Sunday, April 24, 2016

Shakespeare drawing and diy jigsaw art

De Atramentis inks, Shakespeare, galleryjuana
De Atramentis inks, Shakespeare

In honour of 400 years of Shakespeare, I drew his portrait and added a Lady Macbeth quote. I used De Atramentis inks in Fuchsia, Yellow, Turquoise and mixed colors.

I decided to send this out as mail art, but the size was to large to send unfolded. I got the fun idea to make the Shakespeare drawing into a jigsaw puzzle.

art jigsaw wip

To reinforce the drawing, I added Con-Tac paper to the back of it, then turned it over and rubbed out any air bubbles.

art jigsaw pieces, galleryjuana
art jigsaw pieces

Next I cut the reinforced drawing into random shaped pieces to make it into a jigsaw puzzle.

This was my first time to make an art jigsaw puzzle, and it was fun to make. Since it's going through the mail, in order to keep down postage cost, I wouldn't want it to be any thicker or heavier. If this were a gift (where cost is not an issue), I'd probably use a thicker and sturdier backing to reinforce the drawing.

This would be a great diy project for kids too. You could use clear contact paper to cover front and back of the drawing to make the pieces easy to wipe clean.

I will definitely be doing more of these diy art jigsaw puzzles to send to friends and family.

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Liberate Your Art 2016

postcard art by juana almaguer
you are you. And that is everything the world needs.

I've lost track but this is around my fourth or fifth year to join Kat Sloma's Liberate your art. The post card above is my entry for LYA 2016.  On the front, it says, "You are You." On the back, the message continues with "And that is everything the world needs." Sometimes we need to hear that!

Some of the postcards I received had art work, others photography and some were photo collages.  All very inspiring and a shot of happiness in my mail box.

Part of Kat's LYA is that each postcard has a message on the back.  It can be a quote, a note about the postcard itself, or whatever enters your mind.  The idea is to have more than just a blank postcard. Afterall, this is a way to connect to a stranger through mail art.

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What I've learned with LYA is that strangers do not stay strangers for very long.  Soon this group of strangers form a community and then conversations develop and then friendships.    That is why I keep coming back each year to join Kat's Liberate Your Art.

If you think you aren't an artist or photographer, don't let that inner voice take over.  Creativity has no boundaries or expectations.  Creativity comes in many forms.  Maybe you like cooking or sewing or exercising?  I believe all of these interests are a form of creativity and can be put on a postcard.   To get your reminder from Kat for next year's LYA, sign up on her website.

Most of the postcards had websites,  and here they are:

Kat Sloma:

Jeanne McLaughlin:

Bethany Lee:


Lisa Comperry:

Sheila Delgado:

Sonya Versluys:

Maria Ontiveros:

Darlene Cannup:

My "you are you"  postcards are available for purchase in my Etsy shop.

Hop on over to Kat's website to visit other participants in this LYA postcard swap.

And I've have just learned that Sonya Versluys is doing a postcard swap in the very near future.  So visit her website for more details.

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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Euclid linocut


Some time ago, I sold some of my drawings of hands with mathematical and machinery symbols. For those drawings, I used pencil, charcoal and conte crayon. I decided to revisit that drawing and work it out into a linocut.

I wanted to have the feeling of flex, movement and muscle. When I did the drawing, the first layer consisted of many thin pencil lines to achieve the shadows and contours. I wasn't sure how I'd achieve that in a linocut. Could I use numerous cuts to achieve what the pencil did?

De Atramentis ink and preppy pen drawing

Using a fountain pen with a purple mix of De Atramentis inks, I drew out my idea on some scrap paper. I would need to remember to keep the cuts close and thin. I hadn't carved in this manner and I wasn't sure if it would come out the way I envisioned. Would I be able to keep the ink out of the shallow cuts? Periodically, I'd check my carving by placing a paper over the lino and rubbing pencil over the paper. The print was looking the way I had hoped. However, I still wasn't sure.

Euclid linocut print on rice paper

My first test print was on photocopy paper. That looked great. Oh, how excited I was that what I envisioned was coming through in the print!

I used two types of rice paper for this linocut print, Euclid. One is lightweight and off-white. The other is white and a heavier weight. Both look wonderful. Above is Euclid 1 which is on the off-white rice paper.

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Sunday, April 3, 2016

March Journal Pages

pen and De Atramentis inks, journal pages
pen and De Atramentis inks, journal pages

Spring came in March and I watched the birds flying back and forth to build their nests. One day as I was getting ready to go out on a bicycle ride, I noticed a bird was starting to build a nest in my bicycle basket. Sorry bird, I know it looked like a perfect place, but I promise you there are better places. Now I cover the basket so the poor birdie won't keep trying.

Whale migration season has begun as well, and I saw my first sighting of Orcas passing through. I didn't have my camera with a zoom lens, and even though they were far away, I could still see their dorsal fins well. Those guys are huge!

March's journal page was all about exploring patterns (right page), and I also worked out an idea for a new linocut of a hand (left page). I am almost done carving out that linocut, so hopefully you'll see it in next Sunday's post.

wishing everyone a creative week.

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