Patti Edmon Altered Attic: From the background

Thursday, June 13, 2013

From the background

One of my goals for this year has been to create every day and while I haven't quite accomplished that it has given me a real boost! Between large projects I sometimes find myself looking for ways to create while dreaming and incubating. 
I decided that, since I like to use my own paper in collage, I'd create a few backgrounds. Talk about fun!! I used both 90# for easy tearing and140# for the heavily textured and layered pages.

My copy of Serena Barton's Wabi Sabi Art Workshop book just arrived and I can't wait to dive in, explore, learn. I wonder how different her methods are from the way I do backgrounds. My method is to shut my brain off and start grabbing - paint, ink, embossing powder and stamps, whatever I can reach and as many processes as possible. I suppose it's a bit wabi-sabi considering the number of happy accidents that happen when I call a piece a background. It's not always easy to work with that kind of abandon on canvas and/or larger projects, so it's good practice. I'd highly recommend it! Hope you're having a great June!


Stacey Merrill said...

these are fun! I'm a big fan of happy accidents - sometimes they provide just the right inspiration

I've set myself a garden photo a day goal to make me (1) actually see (2) stop neglecting my plants (3) ensure I do at least 1 creative thing everyday!

Caterina Giglio said...

maybe it is because they (your backgrounds) are works of art in and of themselves... xox

Sharmon Davidson said...

oooooooh, Patti, these backgrounds are scrumptious enough to be works of art on their own. Can't wait to see what you do with them.

Anonymous said...

Your backgrounds are a kind of abstract artworks. Love that goal you have for the year!

angi eharis said...

i am waiting for my wabi sabi book from serena, can't wait! tx for sharing your process for backgrounds, i just asked u your secret in one of my earlier posts, u are not the first artist to say to just start grabbing things and have fun, i need to let go of the virgo in me! tx for sharing and inspiring, aloha, angi in hana


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