Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Past, Present, Future

The current, May/June issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine is focused on tools. I am thrilled to have a feature in the magazine which shares my process for creating collage with dimension and texture. 

My tools: die cuts.

I take the reader, layer by layer, through creating dimensional collage.

There are instructions and photos for every step.

And I share 9 ways to to put you own individual, creative mark on die cuts.

So many artists I meet do not use die cuts in their work...but through this article, I hope to change some minds.


Sunday, May 29, 2016

The Week Links: 104

Join me every Sunday when I share some of my favorite links I discovered in the previous week. Earlier posts in the series can be found here.

And here is Week 104...

1. I love absolutely everything about this image from Helen Acklam.

2. A flea market primer for artists from Jeannine Stein, editor of Cloth Paper Scissors.

3. This looks like a unique and interesting book: The Maker: Beyond Decorating Crafting a Unique Space by Tamara Maynes.

and a shot from her website

4. Stunning mixed media baskets - and other work - from John Garrett.

5. Been digging this new series of artwork from Jodi Ohl. And speaking of Jodi, you can read her very practical suggestions for working with a painting you are just not liking.

7. If you ever have been to an art retreat or never have been to an art retreat, you need to read this piece on Huffington Post from Scott Stabile.

8. Behind the scenes at Make it Artsy. Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, host of this new television art show premiering on PBS September 29, shares the hot scoop on the guest list and filming process in this podcast.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Around the World...Free

I am excited to be a contributing artist in a newly released eBook called Around the World with 80 Artists: A Creative Art Academy Arts and Crafts Adventure. This compendium of art project tutorials was edited by Mahe Zahra Husain, includes the work of 80 artists and clocks in at 619 pages!

The book is available to download free for 5 days - the maximum amount of time allowed by Kindle. After the 5 days, the eBook will cost $14.99, with 20% going to The Malala Fund, helping to provide education to girls. Once you download the eBook, you will find a link to an accompanying workbook too.

Take a moment and click here for the download. There is  a lot of art, education and inspiration waiting for you there.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Pulse 2016: Week 3

Welcome to the 6th edition of The Pulse - 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, further your own artistic expression, and allow you access into the creative hearts and minds of a very talented crew of individuals. Stay tuned for a new post every Wednesday and see all previous posts in the series here.


What is the one technique or tool that you cannot live without?

Paper and junk mail. I can almost salivate over papers. Whether using glue sticks in journals or gel medium... I can't live without papers.

Water soluble crayons from Caran d'Ache. Sometimes I use them to create a wash of colour, sometimes to add bold opaque colour over another background. I love the way I can use them over rough surfaces to create great texture.

Paper weaving within my collage work is the technique I can't live without. The physical weaving process is meditative. Using this technique, I can relax into the piece and allow the found objects to truly speak and guide my work.

I have an endless supply of cheap paperer painting, experimenting, cutting, ripping... anything that I want to try. My painted pages often get cut into shapes that I use when I make cards. I flip the paper over, draw shapes on the back and cut them out. This "cutting blind" prevents me from just using the best parts of my decorated paper.

The technique has to be distress, the build-up of layers to show age and decay, either with subtle soft colours that remind you of faded wallpaper or heavy rust colours and textures. All of which have to be touched!

Annette Bouchey 
Old books, covers from these books and pages for altering books, making journals and assemblages on boxes.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Week Links: 103

Join me every Sunday when I share some of my favorite links I discovered in the previous week. Earlier posts in the series can be found here.

And here is Week 103...

1. Instagram love one: kraig_at_the_warehouse..... 

2. Instagram love two: janakilarsen.......

3. Instagram love three: fivefromtheground

4. Instagram love four: mozsas

5. Instagram love five: stephanie_somebody

6. Instagram love six: earthandbaker

7. Instagram love seven: belle_brocante

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Hannelore Baron

I recently had the opportunity to visit Leslie Feely in NYC and see the current exhibition HANNELORE BARON: COLLAGES AND BOX CONSTRUCTIONS 1969-1985. 

The show runs through July 16th and you should run to see it.

I will let the images and detail shots speak for themselves...