Altered artist book creator Isobelle Ouzman was featured in The Artists’ Magazine in October 2015 (above) and several blogs. The most fascinating part of her process, for me, is the very simple tools she is using to make such complex work: an X-Acto knife, Sakura Pigma Micron pens, glue or glue stick and watercolours. I love that her style has so much detail and fine lines, like an intaglio etching. I love that she is carving into the book and making it into a bas relief sculpture.
If you feel badly about destroying a book to make art, George Takei shared a photo on Facebook that makes a suggestion on a certain work of fiction that is in abundance which could stand to be upcycled. Get your pencil, pens and X-Acto ready to try this process. There are enough volumes to transform for free or cheap.
This century old die cut card is also an embossed stone lithograph print. I bet it cost a few pennies extra when it was sold! Notice how the artist managed to curve the text to follow the shape of the note card in the design of the greeting card. Here is a 300 dpi high resolution scan JPG for you to print for collage or use in a digital design.
Douglas M. Ryan, I have your U-Pass. It was already expired when I found it, so I did not turn it in to Columbia. I was putting weird things I found on the sidewalk in a shoebox and recently thinned out the collection. If you ever find this blog post, your U-Pass wound up in a collage added to pages of an original art zine. If you are as epic a Columbia student as your hair and sideburns are epic, I know you will understand.
Here are some vintage to antique etchings scanned from an old magazine which I cleaned up in Photoshop for you to use. All are 300 dpi high contrast black & white images. The adorable owls are my favorite!
Some kind of hawk family, species unknown.
You can read a copy of an eBook titled Art Through the Letterbox by Mail Art Martha (mailartmartha.org.uk) on this site here. The eBook is a short work (98 pages total) collecting mail art received from all over the world. A majority of the works are mixed media and collage art, with some paintings, digital pieces and printmaking works. This online eBook is an interesting way to document, preserve and share a mail art collection. Make a cup of tea and settle in for a while!
I pounced really fast to snag this street art giveaway, found tucked into the front of a RedEye newspaper box. Years of living in the city and I’ve never found free art before this and not for want of effort on my part. The artist, @GRuelEsTatE, has a portfolio showing the series, currently at #1 – #69. I have artwork #41 “Many Moons.” The works are made of vintage magazine and juxtapose imagery. It’s a wonderfully consist series of work and the pieces range from snarky to surreal. There is no contact information so this is work being done for the sake of expression and the fun of treasure hunting. Another site found via Google possibly identifies the artist as Deb Pressman.
I came up with a new method for collage or at least a variation on the process which I published here. The intended audience is people within the hacker/maker community and are more likely to have access to laser cutting technology.
If you are enrolled at a college or university and you are not learning how to use current tech in laser cutting and 3-D printing, see if there is an available hackerspace / makerspace in your area. Laser cutting and 3-D equipment was on the campus I graduated from in 2010, in one department and locked behind closed doors, the private playthings of the professors. Students did not even know this equipment existed on campus. Demand education and access to this technology if your campus is missing it or is restricting access to the equipment. Robotics, rap rep [rapid reproduction] and being able to prototype creations on your own are current technologies that a wide range of creative and technical fields are using now. For me, becoming proficient with a laser cutter has opened new doors creatively, has been interesting and a lot of fun.