with looked like this.

After gluing enough bits down to make a large dent in my scrap stash, I coated it all with a coat of gesso resulting in this. 

At this point, I felt a bit skeptical but kept at it nonetheless. The bits did add a nice texture and depth though. I grabbed some various book pages, maps from an old atlas and even some music pages and got the Gelli plate and painted using bubble wrap and other things to give some pattern to the painting. At times during my painting, I would run the brayer over the gesso on the board, or clean my bubble wrap off on it, and even flipped my Gelli plate over here and there to clean it off of excess paint. 

After coating the result with a light coating of gesso again,

I ripped and cut the painted pages into various shapes and glued them down in random order all over top the board. Then I added more paint in random places, stamped paint with a rubber stamp and bottle cap. 

and we have this 

Another light coating of gesso to tone things down a bit...

More paint and some rubber stamping.. 

 another light coating of gesso..

A final bit of paint, some ink and some stamping. Some detail added with a Pitt pen..

Finally, I cut the whole sheet up to make 9 postcard backgrounds. 

3 postcards made from these got mailed today but I did get pics so I will add those tomorrow! I hope everyone had a creative weekend! 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

What's in a Name

Names are funny things. I have struggled with finding a name for this blog that rings true with me. I have seen so many blogs that have these awesome names and I always wonder how they came up with them. Most of the time, the story is as great as the name itself! I feel storyless!
There is this great coffee house in Kamloops BC called, The Art We Are. At first, I thought, what a strange name.. But then I got it! It's such a cool place too. It's a mishmash of mixed styles of tables with unmatched chairs. The walls are covered in art in every form from stained glass and mosaics, to mixed media and sketches and paintings. One wall is a floor to ceiling brick wall with 100s of tiny folded notes crammed in to various nooks and crevices. I find myself wanting to pull out some and read them, but I don't. It would feel like such an invasion somehow. Maybe there is nothing written on them, but I suspect that is not the case. In fact, I'm somehow sure of it. An artists wailing wall perhaps. There are also shelves of other arts such as handmade cards, fiber arts, pottery, etc for sale. All the art is for sale! On weekend evenings, there is often live music too, although I'm never there for that.. I wish I was. As soon as you walk in, the essence of the place surrounds you and there it is.. The name makes perfect sense.
I want a name for my blog like that name! I want to come up with a name that makes it make sense and invites all who stumble on it or come deliberately, to see it, and feel that it makes sense. Something tells me that it will be a case that goes something like when you bring a new pet home.. You have to watch it for a while and see its personality before you can give it a handle that fits. :)