Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Comfort Zone

I really love vintage antique lace (I do, after all have "gallons" of it ... but that's a whole other story altogether), old dolls and imagery of old dolls, I just have a very hard time incorporating it into my work. Below I am showing two photos of a spread I began using some old vintage lace paper and a few copies of old paper dolls. Wonderful stuff really, but this is as far as I could get.
I left these pages in full view for days and days, hoping something would come to me as to what I should do with them. It took everything I had to stop myself from covering it all up with Gesso and starting over. Nothing ever came to me, so I finally decided just to do something, anything.
The two photos below show what I finally came up with. While they are still not among my favorite pages by far, I think all in all they are okay. It was interesting to see how I handled working out of my usual Comfort Zone and I am glad I pushed myself to do it.
It would be very interested to see how other people would handle the same elements, especially someone that works regularly with vintage imagery.
This spread is in my "Over the Edge - Volume #2" Journal.

9 comments:

Lori Wostl said...

I love your work - I have some of the very same ephemera etc. and cannot come up with a 'what to do' with them. Maybe an over the edge journal...looking at your workshop schedule to see when you get close to me.

Regina said...

I think it's cute!! It is a bit overwhelming when we do get out of our comfort zones but that's what makes life interesting too.

Hugs,
Regi

xinme said...

Ingrid -- your work is phenomenal -- all of it!!!!

Rebecca Anthony said...

You've done it again Ingrid, SO cool!!!

Dotty said...

Love it! And it's great to hear that an artist I like sometimes looks at a page and says, "I have no idea what to do right now." :) Thanks for being an inspiration, and for sharing your process with us.

Coleen said...

Saw all your journals Ingrid. Very nice.

Kellys Art Journaling/ Sharing The Journey said...

I agree with you Ingrid, art is so personal that it is very difficult when we work with something we are not used to working with. However, you did a fabulous job with these vintage images. I love the colors you chose to go with them too!

AisforRandom said...

O Wow, i really like this, i also like cupcakes

Cattrix said...

Really nice, the colors and feel caught the vintage ness of the little dolls. Very sweet. It makes me feel better when someone who is a skilled talented and prolific artist has out of their comfort zone moments.

there may be hope for me. :)

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