Friday, November 30, 2012

Artistic Journey: A Little About Supplies

Altered art led me to creating canvas board pieces like these.
Of course, all these vintage images had me on a quest to find fun and useful items for my work. Here are some ideas for scoring some great materials for your artwork.

  • Canvas Boards and Label Tape: I found cheapest on ebay.
  • Punchinella (Sequin Waste) and lots of fun inexpensive items: SkybluePink 
  • Ephemera (or better known as papers and things for artwork): I have received a lot of great items through Free Cycle. When requesting items I simply ask for old hymn books, magazines, photographs, sewing boxes, etc. I have had the delight of getting 3 old sewing boxes full of amazing items for free through Free Cycle! For collage work that you intend to sell you do need to make sure that the item is free from copyright restrictions. 
  • My absolute favorite place to find copyright free images is Wikipedia Commons. Search for your favorite artists and topics and you may be delighted to find quality images that you can use in your work. 
  • Collections of copyright free images are also available on Flickr. Here is one source.
  • Dover Publications is a great source for purchasing copyright free images to use in your work but my favorite thing is their free samples that they offer every Friday.  

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Artistic Journey: Sharing Resources

As I said, I ventured into altered art while working for a scrapbook company. I made this piece for their catalog.
I also started creating other altered art pieces and enjoyed image transfers. I learned how to do my own image transfers from this informational page and a lot of experimentation. I highly encourage the use of Golden brand gel medium for transfers.
When I was scrapbooking, I enjoyed creating sketches for page layouts and challenging myself by using ideas from other page sketches. I enjoyed using Page Maps as a resource.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

My Artistic Journey: An Introduction

My father is a great photographer and he instinctively taught all of his children how to "see" from a photographic perspective. I found myself drawn to portrait photography even though I love the nature and landscape photography my father is so gifted at I am drawn to eyes.
My passion for my daughter and love of all things artistic lead me to scrapbooking. I worked on several design teams and totally loved my work. I also had a few of my pieces published in magazines such as Stampington.
Working for a manufacturer lead to altered art which was a fun adventure and opened up many new doors for me as well.
In my next post I will continue to share my artistic journey and I will be sharing many of the resources that helped me in my quest.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

I am tremendously grateful for my husband and daughter who not only respect my colorful creations but encourage them.  This an art journal page from this week.  My dear husband's response was to hang even more of our colorful artwork in our new house.  Joy joy!  Color and love!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

New Photos Available

Art Prints

I published some of my photos on Fine Art America today.  I would love it if you would stop by and write a comment.