Work in progress

Work in progress by fiscorner
Work in progress, a photo by fiscorner on Flickr.

Last September, I followed an online course which threw me for a loop. While I loved every lesson, I struggled to find a way in which they could blend with what I do. After struggling for a while to complete the four paintings I had started, I left them aside for a while. In March, I chopped them up, hoping for a new perspective. I came back to them every now and then, glued some paper, added this and that but I was still unable to take them in any direction. Finally, yesterday, I added an extra layer with stencils, sprayed some paint, dabbed modeling paste and things finally started happening. Today, I decided to paint a face on this background. It’s not finished but it needs to be set aside for a while. In the meantime, I will get to work on the remaining 5. Once my cat stops using them as a mattress, that is….

Jelly frenzy

I am always one  reluctant to jump on the bandwagon, so much so that by the time I have decided that I might actually like to jump on it, the bandwagon has been and gone!
So when everyone started raving about gelli plates and gelatine printing, I was somewhat adamant I would not get sucked into that, no thank you. But then, I saw some pretty amazing prints with lots and lots of layers. And I am somewhat obsessed with layers.
So I decided I would give the whole thing a whirl.
Mixed water with agar agar, poured and ten minutes later, tada! Here was a lovely squidgy jelly plate for me to experiment with.
I loved it! I loved it so much I spent an entire week end doing print after print. And then another week end, and another.

Let’s just say, I’m hooked…

I won’t inflict every single of my prints on you. I made far too many for that (and I will be making more in the near future…insert manic laugh here). Here is just a quick selection of some of them. Now all I have to do is find a suitable project for them.

Jelly12Jelly10Jelly9Jelly11Jelly1Jelly2
Jelly3Jelly4Jelly5Jelly6Jelly7Jelly8

Gelatine prints, a set on Flickr.

A flip through my art journal

This is my first moleskine journal, an unlined notebook with super thin pages I had to glue together.  I have used it for techniques from various online workshops and tutorials, tests with various media and whatnots.  I got back to it recently and finished a couple of pages. Here is a selection (images by Lisa d’Art, The Land of Nod, Riandesigns, Tangie Baxter):

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Goodbye 2011

Since the year 2000, when a friend of mine introduced me to this practice, I have been journaling on the 1st of January, reviewing the year past and setting intent for the year to come.  This year for the first time, I haven’t felt like doing it.  Instead, two weeks into January, I picked up my art journal, bid farewell to 2011 and mapped out 2012, well, the main things anyway.  And here it is!

Depuis l’an 2000, où une amie m’a fait connaître ça, je passe un moment en tête à tête avec mon journal le 1er janvier, à passer en revue l’année passée et à noter ce que je souhaite de l’année nouvelle.  Cette année, pour la première fois, je n’ai pas eu envie d’écrire.  Par contre, deux semaines plus tard, j’ai pris mon journal, fait mes adieux à 2011 et planifié 2012, au moins dans les grandes lignes.