Thursday, June 24, 2010

We have been GIFTED!

At our last get together, Edie gifted us. All of us in attendence were given a z Becky Brown bag... a bag with the marketing mantra of "Infinite Possibilities."  Since we are the queens of 'infinite possibilities' it looks like this is a match made in heaven, so to speak. Edie challenged us to create our own inserts into the z Becky Brown bag, and use our creativity to show the manufacturer what possiblity really looks like when it's infinite!

I myself have the z Becky Brown bag sitting center of the kitchen table, a mini shrine to the ideas that it could capture withn in it's clear finish canvas. The reflection begs to be filled with something wonderful. I traced out the shape of the inserts on three pieces of tissue paper so I could sketch some designs, since I would really like to use the whole surface area of the bag as a complete picture, instead of blocking the four sides of it.

I have decided to use felt as a substrate for the image, but I am clearly hitting the limits of the 1/8" thickness with the felt, so I need to affirm that choice with a test next.

Is anyone else starting on the z Becky Brown bag?

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Oh yeah, the date...

Jenn checked in and saw that I forgot the "WHEN" when describing the Creative Challenge is July 9, 10, and 11.

That is only two weekends away for planning, picking up odd items and creating a collection of what might be in your mixed-media collage.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Thinking, thinking, thinking

Getting ready for a creative weekend...
Having made the decision to commit an entire weekend to working together in a creative endeavor can be intimidating. 
I question myself, and my ability, and I think that might be natural. I am, at once, both scared that no creativity will emerge at all, and excited and thrilled at the prospect of spending time in pursuit of that well deep inside of me that houses the realm of “possibility.” 
I have been thinking about what my 12” x 18” of space might convey. A tribute? A memoir? A color story? Should it be fabric? Canvas? What will my focal point be? 
I find myself looking at distinct patterns, colors or objects that draw me in during routine shopping, and even walking my dog! While searching through my closet for a pair of shoes, I found a old case that holds my 45-rpm records (remember those) and thought that might be a fun starting point.

And that is where the questioning comes in? Am I in my right mind? What kind of artwork would use 45-rpms? But it’s that kind of odd thinking that opens some sort of mind portal that allows the creative to emerge. Why not? What else goes in that direction? Run with me on my thoughts, roaring like a freight train; records, 8-track tape (just the tape), CD’s, silver colors, jukebox push keys, Elvis, velvet, old ticket stubs, leather, fringe, and all of the sudden...I am designing a mixed media project in my head. 
So then I start another...and another. Pretty soon, I am more excited about the chance to start the story.  I am even more excited about working together, and fueling the creative possibilities.  

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


This is the challenge: Summertime...and the Livin' is Easy!

Mixed Media Collage Weekend
Minimum of 20 objects
12 x 18 or smaller

Find a substrate you like - Stretched canvas, batting, peltex.

Any objects you like - 20 minimum pieces of art

Friday –Starting point
Saturday – Drop in – Drop out - all day play
Sunday – Gallery Showing – 4:00 pm - Everything will be hung on the wall!!!

Getting Ready!!

Three of us spent lunch time getting ready for tonight's get together. Cutting, planning and collaborating. Tonight is at Brookwood Church.

Once you get to Brookwood, which is Exit 31 (SC 417) just off the 385 in Simpsonville, drive around to the side of the building with the blue ramp that goes up to the second floor, and park on that side. Take the blue ramp into the double doors (probably only one set will be open). Go through the double doors and walk about 25 ft, and on the left there will be a set of doors JUST after POD C, our room is down that hallway.

We will have some pizza available. We have to get more clever about this...