"Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind". - Henry James

Monday, September 17, 2012

Finally Finished (I Think)

I started this Junk Mail book waaaay last September and I think I've finally finished!

As so often happens, I hit a snag and stopped.  When I'm not sure what to do, I don't do anything.  This usually, but not always, serves me well.  I think it was good this time.  After all, I wasn't working to a deadline. 

Junk Mail Book, Cover, Barn Owl
A barn owl watched.

Junk Mail Book, Page 3, Raven
And a raven watched.

Junk Mail Book, Page 4, Two Birds and a Lizard
Birds flew

Junk Mail Book, Page 5, Egret and Lizard
and a lizard watched.  An egret preened and watched. 

Junk Mail Book, Page 5, Water Buffalo and Lizard
A water buffalo showed up

Junk Mail Book, Page 6, Lizard and Palm
under the moon near a palm tree.  

Junk Mail Book, Page 7, Water Buffalo
The water buffalo watched.

Junk Mail Book, Page 8, Small Owl
And a small owl watched too.

The End

Sunday, September 16, 2012

At the Donkey & Mule Fun Show!

At the Donkey and Mule Show in Alstead, New Hampshire.  I love donkeys and mules!

Handsome Marlon

Lovely Louise (We sort of match!)
A pace of donkeys

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Experiments in Mixed Media

Some mixed media experiments using techniques I learned from Jenn Mason's video, Mixed Media Collage:  Working in Layers.  She shows how to do mono printing, gelatin printing, photocopy transfer using a blender pen, and collage with found paper and objects.

Maybe One Day You Can Live on the Moon
Gelatin print, photocopy transfer, collage on manilla tag
I had done some gelatin printing before, but I love her use of fluid acrylics and open gel.  I got some really wonderful color combinations and effects using masks and various objects for texture.  And I got to use my growing stash of ephemera I've been collecting for a while now.  Lots of fortunes from Chinese fortune cookies (which brings me to wonder how the heck much Chinese food we've eaten over the years...).

Allegro Non Troppo 1
Gelatin print, photocopy transfer,
black & white ink, and collage on manilla tag.

It's lots of fun.  I'd like to add more drawing to my mixed media pieces because I think it will make them more my own.  But in the meantime, I'm having a lots of fun searching for objects for texture and mixing paint and finding just the right piece of collage material.
Allegro Non Troppo 2
Gelatin print & collage on Stonehenge paper
I think this birdie needs a little something more, but I'm not quite sure what just yet.  I'll give it a little while to come to me.

Jenn encourages you to work in a series, which makes sense given the nature of mono and gelatin printing.  You want to have lots of paper ready to receive all the neat prints.  I did some on manilla tags, Masa paper, Stonehenge paper,  and some on tissue paper.  I think it might be fun to collage the tissue paper prints over other prints.  More experimentation!

Heart Birds
Gelatin print, photocopy transfer,
 and collage on Stonehenge paper

I have a rather large pile of prints to work on.  Sort of wonderful to have all this print fodder ready for collage ~