The show ends this Saturday. These are my two pieces on display.
I made the four panels on French ledger paper from the 1890's.
I wet the paper and added color ink to get backgrounds for each season.
I stenciled the tree trunks onto cream colored cardstock, cut them out and pasted them to the ledger paper.
I used a coordinating stencil (both from Stencil Girl) to add leaves.
Then I added paint & paste embellishments.
Winter has texture paste thru a small dot stencil for snow.
Photo a bit fuzzy, but you get the idea.
Winter was easy, Summer was easy, Spring took two tries to get the background and Autumn was a bear. I actually made that panel three times before it looked right with the other ones!
I covered the edges of a canvas with more French ledger paper, painted the inside a tan color and glued my panels in to give it the look of a shadow box.
This collage was made on a book, whose pages were torn out.
Due to the way the Arts Council requires art to be hung I couldn't add a hanger to the book. So, I glued the finished book to the front of a 20"x16" canvas, covered in more French ledger paper.
Here are a few close-ups of the piece:
My funny little steampunk birds
I was in the midst of Zero Procrastination, an online course taught by Karen Kingston, when these pieces were due. And yes, I did wait til the last week and a half to start them. What I didn't know is that the course would provide me the space to have a life-changing "ah-ha" moment, where I remembered when my procrastination began. It's not something touted in the class info, I didn't expect it. But having that realization allowed me to work on these pieces steadily and easily and get them delivered on time (in fact I was the first artist there!).
My usual refrain is, "I wish I had more time to ... (fill in the blank re project due yesterday)" This time I was only sorry I didn't have more time because I was having so much fun creating!