Friday, April 06, 2007

new project

I decided that participating in some challenges from other bloggers might be a good way to spark my creativity. I found Studio Friday from tine sparkles which is a weekly challenge related to your personal workspace. The topic this week is "Greed."

Here's my take on Greed. I love the miniature art of stamps and matchbox covers. I think it stems from a childhood phase of stamp collecting. I have kraft envelopes full of stamps that I've been acquiring for many many years and a while back I started acquiring matchbox art. I love looking through my collection which I usually do on the pretense that I'm going to use some stamps in a collage. (Stamps are copyright free, after all.) Then I decide the stamps are too pretty to be taken out of their "natural" environment (my desk drawer). Lately I've managed to use a few stamps in projects and it hasn't hurt, so I hope to continue the trend.

Here's the third and last page I did with my "little princess" pic. This time I covered the stark black and white Asian written characters with a thin coat of white gesso, which softened them but still let them show through. It also added some substance to the page I used a few pieces of fabric in addition to the paper cutouts to add a different kind of texture. I was really happy with the fabric bits although the scan doesn't reproduce the texture very well.

After doing 3 pages with this image I ran out of ideas for it. That was one of the things that prompted me to start looking for some challenges from other bloggers. I sometimes do better when I have a deadline!


Monica Yvette said...

Welcome, I'm relatively new here too. It's been lots of fun for me to participate here. I love your massive stamp collection!

~michelle~ said...

Welcome! And all I can say is OH MY GOD. I gasped when I saw your stamps! I LOVES stuff like that, all laid out. Happy. I've got lots of stamps but it doesn't compare to your sweet collection. And I'm kind of the same in that I enjoy the "collecting" more than the using. Enjoy, girl!

Going For Greatness said...

Oo how delicious are those stamps!!! *sigh* as an artist I can think of a zillion uses for them but then... seeing them.
Love your collage too! Gorgeous!!
Have a great weekend! I'm so glad you found Studio Friday!!

Stacia said...

Great stamp collection...a source of inspiration!