Saturday 1 September 2012

UPA RAQ - Off to Collage

You can tell it's the first of the month, so much to show you this weekend and this is my second post for today.

Glue Book for Unruly PaperArts.

A glue book is whatever you want it to be, but generally it is a 'sketchbook' for mixed media work. It invariably includes glue and can be about practise runs, just letting your creative expression free, but there are no rules, just the ones you create for yourself.

I started a glue book some time ago, there isn't much in it, but I thoroughly enjoyed my free expression for this RAQ. So often I am designing for DT samples which confines me to specific themes or rules. Here there weren't any, other than I wanted to have some fun and try something different to my normal style.

My favourite artist for experimenting with collage effects is Claudine Hellmuth (I did her creative collage course last year), so I thought I would do some "Beyond the Expected" techniques from her book (same name). Creating Poppets as she calls them.

This is me playing and just having fun. Nothing like Claudine's Poppets really, but even so I have had to think about form, shape, colour, perspective and some journalling using the actual pages from my Glue Book itself - see a wondrous novel indeed.

The journalling reads - 'Luckily the Uphams sent her out into the garden and there sat the poor thing all alone in the arbour. I spoke to her over the fence. She is such a delicate child, poor Amy.' The words and phrases were all chosen from the text of the book before I painted the pages with gesso and then acrylic paint.

Do you use a glue book? What have you been 'playing' and experimenting with lately? Do pop over to Unruly PaperArts and see how your work could be featured on the blogozine.

If you haven't seen my exciting news please pop two posts back to see how lucky I am to be part of a new design team. Woo hoo, excitement or what?

Have creative fun.

hugs {brenda} xox


Challenges for a change

Lots to show you today, this is post 1 and a tag I made just for me. Of course it has a dress form and a kinda sewing theme, but then it would wouldn't it????

It is ages since I entered any challenges, so I thought I would do something for just that purpose today and I chose Frilly and Funkie - now how could I resist that one lol; Simon Says Stamp and Show - Summer distress colours and Rogue Redhead Designs - use a circle, square and rectangle.

The tag was stamped with embossing ink which resists the summer distress colours that I blended over the top. I added a square of circles (does that make sense?) and rectangles of tissue paper which I blended with the DIs, the chicken wire and a piece of netting beneath it are also rectangular. To those I added a Crafty Individuals dress form (plate CI-306), also stamped with embossing ink and again the DIs blended over.

Other bits and pieces finish it off. I would like to thank dear Terry for the fibre card and tiny cotton reel as they were in a package of goodies she gave me when I visited her a few weeks ago. Thanks Terry, all my lovely bits are now in my 'sewing' box.

If you haven't seen my exciting news, then please scroll down to the last post. I am still in shock and can't believe my luck.

Wishing you happy times this weekend. Post 2 coming up soon.

hugs {brenda} xox