Do you want to know a secret?
Welcome to the fourth edition of The Pulse -- The State of the Art -- a survey in words and pictures of the online artist community. The Pulse is a collaborative project that aims to introduce you to new artists, help you get to know familiar faces even more, and allow you access into the creative hearts and minds of a very talented crew of individuals.
Over 150 (!) artists have answered a series of questions which make up The Pulse. Their responses will be presented as a series of online and print projects. And the first continues right now!
Join the The Altered Page every Sunday for "Secret Sunday." Here the secrets of all your favorite artists will be revealed. It could be a technique, a product, a secret source, a little-known website, a hidden shop, an inspiration, just about anything! If you missed any, no worries. You can find links to all the secrets on the sidebar of my blog.
Today's secret.......Lost & Found!
Blog: Mudhound Studio
Blog: Pulp Redux
Etsy: Mudhound Studio
Look around! I find a lot of the objects I use in my art on the ground or for free. Recently, I created an altered book cover from the dismantled parts of a disposed cuckoo clock, a broken printer’s tray and rusty metal pieces from a stash I found on the street.
I also reuse exhausted paper dryer sheets in my art. I drench the sheets in a pot of coffee and then let them dry to give them a nice aged effect. They smell good too…if you like coffee!
Blog: Writing from Life
Upcycled EVERYTHING!!!! Reduce, reuse, recycle
Blog: Ro Bruhn
Etsy: Ro Bruhn
I visit car spare parts shops for lots of my 'found objects' for jewellery. I also work close to an airport and there are stores that sell fabulous washers for aircraft that get incorporated into my work.
Etsy: Studio 6 or 7
Blog: Studio 6 or 7
Twitter: Studio 6 or 7
I'm a very messy person, though I try too hard not to be! However, this works to my advantage when I'm painting because I really like to make visual textures in the backgrounds of my paintings and I always forget to prepare tools ahead of time to do this. So I usually end up grabbing whatever is laying closest to me. I have turned out some really neat textures with this 'method', if you want to call it that.
I've used string to paint stems, the edge of an antique book to create stripes, the knobby head of a miniature Buddha statue to create raindrops. The only downside is that not every object can be recovered after using it to paint with but I'm not usually paying attention to this when I'm in the moment....
Blog: Swallowcliff's Art
I find that if I see something that catches my interest I should take it home because eventually, I find a place for it in my art. I have people ask me, “how do you come up with your ideas?” Most of the time it is because I have this “something” stored away that would work perfectly just here, in a piece I am creating. It’s not so much getting something specifically for the art as it is knowing that you have something that will fit the art.
Blog: Judy Wise
mmm, art secret. Pulling local event notices off telephone poles provides lots of fun and collage materials. Just make sure the event has passed.
Blog: Lynn - Getting my Feet Wet
Repurposed dryer sheets. I dye them in acrylic paints and water, soak over night, dry, then use in my art work. Examples include as backgrounds in a journal page, on art pieces mixed with dyed paper towels then sewn to canvas, and rolled up as dreadlocks in the 3D "Simply Dreadful" art quilt wall hanging.
Blog: Woven Letters
When I started working with blank books and paper (I was still living in Berlin at this time), I did something I call Culture Recycling. I was looking for all kinds of flyers, event cards, free zines in Berlin and I filled my books with collages of this material.
Quite clumsy, when I look on it now, but it was great fun to do that. There was only one rule: It has to be free, found somewhere in the city.
Blog: Altered Book Lover
I like to walk along the old, no longer used, railroad tracks in our town for really great metal that has aged to perfection.
New Blog: CROWABOUT
Old Blog: The Fortune Teller
No secret here! Let me just say that there is an over abundance of paper, cardboard or what not that comes through each of our homes....that we can reuse and recycle and make something really wonderful from it all!!