Sunday, March 24, 2013

Planning a series of small fiber art pieces

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When I'm not creating work for a specific show it can be difficult to decide what to do.... I've learned that I work well with deadlines and plans, for example: stitch 10 small composition study pieces by next week (or something like that). Then I can gather supplies and sketch out my ideas. Once I have the framework down, I can get the work done. Sometimes the longest part of it is planning out ideas by sifting through the materials and sketching - even then some ideas change as a piece starts coming together. To me, these pieces are all about composition and balance - something I feel I learned well from my years in black and white photography - only now, there is the added challenge of balancing colors and textures as well.
The pieces here are framed in black and behind glass (gallery pic below) - but I'm creating some new pieces that are on stretcher bars, so there will not be a black border or glass. I'm curious to know what you think....

Monday, March 11, 2013

more Daily Visual Journal giveaways

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Inspired by this post by Chris Guillebeau  at The Art of Nonconformity, I am giving away more copies of my Daily Visual Journal ebook .pdf and iPad version. I have 30 more coupons for the iPad version of the ebook and I'll give away 30 more of the .pdf to make things even. 

Daily Visual Journal provides techniques and inspiration for you to create your own art journal. Being creative everyday is simple and fun.

The idea of my daily visual journal began as a challenge to myself to create art everyday and generate my own inspiration. This book illustrates some of the techniques used to create my daily visual journal pages and how you can incorporate these techniques into your own daily visual journal.

In addition, each technique is followed by a self reflection prompt for you to think about and write about on the backside of your visual journal entry.

I first created the book for the iPad and that is available on iTunes here: Daily Visual Journal for iPad.

If you would like a free copy of either the .pdf or the iPad version let me know in the comments and I will contact you (make sure you include an email address for me to contact you or send me a message on Facebook). Update: all extra copies have been given away - thanks to all who expressed interest.

My actual Daily Visual Journal practice is chronicled here: Daily Visual Journal blog.
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