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Make mine mosaic…

2 Sep

mosaic flower

I took a photo of a flower, cut it into 1″ pieces with the help of a ruled cutting mat (shown beneath the white border of the photo,) and pasted the pieces mosaic-style onto a sheet of paper, leaving some white space in between each piece. It’s an interesting way to present a photograph or your own artwork in an art journal or scrapbook, or to make a card or give as a gift.   You’ll notice I could have been more careful pasting the squares but I was just experimenting and having some fun. I have to remind myself that “Perfection is the enemy of good.” I don’t remember who said that but they are important words for me to remember.

For a more formal way to work with mosaics check out  Mosaic Moments on http://www.snapncrop.com

 

 

 

It’s a wrap!

21 Aug

 

strawberries wrapping paper

my original sketchbook in the center on top of  a section of wrapping paper…what fun! 

 

How to repurpose and re-enjoy your art….

One of the things I’ve been doing with my art recently is re-using it in different ways. I especially liked this small “strawberry” watercolor I did in my sketchbook, and made it into postcards and cards. And one of the most amazing things I learned in my BEGINNING class at the Sketchbook Skool (www.sketchbookskool.com) was that I could turn my art into fabric or wrapping paper, so… I took a chance and sent my artwork (digitally of course) to Spoonflower.com and voila! …an amazing roll of wrapping paper came back to me via US mail.  Now to be honest due to the resolution of the file the background of the paper came out brown instead of white, but I learned what I did  wrong and I loved it even in brown. If you want to turn your art into something totally new and interesting check out Spoonflower.com. And if you want to really enjoy drawing and painting again, or for the first time try taking a class at the SketchbookSkool.  They even have some free trial classes.  And please subscribe to my blog. I promise I won’t inundate you with email,  but it will keep me on my toes and remind me to write now and again. I hope to inspire you to give your creativity a boost or a jump start if you need one.