|"He was a pleasant surprise."|
Here's today's art from my Alternate Amy project. You can read the fake journal entry HERE if you'd like, or just stay here and enjoy the art aspect of it. :)
On a side note, I'd just like to say that I am feeling a little more comfortable with collages in the few days since starting this project. I always thought my collages looked like someone vomited art supplies and ephemera onto a page...but I'm liking most of the ones that have happened in my Alternate Amy journal...ok, that bright one with the chicken tested my enthusiasm...but the others are pretty good, if I do say so myself!
I have to give credit where credit is due and say it's mostly thanks to Dina Wakely's book ART JOURNAL FREEDOM. I bought it with Amazon gift cards I was given for Xmas at work...just a couple weeks ago...yeah, I hemmed and hawed over how to spend those gift cards like I've never hemmed and hawed over an Amazon purchase before in my life!
The book might not be for everybody (cause nothing EVER is!), but I am learning about composition like a maniac! There's also really good (and well explained) information about using color in your art. That's not been too much of an issue for me...I just grab whatever seems right at the time and slap it down...it works out most of the time (although there's been more than a few ugo's since I've been arting)...but I do like the idea of purposefully using color to convey feelings, so I will eventually circle back around to that information. For right now, though, the composition side of it is really helpful to me and I think it's coming across in my collage attempts...so YAY for that, right? ...at least I'm happier with them, so there's that...
Today's collage has bits from my friends Anna and Jackie, so thanks VERY MUCH, ladies, for the awesome goodies!
Besides getting better at collage, I'm loving this project for making me use things I've hoarded forever... My starting point for every page is me sifting through my boxes and bags of ephemera and telling myself "use what you wouldn't use"...that approach has been pretty successful so far! I still like the art, it doesn't look like my normal stuff, and I'm using up ephemera that's just been sitting there gathering dust (and dog hair)...it's a win-win-win situation!