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I’ve been absent from this blog for quite awhile now and thought I’d finally fill everyone in. Altered art and mixed media are still definitely in the picture.  The past couple of years though my main compass has been pointed at what I like to call Intuitive Abstract Painting. Some of my pieces can be found at The Sow’s Ear Studio & Gallery in Schenectady, NY.

The Sow’s Ear Studio and Gallery

Between working full time, settling into a new place, and trying to find the time to paint, the blog has been getting lonely. This is a new attempt at reviving my virtual connection with the art world. My intent is to find the time to put up posts that should interest myself and this blog’s followers. It may be feast or famine. Only time will tell!

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Here are the results of my first experiment with this technique.  Basically, you place tissue paper on top of plastic bags to save the work surface and keep the paper from becoming a permanent attachment to your table. Spritz lightly with water.  The rest involves layering using matte medium, paints, inks, stains, etc. and anything you think might become permanently trapped between layers.  These paper are three layers. I threw in netting, shredded papers, coffee grounds, ribbons, string, holographic flakes, etc.  As you can see, the middle three papers are the same. The pics show that one side is flat, the other shiny, and when held up to light, it is still transparent.

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This journal I’m presently working on has only one theme – to work out my feelings.  Good or bad, I’m finding it very helpful. I began a background, not knowing what it would lead to. Suddenly, I found myself missing my sister.  What had started out to be a very pretty background, soon turned a bit comical.  I think it was because the background began to remind me of old walls and wallpapers. One place in particular came to mind.  We were around these ages when we lived there.  Out came the photos.  I not only had fun doing this but felt a bit of my sister back with me at the time.   :)

sisters

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eros

Like a lot of other people, I use my journaling and other art to release life’s problems and hopefully learn something from them.  The garbled text on this page was meant to be kept personal. It does slide so that I can read it when I need to.  Someday when the full healing or lesson has taken place, I may choose to wash it away with gesso and put something new there.  Someday…but not today. :)

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child

Just a journal spread that has actually been completed. Instead of making resolutions – which I never have done – I have chosen a word for this year…Healing.  The art process if a very healing thing for me.  It’s one of the few things that can take me outside of myself and also help me to learn life’s lessons.

The biggest problem I have with journaling is actually writing anything.  That may sound a bit silly but it really isn’t.  Art journals can be totally art,  totally writing, or a mix of the two. Although I actually love to write, the art just seems to speak for itself. Another point of growth for me this year is beginning to mix the two. One spread or page at a time. It will be interesting to see what happens.  Now if I can just figure out this new camera and get some better pictures! :)

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We are doing a “Secret Santa” at work. You pull a name out of a bowl and give a holiday gift to that person. The girl that I chose loves to write stories and poetry. She also loves to draw.

Here’s a pic of one of the things she’ll be receiving tonight. I decided to introduce her to art journaling / altered book art.

Although there is a lot of work started by me in the book, the majority is blank. She can write in it, paint in it, collage in it, drive her car over it, rip it up, go over my artwork,…anything she wants. 

It is her place to explore.  Hope she likes it!

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