I've been in a "finishing up" mood lately, and that meant completing another 6x6 collage exchange that I'd had on my desk forever (last fall, I think.. yikes.) The materials exchange was with Dilar Pereira from Lisbon, Portugal. Dilar is a prolific artist and heads up a blog called Daily Collage Project where she shows and sells her collages, check it out for really cool, affordable work.
So. I was at a bit of a loss when Dilar's package came last autumn... it was jam packed with a lot of neat foreign text and graphics, but nothing was jumping out at me at all. So the package sat and sat. Then recently I came across a dog-eared page in an art magazine describing a technique I wanted to try, so I thought: why not try it with the 6x6 materials?
The technique is pretty basic (but I'm clueless about a lot of mixed media techniques so it was new to me): create a patchwork with equal-sized squares of different papers, lay down a thick layer of matte gel medium, cover with gesso then wipe most of it off, then finish with pencil drawings on top.
A Girl and Her Bird
Things That Break
Night in Lisbon
I had a great time trying this, and although these feel more experimental than "finished", I can definitely see using this technique in the future. I also had the best time drawing!! Perhaps it's time to dust off the sketchbook again.
I'm really excited to have been interviewed by Aprile on her fantastic collage site, Notpaper. I've been a fan of the site for a long time, it's a constant source of inspiration for me. If you're so inclined, you can check out my interview here.
A little surprise was waiting in my mailbox yesterday: the July/August issue of Somerset Studio Magazine, with a piece of my art and an essay on the last page! Now that I'm holding the magazine in my hand, I feel a little shy about it, I know that sounds incredibly dorkish. If you get a chance, pick up this issue, it's full of inspiring art and artists, many of who I know through their blogs.
*thank you, Jenny Doh, for asking me to write the essay and for including me in your beautiful magazine.
I have finally finished a 6x6 collage exchange with Élisabeth Taudière that I've had in the package from Caen, France since... February? I hope Élisabeth will forgive my tardiness. And if anyone out there is interested in joining in on the fun, I noticed that several people were looking to exchange materials, just look here.
I took this photo for my interview at Jess Gonacha's blog Pecannoot, and thought I'd share it here, too. I snapped the picture after tidying up quite a bit... it's currently messy again with piles of paper and bits of things.
The framed picture off to the far left is a pastel still life that my mother did in highschool(!) and you can see my poor Mac screen is suffering from a cobweb of scratches my daughter made with my wacom pen.
Here's a list of my petite art collection: Julie Avisar, Amanda Hawkins, Sofia Barão, Clare Bowers, Hadley Hutton, Lisa Congdon, Sue Hadden, Michelle C. Moode... plus a few art postcards. My art table is a total disaster right now or I'd include a picture of it, too.