Sunday, August 9, 2015

Carnival/Circus!: Mixed Media Art on Index Cards

My "Nickelrama" collage
 
Last summer I was biking at the park one day
when I found several of these tokens on the ground.
 
The tokens were in a crumpled, damp heap on the ground by the parking lot.
 
Fascinating!
 
Where the tokens left over from a kids' group at the park?
 Should I collect the tokens for my scrap paper journal fodder box for a future project?
Yes, I should and I did!
 
 
Fast forward one summer. 
Here you see how I used the nickelrama tokens to
represent bunting over the entrance to a carnival
for my favorite summer time art challenge
 
I cut red paper to the size of a 3"x5" index card for the backing.
 
I punched holes in bluish purple to match the printing on the tokens. 
These little purple dots help to visually connect the sections of bunting
and add to the festive theme I was going for.
 
My "Circus" collage
 
A couple of years ago I created the "Circus" index card to also represent bunting over an entrance.
Here I used a marker to representing swooping lines and various colors of triangular pieces of patterned paper to represent pennants for punting.
 
I used a quick wash of light blue acrylic paint for the sky.
 
After several passes with a stars rubber stamp roller over the entire surface
and a darker shade of blue ink
 I knew I had conveyed the festive feeling I was going for.
 
~Cheryl Gee is a school librarian and mixed media artist.