The first cool front in South Texas is always welcome, and it slowly filtered in yesterday evening. This morning when I went out for an early walk, there were stars, clear skies, and a temperature of 61F instead of the summertime low 80’s. Fall is definitely in the air, and i realized that I had been subconsciously picking up on that in the collage covers I finished yesterday – the palette is definitely autumnal.
Artists have probably always been influenced by the changing seasons – it’s nice to share that communal creative instinct!
I’m posting more photos of the new work this morning on my Etsy gallery site.
Mulberry paper with glazing medium over a picture and metallic PearlEx pigment powder rubbed into glaze with fingers – nice depth and texture.
I have no idea where the pigment powder set with lots of little jars came from – probably from my the old art teacher days, but I never knew what to do with it before. This is nice! – and the acrylic glaze on the paper strengthens it and gives it transparency at the same time. I may cover up the picture!
I’ve thought that too often, and this morning happened to run across a COPYBLOGGER
post that helps unstick – Do You Recognize These 10 Mental Blocks to Creative Thinking
The first one is something I am always nagging my students about when we talk about design:“One of the worst aspects of formal education is the focus on the correct answer to a particular question or problem. While this approach helps us function in society, it hurts creative thinking because real-life issues are ambiguous. There’s often more than one “correct” answer, and the second one you come up with might be better than the first.”
I think I’m going to make the whole article required reading – for me, especially.
This tip is probably known by most everyone, but I had need of it today for holding just the corners and one edge of a cover while the glue was drying. These binder clips come in different sizes and really hold tight, tighter than a clamp for small jobs. I like the way the look, too – simple and efficient. Too bad other little day-to-day things in life aren’t that way!
Also, I discovered a new material (see pic) that improved even on the diagonal stretch cord (in my last post) for holding iPads – am still trying it out but it looks good so far. More soon.