Friday, June 11, 2010

Trying Something New

Since this is "My Summer of Trying New Things" (it's much more official if it's in quotes don't you think?) I decided try my hand at collage. This isn't an entirely new field for me but it's one that I has been put on the back burner for awhile.
Here's the shimmy.......

Prior to licensing I was making personalized name frames using color copies of my original art as well as hand painting growth charts and pin the tail on the donkey games for The Warm Biscuit Bedding Company, a wonderful children's catalog. All of this was done in acrylics.

When I started creating art for calendars and cards I used fabric and applique because I loved fabric and pattern and I hated painting. The thought of it seriously depressed me.
After a few cards and a calendar my art director told me that if I wanted to be a successful licensor I needed to paint. I thought I might die right there on the spot. Sensing my frustration this wonderful friend invited me to his farm and demonstrated several technics in water color that I had never seen. I was hooked.

I came home and went nuts, painting like a mad dog and LOVING every minute of it. I would email him images with subject lines like "Who Did This?" or "Who Am I" and, if I was feeling especially delighted with an image, "I'm Awesome". Missing the fabric and patten I began to incorporate paper and fabric into the pieces. Truthfully this was also a crutch because I was still a little bit intimated with trying a new medium.

Eventually I became less afraid of the paint and as I learned how to use it the paper and fabric disappeared.

I miss it and that's why I want to start making collage pieces.
Again, I'm intimated to begin.
What's up with that?

Well last night I began. I needed a few thank you cards and since I like to make these myself I decided that this was a good time to try something new. I find that a hand-made thank you card is appreciated even if it's a horrible mess. There isn't the pressure to create a sellable or licensable image and, in my case, it's just fun to let loose and see what happens.

That's exactly what I did, let loose.
It was fun!
I liked it and am going to make more.
Can't wait to see where it leads.

I will post photos when I've made a few more so you can see the evolution.

The art directors name was Dan DiPaolo, he is a dear friend who took me under his wing and I am forever grateful. xo Dan


  1. I love it! spread your wings!! I bet you could not make a mess if you tried! I want to see what you came up with! It's so important to keep on trying new things, because it seems they inform the old ways we already know and enhance them. We just build on our processes. It's like being able to juggle another ball.
    I applaude you!!

  2. hey there sweet paula! thank you so much for stopping by my blog and for your fab compliment:):) so happy that i have now discovered YOUR blog. love your illustrations and i can't wait to see what you do with collage!!! one of my MOST favorite things to do. hooOray for trying new things!! happy week to you...and happy summer! xox...jenn