I had a great time in New Mexico with my friend, Marian. We have the sort of friendship that we can do nothing and it's still a load of fun! When we get together for our annual visit it generally includes watching lots of movies, eating lots of yummy food that is NOT good for you, talking, talking, talking, and some sort of creative project.
This year we were not very inspired. I don't know why, but I think partly because we didn't have a plan beforehand. Generally before I arrive we come up with an idea or a medium we would like to try so we can hit the ground running. Well, this year we didn't do that. We learned our lesson there. We will plan ahead better next time. We didn't even get started on anything creative until several days into my week's stay. (Possibly we were too distracted by her new Endless Wave swimming pool??) So, we finally decided we would just try to do some mixed media collages using things she had stashed in her studio.
Here is what we came up with:
This was my first attempt. I did some color washes with acrylic paints, added some scrunched up tissue paper and this interesting material that is actually used to make casts. I attempted to make some textural patterns using glue, but that didn't work out so well. I added a little bling with glitter. All in all, not bad, but certainly not a masterpiece. Here is a little close up view:
You can see a little bit of the texture and the sparkle of the glitter.
I would like to show you Marian's first attempt, but it's somewhere in a dumpster in New Mexico. She got frustrated and threw it away! I admire that sort of courage! I will often make myself miserable in an attempt to get it 'right'. Not Marian! If she knows a project is headed on a course that she can't correct, she is perfectly willing to toss it and begin again.
This is her second attempt:
She also used the casting material, tissue, paints and glitter. She added letters cut from the newspaper to add the sentiment LISTEN.
I wanted one more try at this project, so I started with a long skinny canvas and covered it with newspaper. I liked the graphic quality of the type.
I did some colorwashing over most of the sections of newspaper. I used some very thin chipboard and drew patterns on it with a good ol' black Crayola crayon, then I washed over it with watered down paint. The wax of the crayon caused the paint to resist. I was able to pull out the right letters from a headline to put together my phrase. Everything was looking a wee bit too linear, so I found two different sized plastic caps, brushed paint on them, and stamped on the circles. I coated the entire piece with a gloss finish Mod Podge. Again, not the greatest piece of art I have ever made, but I like it nonetheless.
Marian and I are both creative people. We met when our booths were next to each other at a craft show a LOOONG time ago and hit it off immediately. We enjoy working on projects and trying things that are outside our comfort zone. Stay tuned next week, when we talk about our 'kits'.
OK, I have to get back to the custom order that is giving me fits.
Have a great day!