I'll find them. And if I don't find them, I'll share what I manage to make/create on my own. Because I love making stuff, I love being creative, and I don't love vintage. Surely I'm not the only non-vintage crafter/artist out there!
--an early digital collage from my photographs--
One story in particular struck a chord - Kelly Letky of The Blue Muse wrote: "I learned not to take life for granted. I learned to live in the moment. I learned that you can't wait for tomorrow or next month or next year to reach for what's in your heart. I learned that I need to find the beauty in life, every single day.
"It took me some time to put what I'd learned into practice. I had to try some new paths and gain my footing. I had to walk around in circles for awhile. I wore some new hats to keep my head warm - jewelry artist, runner, and knitter. ... I kept losing my way. I kept forgetting to stay in the moment. ... I kept walking with my head down. I bumped into a lot of obstacles."
Reading this and the other stories in the magazine is what finally pushed me to start this blog and take my creative exploration more seriously. Thanks ladies!
I'm opening the gate and following the path .....
I started with canvas again, added torn music page and crackle medium then painted over it with burnt sienna and ochre. I used horse pictures I'd saved from magazines as well as pages from the book and began.
Above is the preliminary layout before anything is glued down. Of course once I started gluing, things changed. I like it okay, but feel like it needs more. I knew I wanted to add some textural elements again and thought that might help. I found a spool of the perfect rustic wire and terra cotta stars I've had forever so added those.
The stars are a good textural addition but I'm not loving the lower one with the beads - it feels disconnected, so I'll rework it.
Here's the final version - I cut off the star & beads, wrapped them in wire and moved a little off center. Then for balance I added the tangle of wire in the upper left. I love the added texture and more rustic feeling with the wire - I also love the personal touches of a picture of Susie & her horse Lady and the stenciled "P" for her last name. All in all, a success.
Detail of just the collaged paper portion of the overall collage showing the seaglass, beads and leaf.
Part of what attracts me to collage is the addition of more than just paper and paint - I love my beads and want to incorporate those, or pieces of found metal or feathers or whatever..... making the collage more dimensional. That's where I lose Dan.
As with any artistic undertaking, there are tools needed - luckily I have most of them from other crafting endeavors - paint & brushes, check; paper, check; patterned paper (scrapbooking), check; beads (jewelry making), check; ribbon/thread/cords, check. So, I'm well stocked....but what do I do with it all?
On canvas with acrylic paint, textured Japanese paper and old sheet music.
Dan's been very underwhelmed with this undertaking, so when I showed him my first partial effort, I didn't expect much. Instead, I got a rousing "I love it!". When I told him it wasn't done (I had lots more going on in my head), he demanded I stop and hang it as it was. So I did.
The purpose of this blog is different. I'm finding that I have SO many irons in the fire, so many pending projects, that I want a place to discuss and share them. I love crafting, making things and trying out new mediums and processes, so this is the place I'll come to share my efforts - successes and attempts (not failures!).
I anticipate this flowing more as a personal journal - a way for me to brainstorm with other creative types (and myself) as well as see and remember progress I make on any given project. You may see a beautiful photo I want to share, a collage in progress w/ step by step pics showing how I got there, cross stitch projects underway, my very amateur efforts at watercolor, an ongoing knitting project, or even the good book I'm currently reading.
So, stay tuned and join in whenever you're so inclined. Your comments, suggestions and encouragement will always be welcome.