I blame Hels (Sunday Stamper) for that!! Or in fact, her SO, who chose “Music” as the theme for this week. This ties in with Mixed Media Monday – Memories – chosen by Diane, because… well, here’s the journal page, followed by a longish post.
This is an old French Kitty Diary I bought my DD back in 2007. I love the pics in it so much I couldn’t throw it out and it’s fun to paint in every now and then (like today!). Hels got me humming “I got the music in me…” and I started by tearing up some sheet music. Tore some other random papers lying on my worktable, a few rounds, a bumble bee (for Diana!) and a silhouette I had stamped. I added the window part torn from a junk mail envelope to cover the date and the 2 faces.
I slapped on some of my thick, oily gesso and then had the happy idea of colouring that with paint mixed into it. Hence the blue and purple. My memories usually have purples and blues in them… is that odd? Being impatient (and having work this afternoon), I dried the gesso with my heat gun, warping the envie window! I held that in place later with the letter “O”!!
Now, I don’t know of any other hobby or passion that allows one to have so much fun and get so messy using all sorts of stuff – mixed media is MAGIC! I remember when I first got back into arts and crafts a mere 5 or 6 years ago, I tried so hard to be pretty and neat and so on. I couldn’t do it very well and that was so disappointing at the time. Then I gradually discovered grunge and mixed media and altered art, which was so much more my style. What’s more, I found that it was okay to translate that stuff onto fabric or wood, metal and plastic and it was okay – there were no rules anymore!
So, you can see why I love that quote so much, can’t you? However, I do apologise to anyone who’s met me wearing some of my artwork, received my card and then found me doodling and painting but not showing any of the things they liked in the first place! Don’t worry, I shall get around to all that stuff at the end of the (short) summer season, when I build my own website. In the meantime, I’m more about expressing than manufacturing!