Sunday, May 28, 2017

A Dog's Lunch

A Dog's Lunch Journal, 3rd edition

They're back! The third edition of my funky-ass mixed media journals are here. I call them A Dog's Lunch because they are collection of curated and distressed papers randomly arranged (like our brains) and sprinkled throughout with a variety of envelopes and...original collages by yours truly.

I say this is the third edition because I prepare them in limited quantities - four - plus, they are roughly organized around a theme - in this case, butterflies. I make what I would want to have as an artist: so some truly blank, blank pages (creamy smooth bond) and a bunch of other treated sheets that bypass the intimidating sea of white.

A Dog's Lunch Journal, page detail -a

Techniques include laminating with tissue and deli papers (and light sanding to knock back too much texture), painting with gesso and/or acrylic washes, and embellishing with fancy corner and edge paper punches, stamps (butterflies), and paper cut-outs (yup, butterflies). Pages of uneven heights are gleaned from junk mail and vintage books - Swedish dictionary, opera synopses, encyclopedic compendium, and snipped from maps - National Geographic, topographic fishing, road atlas.

There're a few envelopes in different sizes, even a flamboyant Chinese New Year gift envelope. And to corral even more loose stuff there are several taffeta covered double-sided pockets.

A Dog's Lunch Journal, page detail -b

Three original butterfly-themed collages are included because no book is fun without pictures.

The journals are 6" x 8" not including the O-wire binding. There are 116 "blank" pages. Now available in my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PegasaurusArt

Monday, May 8, 2017

Delicate Yet Tenacious

A Middle Of Somewhere, mixed media textile collage, detail-a

A camping trip to Joshua Tree inspired this art journal page. Because of heavy winter rains, the desert was fabulously a-bloom. I was fascinated by even this tiny, tiny guy barely peeking out of the gravel of our campsite. So fresh despite the pounding sun and whipping winds.

I had it firmly in mind to contrast the delicate pink with the grains of decomposing monzograntite. And I had to incorporate the rusty bottle cap found just a few feet away. Rusty anything seems to pique my attention and it naturally (to me at least) suggested the sun. Once home the teabag and the denim fell into place as did a square from the much folded and re-folded park map.

The numbers are the GPS coordinates. Because while space may seem to go on and on, I stood happily anchored at that spot. This was not Nowhere.

A Middle of Somewhere, mixed media textile collage

Years ago the Western deserts cast a spell on and claimed me for their own. Apparently I'm in good company recognizing their seemingly spare but intense beauty. This experimental fabric piece is a souvenir of some delightful emotion.

As always, I invite you to browse around the Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PegasaurusArt