Mary Zeran: Made in Many Different Ways
Friday, Dec. 6th
from 5 - 7pm
|Sources of Inspiration , and Textbooks for Creating and Teaching The Art of Altered Books|
|The above is where my mind took me when I started working.|
|Now we are off and running. Molly is decorating or adding marks to the page.|
|Using the idea of cutting the pages into a shape, |
I take the decorated page
and cut it.
What we doing here is
Then we form the pages
in the way described in the beginning.
note: that giant marker is a MOLOTOW marker that is AMAZING.
The blue marker is a Smash Supreme Empty Mop. Both these markers
out of the graffiti, tagging world. Both are refillable with inks you can
find on graffiti supply websites, and Golden Hi Flow Acrylics
note: There are a lot of companies making these paint markers.
What is cool is that they come with really large heads,
and the paint doesn't stink like toxins. More on this in another post.
Final Thoughts on Making it Your Own and Your Artistic Temperament:
|You really could go on and on with this. |
Molly was extremely excited.
She saw possibilities for adding marks to both sides of the page.
The idea was to contrast big pattern with small pattern. More on that later.
note: Personal Thoughts on Repetition: I don't really have the patience for it. Things like knitting, folding clothes, or anything that you do over and over again does NOT relax me. I know...for many of you, that sort of activity is exactly what you need at the end of the day to get away from it all. I would rather have a hot poker stuck in my eye than have to do repetitive or meditative work of this sort. I just mention this because this is another one of those instances where knowing yourself and your artistic temperament can be very helpful!
|Okay, so this is a cheap shot but...This is my girl dog Stella.|
|The Beauty of the Awkward Moment, 24"x24"x2", acrylic, Dura-Lar on cradled panel, 2013 copyright Mary Zeran|
|In this exercise, we are using Golden Fluid acrylics, stencils, and our imaginations to explore the question |
"What is an Altered Book Anyway?"
|K. used each page to see what different textures, patterns, and stencils could do. |
Her book became more about discovering marks and what fluid acrylics can really do.
|Grace explores the idea of using fluid acrylics as watercolor. |
These pages changed and evolved in the most beautiful way
|Here we see how pages can relate and talk to each other by using a similar color palette .|
|Molly was able to achieve some amazing depth using washes, brushstrokes, and color. |
I love how joyous her loopy brushstrokes feel. Like she is dancing on the page with her brush.
|I think these compositions are especially wonderful. |
I love all the varied pattern and intensity of color and brushstroke.
These pages where done using commercial and homemade stencils.
Molly did a fantastic job of using the tools in her own creative way!
|A messy table = great work!|
|"Bringing Tension to Beauty", 24"x24"x2", acrylic, Dura-Lar on cradled panel, 2013 copyright Mary Zeran|
"Geometrocizing the Landscape", 24"x36"x2" acrylic, Dura-Lar on cradled panel, 2013 copyright Mary Zeran
|"Japanese Overlay", 33"x45"x2" acrylic, Dura-Lar on cradled panel, 2013 copyright Mary Zeran|
|Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of NAMTA 2013 in Minneapolis. I had a marvelous time demoing painting on Dura-Lar for Grafix. Thank you Hayley and all the marvelous folks I got to meet!|
|Structure, Structure, Structure!!!|
|Stella, Grandpa, and Henry drinking coffee on our porch.|