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It’s time to collage

and revert back to your childhood.
But before I go any further, if anyone wants to see the piccies of my cousin (with me) then check out here for the updated post.  🙂

These are the collages I’ve done so far.
I’m slightly embarrassed that a very simple, cack-handed painting of circles actually sold, but this lady’s son loved, so off it went in its bright pink bag 🙂

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Release the inner child 🙂
Jennifer

Over thinking the process

When I first started beading and not knowing what I was doing, I tended to over think the process.  Try and analyse exactly what I was doing, getting something perfect. Following instructions to the letter, and being quite precise in what I was doing.
Over thinking the creation, the creative process.  It kind of made it more difficult to get things done.  Of course, as time went on, I became more fluid in my movements and  understood to just let the ideas flow.

So when I decided to start collage I was all excited about the ideas and the thought of making layers and abstract pictures.  That was short-lived.  The idea of being able to let loose and follow my heart was exciting, but then it became confusing.  Should I do this, or that, what’s the right way to do it??  Collage is a totally free form concept.  Sure there are rules, but in essence, there are no rules.  Having an open book actually made it harder to do something.   I had nothing to go with, no general idea of what to do. I  like to follow a few rules, and then as I gain confidence, let loose on my own terms.

My first few collages worked well. Both were very simple and look alright.  I made a mistake with one, by missing out the middle layer and starting with the top.
The mixed media project for Circles was easy enough, I had my rules (make circles) and time frame (1 week) so the construction was made simpler. I made it very simple and took the title as it was.  Circles on a board.

My new collage has proved to be the hardest to get going.  The sketch was easy, surprisingly it looked half decent. I got the base colours down and had the top layer sorted – my trees, a pond and of course the animals.  It was just the middle layers I was having trouble with.  I was over thinking what to do, and how to do it.  After a little more thinking, eek! and a spot of shopping (for fibres etc of course) I realised what I was doing.  I wanted it to be too ‘neat’ and too ‘perfect’ looking.  Not abstract with life and body.

Before I figured out where I was going….

Duh!! That’s where the above paragraph comes in – SIMPLE!!! or KISS, keep it simple stupid.
So, simple doesn’t have to mean boring, or neat, or anything, but to not over analyse how to do it.  I want a safari-ish scene. Easy.  Desert colours, a small pond, animals…. then make it abstract and whack it all together.  Slowly coz I can’t be bothered to get out the hairdryer to speed up the drying process.  I think abstract is the word and I now have a title for it which is cool.  Oh, I love it when an idea finally comes together.

It still needs some work to go before I am finished, but I am working on a wordy one, so back to the paper and magazines with my trusty scissors (and a coffee of course).

Over thinking causes complications,
keep smiling 😀
jennifer

Circles Circles, Everywhere Circles…..

As blogged about here I entered a mini exhibition titled Circles hosted by CRAG and the local Textile Arts Sewing group.  Having no idea what I was doing, I took the simple route and made two very basic, but bright Circles entries.   Delivering them on the Friday I finally got to meet another CRAG member who had just been a name on my email … always good to see the face behind the name.  One more to add to my list.  Saturday morning on the way to deliver my eldest to work I called in to check it out and get a few pictures to post here.

Put simply – my entries looked like a ten year old had done them. I know, we are our own worst critics…

The craftsmanship of the other entries was exquisite.  So many beautiful pieces of art work.  And circles everywhere! Loads of gorgeous circles.  Never been a big fan of circles, but the interpretations here were definitely an eye opener.

Along with the actual quilts/wall hangings and boards there was a trade table with hats, bangles, scarves and skeins of textile wools, plus another man who made the most gorgeous Iris Folding cards while his wife made cards using Encaustic art*

Some pictures of the exhibition.

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*Encaustic art is just amazing.  You use wax crayons on a hot iron and place it on the paper.  By moving the iron you make lots of cool patterns.  She does classes and I think sometime on the near future I will be heading along to one!!  See here for more details.

Here’s a fun circle song to end my post… 🙂
Jennifer

my current muses…

My new header now features the ‘main characters’ in my new crafty endeavour, obsession.
Mixed media/collage/assemblage uses all aspects of crafts using paper, cloth, beads, and anything that can be stuck, strung or somehow attached to board/canvas or anything else. After my foray into it with the Circles Exhibition (coming very soon with a post to match) I’ve become somewhat excited and am busy doodling and thinking of ways to make it work.
I did make a few during the week and took them to the market (I think I mentioned that somewhere else?) to gauge response. Well, I sold two of them, and the other two I have added to – made them better. I know why they didn’t sell.  I now have numerous drawings ready to roll, and six canvases (2 large & 4 small) to start work on.
When I saw the large ones I knew immediately what i would do with one.  I had received a pre-made necklace of beads some years ago – cool, but not really me – that included the above wooden animals.  So I shall be working on an African Safari scene… :-}
There are 4 weeks til the next market. I’d best get to work.

 

Unleash the animal within 🙂
Jennifer

(oops… forgot the title, so here it is ‘updated’)

I have been rather busy this last week.  Not always the way I want to be, but, we can’t always have everything our own way.  I haven’t been able to read a lot of my emails, or blogs, so next time you post I will try to catch up, reading multiples as I get to them.  I try not to let them sit in my inbox for too long, this is how I ended up with over 300 of the suckers.  I did delete many, but as I said, I will return and catch up.

Hubby was home so we took a day trip to the Airwalk (there’ll be a post later on that one), we helped my parents with wood and moving furniture around for my mum’s shop, I started on my Circles project (which got me thinking about something else again) and then there was the general kids, work and weather which wasn’t always playing nice, making it hard to do things we wanted to.

I have a market coming up this weekend which I have been organised for (for once, early) although I will re pack my boxes just to make sure I have everything… some things have changed.

My circles are coming along nicely, the finished product looks like it might actually look good!
This gave me another idea. And now a new way to move forward (I seem to be doing a lot of this lately).
I found that doodling with the paint, and playing with material on a canvas gave me another sense of freedom to explore and express and be creative.  Mixed Media.  That was it.  Doing and making more items that are not strictly jewellery or bags, but could be collage, artwork, wearable art… whatever takes my fancy basically.  And as I have resin, clay and stamping tools I can add all or any of these items in – this is precisely what mixed media is – to make some cool items.

This idea was first sprung when a good FB friend suggested I use some of my nature shots on cards to sell.  She is impressed by my ‘skills’ as a photographer.  My mind then went zooming about at a million miles an hour – as it does anyway – and soon I am thinking “why not?”

I have some more mini canvases that I am going to collage and take to the market this week.  It is a bigger market than my usual one, and going on the first one they had, plenty of people coming through. So plenty of feedback.
I shall become a mixed media artiste. lol.
(At least my business name will cover all avenues I choose to do)

So with that I must fare thee well, and head off to bed.  After the last few nights, and especially yesterday (leave home at 9.30am and return at 10.40pm, with many ‘nothing-to-do’ gaps in between the jobs and not getting to bed for another hour)  I am now feeling weary; and if I am to survive a busy day tomorrow and do my walk at a reasonable hour of the cold winters morning…. zzzz

good morning, good afternoon and good night, for wherever you may be 🙂
Jennifer