Thursday, August 30, 2007

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Paper Quilting

I was recently involved in an A to Z Technique round robin through a great group on Yahoo Altered Arts Fat Books. I joined late and ended up with the letter Q. Hmmmm. I chose quilting with paper. The process took a long time because of the design I chose but it is actually very simple. First select a pattern and your paper. Cut out cardstock sized to each individual shape. Glue batting foam to the cardstock. Then wrap with paper, mitering the corners if you have squares to create a finished look. Arrange your design on your mount and embellish.





Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Book Report: page 4

Work on my newest mixed media book is moving along. I have finished another page and am happy with the direction it is taking. Unfortunately, this picture is not the best but I hope to replace it with a better shot soon. As always, click the photo below to see the page in more detail.


Monday, August 27, 2007

In New York: richard serra

There is an amazing show at the Museum of Modern Art entitled Richard Serra Sculpture: 40 Years. It includes both early work and more recent large-scale installation peices using such materials as rubber, neon, and lead. The highlight of the show for me is a series of huge, 13-feet high, curved steel plates, set side-by-side that you can walk through, feeling almost dizzy by their curves and torques. What is most unbelievable to me is the "skin" of the steel, composed of a natural patina of peeling and velvety rusts, ochres, blues, browns, and greys. It called out for photos and a number are included in a slide show below.


Saturday, August 25, 2007

Image Transfer Daguerreotypes

Several years ago I took a class at The Ink Pad, a rubber stamping store in New York. We were taught not only the basics of packing tape transfers but also the use of metallic leafing pens to create daguerreotype like photos. The process is very simple. Make a transfer using a black and white photocopy and packing tape. Then use a metallic leafing pen to cover the sticky side of the tape. Once the leafing drys, adhere the transfer to cardstock or directly onto your artwork. The final image takes on a distressed and aged look. The three samples below were taken from my own photographs of frescos and statues from Italy.






Friday, August 24, 2007

Book Report: page 3

I am including some interactive elements in my mixed media book. I think there is no better way for a reader to become part of abook then to open a flap or pull something out of an envelope. The photos below are of the same page, with flap closed and flap open. Please click for greater detail.



Photography: m. antoinette

These mannequins in a London shop window reminded me of the excess and style of Marie Antoinette. Pure eye candy.





Thursday, August 23, 2007

On the Web: typogenerator

TypoGenerator is a great site that allows you to to type any text and create a visual poster or background composed of random color combinations and random found images generated from google. Could be great as a banner, a background for digital and collage projects, or a stand alone image. Try it...it is addicting.






Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Book Report: page 2

Here is another page from my current mixed media book. Click the image for more detail.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Inspiration Board

Above the desk where I sit writing in my computer is an inspiration board with an ever-changing array of images, artwork of mine and from others, postcards, mail art, photographs, rusty objects, etc. that provide me with ideas and inspiration. No matter what I am doing, when I sit here I am surrounded by bits and pieces that spark my creativity.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Book Report: page 1

I am starting a new book to be filled with mixed media images. My plan is to have multiple sections with different sized pages. I have mocked up a prototype and am excited about its potential. I will post select pages as they are completed. Here is the first. Please click the photo to better see the detail.

Friday, August 17, 2007

On the Web: photo editing

There is a great site on the web that allows you to change the way you see your art or your photos. You can turn them into sketches, puzzle pieces, antiques, or cubes, to name just a few. Or you can see your own work of art as it would hang in the museums of the world. Go to DUMPR and try it out.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Chinese Deco

I like to include text in my artwork. Partly because of the message that it conveys but more often because I think it adds a strong graphic element to the work. This is especially true of Chinese and Japanese characters. This is a deco I made for a Yahoo group swap.

Artist Book

I have been bookbinding for a number of years, having first learned by taking a class at The Center for Book Arts. I recently was asked to make an artist book for a friend and an amazing artist, Patricia Larsen, for her recent New York show, "Remembering Blue." She filled the signatures with wonderful creations and I made the cover and bound the book.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

In New York: texture

The streets of New York City are filled with stunning visuals. I never leave home without a camera because you never know what you might find. I love texture of all kinds and love to incorporate it in my artwork. Sometimes I create my own texture and sometimes it is "borrowed." Here are a few photographs of texture from the streets of New York.




Tuesday, August 14, 2007

On the Web: texture downloads

There is a great site that offers free downloads of over 3400 high-resolution textures. They would make great backgrounds to alter.

Mayang's Free Textures


Monday, August 13, 2007

Natural History Museum

Here is a page for a Natural History Museum deco that I recently completed for a yahoo swap.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

In New York: rudolf stingel

There is an amazing exhibit by the artist Rudolf Stingel going on right now at the Whitney Museum of American Art. The exhibit is comprised primarily of abstract work that challenges the traditional notion of what materials make up a painting. He uses such items as foil, styrofoam, rubber, and carpet to create vivid and dramatic artworks. At the same time, his show includes a number of outstanding photo realistic self portraits in shades of grey, charcoal, cream, and black. Amongst my favorite pieces is a room-sized installation in which all surfaces are coated in aluminum foil and aglow with the light of a tremendous chandelier. Being an interactice exhibit where the viewer can participate, the foil is carved, etched, scratched, drawn on, taped to, etc, creating an ever changing installation. The following pictures will give you a better sense of his dynamic work.




Saturday, August 11, 2007

On the Web: card catalog template



I love books...to read them, to make them, to thumb through their pages. And old books beat new books every time. I often visit the main branch of the New York Public Library, especially when they have special exhibits. A must see in London is The British Library where you can find such amazing books as Leonardo da Vinci's sketchbook, Shakespeare's first folio, the Gutenberg Bible, the original Alice in Wonderland, and so many othe treasures. Libraries make me think of those wonderful book pockets that have made their way into altered art. And remember card catalogs? Well here is a great website that allows you to make your own...just like in the "good old days."

Catalog Card Generator

Friday, August 10, 2007

A Few Recent Pieces

Thought it would be a good start to post a few pictures of some of the things I have recently made. The following are a number of Decos I created for Yahoo Groups...





Although I love earthy, sepia colors -- reminds me of aged, antique paper -- I also love bright, jewel-toned colors too as can be seen from the following few images...




Welcome to The Altered Page

Welcome to The Altered Page. I see this blog as one more element of my mixed media artwork. Much like the paper, gesso, acrylics, and other components of each piece, I believe the conversation that I am hopeful that this blog will generate will become an integral ingredient to the creative mix. I have been involved in mixed media art, book binding, photography, and mail art for about 4 years. I love to include old, distressed and rusty found objects, text, layers and texture in my art. Over the past 1 1/2 years I have participated in a number of swaps through Yahoo Groups, an experience that has greatly widened my artistic community and allowed me to see first hand so many different creative styles. I also feel lucky to be living in New York City, where there is amazing art everywhere you look. Right now, I have 3 goals in mind for this blog. First, to share my art and receive feedback in return. Second, to share artists, websites, stores, books, ideas, and creations that I have found. And third, to share great art finds from the museums, galleries, and streets of New York. Thanks for coming along for the ride!