Sometimes the creative work overflows into the living room from the studio and onto the floor on top of a carpet my mom hooked in the early seventies. I love lying down or sitting on the floor surrounded by inks, papers, glues and best of a all a children’s story entitled Something & Nothing, propped up against Missy’s antique cat sleeping basket for easy reference.
The story is written by Amanda Lenker whom I met on Etsy. She was one of my customers. Her mom is also a customer of mine and carries my line of miniature greeting cards in her gift boutique located in Florida. And Something & Nothing is a wonderful story of hope and friendship. Amanda sent me the story asking me if I’d be interested in collaborating, I read it and wrote back YES!
The illustrations are a combination of drawing with pencil, collage, ink, watercolour and colored pencil. Each one is a little world onto itself.
Below are illustrations one to three in the early collage and inking stage.
And a close-up of the third illustration.
There are seven illustrations in total which are almost complete and that I’ll share with you very soon. So happy!
Hope you are all enjoying your day today!
I love old paper and have been known to take apart a book or two to get at certain sections contained within that book to use as an art supply in collage or to draw upon. There are 13 actual pages from the Civics and Government section printed in the first edition Readers Digest Great Encyclopaedic Dictionary printed in 1965.
These are NOT reproduction pages.
- 5 7/8″ by 9″ or 14.8cm by 22.9cm
- 13 full pages printed on both sides
- Many illustrations
- Civics and Government terms in alphabetical order with descriptions
You can find the Roads Signs paper in the shop.
Last year I was fortunate enough to acquire two printers. Since then, the task of scanning and digitizing my original artwork has consumed much of my waking hours. Each original needs to be scanned at a minimum of 300dpi. I scan at 800 to 1200dpi to achieve maximum quality. If you scan at a higher resolution you can also enlarge the final output of the piece without losing detail. But if you only scan at 300dpi you can’t enlarge it without losing quality. ‘Tis the way with raster based art.
Continuing from the last post
This brings me to the prints being produced using this new technology; new to me anyways. In the past I scanned in artwork and coloured that artwork in Adobe Photoshop or redrew it in Adobe Illustrator if it was perhaps a black ink drawing on white paper for producing a final print. Or, I scanned in the artwork and printed it so that it appeared identical to the original watercolour or acrylic painting.
I’ve got these stacks of prints you know. And I’d never actually done anything with them except print, trim, title, sign, date, number if it was a limited edition, package and ship off.
I do plan on producing Limited Edition hand embellished and coloured prints that are on watercolour paper using a few of the many black ink drawings I’ve rendered over the years.
But I’d never actually drawn on a print to make it an original illustration or collage. NEVER. These are the first two. There are more to come… I’ve been busy! Woot!
Knowledge no.1 and Knowledge no.2 explore both traditional and ancient ways of acquiring knowledge. Part of the process to create these two collages was to use two prints as the basis from the Mushrooms (Pastel Edition) series.
- Ledger paper for it’s numerical use in business. Numbers are a universal language.
- Moleskine insert paper for their illustrations of books and it’s universal acceptance from artists as a premium surface to draw upon.
- Yellow acid free Manilla paper for peace
- Grey acid and lignon free Canson paper for it’s superior cotton quality and calming effect
- Mushroom prints for their ancient pathway to gather and understand the world around us.
- Original Tree ink drawings for growth. These little drawings began as ACEO‘s. I cut them out 😉
- Micron Pens and Faber Castell Pitt Artists pens
- Archival glue for assembly
- And a few very sharp knives to cut it all out with.
Final Size of each collage is 8×8 inches / 20,3cm by 20,3cm.
Both original collages are available in the original art section of the shop.
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