A Creative Solution

MyOldPaints2b

Someone has said, ” if it ain’t useful , of high sentimental value or a work of art then toss it out!”

Well that’s easier said than done when you have my sentimental over-attachment personality that rivals that of some giant,  tentacled creature from mythical lore. Okay…that was a little over the top, I know. Childhood images of the Seven Voyages of Sinbad came to mind. Apologies.

squid

The Big Clean hit theatres this summer. Ahem, I mean my studio.  One result was the discovery of a ziplock bag of old watercolour tubes I used to use. ‘Haven’t used watercolors for quite some time and some of the tubes were as hard as rocks. Sure I probably could have performed some grade-8-like biology surgery where frogs have seen better days  to gut open the tubes.  This would then have exposed cylinder blocks of color that could be revived with a splash of water…maybe.


Some of the watercolors still had their original price stickers on them showing their true age.

What was I going to do?  It was down to that last pile…y’know, the one you’re always left with after a big clean up: paper clips, used popcicle sticks, Q-tips and maybe even some ketchup pack-ettes! At this point you’re feeling like an exhausted god determining the life or hapless fate of your kingdom. Should it stay or should it go now?

After some time a creative solution  was found!  However- whoever holds the time-lapse video on our lives would have had a great chuckle to replay the scene of me picking up the bag of watercolours and then placing them back down, rubbing my chin with indecision and then picking them back up AGAIN!! ha ha

So here’s what happened. Like something from Arthur Koestler’s  The Act of Creation an idea struck me!  If it were (a.)no longer useful and (b.) not quite of sentimental value then (c.) it must be a work of art!! And so it became.


MyOldPaints3b

To do this you’ll want a cheap 8 x 10 canvas, glue gun, matte varnish (waterbased), a couple ( or more) acrylic craft paints and newspaper clippings. You may want to use a small sharp exacto knife to move and place the newsprint cutouts ( unless you have little tiny fingers ). I placed a glittery star in the open space just to balance things out and make some contrast or for some unknown reason. I also dropped a few drops of rubbing alcohol on the fresh paint just to create some subtle rings/texture to the canvas before it dried. I used the matte varnish to glue everything  down including the star ( and except the tubes, of course). I don’t recommend rubber cement for the plastic star as I suspect it would cause it to curl. Not sure.

Also added was a few drops of acrylic red paint at the mouth of one tube missing a cap. Just a little something you know ;^)

Also don’t forget to place a hanging wire at the back.

Hmmmm? Now I have to hang it somewhere..Uh oh ..the walls are already full of art! Crap! yah dee yah dee ya

Advertisements

20 Years in the Making

MichelleWordpressCopy2

“20 years in the making”. That’s about right in a funny kind of way.

This is a special day . A book which I illustrated and wrote over 20 years ago is now available on Amazon (Kindle). That means that when this book was written my family had no access to the internet at home!  The most advanced technology we had was an ancient floor model TV that literally took 20 minutes to warm up.

The very first scanned copies were saved on floppy disc which if I remember correctly could only hold up to 1 megabyte of data (?).

There’s more to the story at MichelleBook.com  if you’d like to check it out.

From time-to-time I’ll post how things are going and what I’ve learned about ebook creation for children’s picture books (the things they don’t tell you).  In some ways it was easy. I watched lots of youtube videos but I ran into some snags or glitches as I went along.

This is the Amazon  link but you can find the book on other Amazon sites such as .com and .uk

Just a note that since it is a larger file (picture book) it may take a little longer to download but Kindle claims it will do this in the background as you work on your computer.

Coincidence 

If you go too Google today you will see an homage to Lucy Maud Montgomery or just check out Wikipedia.

She was a children’s author from Prince Edward Island ( very close to Nova Scotia where this book is based from). It is her 141st birthday today. This was a totally delightful coincidence as I had planned to write this article today with no knowledge of it being her birthday.

Thanks for stopping by and more to follow!

Red …what?!

Beachpainting2013_printWp

EveningGoose2013WPprint

PeaceBeach_RBubPrint

I’ve added three new images to RedBubble.  These are all from paintings I’ve done based on places in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Just click on them and it will take you right to the link…hopefully, :^) Thanks for visiting and I have something new to post soon.  Enjoy!