Take a look at my enticing box of papery goodness…old letters, receipts, maps, books, some gocco test prints of mine, & other miscellaneous bits & pieces. I’ve also cut up a nice little pile of 6×6″ card blanks ready for my first collage in the morning. Can’t wait to start!
I created a Flickr group that anyone is welcome to join who’d like to get busy with scissors & glue. No need to set strict parameters for yourself if you don’t want to – it’s all about having fun – so come & play!
I’ll post the results in my blog as well as upload them all to the Collage a Day Flickr Group.
10mm wide strips of vintage paper, waiting to be collaged. My friend’s comment when he saw me painstakingly cutting them: “You’re insane”.
Well here we are, a week & a half into 2008 already & I’m only just getting around to wishing you all a Happy New Year. I do have an excuse…hot on the heels of Christmas, I came down with the flu & today has been the first day that I’ve felt halfway human again.
So anyway, please accept my best New Year greetings in the form of a big ol’ wobbly bowl of yellow custard & jelly – appropriate, eh? :)
In other news, I was featured yesterday on the modamuse design blog & got such a lovely write up, I’m flattered, thrilled & giddy – all at once. Thank you Modamuse!
I’ve been playing around with scissors & glue (no glitter – sorry) putting the finishing touches to my extra-special super-duper combined Dec/Jan giveaway. I’ll be announcing it as soon as I’ve finished making the prizes, which should be in the next couple of days.
Don’t forget, to be eligible for the giveaway, you need to be a subscriber to my mailing list – okay?
See you in a few days with the giveaway announcement & some updates to my Etsy shop!
I really really wanted to make an extra special Christmas post on my blog, but alas, last minute wholesale orders & Etsy craziness meant I didn’t have a minute to spare.
Sadly, I missed out on doing a December giveaway!
Never fear, I have a special New Year’s giveaway planned with two prizes to make up for the non-existent Christmas one.
Stay tuned for the giveaway announcement in the first week of 2008!
Do you like my little wooden cowboy puppet? One of my grandmas died when I was three, & years later, my mum gave me a Christmas stocking my gran had bought for me, & this little guy was one of the toys in it. He’s one of my favourite possessions & hangs near my desk so I see him everyday!
Not specifically Christmassy is this fabulous Little Audrey cartoon…but it reminds me of Christmas.
Just show me the hard-hearted curmudgeon who can resist dancing cupcakes!
PS. To be eligible for my monthly giveaways, you need to subscribe to my Mailing List!
I was digging through some old work today & came across this ‘volley’ I did for a game of Photoshop Tennis. If you’re not quite sure what Photoshop Tennis is, the basics are that someone makes a picture in Photoshop, then passes it to someone else, who somehow alters it, then it’s sent back to the original person (or to a third player) who alters it again, & on it goes…
The element I used from the image that was sent to me was the paper hat – the rest I made in Photoshop. Apart from the photograph of the little boy on the pull-along sheep that I scanned & digitally coloured, everything else in this image I made from scratch in Photoshop – the cloudy sky, the marble, the winged heart, the floorboards, the lapis lazuli backdrop, the moon & the stars.
This picture is from years ago, & my skills have improved since then. At the time, I had trouble making convincing looking fabric – the curtains appear hard & plasticy – but with time, I worked out it was just a matter of blending modes, & I can make realistic looking fabric now.
I look at this image & feel envious of the time I had back then to play & explore & experiment. I was working for someone else at the time, & I had plenty of free time after five to fiddle around with Photoshop for my own education & amusement. Not so lucky these days – self-employment eats up a lot of my day (& night) – but I’d love to be able to make pictures just for fun sometimes, & not to pay the rent.
And I look at this image & remember the first time I ever sat down in front of Photoshop at art school. I had no intention of studying digital imaging – I didn’t even own a computer. But when I walked into my first class, & opened this confusing program full of tools & palettes, it took me back to childhood Christmases when my mum would give me boxes of art materials…rows & rows of coloured pencils, oil pastels, watercolours & felt tip pens…& a big sketchbook full of crisp white pages just waiting to be scribbled in. I remember the excitement I used to feel when confronted with the infinite possibility of paper & pencil…& that’s what Photoshop seemed to be when I first sat down in front of it – even before I knew how to use it – a magical paintbox of infinite possibility. And I still feel that magic.
Isn’t this nice? One of my Benediction prints is featured on page 129 of the December issue of N.E.E.T. Magazine! It sold a few weeks ago, along with the other nine I listed in my Etsy shop…but I’m just finishing off another ten which I’ll list in a few days.
Etsy asked me to write a Gocco article for their blog, The Storque, & you can read it right here. Just a brief rundown of the plethora of Goccoed items available on Etsy, & some links to Gocco resources as well. Etsy also very kindly featured some of my picks (& one of my own Gocco prints) on the front page. I took a screenshot!
In other news, I just want to draw your attention to the lovely Pamela Buckley who has a blog called Ophelia Golly. She bought one of my prints a few weeks ago & has just written the most generous & lovely blog entry about my work. I thought it was so great because she’s written about how she makes up stories to go along with my photomontages & how she prefers to think they’re real rather than a bit of digital sleight of hand. I love hearing people’s perspectives of my artwork.
I hope she doesn’t mind me quoting her; this is what she has to say about my print Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep:
The story I put with it (almost within seconds of deciding it was real!) was that it was probably a photograph of a magician’s children, and he insisted on the dove being part of the photograph as a silent signature of his profession.
I am not making this up (well, I am making it up but it is something that I am not lying about believing when I saw it!) and I know that the imaginative talent of the artist was what was behind my suspended belief otherwise I never would have wondered over it at all.
(I can also say that having just recently seen the Prestige might have fostered this idea just a little bit too…)
But obviously the art is the magic!
I just thought that was so sweet! Thank you Pamela! Ironically, I sold my last 5×7″ version of Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep today. I’m happy (& grateful) that the entire edition has sold, but a little sad to wave goodbye to the last one. There are still a few left in the 8×10″ edition though.
Whew…this has turned into a marathon post. But I can’t leave you without posting this fantastic clip from the Jerry Lewis film The Ladies Man…
Hands up who loves free stuff? Yep, me too! I thought it would be fitting for the very first monthly giveaway to be chock full o’ jellilicious goodness. The winner of the November giveaway will get:
Only subscribers to my mailing list are eligible. I’ll be drawing a name out of a hat on Sunday the 11th of November, so if you’re not already a subscriber, you should be! :)
I’ll announce the winner on Monday!