Monday, January 1, 2007

New Year, new art!

How do you start a new year off? By playing with all your art stuff, that's how!!! The colour in this first red/green one looks crappy.... it looks much better in the flesh - it even has sugar embedded in it!

During 2006 a local group I belong to (ABC - Altered Book Club) created a colour chunky book. It took us all year to do it but it was definitely worth the wait.... there are 9 of us in the group and we each wanted art from all the other members so every month we made 10 chunky pages in that month's particular colour. We used the usual format of ROYGBIV (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet) plus Black and White which was 9 colours in total. As it's such a BIG book, 81 pages in total, I've decided to split mine into 3 books - 3 colours per book. So today I've scanned the completed cover pages (they may or may not be completed....I think I'll put more stuff on them but as it'll get very textural with extra stuff stuck on, it's easier to scan them while they are relatively flat right now! Three techniques, all very different.

I also did a couple more Mona's using watercolour tube paints which give a very different look to the crayons from the previous post.

and........ I got a fantastic new large stamp (8" high!!!) of Lina Cavalieri's beautiful face. You may recognise this face, well, maybe not as it's only bits of it here on the atc's, but it was the one on my earlier canvas that I did for a Christmas present - the blue canvas. Anyway, it's Lina Cavalieri, a famous opera singer who was immortalised forever by Piero Fornasetti, a Milan painter, sculptor & interior decorator. He died in 1988 but he has left an indelible mark with this beautiful face that is used extensively on plates, chairs, cuff links, cushions.....just check out ebay for "Fornasetti" to see the huge array of items. I've just won on ebay a fantastic stamp of Lina's face cracked into 9 pieces.....can't wait for THAT to arrive!

These two atc's are going to be part of a triptych - when I find a suitable 3rd quote to go with these two that is...


Jen Crossley said...

Kelsey do you ever sleep? I Just love your projects,you used SUGAR!!!

kelsey said...

Yep Jen, sugar!!! Painted a piece of cartridge paper with gesso, added some alfoil pieces, gessoed them into it as well, let it all dry, then painted it with acrylic paints and dropped some sugar on in parts while the paint was still wet. When it was dry, brushed the sugar off and coated the whole thing with gloss medium for protection. Simple! Got the technique from, I think, Try It Tuesdays? They have some great techniques there!

littledawnieno1 said...

As always, excellent eye candy to inspire kelsey.Love your new stamp ( you've always got the good toys )

Thanks for sharing

PF xx

kelsey said...

Hey Dawnie, I share, I share...promise!!!!

Natalie B said...

Hi Kelsey

Love that stamp! Um what is cartridge paper?? Tech sounds like it's right up my alley. Nice and messy!

thks for sharing

kelsey said...

Hi Natalie, cartridge paper is simply a heavier-weight paper than normal copy paper. It's sold in Officeworks and is often called sketchpaper. The weight is usually around 110-150gsm I think? It's where the art journals are.

Natalie B said...

Thks heaps Kelsey


Dotee said...

Happy New Year Kelsey!

What a pleasure to pop over to your blog and see such wonderful art. You are very inspirational (and I remember that from stamp camp too).

The Fornasetti images are stunning! A friend of mine Holly, uses that gorgeous face in her art often. It is a serene image isn't it? And can be used in all kinds of ways.

The stamp you won on ebay sounds amazing!

Going to add your blog to my favorites and visit more often.

You are the Queen of techniques!!

kelsey said...

Hey Dot, nice to have you visit. I use a free little program called blogarithm to keep track of my blogs, you just add a blog to it and you get a daily email telling you which of your blogs have been updated!!! It works great...actually, will mention this on my's been a life-saver.

Thank you for your very kind comments, I enjoy reading your blog too, it'll make us feel like closer pals when we meet up again ;-)

susan j said...

Kelsey....your art just blows me away!! I LOVE looking at your creations. I've booked into your ATC class on Tuesday night and I can't wait. I noticed nearly all of the staff have booked in too!! LOL

kelsey said...

Hi Susan,

I noticed yesterday that you (& most of the other staff) had booked in for Tuesday.... a very gentle introduction into atc's but the 2nd class is one where we jump in boots & all! Hope you enjoy it and look forward to seeing you then.