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January 13, 2010
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Oh by LauraTringaliHolmes Oh by LauraTringaliHolmes
Life. Oh!
8x10 on canvas board
Photo transfers, sewing-pattern paper, postal ephemera, vintage elements
Kindly featured by :iconmcdermid:
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DouglasHumphries Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010
..great selection and placement - every day I get more intrigued by collages .... will have to venture into that area someday - thanks for inspiration !
LauraTringaliHolmes Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010
Thank you for the kind words about Oh. You should definitely try your hand at collage. It's such an expressive art form.
melanierogers Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010
I'm just getting around to looking at the deviations that came to my in-box with this club.

No wonder I was drawn to this one, and had to have a closer look.

It's you! Love this color palette and the way you layer, your knack for composition.

Anywhere I've seen your stuff, like in someones fave gallery, I am always drawn to it. "There she is again, of course".

Just another way to say I enjoy looking at your art. I'm starting to tinker...

I will always welcome your suggestions on my attempts at this. Or any little hints.

So far, I've discovered my new gold pen, which is so cool...will suddenly blob out a pool of gold.

I've learned to keep a rough, wet sponge and towel on hand, to wash my fingers. I'm using glue sticks for making ATC and it is messy.

I am going to take a pair of tweezers with me the next time I sit down to work on a collage, or any size, but especially the ATC.

Those kinds of lessons? I'd love any tips. Maybe I will start a poll...

What is the best tip you have discovered for making collages. Only, I don't have too many multiple choices to give as possible selections. The point would be to get people to comment and add to the list.

Another idea to file away.

And yes indeedy! Life.


Like it!

mel ~ :heart: ~
LauraTringaliHolmes Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010
I just loved your note. You seem to send good vibes when they are needed, because sometimes I get into the Doubtful Douldrums, where I have been in and out of lately. So thank you!
As for the tips and tricks...I would say the most important thing to me is to have a pile of snippets in a heap on my table. Not just junk, but bits and pieces that speak to me, which I love. The magic happens when these offcuts combine and recombine and then all of a sudden, if you're patient and open enough, the message becomes clear and you can work to clarify it. It's such an up feeling when this happens, and is the way I chose to work. Of course I have other strategies for working, too, but serendipity is what I love best. So I collect everything. If it piques my eye, I cut it out and toss it in the pile.
You might want to try a craft knife for lifting small pieces. Tweezers don't work for me because they can easily squash things. But if you poke the tip of a craft knife onto the a little bitty thing, it will usually stick and you can easily transfer the piece to your card.
Non-alcohol baby wipes are great quick cleaners for wood-mounted rubber stamps and for hands, and also great for blending out acrylics and inks. Multi-use and relatively expensive because store brands seem always to be on sale.
Oh, and music! Gotta have the music on!
Thanks again for your comments, Mel. :heart:
melanierogers Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010
I'm so glad I wrote when I did. Those "Doubtful Douldrums" -- love that phrase for it. :iconfallplz:

I read a book about Fear and Art. Very famous artists, even ones like Monet, who was popular and successful in his lifetime, had those.

THANKS a million times over. You gave me great tips.

Glad I didn't waste time frustrating myself with the tweezers.

Tweezers "squash" things.
You have the perfect words. :iconjumpingplz:

I read about your decorating style in a comment. I would function better if I followed your way. People say my house looks like a museum, and kindly leave off "warehouse"...Haaa

Still sifting it out,
working against
that hoarding thing. :icongwahplz:

Bits that SPEAK to you. That IS key [to everything, actually]
Every little piece of lint
I look at
has possibilities.
Great excuse not to vacuum, :giggle:

--> The curse side of creativity. [and compulsive hoarding]

After my first ATC, "Look"-- I've hated the ATC I've made so far. :iconleonidasplz:

Being in community, with kind, talented, generous {I could go on with adjectives} artists is incredibly helpful.

I have artist friends here. Very busy lives. Somehow, in dA, we find time for each other.

I talked about forming a group here. Maybe 4 artists, who would get involved in a process of inspiration and support of one another. Would have to be very intentional.

I want to figure out how to sample music on line. I started using Hulu :dance:

Maybe there is a way to use the Internet for music background...

I have a stereo from the 90's. Hah, hah. :granny: :iconexclamationplz: :granny:

It will play CDs, not JUST "records"...

Sadly, I lost my records in a flood. [big clue to my age]

Old hippie and proud of it. :peace: :icondopeplz: :peace:

I didn't have kids to lead me into modern technology. I'm definitely not inclined that way.

I didn't ever keep up.
I don't know how...

:iconbunnehplz: you get music into an iPod!?

I tend toward isolation and silence. Music was an excellent part of explaining how you create. I'm curious what you listen to.

How do you glue things down, especially little bits on the end of a craft knife?

I've used a glue stick, rubbing the thing across the top of the stick. Gets it on my fingers, and gets too much on, so it leaks out and is messy around. I don't want it to have loose edges.

I figured out cheap glue adheres immediately, not the slightest allowance for adjustment. Yesterday I used a better glue, and to my delight could shift things a little. This is the kind of stuff I don't know.

Never used stamps before, so the baby wipe hint is very helpful. And the other ways to use baby wipes.

Do you finish off your ATC with a coat of matte medium or some other step?

Sorry for the
flood of questions. :iconimsparklyplz:

Have you received cards that had something about them that was a bit disappointing? I want people to be joyful when they get my cards, nothing cheezy about them.

YOU get one of these in my book: :iconhaloplz:

:iconhyperplz: mel

For you...:iconlovevalentineplz:
LauraTringaliHolmes Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010
What a great note! Yup on the disappointment thing. I go to great lengths in an attempt to avoid provoking that feeling in others. As for the tech questions, I use Golden matte gel medium for both glue and a finish. It's can brush a bit on even a tiny piece and it will stick...and if you need to, you can edge the snippet a little this way or that. A little goes a long way, so the price may seem steep at first, but you do get your money's worth. And if your local craft store carries Golden supplies, and you have a 40% coupon...well, there you are!
I have kids who are only two happy to assert their innate superiority over this loving parent. Hence my familiarity with things technical. They are only too happy to get me started. And I love my iPod!
melanierogers Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010
I have a new roommate who is getting her Masters and then PhD in Physical Therapy. I've rented a bedroom and shared my house with a variety of women. The students have been wonderful. This one is 25.

She told me about Hulu, and today mentioned there is something on-line I can get to, "Groove" I think was in the name. For a stream of music to listen to. We were busy getting ready for a walk, and I didn't write it down.

So that will be another exciting baby step for me. When baby's are first learning to get around, every new skill is a thrill. I noticed a toddler, as I was driving out of my neighborhood today.

He made a step over a little landscaping fence which was about 8 inches high. Little wobbly, but very evident how proud of himself he was. That is just how I feel about computers, and these new forms of art and supplies I am discovering.

I got one of those fun chuckles that keep simmering for a while, from your photo of shoes, and the title. That was you, right?

I have ATC I would trade for almost anything. Then there are others that I feel a little more affection for. Do you like the things of mine that you faved enough to possibly turn one of your ATC loose to me, in a trade?

If not, I will keep working on it.
LauraTringaliHolmes Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010
Velma Thoughts is my absolute fave of the moment. Would you trade her? I would love one of your cards. I imagine it will bring very good vibes with it!
Yup, that was my floor during the eternal Christmas. We run kind of an open house for kids over here. Brings me much joy (and tech support!). Anyway, let me know about Velma.
goatheadcorp Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010
featured on my journal : [link] ;)
LauraTringaliHolmes Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010
Thank you, good sir!
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