Thursday, January 13, 2011

#43 series

 I was worried yesterday that I wouldn't be able to do Mail Art that I liked today. I was just so pleased with Yesterday's cards. What to do?

"Random" (al azar)

Here is was, only day 43 and I'd be done!?

Then, this afternoon,  I listened to a radio interview with Noah (my son, the 365 guru) and he said that it was just about making something every day. That took pressure off of me. I didn't have to make art, or something that I liked, I just had to make something.

I decided that, rather than think about what I was going to do, I'd use a technique that I shared with students in my studio classes, for making an edition of Artist Trading Cards.  It involved randomness.

I had a large piece of cardboard, the backing from an old framed photograph. It had labels on it. I covered the entire piece with bits of three different pieces of paper from my stash. Then I turned the cardboard over and randomally cut 4" x 6" (11.25 x 16.5) pieces from it. I managed to get 4 of those sizes, and some scraps, one of which is a nice little 4" x 5" collage that I'll keep. When I turned the cards over, I was happy with the results. I only needed to add another piece to one card to satisfy my compositional taste.  Voila, random!  Oh, yes, #43 will be sent to someone
who has supported and encouraged me. He's smart, fun loving, creative
and inspiring, and more.


Noah said...

I really like these! Looks like you haven't actually peaked yet!

PostMuse said...

Snowy! When I saw just the images, I thought about the last few evenings when there was light snow falling.

PamelaArtsinSF said...

I really like these, Mim.

Margie said...

Oh my! See, this is why I want to be like you when I grow up !! Loved Noah's comment. Are you all better?

mad said...

I love these. Thanks for sharing your process. i might have to try it.