Sunday, January 13, 2013

Spreading My Wings

January 14 is Fall Fearless & Fly's 8th (and last) challenge:
Headline prompt:  Radical to Mundane and to Radical Again:  What once seemed new that now feels old and boring?  How can you see it as new again?  How do you "jump charge" creativity when you're feeling stuck?
Color:  black & neons - bold contrasts
Quote:  Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous.  Bill Moyers

Wait until you see the amazing journal spread Nathalie Kalbach did for this challenge at Artists in Blogland!  

Here's what I did:  This bristol paper had been underneath my journal as I worked on other projects.  (Following a great tutorial from Jennibelle Studios, I never use a craft mat anymore - just heavy weight paper I can then use in other projects.)


I also had this paper left over - a piece of the New York Times that protected my dining room table when I prepped the cards for Seth Apter's 52 Pick Up Class.



Working off the quote, "Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous," by Bill Moyers, I wondered how I could use these leftovers to create something new and exciting. 

I cut out strips of the New York Times paper and glued them onto the bristol paper.  I also had a silhouette of one of my jumping girls, made when I was experimenting to create the Jump Stencil.  For some reason, I had never thrown her away, even though one of her legs was a little askance. 


I also had a bunch of vintage book pages I had torn out of old books from a book altering project I'm working on.  I randomly cut out words that spoke to me, and glued them down on my girl to create a poem.  Then I used my fingers to rub fluid acrylics around her.  I also glued down some netting from fabric my grandmother gave to me.  She died in 2003, and I love having pieces from her in my work.


Inspired by the color prompt, I added black, some neon yellow and orange, and found some more book words to make the poem a little more grammatical.  (My mom was an English professor so it's genetic!)  In the end, I really like this girl.  I feel free just looking at her.  "Seed Traveler" seems an apt name.  It was so much fun to take these mundane materials - scrap, leftovers, and waste paper - and challenge myself to make something creative with them. 


Make sure to visit Artists in Blogland for Nathalie's great post, and Carolyn Dube to see her take on the challenge.  

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And the winners of the ATCs in this post are:  Judy Shea for the Adore and Soul cards, and Bunco Buddy for Flight and Simply. Email your snail mail addresses to jessicabethsporn (at) gmail (dot) com and I will send them right to you!

Linking up to Create With Joy, Anything But a Card (things with wings), Mandarin Orange Monday, Make it on Monday, Simon Says Stamp and Show (embrace the old), City Crafter Challenge Blog (use book paper) and Frilly & Funkie (follow your muse).

Thank you for visiting! I read and treasure every comment and will answer any questions as quickly as I can. 
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43 comments:

  1. Love this page and how you developed it, including your throwaway from the earlier stencil development...The fabric, the memories and the words all come together so beautifully. xox

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  2. The leftovers from your 52 cards for Seth's class were fabulous! I love how you kept your jumping girl- she is perfect here! Amazing what can be used to make a fabulous finished piece! So glad you made Fall Fearless and Fly happen!

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  3. I just love your work, Jessica. Blessings!

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  4. I tend to use muted colors colors a lot, but you make me want to break out the bright ones. I love the jumping girl, she looks so FREE and happy! And I LOVE Jennibellie, too! I haven't used large heavy weight paper yet, but I do use unique newspapers and anything else I can find large enough to fit under my work area. It does make great collage fodder.

    I've "liked" you on facebook :)

    Roxana @ http://fourelevenrox.blogspot.com/

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  5. Loving this page its so full of joy. x

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  6. You're so talented.

    Hopping by from Mandarin Orange Monday.

    My Mandarin entry.
    Have a great week ahead.

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  7. your work is full of energy and is really expressing the moment

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  8. Such a happy, happy page. I just love it. Thanks so much for playing along with us over at CCCB!

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  9. What a brilliant page this is ... makes me smile ... Many thanks for playing at CCCB

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  10. Stunning project!! Love the vibrant colour and your joyful girl. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!!

