Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Just What Do Chickens Think About?

Just What Do Chickens Think About?
This was a total experiment in my flea market find journal.  (I think I will refer to it as my FMJ from now on.)  I started this piece by just painting the background with a credit card. The acrylic paint just seemed to jump around and right off the page.  Then I was looking through my stash and found the chicken.  The mail arrived from Finland and the stamps were great.  I had scraps of paper right on my desktop and so basically everything just started to be glued down with UHU glue.  I had not used it before as I usually use a more clear liquid glue called Glue-It.  However, for some reason Glue-It has not been doing what I want on acrylic.  I really did not have a plan for this piece.  It just became....

As I got going I started to think about chickens and what do they think.  AHA moment!  Around the border is what they think about and throughout are possibilities if we personify chickens a bit.  After a bit of collage work I decided that I would spray the piece with an acrylic varnish.  But NO...it was black spray paint and the right side of the journal spread was way covered.  Thank goodness for rubbing alcohol.  It took a great amount of black paint off.  Perhaps it took a bit more than I wanted as the chicken now is more impressionistic.  Mostly the piece was saved.  Distress ink covers a multitude of mistakes.  Journals are for experimenting anyway.  I learned a lot on this piece.  PhotoShop also took some of the sins away.

8 comments:

magicinthewoods said...

I like this piece, it really captured my attention.

john said...

Thanks for visiting and commenting. There is a lot going on in this piece. I really like the fact that I am driven from within and that I don't have a plan to start. What comes just comes and the story evolves as I go.

apaperbear said...

I actually like the black spray accident. It gives a little break from the yellow.

apaperbear said...

AND.... I know where that one stencil came from! I like this one!!! Keep journaling!

john said...

Are you referring to the stamp that we got at the flea market? :-)

tgarrett said...

I love the feeling the colors in this have- as to a mistake...I make them constantly- you are very free with your creating and it comes through in the energy of your work. I agree with Brian-the black was a nice break up for the piece. I like it.

apaperbear said...

Yes, I mean stamp! D'oh!!! The black gives it some age and you know how I love vintage.

apaperbear said...

Terry, I call these "happy accidents" when we make a "mistake" and it does something wonderful to our work!