Try a New Technique Tuesday: Paper Quilting

Still sick as dog, but thought I’d share something from last week.

No fabric. No thread. No sewing. This is my kind of quilting. I cut out these shapes using a Fiskar’s hexagonal paper punch. I made a brilliant (insert eyeroll) decision to sell most of my paper punches at a purging garage sale a few years ago, but luckily I kept a few.

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Materials: Paper punch, acrylic paint, stencils, cardstock

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Materials: Paper punch, acrylic paint, stamps, stencils, cardstock

 

Piece by Piece: Behind the Scenes of “Guardian of Dreams”

I’m miserably ill with a chest cold that keeps me coughinh all night, so I though I’d share some behind the scenes views of a piece I created a few days ago.

First, I created the background by using the scraping method. I dotted the top edge of the paper with various colors of acrylic paint and dragged it down using a piece of corrugated cardboard (which created the striated effect).

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Then I used a stencil to create some birch tree trunks with white acrylic paint.

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I cut out the trees and colored on top with oil pastels.

piece-by-piece-2I used baby oil and my fingertip to blend the oil pastel over the trunks.

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I used another stencil to  trace out a fox and cut it out of cardstock.

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I used the same oil pastel and baby oil method to color the fox.

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Finally, I glued all of the elements to the background and stamped the leaves on the trees using a round sponge brush and acrylic paint. Voila!

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Capturing Sorrow in Words and Images

 

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“Sisters of Sadness” Materials: paper flowers, acrylic paint, glitter, patterned paper, ribbon, rhinestones

How do you capture sadness, sorrow, melancholy, loneliness, depression, and other abstractions in concrete ways in words or images without being melodramatic? This is a question I find myself asking when I’m trying to write or create visual art. Some have mastered the art — those who compose songs that hurt in just the right ways — so I decided to borrow some song lyrics and experiment with excerpts and erasures. (But what happens when you divorce lyrics from melody? Is something essential lost?) I tried to strip down the words to the part where I felt the essence of the emotions. Here is what I came up with.

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“The Lonely” by Christina Perri Materials: printed lyrics on cardstock, chipboard hearts, acrylic paint, soft pastels

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“The Sound of silence” by Simon and Garfunkel Materials: lyrics printed on cardstock, acrylic paint, chalk pastels

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“Hallelujah” bu Leonard Cohen Materials: printed lyrics on cardstock and Washi tape

 

 

 

 

 

Self Portraits

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Materials: photo printed on cardstock, acrylic paints, buttons, puzzle pieces, flower embellishment, buttons

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(from 2007)Materials: cardstock cutouts, googly eyes, arrow embellishment

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Materials: glasses embellishment, patterned paper

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Materials: acrylic paint, patterned paper, chipboard shape, glasses embellishment, bow embellishment

 

Tissue Paper Decoupage or How I Regained My Creative Confidence

TISSUE PAPER DECOUPAGE OR HOW I REGAINED MY CREATIVE CONFIDENCE

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All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he [or she] grows up.

Pablo Picasso

When did creating visual art lose its pleasure and gain its pressure for me? Why? How?

I come from a family of a multitude of artists and writers on both sides. Creativity was encouraged and celebrated. I always had markers or colored pencils between my little fingers as a kid. Now I ask myself why I am so afraid of stepping beyond photography, my creative outlet of choice for the past ten years.  Why do I hesitate to pick up colored pencils or watercolors or pastels? I tried following the strings of thought and experience and they led me to two conclusions: The last time I felt truly carefree creating art was in elementary school and middle school angst started to erode my creative confidence. I believe that there is truth in what Pablo Picasso is credited for saying about all children being artists. The problem is growing up. (Ick.)With these “truths” in mind, I decided that the best way to try to get in touch with that little red-haired girl who loved to draw was to start with projects I might have done in my early school years. But where to begin?

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1988 drawing (I drew this picture around the time my mom and stepdad married.

I began by shopping at the Dollar Tree (the cheapest place for colorful and printed tissue paper) for some basic supplies.(Oh tissue paper, I do love thee.) I ripped,  clipped, Mod Podged, layered, and felt uninhibited by the creative pressure I usually apply to myself. I had fun. New ideas poured out of my head and became real with the work of my hands. That is how this journey began.

Join me to find out more about how and why I began to use art as an informal  form of therapy for my depression and anxiety.

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Materials: Mod Podge, tissue paper, Washi tape, cardstcok

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Materials: Mod Podge, tissue paper, watercolors, cardstock

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Materials: Mod Podge, tissue paper, die cut flowers, rhinestone stickers, tissue paper

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Materials: Mod Podge,tissue paper, 3D adhesives, cardstock

Thank you for reading and viewing!