Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Alphabetica - Style Series

Well I haven't really posted anything on here, so I thought I'd blog a bit about my recent art work. My most recent work was something I worked on for the art group I belong to called Altered Art Obsession. It was for a things what we're calling our "Style Series Fatbooks". For each series we have a theme based on the style from a book or an artist. So the most recent series was based on the work form the book Alphabetica: An A-Z Creativity Guide for Collage and Book Artists by Lynne Perrella.

This is the front view of the page I made.

And this is the back view of the page.

I made the above pages by doing the painting first. I painted on on some plastic plates (the kind you buy for a party and then throw away). I orginally was thinking I'd peal the paint off the plate after it dried to use on the page, but it didn't peal off very well. So instead I cut up the plate into squares to use. I picked the favorite parts to use on the front. I did on plate with primary colors on it and then I did one with my favorite colors (which is what you see on the back side of the page.) I cut them both up because I wasn't sure which one I would like best as the finished product. After I finished the painting and was waiting for them to dry I started going through my "People" magazines for words that I could collage together for the background and then glued them down using gel medium. I scanned it into my puter after I was done before I put on the squares so I could make a page with the primary colors and the one with my fav colors. Here's the collage without the sqaures on it.

This is the collage before I cleaned it up on the computer a bit.

This is what it looked like with my fav color squares glued onto a print of the collaged back ground. I was thinking I'd use this as my back side of the above page, but it seemed too busy to me. So I reversed the colors of the collaged background and picked my favorite colored square from the squares I made with my favorite colors and centered it on the back. And that's what you see above, right below the front side pic that I posted first. I really enjoy that I can use my computer skills to help me make my art look good too! I'll make another post about the other syle series pages I've made later on.