Work in Progress: Textured Papers
Textured paper

Today, I am playing around with textured papers. It is always fun to try new techniques.

Textured papers

As a way to step out of my comfort zone, I am playing around with light molding paste and plaster of paris on various paper. They are giving me some interesting textures that I can not get with just stamps.

Textured paper

The molding paste gives the paper a velvety look and feel. The plaster of paris gives it a smoother overall texture, but is also amenable to layering, which can result in thick and thin spots that add interest.

Not sure how I will use these in my artwork, but I like the results.

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Art Week in Review

This week's Art Week in Review: layered paper collage; book review; zine #2; writing prompt; locally printed greeting cards.

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Featured Work: Locally Printed Greeting Cards
Pinecone and Sparrow Greeting Cards. 5" x 7" with printed collage images, blank. Available through my gift shop starting the end of next week (2/23/2018, give or take).

Pinecone and Sparrow Greeting Cards. 5" x 7" with printed collage images, blank. Available through my gift shop starting the end of next week (2/23/2018, give or take).

One goal I have for 2018 is to phase out my on-demand printing site (Pixels/Fine Art America). I am happy with their products, but want to work with Maine businesses as much as I can—for a variety of reasons.

This week, I found a local printer (very local—I can walk to the shop) to print my greeting cards. The cards will be on white card stock with a matte finish. Envelopes included. We are working with 18 designs to start.

I do have some cards in-stock listed here, though not all of those were locally printed. All the designs I have pictured in this blog post should be available by the end of next week (2/23/2018, give or take). We just need to get the images set up and ready to print.

If you are interested in ordering some cards, please contact me with the designs and quantity you would like and I will hold them aside for you when I pick them up from the printers.

Pinecone and Sparrow Greeting Cards. 5" x 7" with printed collage images, blank inside. Available through my gift shop starting the end of next week (2/23/2018, give or take).

Pinecone and Sparrow Greeting Cards. 5" x 7" with printed collage images, blank inside. Available through my gift shop starting the end of next week (2/23/2018, give or take).

The greeting cards will be $4.50 each or available in 6-packs for $24.00, plus shipping and sales tax (when applicable). I am happy that you will be able to purchase them directly through me, and not have to fiddle around with a separate website.

I am looking for gift shops to wholesale the cards, so if you know of a shop in your area that you think might be interested, please contact me.

Next, I will be working on in-state sources for art prints and wrapped canvas prints.

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Show Update: Waiting for the Confirmations (Or Rejections) to Come In!
Pinecone and Sparrow Booth Display at the 2017 Winthrop Sidewalk Art Festival.

Pinecone and Sparrow Booth Display at the 2017 Winthrop Sidewalk Art Festival.

This is hurry-up-and-wait season! I have sent out some applications for juried shows. Now, I just have to wait for the judges' decisions.

In the meantime, I am working on collages to build inventory and taking an online art class that is giving me ideas. Hopefully, this will mean new products—or at least new techniques in my current products—as the year unfolds.

Here are the shows I have confirmed so far:

  • August 11, 2018 - South Portland Art in the Park. Mill Creek Park, South Portland, Maine. 9am to 4pm.
  • November 17 and 18, 2018 - Maine Harvest Festival. Cross Insurance Center, Bangor, Maine. 10am to 4pm both days.

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Writing Prompt: At Night The Stars Are Only Dimly Seen
At Night the Stars are Only Dimly Seen. (2018) Layered paper collage on 4" x 5" mixed media paper.

At Night the Stars are Only Dimly Seen. (2018) Layered paper collage on 4" x 5" mixed media paper.

Today's writing prompt: At night the stars are only dimly seen.

Use this collage picture-poem as a jumping off point for your poem, lyric, or short story.

If you would like to share your piece, please leave it in the comments, on my Facebook or Instagram page, or contact me via email.

Other writing prompts may be found here in the Resource section.

If you would like to use this image along with your written piece, please credit me (Janyce Boynton of Pinecone and Sparrow) and send me a link to your blog post. Non-commercial uses only.

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Book Review: Collage with Color
Collage with Color (Book Cover)

Collage with Color: Create Unique, Expressive Collages in Vibrant Color by Jane Davies. Photography by John Polak. 2005. New York: Watson-Guptill Publications. ISBN 978-0-823-00797-4

Jane Davies is one of my favorite contemporary mixed media artists, so when I came across this book, Collage with Color: Create Unique, Expressive Collages in Vibrant Colors, I knew I was in for a treat.

Title page in Collage with Color by Jane Davies.

Title page in Collage with Color by Jane Davies.

In Collage with Color, Davies walks readers through the process of choosing materials, altering paper, and composing collages with unity, symmetry (or asymmetry), visual density, and balance. She explains color theory using clear, simple language and approaches collage-making in terms of process, rather than end result. Toward the end of the book, Davies includes projects with step-by-step instructions for those who would like to try their hand at making gift tags and greeting cards, pop-up cards, books and journals, boxes, and more.

Making Patterned Papers in Collage with Color by Jane Davies

Making Patterned Papers in Collage with Color by Jane Davies

My favorite part of Collage with Color was the section on making patterned papers. Davies provides written instructions for making all types of textured papers from spattering and stenciling to sgraffito and gesso resist, but the pictures tell just as much of a story and—without reading a word—you will want to grab some supplies and start altering your own paper.

Anyone who has watched Jane Davies' YouTube videos will know that pattern-making and playing with line and color are integral to her approach to collage. She continues to honor this approach in Collage with Color and offers example after example throughout the book. Davies writes:

"Using patterns as a primary source of collage elements can transform the simplest composition into a dynamic image. Making patterns on paper and designing collages with them are process-oriented activities. You may find as much value in the activity itself as in the resulting paper and collages" p. 7
Collage and Composition in Collage with Color by Jane Davies

Collage and Composition in Collage with Color by Jane Davies

Collage with Color is a book I can easily recommend for collage artists and crafters of all age and skill levels. If you are looking for a place to start or need some inspiration, this is the book for you.

Have you read this book? If so, tell me what I have wrong (or right!).

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Work in Progress: Zine 2 - Juxtaposition Edition
Janyce Collages Zine 2 - Juxtaposition Edition. Work in Progress

Janyce Collages Zine 2 - Juxtaposition Edition. Work in Progress

I understand the color copies of my zine #2, Janyce Collages, are ready to pick up at the printers, but I have been hit with some sort of bug and am forced to lay low for (hopefully only) a couple days. The theme of this edition is "juxtaposition." Along with a short essay about juxtaposition and collage, I have included a writing prompt, book review, and collage images, some of which I made especially for this zine. I hope to be back on my feet shortly and will soon have this zine available for purchase through my gift shop, along with small format collage art.

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