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  11. Love your art, and love the poem.. and I'm so-ooo sorry to see this event ending. I've been playing along more that anyone could know, because I wasn't "fearless" enough to share it; but I'll try to find the courage for this last challenge, perhaps... And I thank you, Jessica, for welcoming me on this journey. ((hugs)) ~tina

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  12. I, too, keep a sheet of heavy paper under whatever I'm working on like Jenniebellie suggested. I love the surprises I can find on them. Your poem and picture are wonderful. Found poetry is such a fun thing do. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Super creative, Jessica, to use all these leftovers to make this bright, beautiful and free flowing art.

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  14. Fantastic piece of art! Love the vibrant colours and I agree the image really has a free feeling about her ! Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Sue C x

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  15. What an amazing piece of art Jessica. Love the idea of using up your 'non-craft mats'. No need to ever feel guilty about wasting ink, especially when you can create something so fantastic. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie this time. Hugs, Jenny x

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  16. Love the vibrant and free feel of this page! I would like to start an art journal, so am always trying to get a feel for this! Have a great week!

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  17. Very beautiful I love the colors and the magicial feel! Thanks for joining us this week at CCCB :-)

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  18. I love this art work - so very inspiring! The colours and the movement are just lovely and I love the collage aspect too.

    I'd love it if you'd link up to my Monday Mantras Inspirational Linkup :)

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

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  19. What an awesome project, thanks for sharing it with us at CCCB!

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  20. LOVE the textures and colors. I want to jump up with this girk in excitement for this page, but I'm afraid I'd hurt myself coming down. Just sayin.

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  21. Thanks for showing us your inspiring piece, it has great energy.
    I would love to add to my stencil supply so please enter me in your drawing

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  22. Wow Jessica! This is absolutely amazing work! Thanks so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show :)

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  23. Exhuberant! That is the word that comes to mind when I look at her. I can feel it even without the words. Thank you for sharing her on Mandarin Orange Monday:)

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  24. What a great idea - using "leftover bits"! Always love checking in on your blog!

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  25. Just love your piece using your leftovers and the great stencil. Funny, I use Jennibellie's large paper idea as well. It really produces some great paper. Have to go for a visit at FB so i can have another chance to win your stencils. Thanks!

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  26. wow Jessica, so many great creations you made in the last weeks! love them all!

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  27. this is fabulous!!!I love all the depth with the layers of colors along with the joyful energy of it. Thanks so much for the FF & F challenges-I have to do mine for this last one yet but have immensely enjoyed each one-AND I won the last challenge's prize-woohoooo!

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  28. Very nice, really made me smile :)

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  29. Wow the background is just fabulous what some fabulous colors and the image just great wowwwwwwwwww Thanks for joining into the fun over at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog. Hugs Terry xxxx

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  30. What an interesting piece! Using your materials you have created something truly unique and I love that. Oh that we could fly!
    Thank you for joining in at Anything But A Card Challenge this time.

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  31. She's super! I love all the 'mop up' parts you included and seeing how this one came together.

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  32. wonderful! I am not on fb .. but I also would be happy to win ..
    Instead of fb sharing I pint(ed) the wonderful new card above I felt in love with - on Pinterest!Hope this o.k. and you count me in Jessica!

    LOL!

    xxx Susi
    ART-JOURNAL-JOURNEY
    MOO-MANIA-CHALLENGE

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  33. This is so unique and yet so gorgeous! :) Thanks for joining us at Anything But a Card! :) :) :)

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  34. Abstract goodness...love the message!

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  35. Gorgeous work with leftovers and scarps! Great Take, Jessica :) Would love to win your stencil too :D

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  36. Love the texture and dimension- gorgeous page!!!

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  37. I love it!

    Great idea to never use a craft mat! I never waste any left over paint I just spread it somewhere in a journal....

    Going to miss these challenges :(

    Karen x

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