Saturday, October 30, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
Studio 2091 is hosting a show and sale called “Project Water”. They gave 6x6 inch tiles to artists around the world and asked them to create their version of what water meant to them. More than 300 artists responded.
I can’t wait to see what the show looks like and what everyone did. Here's mine: http://lifeneedsart.blogspot.com/2010/09/entry-for-project-water.html
The show opens Friday, November 5 at 5:00 p.m.
2091 Front Street
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221
Details, and lots more, on their web site: http://www.studio2091.webs.com/
Posted by Karen Koch at 8:00 PM
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
So, ok. I’ve taken her up on the challenge. Look for something new – or at least some progress – every day next month.
Oh, and there’s still time to sign up. Hint, hint, nudge, nudge. ;)
Posted by Karen Koch at 8:00 PM
Monday, October 25, 2010
After the …surprises… with the little Art-o-mat paintings last week, I’ve learned a few things:
Coating the blocks with matte medium sealed them enough to prevent the paint from running. Well, except for a few blocks, which needed a second coat.
The pink, blue, and yellow origami paper absorbs the matte medium unevenly and I don’t like how they look. Even coating them with matte medium and letting them dry beforehand doesn’t help. Once I glue the shapes to the blocks, I’m sunk. I like transparency, but not here. I won’t use the paper for Art-o-mat anymore; I’ll have to save it for other projects.
The green, white, and purple papers behave nicely so I can use them. Go figure.
I have to only cut a few new shapes from my old paper. Phew!
All in all, I only lost a few blocks, so I’m happy. Onward and upward.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
I like to experiment. I enjoy learning new things, and I like a challenge. The up side is that sometimes experimentation leads to wondeful results.
The down side is what happened today. As soon as I started brushing matte medium onto some of my blocks, a colors started to smear. I'd used a couple of colors that I don't typically use and even though I'd put down those layers more than a week ago, they somehow hadn't hardened and smeared when the medium touched them.
You can see the smearing in the photo that shows the edge of the rust-colored block: the blue runs off to the left.
Both jars of the problem colors went into the garbage.
I pulled all the paper cutouts off the blocks and gave them a sealer coat of matte medium to lock the smeary colors in place. Because it's raining, I don't trust anything to dry fully today and will give them a full 24-48 hours before doing any more.
The second problem is the new origami paper that I tried. In some places, the medium saturated the paper, making it transparent. You can see it in the photo of the yellow block with the pale blue snowflake.
Phooey. Now I'll have to find some better paper and cut a bunch more shapes. I should have played around with that paper more before going to the effort of cutting out all those shapes.
Before I give up, I'm trying one more experiment - I've coated the back of one of those shapes with matte medium to see if that seals the paper so I can use it anyway. It's drying now and looks promising.
Posted by Karen Koch at 9:16 AM
I had placed them all on the blocks last week but wasn't happy with how they looked. The blocks looked kind of flat, so I took them all off and added another layer of paint to each block. I'm much happier with them now; they're more detailed and interesting. At least I think so.
Posted by Karen Koch at 7:24 AM
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
I found a different type of paper recently: it is a softly colored paper with a shiny floral design and tiny gold flakes printed on it. It's lovely. I used that paper for some shapes and my brightly paterned paper for others.
Now that I have enough shapes, I will place them on the painted blocks. It usually takes me several days to arrange them, trying different shapes on different blocks. When I'm happy with the arrangements, I will use acrylic matte medium to glue them down.
Posted by Karen Koch at 7:46 PM
Monday, October 11, 2010
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Monday, October 04, 2010
Sunday, October 03, 2010
Posted by Karen Koch at 10:20 PM
Cindy, from Simple Elements Design on Etsy, has included my Letter R ACEO in her recent treasury.
She's chosen some fantastic items. And the way she's put the treasury together, with the black and gray items with the bits of red sprinkled throughout...very classy.
Stop on over and take a look when you get a chance: