Whimsical Flowers

I’ve been intrigued by the work of Claudia McGill and Kerfe at Method Two Madness for many moons, and been thinking about incorporating words and mixed media collage more into my abstract work.  I picked up a random book page I’d started cutting words from last summer, and these words jumped out at me, so I thought it would be fun to let them inspire my artwork.

022016I created this mainly with Neocolor II crayons, adding words cutout from a (really bad) book, adding black acrylic paint as a finishing touch.   I can see why artists get hooked on circles!    Other similar posts using this circular technique from Cat Hand on YouTube are here, here and here.   Seriously, if you ever just wanna have fun with color and play like a little kid, those Neocolor crayons and that circle technique are sure to please.

Enjoy the weekend and make time to play today.   You owe it to yourself.

45 thoughts on “Whimsical Flowers

  1. I’m so happy to see you diving in! I think the words found the right image (because as we have discussed, they do seem to gravitate to the right partners, don’t they?) You are so right about those bright colors, too, and I think the black is what sets them off, it just underscores the colorfulness. Just beautiful!

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      1. Depends. If I am doing what I call collage poetry, meaning I want to “write” a poem type of thing, I will sort my words and kind of group them in a way that seems good, and then arrange them, rearrange, and in the end maybe look for words to fill “holes” (could be any word, I don’t look for a certain word, but it needs to fit, if you know what I mean) I also could just start on a whole new path and wipe out all kinds of work if I find a phrase that takes things in a new direction.

        For the ATC cards , where I am “matching” picture and words, it’s much more random. I pick a card, I pick a phrase or word, and I usually find they go together, and I stick with it. (I do not let preconceived ideas get in the way of what the word should go with, or the card – sometimes kind of hard to do). In the few times it really doesn’t work, I pick another word/phrase and it seems to fit, pretty much all the time. I never search through the pile looking for something “better” if what I have is good. I just stop. I know that if I feel surprised by the juxtaposition it usually is a really good pair, word and ATC.

        Does this help?

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        1. Yes, it does help. Thank you. You’ve explained your process with the ATC cards before, but my memory is really bad. I think next time, I may just pick a few random words and see if I can make some type of abstract who-knows-what inspired by those words. And just see where it goes. I love what you are doing! I tried the collage poetry last summer and wasn’t able to make anything I was happy with. I think you are making that look really easy! Thanks, Claudia.


  2. Fun, fun, fun…i can see a whole path of collage opening up. I like the comments Claudia made. By the way, I’m making a little art with the neos, I’m posting them tomorrow. Thanks for posting your colorful art collage. Laura.

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  3. this is wonderful Laura! there is so much More… in there than one thinks at first glance.
    Form, Shape, Tonal contrasts, Line, Edges, Color harmony, Design Unification. All those elements were thought about – either consciously or subconsciously… but, still they were in play.
    3 forms. repetition. spacing. cool dominance. So many things rolling around in your head as you were creating this…. well done! Smiling

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    1. Debi, I so appreciate your analysis of my artwork. I learn so much from you! Yes, some of those things were deliberate. From your notes, though, I find other elements to focus on for the next time. Thank you for your encouragement and analysis. Much appreciated! 💜

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    1. Aw thanks bro! I’m so glad you like these! I feel like I could do them all day. I’d say neos before Polys, if I had to do it again. And that’s saying something, because those two are my favorite art supplies of all. Blending the Neos is so much fun, Charlie. Even dry, it’s fun, but when you light them up with water, they’re truly amazing. Can’t wait to see what you do with them – either, or both! 💙

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  4. You are going to have the whole gang of us out there buying these neocolors! 🙂 I have not given in yet, but sheesh – you sure make it tempting. This is such a beautiful piece, Laura! There is so much more there than meets the initial eye! I can feel it. I don’t know the right artistic terms to describe, but I can FEEL it, and isn’t that what really matters?!! My heart is with you ❤

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  5. I love this Laura! Also interesting to see Claudia explain in detail her technique. I don’t do it any one way. I have a box of words and sentences I’ve cut out of magazines, and sometimes I do the image first, and sometimes the words. I do try different things out, and will keep searching if the words don’t seem exactly right. In the case of the call and response, I had those words, “talk to the hand”, on my bulletin board waiting for the right fit. And when I saw Claudia’s hand, I knew I had found it. But other times I make an image, and search through the box. There is an “aha!” when they just seem to go together for me, and sometimes it’s nothing like what I thought I was looking for. In any case, your whimsical flowers and words are just right for today! (K)

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    1. I’m so glad you love it! I was dying to see what you think! Thanks for explaining your process too! I have a feeling this busy season is going to mean a lot of mixed media art journaling and words words words. Looking forward to branching out a bit. I am so hooked on this circle thing! That phrase on your board was so perfect for Claudia’s piece. Really glad you enjoyed this!

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      1. I’m looking forward to where you go with this idea…yes, I love that we all feed off one another. I would not be doing lots of the things I do without the influence of the WordPress community.

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