Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Tick-Tock an Altered Clock

Tick-tock, Tick-tock what can I do with an ordinary clock?
One day my friend and I were out "junking" and came across some wall clocks. There was a big pile of clocks to sort through. We each decided to purchase one for the grand amount of $1.98. I chose a round metal silver clock that I could alter. Yesterday I started to alter my clock. I pulled out my trusty old ledger paper, antique French book pages, a vintage children’s book, sari ribbon and an image of a little girl. I tore, folded and wrinkled my papers then glued them to the clock. I wrapped sari ribbon around the papers to hold them in place. I then pulled out my favorite Golden Paints and painted several layers over the top of my papers. The paint on top of the words added a very nice depth. As the frame was drying I worked on the clock face. I collaged, painted and then attached my very favorite little girl image. I added the words Looking Forward from the vintage children’s book. I am always looking forward to my next project so I was very pleased that I found those words. I now have a very less than ordinary clock hanging in my studio. Tick-tock, Tick-tock this is what I did with an ordinary clock.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Digital Collage

Today I spent the day putting together a digital collage. I was inspired by an article that I read in Color Magazine about the digital artist Maggie Taylor. I couldn't resist posting her work - Rather a Difficult Game Indeed. It is from her Alice and Wonderland series. She is amazing!
To get started I gathered all of the images that I wanted to use in my collage. I created a new picture using Corel Paint Shop Pro and placed all images in one place. I call this creation Collage Deconstructed. I then took those images and created a digital collage. Gathering the images, resizing, coloring and altering is the bulk of the work but very rewarding. I mixed all of the images together and made a new digital creation - The Good Boy.
It was a time consuming project but it gave me a good understanding of what goes into creating a Maggie Taylor Masterpiece.