Monday, April 29, 2013

Create, Destroy, and Create

It's time for a new quote over at Artists in Blogland's Color This Quote challenge!

This month's quote is by Pablo Picasso:
"Every act of creation is first an act of destruction."
I think about this quote every time I alter a book.  The first time I cut into a book, I felt as though lightening might strike me for "destroying" it.  Here's a fast forward video of my most recent book project.

I am "destroying" the book as it previously existed, on my way to create something new.

But to make the paper for the book, trees had to be destroyed.

And for the trees to grow, their seeds had to be destroyed.  (Think of an acorn, which is destroyed as soon as the oak tree starts to grow.)

This quote speaks to me of the emptiness of the idea of creation.  It is not something that happens "out there" in a moment in time.  It is part of a continuous flow.

Just as a wave is not suddenly born out of the ocean, creation does not suddenly occur - there was something before and there will be something after. 

Linking to Artists in Blogland, Mandarin Orange Monday, Inspire Me Monday, Monday Mantras, Simon Says Stamp, Make It Monday, and Creative Every Day.

The winners for the giveaway in my last post are:  Maria Ontiveros (Watercolor with the Henry Miller Quote), Beverly Baird (Hamsa Stencil), Claudine C. (The Heart Can Do Anything Watercolor), Textile Recycler (Priestly Blessing Stencil), Boo (Garden of Your Heart Watercolor)!  Send your snail mail address to me at jessicabethsporn (at) gmail (dot) com!

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  1. Really cool Jessica! I love the heart and your process is so cool. I must try that deli paper.

  2. Both life and creating are a continous flow. It is so interesting to think about how they intertwine. Your post made me think and your altered book is lovely.

  3. I really love this Jessica! Creative and inspiring!

  4. Excellent words and process. Looking forward to this quote!

  5. I am loving the "mosaic" look of this book, Jessica. Love watching you.

  6. Visiting from MOM. Love the vid - it's always fun to see someone's process. Love the finished book also - I really need to try one of those...

  7. Really beautiful - I totally love your new look book :)

    Thanks for linking up!

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

  8. Wonderful, so creative and really inspiring

  9. Wow! Very cool- I like the look of the leaves around the center
    Thanks for sharing the process!
    You can answer these questions when you have time.. :)
    Is deli paper similar to parchment? Did you use air dry clay? Do you glue the book shut? How is the glaze material you used towards the end on top different from what you used to adhere the paper with?

    1. Hi Jane:

      1. I think deli paper is similar - but I believe you can bake with parchment paper but not with deli paper. Here's a forum that discusses this!

      2. I used air dry clay here. I also like model magic. If I'm not going to be wrapping the clay or collaging on it, I prefer polymer clay.

      3. I glued all but the back cover of the book. The back cover acts like a stand. I will post a picture that shows this.

      4. The glaze material I used on top is thin and glossy. The matte medium I used to adhere the paper is matte (and less expensive!)

      Hope that helps!

  10. Thank you so much Jessica - I really appreciate it. I will so enjoy using the stencil.

  11. This page is just wonderful. I love the mosaic look. What a great idea to use deli paper. It has such a cool look painted.

  12. Jessica, I saw this on Make it Monday and glad I came for a closer look. It was great to see the entire process and the finished page is absolutely stunning.
    :) Chris / CS Designs

  13. Woohoo! Yea me! I just emailed you. Thanks for the chance to win.
    And what a nice niche!

  14. What a fantastic project Jessica..brilliant.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Make it Monday..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  15. Totally love this! Congrats to the winners! :)

  16. This is just gorgeous. Love the colours and embellishments. All the elements work so well together. I saw this on MIM and just had to pop over to have a closer look.
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  17. How fabulous this deep, rich niche is... I love it!

  18. That was COOL! And of course the key fit perfectly - it was meant to be there :)
    I love watching this and your other stencil videos - beautiful projects and great videos! xoxo

  19. Love these little niches you can put into books, this came out the word mud int the background. xox

  20. Gorgeous book project and colors Jessica. Visited from MIM..Loz

  21. such a beautiful interpretation of the quote, its lovely, perfect!

  22. very cool thanks for the video

  23. fabulous, loved the aperture you cut into that book. it inspired by art journal page. x

  24. Wow...Fantastic project design!

  25. Another beautiful book! Love the stained glass look and the key :)a

  26. great book, the key is inspirational...key to creativity

  27. Beautiful book, love the stained glass effect. I can imagine how you felt the first time you destroyed a book, I felt the same way... As I was brought up with the idea of even folding a corner of a book page was sacrilege... I'm glad you got past that to make such beautiful pieces of art =)

  28. How lovely to see your beautiful book, and follow your creative progress and well as the interpretation of the Picasso quote.


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