Tuesday, August 18, 2009

52 prompts - animals



My friend, Helen, and I have started a new mini art project that we are working on seperately, but together (if you know what I mean?!) I stumbled on some "any year" diaries in a sales bin at a local stationery shop for NZ$1 each. The book measures approx 210mm x 145mm, I guess about 8" x 6". On the 8" x 6" page there are two day entries, or four days on a two page open spread. It is a mid year diary that starts on July 1st.



We decided to use the diary as a mini journal of art prompts. We each take turns at choosing a topic, and then we each make seven small collages/artworks that come to mind from the topic. We can use any type of art or words to portray the topic. The idea is that at the end we will have a book of 52 different prompts, each with 7 different takes, to browse through when we need inspiration. And if that isn't enough, then we can swap books and get inspiration from the other person's journal as well!



Please note that these are collections of images and paste-ups for inspiration and creative venting only. They use a mixture of my own photography, art and drawing, but they also use other people's images that I collage in because they inspire me to make art of my own, and I find they capture the feeling that I am looking for perfectly. This journal of inspiration is therefore a mixture of my art and a paste-up of other people's art that I admire.




The first weeks prompt was "animals" and so we each chose 7 different animals to "art" about.




Turns out that doing these prompts is quite educational as well! When you decide on a topic you invariably go to the computer for inspiration and you end up following links around and doing a little research on the topic. You discover facts you had forgotten, and new ones you never knew!



This is all a bit of fun, and a way to keep being inspired and making art! Hope you share the inspiration!!

11 comments:

Jan 4 Insight said...

Love the zebra pages! And what a great idea, to develop a book that you can use for inspiration - the possibilities are endless. You're so lucky to have a partner to work with that way :)

Laura Kay said...

Great project. so good to have an art buddy! I love, love, love the zebra!!!!!

Julie Jordan Scott said...

These are great! What a fantastic idea... inspiring on many levels. So grateful you posted a link on Blissful Art Journal group!

Mixed Media Martyr said...

Thanks guys! The zebra took a while to do. I just sat there for hours, first drawing in all the lines, then decided which areas were filled in with the black pen. Very satisfying though!!

freebird said...

The zebra is great as everyone says but that mule is just something! I love how you put the page together and his looking up out of the page. Good luck on doing so many pages. It'll be a great book when you are done. I agree with the computer sending you from link to link. I'd never get the pages done!

Margaret said...

what a cool idea and so inspiring to work with an art buddy! The Zebra is fab and I rather like Lucky!

Caroline said...

Lucky find those diaries!

And fabulous way to use them - I'm in love with the zebra too...

Pat Sernyk said...

Hey Leanne,
They 'grow' polar bears about a thousand miles from where I live. Many groups go out on excursions to see them but your blog and this idea brings them right into my home. Fantastic job!

Debbie Egizio said...

What a fun project! I love art journaling. Oh, and creating is always more fun with a friend. You can keep each other motivated.

Debbie Egizio said...

What a fun project! I love art journaling. Oh, and creating is always more fun with a friend. You can keep each other motivated.

Anne said...

Hi, Leanne! Nice to meet you on the Art House site and nice of you to visit my blog. This project sounds like fun! I love all the movement in your images. The Zebra is fantastic! And I love the fuzzy cat with the heart shaped cheek, too. :-)