I know it’s been a while. How are you? How’s the family? Did Timmy’s orthodontist appointment go okay?
This week in Recordings, have some Brick + Mortar! If you haven’t heard the song, you should rectify that immediately.
I am one of the teachers in Radiant: Art Journals this year, and one of the things Effy did was create a fauxdori to use as her journal. I am now obsessed with creating a RecordDori and turning Recordings into something more like Chronicles but section-based. Still thinking on it! If you would like more information about that when it eventually happens, click here to sign up for my mailing list! Woot woot!
Now! Onto the art!
The video this week is short but sweet. Okay not really sweet. It is, however, short.
HEY KIDS! I know it’s been a while since I’ve been around, and I’m trying my hardest to remedy that now. It’s crazy how crazy it’s been around here, but things are getting less… crazy… hopefully soon. HOPEFULLY.
It’s been so crazy that I actually did this page at least four weeks ago and never had a chance to edit video until now. HOW CRAZY IS THAT?!! Crazy, that’s how.
This week’s video is inspired by Cage the Elephant’s Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked. Here’s the official video:
It’s an awesome song that inspired a ridiculously goofy art journal page. I mean, ridiculously goofy. That’s okay, though, that’s how I roll.
You know that song that plays in Shrek when everyone is wandering around all sad cause Shrek yells at Donkey and Shrek and Fiona are in love and the dragon is in love with Donkey and Lord Farquaad is in love with himself? Yeah, this is that song.
This is one of a handful of songs that I can play on my ukulele (I need to learn more songs but I strangely don’t seem to have time), but I may never play it again because this is the best cover EVER:
This post is not about that or Shrek, though.. it’s about art. SO HAVE SOME ART.
This is a tiny page in my journal – it measures about 4 x 6. This was definitely good this week since I have a billion things to do and no time to do them. Yay!
I didn’t know how well colored pencil would work over clear gesso, but I figured it was toothy enough to work, and it totally does. Mental note: If you throw down some clear gesso, colored pencil goes on like a dream.
I’m really digging the music notes in the background on this one. And the hints of turquoise through the orange, of course. 😉
This was a weird week for me. Okay, if I’m going to be Frank (and I’m not Frank, I’m Sarah. Sheesh, why can’t you ever remember my name?!), every week is a weird week for me. BUT I DIGRESS. As usual. I’m good at digressing.
I went on the tubes (not the 80s band of which I happen to have an album sleeve right next to me, weird.. the YouTubes) to listen to R U Mine? by The Arctic Monkeys, which was the song hanging around in the back of my head. YouTube has started doing an autoplay feature, and, for some reason, every time I listen to anything I end up automatically getting 52 Alt-J songs. Tessellate just happened to start playing after R U Mine?, and my plans went completely out the window.
The video has the added bonus of being a very cool reproduction of Raphael’s School of Athens:
This was not an easy song to translate visually. So I went for straight ridiculous and goofy. I know YOU ARE SHOCKED. This is so out of character for me. Now excuse me, I’m standing in a puddle from all of this dripping sarcasm.
Tessellate is a mathematical term meaning:
cover (a plane surface) by repeated use of a single shape, without gaps or overlapping.
I stood here staring at the background (the lyric and the circle of triangles) for probably 30 minutes trying to figure out how I was going to show people tessellating without getting overly graphic and/or cheesy. I mean, I guess they could be spooning? Sexing? Dirty Dancing? Meh. Since the lyric “triangles are my favorite shape, three points where two lines meet” wouldn’t get out of my head, I decided they needed to be triangles. And BOOM. Goofy.
Two pages in a row with tiny red hearts. I’m sensing a theme.
I like intentionally writing sloppy as hell. I did it in a couple of different places with different lyrics. Texture! And, speaking of texture…
The page started off that brick red color, and I happily brayered on some turquoise, which gave it that awesome grungetastic texture. YUM.
Just starting this project has really made me more aware of music’s effects on me. Listening to Tessellate on repeat had the added bonus of making it the soundtrack to my dreams all night. Weird weird dreams.
