Well after 3 months of travelling and a move to Vancouver, my studio is unpacked and operational again- yay! My first project is a small commission- what a great way to get started again, I love making butterflies! And these ones are twice as fun since they are double-sided; they are going to be used to make a mobile.
Time for a new adventure!
Wow, it’s empty! Nothing like packing up your studio to make you face your inner pack rat…. Next comes couch surfing, followed by some travels, then a move to Vancouver. But first my moving help arrives tomorrow morning so the final push is on….
A box of butterflies
Altered book cover idea
The finished front & back covers:
Step 1: glue whatever thin cardboard decorative elements you want to the covers of your book (I use acrylic medium for all the gluing in this project)
Step 2: glue heavy duty aluminum foil over the cover (I did it in pieces as it was too difficult to do the whole cover at once), and with an embossing tool gently press the foil into the decorative elements so you can see a crisp outline of the designs (do this while the acrylic medium is still wet).
Step 3: before the acrylic medium dries you can use a blunt tipped tool to add lines and textures in the flat areas around your decorative elements. Once you’re happy with it, add another coat of acrylic medium (this step is important so the ink adheres well to the foil).
Step 4: paint your cover with a transparent ink (that is waterproof & lightfast, like Dr. Ph. Martin’s for example) – this takes time to add many layers of ink if you want intense colours. When you’re done, coat the whole thing with some layers of gloss medium to make a durable finish. Now you have a unique cover for your altered book!
This week I’m learning about using Gelli Plates for monoprinting, and using my new Dremel rotary tool to attach handmade metal butterflies to my custom made frame…Here’s some of the butterflies I’m making from old tin containers from tea and chocolate and cookies and stuff,
and here’s a detail from a print – I’m learning all about making textures and layers with the Gelli Plates, lots of fun!
I just finished reading Chris Tyrell Loranger’s editorial in the February issue of the Opus Art Supplies “Visual Arts Newsletter”. I found it was a very timely topic: “Making Resolutions Work”. I recently made myself a number of goals in my art life that I want to work towards. Now this sure isn’t the first time I’ve made goals, some have been reached, but recently, many haven’t. In his article Chris goes over a number of points but the one that caught my attention concerns disclosure “…It is this involvement with others that leads to my second point: disclosure. Telling your friends and colleagues, writing on your wall on Facebook, or Tweeting about your (carefully developed) goals is a vital part of a successful resolution or pledge. Your friends provide support, direction, encouragement, and reward. Resolutions or pledges that are not shared are secrets and easy to abandon. But disclosed resolutions are far more successful. Whereas it takes a lot of time and hard work to find the right artists with whom to exhibit and together develop a compelling artist statement, it is easy to disclose. All you have to do is make a few calls, write a post, or contact a few friends.”
I’ve started this process by telling some friends and family some of the ideas I’m working on, but I figure it’s time to push ahead and take more of a risk and say them out loud so to speak. So, here goes:
– create a blog/website with galleries of my art
-finish some pieces of art that have been hanging around for way too long
-finish creating and framing art for my “Birds, Bones & Butterflies” show idea & find somewhere to show it
-create some products to sell on my website
Stay tuned for progress reports……
Anyone else have goals they would like to disclose?