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A Self-Portrait of Sorts

September 2, 2013

May-ATC-ImageLeft: ATC I made at the MCBA Visual Journal Collective's June meeting.

In June the MCBA Visual Journal Collective made ATCs with TJ Goerlitz. It was great fun. But we also try to have a reason for our "madness" and in this case it was the creation of a member directory.

On the night we had old textbooks and children's books and such to augment any collage material members brought.

As you can see from my card I brought phrases cut from an old mystery novel (printed on acid free paper!), a bit of a Gelli Arts Printing Plate print (left strip) and a bit of pre-painted watercolor paper used to cover my handbound journals (bottom). I also used a Martha Stewart decorative punch to make two windows in a bit of blue, ribbed cardstock. The photo of the girl with turtles is from a book on turtle care. But I think the whole thing seems like a self-portrait to me.

Maybe as artists we can never escape that so I'm fortunate that I've just embraced it.

Suzanne Hughes has put together everyone's artwork with descriptive text and the directory now has a digital existence. I haven't had time to print one out and bind it into book form, but I look forward to that. 

Meanwhile I've been saved by crazy schedules and deadlines and general family nuttiness from making any more ATCs, but they are awfully fun. I think there is another collage journal in my future this winter. Perhaps a small one. I'm looking forward to it.

Maybe I could create flat pieces, one side only, allowing a tab on the spine side where there is no work (or it doesn't matter if it's covered); and then stab bind them all at the end of the month.

Endless possibilities.

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