Monday, April 18, 2011

Learning new techniques...

Here is a look at all the pages in my little Lutradur art book. Made from a single sheet of Lutradur (12"x18"). We start at the back cover....the book is about butterflies as a symbol. the Greek word for butterfly is at the bottom of the page. [Click on any photo and maybe read the quote!]
This page has a dangling "cocoon"....this is the middle of the book with a quote from Emily Dicksinon.
More quotes..... and the front cover.

The book stands on its own and the light comes through the pages!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Mixed Media Collage class continues

Start with a watercolor paper (140lb) painted background (square. mine is 10")

Add small squares of fabric, attach with matte medium, and top with assorted fabric shapes....

Cover with a gesso wash. Remove the shapes from the surface, and see how they masked the gesso from the original fabric.

Cut into 4 smaller squares, add quarter circles of assorted papers and fabrics.....

Wait for next week's lesson on sewing it all together! LOL!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

All in process...unfinished...

These collages are all on gessoed canvas. or denim....sometimes scraps stitched together first.

I'm learning a lot but still don't know where/how to use it all....we have 4 more classes. I'm sure these will change.....

Friday, March 11, 2011

on-line collage class

Lesson 2

Tracing my raven drawing......then choose from the gessoed watercolor paper backgrounds I made last week.

I like the one with orange, red and green.

Apply the tissue raven to the background, add more collage with magazine paper, get a little tired of tearing magazine "feathers". I cut a wing out of batik fabric and used black and green acrylics to paint the raven....drying now. We'll see how this evolves! [shadow of my arm in the photo....I kind of like that!]

Another collage in progress on cloth background....hence the wrinkles...

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Taking a great class on mixed medium collage!

This is the first week of the collage class with Jane La Fazio. It is offered through

We gessoed watercolor paper and canvas (which had been stitched together). Then we played with acrylic paints to make backgrounds.
I like all mine, but this little indigo has a Japanese feel, wabi sabi. I really like it!

Jane also showed us how to design and cut stencils from freezer paper which will be used later as the collage elements build.

I'll be back to show how these collages develope as the class progresses!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Home at last!

The package was delivered yesterday! It contained my round robin art journal from the ART SAVES group with Carmen. {Yes, I scribbled with photoshop to hide the address!]

This past winter, I had sent my canvas journal on its way with this collaged cover. [above]

Inside, "Take Joy" my collage on both pages. A hanging envelope holds cards where the other artists signed in to work on the book!

These wonderful tags! Thank-you all for doing these! Love them all with the litte trims.

Turning the page , a collage by me, "Just her type" across from one by Shari with a 3-dimensional dragon fly, the page is edged with sparkly ribbon and crocheted cotton lace. Her's says "Life is Fun" and shows a girl making huge bubbles!

Then, Susie worked out a special collage for me with a bird in a wonderful original nest and an inspiring egg! Wonderful textures and I like the pink!
Across from it is Ileana's offering from art class. A live model and time to draw!
That is something I would love to do again !(the drawing, not the modeling, LOL!)

The double page from Carmen is loaded with delights for those of us who enjoy sewing and fashion! The dangling wooden spool, hooks and eyes and needles are collaged with vintage crochet, lace, and pattern pieces on a floral fabric background! Wow!

Two pages from Gemma feature decades of fashion, art and glamour! I love the pink feathered hat!

Karen gifts me with a collage of a cottage with a wonderful blue door, and the strong inner spirit found through meditation and delight in nature! Inpiring, truly!

Artist Doreen, our mandala artist designed a special mandala for each of us. Mine is "BE", something I am trying to learn! This page really glows!
There are still a couple of blank pages in the book, so I can finish it soon!

These are the inside pages of the back cover, which I did before sending it. "Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations" --Faith Baldwin.
Thanks to all who worked on these pages, we found that ART SAVES through recycling and by helping our souls weather life's changes!