Tuesday, November 29, 2011

366Pages Preview

As promised, here's a preview of a daily prompt from 366Pages.

For this prompt, I included "step-by-step" & "rapid fire" examples from my sketchbooks. The former will be an example of a page that's a bit more involved - it may take longer, require drying time or involve a new technique. Often, I'll post some "in progress" photos of these pages. Rapid Fire examples are quick & dirty - they take minimal time & supplies for when you just need to get it out there.

Not all prompts will have both types of examples & sometimes I may refer to previous step-by-step posts.

OK - are you ready?

Tear a page out of a magazine & highlight some words.

You're free to interpret this any way you like: pick any paragraph from any magazine & highlight whichever words you choose however you like! Then get those words onto the page in a way that makes sense to you.

Here's how I did it:


step 1: rip a page out of a magazine
I went with a free magazine I picked up at the liquor store.

step 2: rip that page into smaller pieces
Choose at least one block of text & images / patterns / colours that make you happy. Don't forget to look on both sides of the page you ripped out.

step 3: glue the pieces down
Feel free to be random - let the pieces fall onto the pages & glue them there.

step 4: read the text & pick out some words that jump out at you
You may have already done this & designed the collage around those words. Don't over think this. If there's only one word that you like, go with it.
I chose this block of text because I liked the font. The phrase "marry traditional techniques with new technologies" struck me as particularly relevant to art.

step 5: cover up most of the page with Gesso, white paint or white tissue paper & liquid glue
Keep your chosen words uncovered. Cover as much or as little as you like.
I painted Gesso over the words lightly & then immediately rubbed it off with a paper towel to soften the edges.

step 6: finish the page with permanent marker & your favourite supplies
Feel free to add more colour with paint or pastels. I used some Washi tape & doodled a frame for the words I chose. Then I added some of my own words as a border.

This step-by-step method requires collage & Gesso drying time, something that isn't at all necessary for this prompt. Here are 2 more examples of ways to complete this prompt a little more quickly (but no less effectively):

Rapid Fire

Instead of wet collage, a glue stick is a huge time saver. It's also pretty effective alone, but Washi tape adds a bit of security & colour to loose edges.

A permanent marker is one of my favourite ways to blank out text. The contrasting colour helps to pick out the words of interest.

Why bother with glue & markers when you have pretty tape? Patterned masking tape like Washi tape is perfect for covering text without completely obliterating it.

I'd love to see what you come up with for this prompt!

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for 366Pages, please do leave me a comment or send me an email! I'd love to hear from you!


Lizzie Barbie said...

I love this! Maybe I'll try!

Lizzie Barbie said...

Amanda I loved this idea so I sat in front of the computer for an hour until I was finished with one. I've posted it on my blog :)