Monday, May 16, 2016

DIY

When I did Lesson 5, Project 2, Exercise 1, I got a little frustrated by the no-paint-only-collage part of the directions because I couldn't find collage paper with colors as vibrant as I wanted in the magazines I had at hand, and the magazine paper kept buckling when I used matte medium to apply it.

In the middle of the night, during a brief span of insomnia (is it insomnia if it's brief?), a light went on in my mind: Do it yourself—make your own collage papers (with paint! ha!).

I'd been planning to do something else today in my studio but knew I had limited time. The something else, while it might not have required a huge amount of time, would have needed temporal spaciousness surrounding it in order for me to get centered, so today wasn't the right day.

Instead, I landed in hog heaven painting up a page that I can cut into collage for Exercise 2. I was so happy playing with the luminous energetic colors—made me think of Laurie Mueller's colors, which I love!

Don't know how the drawing paper I painted will take to being collaged, but I'll find out soon enough.

yummy handpainted collage paper

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  1. Yummy is right! If that is insomnia produced, I want in! I think I could stare at that piece ALL day. LOVE it!

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    1. Corinna, thanks for your enthusiasm! Glad we're both gobstruck by this one—every time I come upon it anew I say a fist-pump of a YES!

      I'm laughing at your being willing to endure some insomnia to get similar outcomes : )

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  2. Joyful heavenness! Love the pillowy, cloud like colors. and the fun, fun textures jumping out :)

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    1. Thanks, Sheila—glad you're feeling the joy with the rest of us! Painting this collage paper for myself was so nourishing and enlivening.

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  3. It's a cool, gray day here and the colors immediately brightened things up. The word that came to mind when I saw it was happiness. Thanks for adding a glorious dash of color to my day and boosting my spirits. :-)

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    1. Thanks, Joje—love that 'happiness' is what came to mind! Happy to be a mood booster and not a Dotty downer : )

      In a supreme act of letting go, I've already started cutting it up and using it in other projects. Can't seem to have my cake and eat it too.

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