Meanwhile, I've been practicing some creativity with an exercise from this new book (a competition win from Facebook) that I got in the post from America today:
Painted Pages by Sarah Aherne Bellemare
There are some unkind reviews on Amazon.com about this book having too many pages of the artist showing the art that she does without enough instruction, but I personally love it! There are enough books out there that give you the step-by-step guides, this one is more of an encouragement guide for you to develop your own work in your own style.
In the book there is a quick exercise on freeing your creativity by sticking randomly found paraphernalia into a mini sketchbook. I did a double page spread with both pages on the same theme:
(The receipts aren't dry yet, which is why they are darker)
The left hand page has an old currency converter (photocopy) from a book on converting decimals from the 1970's and the receipt is for the actual 1971 decimal book, listed as 'Book Antique Value'
(I think for contrast I could have done with a different coloured background).
The right hand side has a few shop receipts, a tag, and a product barcode. I added to them the collaged words 'Material Girl'.
(shop details covered for security)
What I like about this is that the pages tell their own story without me having to say anything.
Roll on Friday! ;-)
Thanks for looking and for any comments,