Friday, June 30, 2017

Meandering 6.30.2017

"Meandering: adjective; the act of following a winding or indirect course. 
Ramble, roam, zigzag, circuitous. A blog post about a variety of things; 
a little bit of this and a little bit of that."

It's been a while. I have these aspirations about being a regular blogger, putting up posts at least twice a week. The reality is I barely make it happen twice a month! But, I really enjoy blogging so for now I'll post when I can and keep striving for my personal goal of posting more often.

I am on day 78 of the 100 Day Project. My creative practice of choice for this project was to make collages from scraps on Rolodex cards. I combined this project with the Index-Card-A-Day (ICAD) project which began on June 1st, since Rolodex cards are included as index cards. The difference between the two projects is the 100 Day Project is totally self-led, while the ICAD project provides daily prompts. Some days I use the prompt and some days I don't. You can see all of my Rolodex art cards on Instagram (link in the sidebar on the right).

My Rolodex is filling up nicely. :)

Ever since I began this venture into making art with paper I have been drawn to collage. Lately I have been drawn to botanical collage pieces. I have come across a few collage artists whose botanical themed pieces just blow me away. One in particular, Julie Hamilton, paints her own papers to use in her collage art. I'm a sucker for painted paper!

Julie Hamilton Creative - papercut art

A few other collage artists I admire for their botanical collage work are: Tiffany Calder Kingston and Jacgui Grace. Click their names and you will visit their websites.

So a few weeks ago, inspired by these artists, I painted some papers. I love to use the bookend papers from the books I take a part. This paper in older books has a great weight to it and I love how the color ages over time. With the painted papers I tried my hand at some botanical collage.

I even found myself wanting to bring home ferns and leaves from my walks in order to trace them for collage! But I didn't go that far. I used some of my stencils and used drawings from plant books to make templates. Then I used some of the painted papers to make a color wheel for my first page for the Get Messy Season of Color.

It's fun to try new techniques with art and I love combining them with my love of nature!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Faith & Creativity: Guest Post at Newly Creative

My friend, Bernice Hopper, is doing a series this month about faith and creativity. You can find her original post describing her thoughts behind the series HERE. Bernice wanted to explore whether or not art is "Christian" if it does or does not include overtly Christian images, OR is it "Christian" simply because the artist is a Christian.

So far she has had guest posts from Susan Mulder and Valerie Sjodin. Today is my guest post where I share my views on my faith and how it impacts my creativity and art. I hope you'll pop over and read my post HERE on her blog Newly Creative. While you are there read the rest of the posts or clink on the links above in this post.