Since I am a full time studio artist, I have to make art every day. Sometimes, I work in fabric, sometime I paint, and sometimes I work in my collage artist book.
I find collage very challenging since it's all about composition and value. So some days, it comes easy and other days, not so much. But I force myself to complete at least one 2-page spread in my collage book every day. I find this makes me hone my skills and eventually, I come out with a spread I like.
I also work throughout the book, adding bits and pieces, without an idea of what the finished spread will look like. It's kind of like not facing a blank page when you start.
I don't know if this spread is finished but I'm liking it so far.
If you want to discover how to make collage papers and also to compose in your own sketchbook, I highly recommend Robyn McClendon's YouTube videos. She is a wonderful teacher and so generous about teaching her techniques.
Remember, not every day is a good day for making art but making art every day is essential for your spirit and growth. As Nike says "just do it"!
I love making these books.
The base is a file folder but when you add papers, card stock, and lots of inserts, they become little interactive art journals. Great for gifts and just having fun making them.
When I first started making art quilts, I experimented with sewing on top of a printed photo on fabric. It was a great way to practice freehand machine quilting and precision. I choose a photo of a beautiful window that I took when visiting my friend in Charleston, SC where flower boxes are abundant. When I finished it, I sent it to my friend as a reminder of our visit and so she would have a piece of me in her home.
A couple of years ago, her house flooded and, long story short, my quilted photo was lost.
The good thing about using a photo is that a work of art can be re-created. (Not so with any of my other fiber art pieces). So I found the photo and spent the day free hand machine quilting to re-create this piece again for my friend. Luckily, over the years I've become much better at this so she will receive a piece that is more polished and professional. And, I hope it will still remind her of our friendship.
Carol Ann Waugh
I am a mixed media artist and love color and texture!