Good morning on this bright and sunny Sunday morning!!! I have so much to share this morning, I don't know where to start! I reached one of my 2012 goals by being published in one of Stampington's publications!!! This is the Somerset Studio Gallery Summer 2012 issue. The only other time I was published was in Art Doll Quarterly back in 2004. Of course it helps if you are consistently submitting artwork for consideration LOL.
So here it is, the first of I hope many more opportunities to spread my artwork around! YAY!!!!
Next on the list, as I continue developing my Creating Personal Imagery 101 workshop, I have to stop here and there to explore ideas that pop up that definitely play into creating personal imagery. First thing out of bed this morning, I fly into the studio and draw a leaf.
Next step, scan it to the computer into Photoshop Elements, create a brush and lay the brush out to create a stencil pattern. I found a source that will make stencils and I'm thinking about how my images related to a layout like a stencil (thanks Terri!). Stencils really are very versatile but I tend to shy away from them because you cannot capture the fine details as you would in a Thermofax screen. Each tool has its own great qualities.
So after creating my layout, I inverted it, printed it to 3M transparencies using a draft print setting so I would not waste a lot of toner.
Of course, for the same reason I don't regularly explore imagery on hand cut stamps, I tend to get impatient and cutting out all the little stencil holes is a slow process. The hot tool I am using works really well with the 3M transparencies and it really does cut easily. I'll need to make another pot of coffee to finish this off. I did a few rows and used the Adirondack Color Wash sprays through it to see if there was enough pattern created by the design and I am fairly happy with it. The stencil is not as messy as the spray ink print is but you get the idea.
So while I was at it, I decided to create a couple of free-form designs. It's getting the blood flowing and inspiration is brewing! Stay tuned!
The last thing I wanted to share was a workshop that I took yesterday afternoon at Ink About It in Westford, MA. Fred Mullett was teaching a series of workshops there, "The Elegant Mess", and I signed up for one so I could get the flavor of his creations and techniques, "The Rest of the Mess". Very funny man, Mr. Mullett, and a great artist!
It was a great class based on printing/monoprinting using a small foam block. His binder filled with all his work was AMAZING. He creates the most unusual images in a 2.5 x 3.75 inch format. I highly recommend if you can catch a class by Fred, it will be totally worth your time.
Back to work! I can open up my slider and let the warmth and sunshine in today. What could be better??!! This coming week, my department at work heads to Newport, RI for a 3-day offsite meeting. It will be good to see everyone from Asia and the UK who I work with. It will make for a long week, though, and I'm not happy about being away from the studio :( I will be able to write and plan though, which will be good.
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND and KEEP ON CREATING!!!!!