Thursday, July 26, 2012

How's your pulse?

There are lots of things that cause us to give a quick gasp, that speed up the pulse, make the heart beat that little bit faster.

Finding The Altered Page was such a time.

Seth Apter has introduced me to the larger world of Mixed Media.  Sometimes it takes my breath away.

I've been following Seth's blog for a couple of years now and there is always something to inspire.  I am often speechless but will sometimes comment.  I commented on the 500000 thank yous post and I won the give away.

I was delighted to get my package in the mail very quickly.

The book is not about techniques but about artists and how they think and feel and how they work.  Lots to read but no surprise, they are just regular people!

I did have the DVDs playing as I was trying to MQ.  :)  I did have to stop and have a better look.    Seth has such a calm, quiet style that is immensely inspiring.  He doesn't work in my favourite colours but I learned lots as he really likes texture and leans to simplicity.  One DVD is on making backgrounds with a grid format and a few ways to use them.  The second focuses on the various ways to make journal pages and putting a simple journal together.

Because I have felt the heart beat, the pulse of mixed media,  I will now  be cutting out and saving words.  Why didn't I think of that???  I will keep an open mind about 'low tech' tools like post it notes!  I don't particularly like borders on my quilts but there are all kinds of neat ways to frame pages.  Splatters!  Distressing!   And I definitely have a new appreciation for the coloured base and then all the layers that make the complexity, well,  simple.  Luv it!

I do want to encourage the seeking and searching out of all the different options that influence how we see, how we make, and why we should appreciate the variables that are found in mixed media art and its community.  It speaks.  It makes the heart beat that little bit faster!


MarveLes Art Studios said...

ahhh... and your heart beats with mine. ALL. The. Time. XO

Createology said...

Congratulations Elle Dear. Your artistic path is becoming quite clear. How fortunate for you to win some interesting mixed media guides. Heart Beating,Pulse Racing and bring on the art...

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Once again I congratulate you on your win. I would love to get a peek at that DVD on backgrounds. What a wonderful thing mixed media is. I make it, I'm not good at it, but I love it, anyway! Now it's your turn to show us what you learned. BTW, I've been saving words since forever. I have a big bag of them, just none I ever seem to have need of.

Seth said...

So happy that you have already gotten so much from your winnings Elle. Mixed media is a land of opportunity and a reason to explore. You seem to open to both. Congratulations on that :-)