Friday, January 29, 2010

Project SIXTEEN: Baa Baa Black Sheep- Sewn!

After many attempts, I have figured out how to export my Illustrator file, to a PDF, then to a PNG in order to put this up today. PHEW!
So today I am starting a little sewing project/embroidery(?). I'm working with the nursery rhymes and coming up with a simple drawing in illustrator as a template for my project. I plan on, then, working with fabrics and threads to sew this piece.
I'm not sure how I feel about it so far. It's not as exciting as the Piggy Book, but perhaps that's only because it doesn't have the same feel. Maybe I need an edgier nursery rhyme to push my thinking more. This was excellent practice, and a reminder of how to use simple tools in illustrator to draw.
Stay tuned for a sewn project that looks like this, or similar!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Project FIFTEEN: Nursery Rhyme Collage (aka Piggy Book)

Today I worked on the nursery rhyme collage part of the book. I used the materials I had gathered yesterday, cut out images, typed up the text, and planned my attack. Sort of. I realized that I no longer had any more of glue stick left, so I had to run out to Jewel to pick up some glue- I used Elmer's glue that now comes in a CLEAR glue. The downfall? The "sticking" time seemed to take forever, and my papers warped with the moisture. Thank goodness
for paperclips, since they seemed to be my saving grace on this project. I often needed them to hold something in place while the glue dried, as I moved on to arranging more pieces. Very handy! Like I mentioned before, I would have like to have more of a range of images to work from- perhaps next time I'll take a trip to the library and scan, scan, and xerox! I also got to thinking about these nursery rhymes, and since they tend to be a bit odd, I think these would be a great place to explore social
commentary, or play on the words with today's more modern images, issues, and concerns. I found that I started putting images together that made me think about them in a different way other than the interpretation of the rhyme I always imagined as a child. Another area of interest for me was found while I was typing up
the text. I had a fun time playing with the fonts and the sizes of these words, to play on meaning and emphasis. I actually think this would make a fun class project. You could easily do this type of collage (probably just one piece of art, not a whole book) with photoshop and illustrator, as well. It's fun practice with text meaning, image meaning, mixed media, and/or computer skills. This is definitely something I will pursue more later (so don't be surprised if it pops up again!).

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Project FOURTEEN: Nursery Accordion Collage (aka Piggy Book)

Today, I am starting a two-day project (which probably could have been completed in one if I had a more free day). I'm making an Accordion book, but with modifications (as you see in the photos). Then the book will be filled with a collage focusing on the nursery rhyme: "This little piggy..."

I'm not sure what made me think of nursery rhymes, but I have been wanting to making collages for a little bit now, with little inspiration. Nursery rhymes are short, and usually
pretty odd, so I thought they would be great inspiration for some small portable books. This first one is an experiment really, and I plan on doing a few more if I like where it's heading.
For right now, I have a few progress photos of the book. I'm looking through my old piles of magazines for interesting images, and have printed a few off for specific references I might not find in my magazines. If I had more time (and I may do this for the future nursery books), I would go to the library and scan a bunch of crazy, interesting images that work with my themes. We'll see!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Project THIRTEEN: Accordion Taiwan

I do have some projects up my sleeves that I'm very excited about, however... I'm waiting on some supplies. On a side note, I tend to be very ambitious, sometimes too much so for my own good, and while I am still feeling positive about this experience and the future of the Art-a-Day Projects, I probably should have given myself about a week of preparation time prior to starting the blog. For example, I probably should have come up with a list of projects (which I did), and get as many materials as possible for X amount of projects. Instead, I've been going through each project by about 3pm, then spending time until about 5pm or later conceiving the next day's plan of attack. This is sometimes fun, and sometimes... not so fun. I am finding it good to make myself fulfill a project a day, however, sometimes the pressure of doing something EXCITING and NEW and BLOG-WORTHY is a bit much! I hope you're enjoying what I've been working on so far, and I'm looking forward to more.

That being said, here is today's project: Accordion Taiwan. I've pulled out my bookmaking skills and supplies for yet another day of making a book. My husband took the photo on his last trip to Taiwan (for work) with his i-phone. I have to say, I love the photos he's been
taking using the toy camera "app." It amazes me how once seen as a more primitive form of photography, has become so popular in the digital and art world now. Brian also loved this photo, so I decided to make him a present (I guess the surprise is busted once he reads this) that he could put on his desk at work. It's small and portable... and gave me some extra practice with accordion books, using bookcloth, and ribbon ties. I once again used my glue stick, since that was what was handy... and it worked better this time than previous. I wanted to write a little something on each page, below the photograph... or perhaps I can come up with something to write on the back of the pages (since it ties both in the front and back, the book can be used reversibly- that's the fun about accordions!). What do you think?

Monday, January 25, 2010

Project TWELVE: Small Lino-cuts Alphabet

Today I've been working on some small lino-cuts, as well as some letters of the alphabet. I'm
hoping to get some good practice with finer cutting. My intention with these is to then paint them in when they are dry. Since I'm not used to working so small, these are a bit difficult for me.

Again, I am using the same materials as before. The toughest part of these small prints is that the Soft Kut "lino" pieces are so soft, that it makes it difficult for tight corners and detailed cuts- the material kind of bends with your cut. Also, I didn't leave a border around the letters because I wanted to use them interchangeably, however, that creates a bit of a mess when printing since the paper wants to conform around the letters, printing even some of the cuts outside of the image. For the small images (no letters) I will leave a nice border around them making it easier to print, and a more contained image.
After completing the "colored in" version, I'd have to say... I think I like making prints just as they are... prints. I think that for this coloring book style- which I do like- I'm better off just drawing it in ink and painting it in. The benefit to having it be prints is to make multiples, but I can easily transfer a drawing multiple times, even faster than it took me to print these, and I'd be more easily able to control the quality. So, for printmaking... I'll stick to the previous types of prints. I AM enjoying the learning process...