Friday, March 12, 2010

Art in progress

Imagine my surprise when I was reading my favorite blogs yesterday and found a post by Marlynn who linked to me and wrote an entire post referencing my bricolage. As if that wasn't enough encouragement, I went to Kimmie's blog and found this post. Boy was I surprised. It felt really good to be noted on someone else's blog. Thank you both for making my day!

I spent a little time yesterday making a few tags to go on packages throughout the year. I apologize that the photo is a bit fuzzy. Since I'm quickly running out of blog allowable space on my blog, I have been saving my photos at the lowest resolution possible. Therefore, they don't enlarge well.

Each tag started as a manila file folder that I colored using watercolors and shoe polish. I then laid down bits of a sheet of pink handmade paper, then a piece of gold wallpaper, and finally a piece of sheet music. This was not vintage, but was some my musician friend Joseph Peck (see sidebar) wrote. It is his handwriting you see. Everything in this project is recycled except for the watercolors. Now, when I need a tag, I will add a sentiment, like "Happy Birthday," "It's Your Day," "Thanks," or whatever, along with a matching ribbon or fiber, and a charm or beads.

I started reading a book on felt and felted projects and hope to finish it today. I have my flowers finished, but they are still not dry. The tutorial will be ready tomorrow, or possibly later today.

After that, I went to my basement studio to play with clay. Unfortunately, this is what I found. So, I got busy and

put everything away. Now I have a place to make art. I may even get some time down there today, although I have another project I'm working on, and a bit of housecleaning (dreaded word) to perform. At least I won't walk into a shocker like I did yesterday afternoon.

Today's blog is off the wall. I found this blog through a random search. I know nothing about this artist and have not even had a chance to find and check out his profile, although I suspect he is from Sweden, since some of his posts are in Swedish. However, in my attempt to feature more male artists, I give you painter and sculptor Max Magnus Norman and his totally unique art.

6 thoughtful remarks:

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

I LOVE the tags, and you've scared me with "blog allowable space" what the heck is that?

Healing Woman said...

I too started worrying when I read about he "blog allowable space" Guess that means when I run out of allowable space for archives I'll have to start another blog somewhere else and reference? I hope not.

You continue to amaze me with your almost daily creations. You must spend the better part of the day in the studio. Good going!

Diane said...

Wow, your impress me with all that you do in a day!! And WHAT is blog allowable space?!!

Terri Kahrs said...

Wow! You've got an awesome workspace, Elizabeth! Love the idea of having the tags ready to - a real timesaver when you need a quick gift. Hope you have a great weekend! Hugs, Terri xoxo

La Dolce Vita said...

gosh you are always straightening and organizing!! cannot believe how much art you accomplish too! awesome posts about your work! congrats!!!

Halle said...

Bricolage is very interesting to me. That would be another really great way to use some scraps. Thanks for the inspiration.