I’ve been working on a collection of summer themed art cards for another one of Christine’s mail art exchanges:
I used some sturdy 4 x 6ish cards then cut & paste some paper bits to create suns, as well as added some distressed stain, ink, acrylic paint, sheet music scraps, ink, and of course, one of my collage loves: dictionary page pieces.
Sunshine, sunlight, sunrise, sunbeam, summer….
It always delights me that whatever words I am looking for (depending on the theme, emotion, need) can still be found in my tattered dictionary dedicated to this art making purpose. So many of the pages are torn out, missing, previously used- but the right words always seem to be there waiting for me.
This Creative Dictionary Paper Techniques tutorial and video inspired me to experiment some more with not just word bits & pieces from my dictionary, but with the sheets I’ve torn out. I had fun playing with some Dr. Martin’s concentrated watercolor, which added a nice touch of color to the pages. Once I get some more gel medium, I’m going to experiment more with its effect as seen in the Joggle‘s video!
Keeping with the dictionary inspiration, I also worked on art for this month’s Creative Pay It Forward recipient: collaging dictionary pages on a large file card with some handstiching around the edges:
Are there fun ways you’ve been inspired to incorporate dictionary pages into your art-making?