Saturday, January 15, 2011


I have a couple of projects on the go that I can't share, but it's keeping me pretty busy. I signed up for the Strathmore free workshops (in the sidebar, there) before I knew that I'd be offered the latest project. Good thing, or I might have skipped the workshops and I'm enjoying it a lot! The gesso and pastel thing probably won't be something I use very often, as I find it a little anaemic-looking, but the texture sure is interesting. The idea of using my old artwork, though, I'm loving so much! The first one is in my Strathmore watercolour journal with fluid acrylic background, some die-cut paper and the sea monster is a print-out of one of my old pieces. The second one is in my little hemp journal. The page sat with just the paint on it for many months, but playing with the die-cut paper inspired me. :)

Monday, January 3, 2011

Strathmore Visual Journal Workshop 1

I joined Strathmore's series of free workshops (see the link in the right-hand column) and week one of the first workshop with Pam Carriker started on Jan. 1. Collage isn't something I've done a lot of, and I don't think I've ever given thought before to recycling my own artwork, but that's what this workshop is all about.
I found it's a fantastic way to re-use my digital art... a lot of which has never seen the light of real day, due to a lack of decent printer. The only time I had anything printed off was for commissions, and it was a little expensive for just a couple of prints.
The other use I found for it was getting copies of spreads I've done in some of Patti's journals so I can have a completely different version in my own journals. Too cool. :)
I went out to Patti's studio yesterday and we spent about five hours playing with that recycling theme. As usual, it was incredibly productive and I came home with three journal pages for the week one prompt. All the images are my own, except for the dog tarot and text pages (which I got from Patti!).