Saturday, February 7, 2009

Random Arts Journal Page

in order to make a book that will raise money
for a local charity, "Arts For Life".
The last one that Jane did raised $500.00 for the local Senior Center!
Wow, what an awesome effort from everyone!
I took my page up to the shop yesterday and forgot to take pictures
(even though I have a NEW CAMERA!!!)
(I am SO excited about that!)
so I snagged pictures from Jane's blog.
I had begun a collage that was inspired by DJ Pettitt's work.
I was trying to learn the technique that she uses for her fused collages
but didn't have exactly what I needed...
and didn't have the time to wait until I had the correct supplies...
so, being the kind of artist that i am,
I just proceeded with what was on hand.
I had small pieces of canvas (cotton duck canvas or fabric)
that I had painted with gesso a while back
(actually in prep for a Katie Kendrick class!).
I had tried a couple of techniques
before going to a larger, more stable canvas
after I felt comfortable with the techniques.
I keep these little pieces of canvas
to use for collage or other mixed media work.
and wanted to show "the girls" what you could do with a piece of "scrap canvas".
I added a few torn pieces of tissue paper,
cut out the flower shapes & stems.
I used gel medium to collage each piece on (under and over the tissue).
Then I added the "sketchy sewing".
This was the part that I had got so much inspiration from DJ on...
her work is filled with this awesome sketchy sewing,
it looks so random yet it
"fits" each piece so perfectly!
I began sewing when I was a young girl
then taught myself to quilt...
needless to say my sewing was usually fairly even, followed the lines and all that.
But THIS sewing...I'm lovin' it!
It made such a difference in the small piece after adding the black thread outlines.
Jane suggested adding the black paper,
a couple of inspirational words...
and wa-la
my journal page was born!
I used a scrap of college canvas from another experiment
to make the other side.
I added Random Arts address label (that was in the journal page packet)
and printed out my address label,
then added the line
"Sending some LOVE your way" in a nice script font
to complete the "postcard journal page".
When I lined up the pieces of canvas,
I made sure that the stitching lines would sew both pieces of college down.
I really enjoyed making it
and am so glad to be able to participate in raising money
for such a worthy cause.
And I'm really loving the sketchy sewing...
it keeps coming up in my work now.
Love, love DJ Pettitt's art work...
you should go and see it!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

wonderful pages!love the colors

katherinesands said...

This is VERY cute.

katherinesands said...

This is VERY cute.