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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Cool technique

I found this card and had to capture a picture to remember this fun technique.  

It's pretty basic, take brightly colored inks, and apply harmonious colors to make a bright background.  Then choose a stamp that has a lot of open areas, and areas that allow for small embellishment.  Once you stamp the images randomly, you use a white gel pen to add highlights. 

The best white gel pen is the Uniball, which I am able to get at Paper Source stores.  It is very opaque and really pops.

This one is all about the colors and the stamp you choose.  

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Clever art installation at the Kimmel center

Dan and I went to see a show a couple weeks ago in center city Philadelphia.  The show Cirque Eloize Cirkopolis was beautiful. I'm not adept at selecting words to describe what we saw.  If you want to have a tiny taste, visit this site and watch particularly at 2:30 in the video a dancer master a hoop. I couldn't take my eyes off it.


After we parked, we walked through the Kimmel Center to reach the theater and happened upon this very cool art installation. It consists of busts of famous Classical composers, made from books.

I love that artists have found ways to use old books, that otherwise might spend an eternity on a shelf. Just like the art of altering books, I find this so clever and fascinating.  It's really well done.  From the front, I had no idea what material had been used.  I initially thought some type of wood had been "laminated" and glued together, after being covered with gesso or white-washed.

The link below takes you to see more samples of these clever works.