Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Seize the Day

Pages in the Bits and Pieces visual art journal:
Collages from scraps of painted paper 
and assorted papers. I especially like the 
little tab that I made (right) from a scrap of 
watercolor paper doodles.

Left, 'Pink' is an extra 4x4 from a swap in 2008.
Right, another collage of scraps with magazine word.

It is a happy circumstance when you run across
art work in the studio (ok, stuffed away in nooks & crannies)
that you had forgotten about.  These hearts in acrylic paint
were successful pieces,
but they are small: about 3 1/2 inches.
I didn't know what I wanted to do with them...

When I ran across them again, I realized
they would be perfect for art journal pages!

Collaged from acrylic and watercolor paintings.
Have you tried doing an entire page of doodles
or abstract shapes in bright colors? Tear them up
and they make wonderful collage ephemera!
Maybe the 'tearing up part' is difficult at first,
but also freeing in a way...try it!

An index card with a Monet quote...found on 
Lynne Hoppe's blog. I don't remember seeing this
quote before, but it expresses the frustration that
many artists feel. Critics make a living of 
'evaluating and critiquing' art works. Monet 
just wanted people to enjoy his work.
An excellent goal indeed.


  1. WOW! That carnation is truly lovely. Really lifelike, too. I remember that swap, although I never participated.

    I like how you collaged the hearts and cut bits from other collages to add even more interest. I should do that with some of my failures, which are many. Thanks for the inspiration.

    The ICAD of the Monet quote is superb.

  2. I really, really wish I had some hearts that are that cool hiding in my craftroom...but I'm pretty sure there arent! I'd say they were perfect for journaling.

    Wonderful pages.

  3. Yes, indeed. There are way too many critics in the world. What makes them authorities on anything? I say create, be happy! Your collages and journal pages are lovely! Have a beautiful day! Tammy

  4. oh, those hearts!! Nice work.
    I wonder how many journals you have on your shelves? I have this dreamo f having many journals just grouped on a shelf, ready to take down and peruse at any time...


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