Hey kids! By kids I mean baby goats. You know who you are!!
So. Long time no see… how’s the wife? How’s that gout treating you? I hope you got that pony you wanted for Christmas…
I was sort of smacked in the face with misery in the latter part of 2014, so poor Ann was forced to carry on alone, struggling and trudging through at least four feet of snow with her burdens. POOR ANN. You should support her struggles by buying something from her. Go now, I’ll wait. 😉
SO. My focus in 2015 seems to be art journaling. This is super weird for all of us. BUT WE SHALL PERSEVERE. I’m still not likely to do any journaling in the normal style, you know, with actual journaling, but I have BIG PLANS. Or small plans with big egos.
I made a brand new journal for this project using an old record album as the cover. Hence the name “recordings.” I have this weird compulsion to title my projects. I’m pondering shock therapy. Anyway. I started with this:
which turned into this:
I love that the pages are round… I put a bunch of square scraps in there, which I probably won’t do once I add these to my shop. WHO KNOWS I AM FLIGHTY.
Once I had a journal made, I started pondering what I wanted to put into it. One day I was driving home and heard “Come a Little Closer” by Cage the Elephant. The line “10,000 people stand alone now” struck me like a bolt of lightning, and I decided that this journal needed to be music-based. I still like the idea of adding in scraps and photos and whatnot like I did with Chronicles, but I may make them all music-oriented. My son learns a new song on the bass every day, and my fingers hurt like hell from learning to play the guitar (yeah I’m so smart, teaching myself guitar on a steel string acoustic. SIGH), so maybe we can still make this work somehow!
Enough of my yammering! Here is my first spread:
Yay circles! The red text reads, “do you understand the things that you’ve been dreaming?”, which is a pretty brilliant line.
I hope you’ll play along with me on this or at least walk along with me giving a buttpat now and then. 😉
If you tried a new recipe and loved it, paste it in. If you tried a new recipe and hated it, do the same. You will look back and laugh, especially if you take a picture of the disaster (or better yet, your kid’s face as they taste the abomination)
Use something you’ve been holding onto for more than a year.
Use something you’re hoarding.
If you’ve done pages, I’d love to see them! You can email them to me at email@example.com, and I’ll post them here next week!
You’ve seen 101081509157809175 funny pictures/memes/shares on Facebook this week – if one really really makes you laugh, print it out and paste it in.
Use something you’ve been holding onto for more than a year.
This week I actually have a little bit of art to show! SHOCK! AWE! GASP!
For the ‘use something you can’t stop buying’ (tissue paper and stencils) and ‘use ripped paper’ prompts… I have become absolutely OBSESSED with this technique (I did this for the Artistcellar post last week and then repeated the technique for the 50 canvases post) and am about to finish up the Summer of Color prompts in the same fashion.
If you have pages to share, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org – I’d love to post them in next week’s post!
Until next week, I’ll leave you with this, my inspirational thought of the day: humans aren’t nearly as appealing as fireflies when they’re begging to get laid.
How is your journaling coming? Mine is still slow. Slow slow slow. I am on the final stretch of this phase of my crazy show schedule, and I’ll actually have almost a month between shows after the Brainery Bazaar (isn’t that the coolest name ever?!!) in Rochester this Saturday. WOOT. Finally some journaling time in my future!
Here are your prompts for this week! As always, you can find more information about the method behind the madness here along with the full list of prompts here.
Draw your favorite comic or cartoon character.
Use ripped paper
You know that thing you hate to draw (whether it’s buildings or people or animals or glass or clowns)? Draw it. Draw it 50 times if you have to.
Grab scraps, castoffs, or other various pieces of stuff on your table and incorporate them.
If there’s an art supply you’re intimidated by, force yourself to use it.
Instead of doing a Mr. Linky, I’d like to try something different this week! If you do pages, send them to me, and I’ll post them along with next week’s prompts with links to your blog, etsy, whatever you like! Email them to me at email@example.com to be featured. Woot woot!