We are smack dab in the middle of Art Every Day Month and y'all, I am tired. Seriously tired, wiped out, there are so many cool things I want to do but the thought of lifting my finger to create anything - even this silly blog post - feels beyond my means right now.
For quite a long time tonight I watched mixed-media artist's doing their thing and salivating over their supplies but while fun and future driven, it doesn't do anything for my art right this moment.
I just took the last half hour to do something about it. Tonight I am sharing two images I just made for upcoming "Inspiration for Your Blogging, Writing and Creativity" posts.
Here is basically how I did it:
I searched my Flickr photos for watercolor paintings I have done in the past and selected a couple I thought had promise as backgrounds. I put them into the pixlr.com photo editor. First, I cropped - I only wanted certain pieces of the images to appear.
On the quote that is by me - see my signature there? I wrote it, I painted it - it is mine... you are looking at the lower half of an abstract watercolor painting I created in 2008. You know I have been all into repurposing and upcycling? Well, here I go again!
I've also noticed, by the way, one of my very popular pins on pinterest is one in this series and the background is a slice of a recent mixed media piece. Well, the image does something or it is all Abigail Adams words doing something - what I do know it is working so I am testing to see how these work on replicating that success.
Another popular pin is one of my own quotes on a simple altered photo of clouds I took who knows when.
I really enjoy playing with images - and I don't linger over them at all.
It is more zip - zap - zoodle dee dee - and I'm done.
These images took me about 15 minutes from start to finish.
Feel free to ask me questions if this concept is new to you. I didn't think I could EVER figure this stuff out but hey, I have, and while I know there may be better or different programs, for now I'm content with Pixlr.com and my own photography and painting.
Oh, yes. It is Friday. This means over the weekend I can get myself dirty and covered with stuff as I begin making backgrounds, etc, for next week's art every day month posts.
I have never had such a satisfying November!
Julie Jordan Scott is a writer, performance poet, Mommy and mixed-media artist. Her word-love themed art will be for sale at First Friday each month in Downtown Bakersfield. Check out the links below to follow her on a bunch of different social media channels, especially if you find the idea of a Word-Love Party bus particularly enticing.
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