Hi everyone! I finally got around to taking photos of my recent work.

Cheap & Cheerful
Watercolor, Ink

This one started as an ink line drawing, and then I filled in the shapes with watercolor. I’m pretty sure I used every color in my paint palette.

Watercolor, Ink

This was a really fun one to do. I just took a pen and made a freehand swirly, loopy design. Then, I painted different areas with various colors of watercolor.

Acrylic, Molding Paste, Stamps, Book Pages, Magazine Pages, Maps, Washi Tape, Ink, Paper

This was the result of playing around with different media. I’m pretty happy with the result.

I Can Give 100% Without Even Trying
Acrylic, Watercolor, Book Pages, Magazine Pages, Maps, Sheet Music, Stamps, Thread, Tissue Paper, Ink, Paper

This one was so fun to do. I started with the idea of finding different photos of faces, and then piecing them together to create one weird face. From there, I just used all sorts of media to finish the piece.

Die Young Stay Pretty
Watercolor, Book Pages, Magazine Pages, Rick-Rack, Yarn, Buttons, Staples, Felt, Tissue Paper, Mesh, Tulle

The overall theme of this one is fashion and sewing. Most of the images are from magazines or sewing how-to books. I incorporated some sewing patterns in the background, and used some sewing notions for texture.

Elastic Heart
Book Pages, Lace

I think out of all of my recent work, this is my favorite. It’s pretty simple, but I love it.

Book Pages, Cardboard, Maps, Flash Card, Acrylic, Watercolor

I bought a 1960s medial reference book and I fell in love with the illustrations in it. They’re stylized and have a very retro feel to them. The image of the torso silhouette showing the lungs was one of my favorites. Then, I found a cool illustration of a brain in another old medical book I had, and I incorporated that as well.

Muscle Museum
Watercolor, Acrylic, Cardboard, Book Pages, Magazine Pages, Mesh, Paper, Cardstock, Gesso, Staples

I had a lot of fun with this piece. The running muscle-woman was where I started, and I just built everything around her. I liked the idea of her breaking through the boring, monochromatic gray and leaving a bright, rainbow trail behind her.

Too Fat For Love (And Other Female Problems)
Watercolor, Tissue Paper, Acrylic, Thread, Book Pages, Magazine Pages

Too Fat For Love (And Other Female Problems) [Detail]

I don’t usually create social commentary pieces, but this one is an exception.

I bought some magazine ads from women’s magazines from the 50s and 60s and as I was looking through them, I realized how many of them were targeting “women’s issues.” Not just periods and menstrual cramps, but physical attributes – being too fat, being too skinny, having unwanted body hair, corns, bunions, callouses, brittle fingernails, the need for perfect hair, hiding freckles, breast size, waist size…it all seemed silly at first glance. But after looking through this pile of ads I realized that this is the same exact thing women are dealing with today – the unattainable ideal of beauty – 50 and 60 years later.

With God All Things Are Possible
Watercolor, Book Pages, Magazine Pages, Paper

I made this one for my sister for Christmas. She loved it.

A Little Bird Told Me
Watercolor, Acrylic, Book Pages, Magazine Pages, Paper, Ticket, Stamp, Flower, Button, Sheet Music

I made this one for my mum for Christmas.

So…that’s what I’ve done art-wise for the past few months! I’ve also been working on other crafts (cross-stitch, crochet, knitting) so I’ve been keeping occupied.