Tuesday, March 31, 2009

More, More, More...

118 and counting! The Disintegration Collaboration keeps growing and growing. Thanks to all the artists who recently joined in. 10 participants are highlighted below. And believe it or not their bundles include...paper, yarn, string, rusty metal, 16 mm film, sheet music, ribbon, teabags, coins, lottery ticket, gold leaf, glass slide, envelope, diary, food(!), artwork, sponge, wipes, toy, feather, canvas, slide film, newspaper, toilet roll, photographs, crepe paper, cotton buds, 2 sticky fish, a lollipop stick, fabric, Christmas card, Artist Trading Card, gift bag, dryer lint, chicken wire, steel. tissue paper, lipstick, key ring, keys, safety pin, paper clip, scrim, and a hand cast a goddess of unfired porcelain clay! Now this is what I call creative.

Shayla from Shaylasturbia

Judith from Artisticaneum

Serena from SerenArts and Such

Kim no blog

Debbie from Mistress Debrina's Diary

Rosie from Rambles, Raindrops, Reflections

Gina from BT - The Crafty Gardener

Katie from Joyously Becoming

Kerin from Remnants of Olde

Pat from The Weaver of Grass

Friday, March 27, 2009

Keeping it Real

Do you know about Heartomatic? Etsy shop owners...use this simple tool to keep track of visits and of who hearts your shop and each individual item. Find out if you have been featured on the front page or in a gift guide. It is a simple way to make life just a little bit easier!

And speaking of Etsy...here is a new small piece in my Text Tile series -- Real

Ingredients: cardstock, acrylic paint, watercolor paint, calligraphy ink, dye ink. walnut ink, india ink, marker, dry transfer, rubon letters. approximately 3 1/2" x 2 1/4". click to enlarge.

Available for purchase in The Altered Page on Etsy.

Sold. Thank you!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Who Are You?

To blog or not to blog? That is the question. Well...the question really is "do you have a blog?" By far the majority of people who visit my blog do not comment. And by far the majority of people who comment are other art bloggers. Stay with me now. It makes me wonder...just who is our audience anyway? Does anybody without a blog read our blogs? Or are we a community unto ourselves? Writers and readers one in the same.

I am curious as to who you all are. Please help me figure this one out. I have added a poll to my sidebar. If you are still reading this, please vote. The poll will be open one week, until April 2. Feel free to leave a comment or send an email with your thoughts on this too. Thanks for participating!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Just Another Brick...

All in all we're all just bricks in the wall...

My Graffiti Wall collaboration with Julie and Lynne continues. Click the links and scroll through their posts to see their walls. I decided to interpret this project differently and very literally. I am building a wall, brick by brick.

As can be seen in these images (click to enlarge), I am collaging bricks with the beautiful papers made by Lynne and Julie. Building a wall, one brick at a time. 91 bricks in all. Then...on to the graffiti!

P.S. New Text Tile completed in between bricks!


Ingredients: cardstock, acrylic paint, watercolor paint, calligraphy ink, pigment ink, marker, dry transfer, rubon letters. approximately 3 1/2" x 2 1/4". click to enlarge.

Available for purchase in The Altered Page on Etsy.

Sold. Thank you!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Inspiration Station

Inspiration can often be found in the most unlikely of places...as long as you are open to the possibility. But sometimes the source of inspiration is as plain as the nose on your face...or the blog on your computer. I am often inspired by the words and images posted on art blogs and websites. For example Chris from Prism Trail fills her sidebar with constantly changing, individual links that inspire her at any one moment in time.

This in turn has inspired me to add a section to my sidebar which I am calling, fittingly enough, Inspiration Station. In it, I will post a link to the blog post, website, artist, artwork, podcast, book, video (well, you get the idea) that is inspiring me in the moment. It will be updated as frequently or as infrequently as I find new inspiration. So you are invited to visit often and click on the link for your own shot of creative inspiration. And speaking of...

Pasticcio Quartz - the Celebrate Spring issue - is now hot off the presses. 52 pages packed with creativity. Artwork, techniques, interviews, book reviews, must-visit websites, and so much more. This is issue #6 from the team of Sarah Fishburn and Angela Cartwright. Click here for more information and to purchase.

Kelly Moore, an artist who creates and sells his work in the flea market on the Tesuque reservation in New Mexico, has just released a book entitled Eruption. This is a 120 page book packed with his unique artistic stylings. Click here to preview and order a copy. You can read more about Kelly in an earlier post here or go directly to his website here. But be warned...once you enter the site, you may never find your way out! Kelly is an amazing man and his book offers a glimpse into his raw style of art.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Dis...and Dat

There are now 108 artists participating in the Disintegration Collaboration and more wrapping their bundles as we speak. Thanks to those artists who took the challenge.

Here are just a few of them...

Bundles come in all shapes and sizes.

There are bundles of copper and jewels...

Karen from Artsortments

...bundles strapped to shutters...

Jan from A Journey...

...bundles in boxes...

Theresa from Theresa Martin

...rolled bundles...

Donna from World of Joy

...swinging bundles...

Zoe from Pentamento

...grounded bundles...

Dayna from Alley Art Studio

...colorful bundles...

Peggy From Out of Hand Art

...snowy bundles...


...and bundles on film!

Created and directed by Mick from Mick Mathers Art Blog

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Nature's Beacon

I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars...Og Mandino

I am continuing to work on the Inner Works altered book collaboration along with 5 other artists. I recently completed my pages in Jill's book, with the theme of Designs in Nature. The book she chose to use is entitled I lift my Lamp and is the story of Emma Lazarus and the Statue of Liberty.

Here is one full page and some glimpses of the other two pages I completed. Click images to enlarge.

You can click here to see more of Jill's original pages, click here to see my post about these pages on our Inner Works blog, and click here to see the start of my own book for this project - Distressed Elements.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Thoughts on a Sunday Night