This week's theme for Illustration Friday (IF) is Primitive. I seem to have sheep on my mind lately. I'm hooking a rug with a sheep motif. I recently purchased white roving to needle felt a small sheep. (I keep adding too many projects to my "Idea List." Does anyone else have this problem?)
And, although my initial idea for IF had been to paint a primitive portrait, what did I end up with? Sheep! For the painting, I used a Pitt sepia pen, watercolor paint, and watercolor pencils.
Melanie Lyn Hamilton runs the Inspire Me Thursday site. She offers "a weekly dose of inspiration for mixed-media artists, and creative types, to nurture their muse and create." I just found her site today.
I was especially attracted to this week's challenge of "Reduce Reuse Recycle." I like to save small, even tiny, remnants of paper and fabric left over from my collage work. I store them in sandwich baggies - and love to pull them out to do a quick collage. I find that working with these small snippets often helps me get into flow. And then the real Art Making begins!
For this collage, I used fourteen different types of paper and fabric snatched from my baggies. And since it was so much fun, I titled the 4" x 4" collage: Play.
Like most mixed-media artists, I like typography, printed words and phrases. A catchy headline will grab my attention whether I'm reading magazines, newspapers, brochures - or even junk mail.
I had the headline, on coasting, tucked into my overflowing ephemera folder for a while now. Somehow, the headline and ocean scenes all came together in the journal page that I did today.
I'm thinking of coasting in two different ways. The warm weather is here and it's time to enjoy it. However, I also want to make even more room for art. That might mean less shiny hardwood floors and fewer meetings. But more paintings, sketches and mixed-media pieces! Sounds good to me.
Stacey Apeitos and Arrigo Dorissa set themselves a challenge to create 100 Art Dolls in 2008. But the great part of the challenge is that it is not about meeting deadlines. Their "challenge is to learn about themselves and set intentions for their lives, using Art Doll making as a tool."
Whether you make Art Dolls or Shrines, you can join in the challenge. I am really inspired by Stacey's My Personal Pantheon which you see below. I love the original idea, the unique shapes and colors.
It's been a long time since I made an Art Doll. I need to include Art Dolls on my project list.
Via the MEGGIECAT blog I learned about the The Internet Archive . The site "is a non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library with the purpose of offering permanent access for researchers, historians and scholars to historical collections that exist in digital format." I think the site is an inspirational source for mixed-media artists. Warning: You could lost on this site for hours.
I was especially interested in the cookbooks and children's books from the 1800s. Here is an image from the children's book "Abroad" which was published in 1882.