Sunday, February 8, 2009

Artfits in Action

Artfits is the name of the altered book club that meets at my house twice a month and gives us an excuse to get together and play with art supplies. We've elected Casey our official photographer and she snapped a few action shots this week.

Here is an overview of our very crowded, very messy work table. Of course, we did make room for the yummy snacks that you can see off to the side. (It's a wonder we don't accidentally dip our paintbrushes in the chip dip!) You can see Kerri painting a page in her altered book.

Annette and I opted to work on our homework for collage journaling class this week rather than on our altered books. Here you can see Annette looking through magazines for images to clip and use in her collage journal. I'm pasting down some images in my journal and thinking about those chips just to my left. I bought an 8 1/2 x 11 journal for class which is larger than what I normally work in when I alter books. I'm surprised to find that I really like this larger format a lot more than I thought I would. I might even try an 11 x 14 journal the next time I buy a journal. Who knew?

Here's a picture of me and my burnisher, which is actually a plastic pot scraper that would normally be used in the kitchen. It's what our instructor, Judith, recommends for burnishing down collage images and I agree it works pretty well.

This is a picture of the pages that I did during our first collage journaling class. Judith brought a bunch of art books and magazines for us to clip images that appealed to us. We were supposed to do this activity quickly, acting on emotion, and compile a large stack of images to use. Next, we "blindly" pulled a random image from our stack and glued it on the spread. Judith asked a question after each pull which we could choose to answer in the journal or elsewhere. The only rule was that each image we added had to touch another image in some way. The random pull aspect was a fun way to get started and took the pressure out of having to make choices. As Judith said, "It's just paper and glue!"

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