Dec 9, 2008

creative process of a magnetic board

i have finally completed 2 pieces of magnetic boards. but the truth is, i'm not totally excited about the finished products. the magnetic boards itself worked out quite well but the arty part of it... well.. i cannot say it didn't work out well... they are not ugly, just not what i'm used to... i guess. it was a choice so i'm not going to complain. i made a choice to used them as canvas for discovering collage making and mixed media.

before i go into the 'arty' part, let me show you how i finally made the boards, 'magnetic' :)

these are zinc sheets i bought from the hardware store. they are pretty light weight and thin and can be cut into shape using a pair of normal scissors. but the edges are really sharp so you have to be very careful when you cut them up. initially i wanted to cut them exactly to the shape of the palette but found it really difficult to cut the holes. and on second thought, it was not such a good idea because if anyone slipped their fingers through the holes, the zinc might cut their fingers! and the palettes ... you've seen them before, the one in grey... is the one i sprayed with the not-so-magnetic magnetic paint :)))

so i ended up with this and i think it worked quite well. glued the zinc to the palette with elmer's metal glue.


passion

this is the first one magnetic board i made.

medias were :
> paint - the roses were painted

> music score printed on recycled paper
> vintage images printed on recycled paper
> ink - for the writings
> yarn - for hanging

problems :
the vintage images were not so well printed. the recycled paper took a lot of ink and you can see lines of uneven print job across the images. i'm still undecided if i should change the images because the lines on the 'lovers' image give me a feeling of grainy tv... which i thought quite suited the look of this piece. my best bet is to change the orange image and retain the lover image. what do you think?

these are an assortment of colorful mosaics. i turned them into little magnets by glueing round raw magnets to the bottom of the mosaic. so every magnetic board comes with 4 pieces of mosaic magnets :)


wallflower

this is the second piece i made. this one has been modified many times. if you look closely, you can still see some bottom layers showing through the top layers. i was so engrossed in the process of trying to get this one to "fall into place", i totally forgot to take pictures of the disasters, (i kicked myself for that) . i finally used the word 'wallflower' from the piece of writeup in the center and reworked this piece from there.

medias were :
> paint - the sunflower is painted, vintage girl had paint added to it
> party serviettes - the circular designs you see on the top right
> vintage flower write up/sketches from an old garden encyclopedia printed on ivory paper
> vintage images printed on ivory paper
> music score printed on recycled paper
> rubber stamp
> texture paste - is the textured background you see above and below the hole
> ink - writing and a couple of leaves
> yarn - for hanging

problems :
i had vision problems... trying to find one subject matter to zero in, which resulted in many disastrous layers (but i can assure you the magnets will still work on this!) i finally decided on 'wallflower'

so the conclusion is ... although i am not too excited about these 2 pieces, but i enjoyed the creative process of making them and discovering a variety of medias which have endless possibilities. my guess is i still have not developed the 'eye' for this sort of art yet. it is all still very new to me. but the good thing is, it keeps my adrenaline rushing. and i'm looking forward to do some more :)

happy pimping! :)

21 comments:

  1. I love these magnetic boards, they are great. You've done a wonderful job with the collage and sticking to a theme. I'm also new to collage. I've found that sometimes if I put a glaze of acrylic over the background it unifies the piece and lets the focal point stand out more. I'm not sure that your boards need that though. They look great as they are :o)

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  2. hello gayle :)
    so lovely to see you again :))))) you just made my day!!!! thank you so much for the wonderful and encouraging comment! i'm waiting to see another piece of your work on altered books :)))

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  3. Luthien,

    I stand in awe of your talent. Wow!

    Yes, it's a bird house that I have pictured on my blog. It's distressed. It's one of my favorites.

    Love Melissa

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  4. OH MY GOSH!! The boards are absolutely gorgeous Luthien!! I'm serious! We're always our own worst critics in that we see the small details that went into creating what we make, these details usually being the flaws. Trust me though, the recipients of these gorgeous boards will see only the immense beauty in the final presentation. Truly gorgeous work!!

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  5. Dear Sweet Luthien,
    What do you mean disaster? Are you kidding me? These are totally lovely and unique pieces. I say keep the first one exactly like you have it too. Don't change the lovers, it makes the piece. Bravo, dear girl, bravo! xxoo

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  6. Oh girl -- I think these are AMAZING! You talk about the "problems", but honestly, I don't see them! These are so unique and creative, and those adorable little magnets make me want to reach right thru the computer screen and touch them! As ALWAYS, this is beautiful work, my friend!

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  7. my dear dear ladies! what would i do without all of you and all your encouragements! i was still pondering about the 2 pieces but now i think i should just accept the way they turned out... and love them the way they are :))))

    melissa :))) as always, you are so sweet ... i enjoy my conversations with you and i feel anxious when you are not feeling well, happy when you are feeling good. i really appreciate your comments and most importantly, you... as my friend :)thank you :)

    sharon :))) you are a true artist. not only is your work exquisite, you tend to always knock me back into my creative senses. you are so right when you say we are our own worst critics :) i guess it's just that i haven't got used to mixed media presentation yet... so everything i see is just a mess. but perhaps it IS meant to be a mess :)thank you so much for that profound and wonderful comment :)))

    carolyn :))) thank you once again for the words of encouragement:) it may seem unbelievable but you are like a gently guiding hand and a patient listener to my creative ravings and i thank you for that. i also thank you for reminding me about being righteous and good everytime i read your sunday post :)))

    jen :))) i have missed you :))) and you know it! i love to see you here again and always, with your words, you bring a smile to my face. all of the time, when you write something, i could actually feel your energy and visualize the things you are doing in your writing :) you are so cool and i thank you for being my friend :)))and i really think you should consider writing something... perhaps a book... seriously!

    thank you for making my day ladies.. and making this world a better place :)

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  8. Hii luthen..I'm very honoured that such a great creative person like you drop by at my blog..tq soooooo much. Ohh I really like your blog especially your art of transforming things to a priceless creation. This is the kind of blog that I'm looking for to get an idea for my countless projects...tq,tq..I will link your blog so that I wont miss anything from you.

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  9. Hii luthen..I'm very honoured that such a great creative person like you drop by at my blog..tq soooooo much. Ohh I really like your blog especially your art of transforming things to a priceless creation. This is the kind of blog that I'm looking for to get an idea for my countless projects...tq,tq..I will link your blog so that I wont miss anything from you.

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  10. thank you azah! it is a pleasure meeting you :))) good luck with your projects and don't forget to post them :) i'll be watching out for them :)

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  11. If I have the chance to move to KL, pls organize a class :p

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  12. lol! carol my dear... you are so cute! i am not qualified to teach! i make a whole load of mistakes myself!

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  13. Beautiful pieces :D They look great! I envy your talent for painting :D And what a wonderful idea to make them magnetic.
    Kudzu

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  14. thanks kudzu :) and thanks for visiting ;) hope to see you here more often :)))

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  15. Luthien I am forever amazed at you. These are absolutely stunning!! Where do you market your stuff? You have such talent, beautiful, beautiful work.

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  16. thank you sunday girl :) glad you liked them :) hmmm... i have never marketed my stuff... dunno why...always struggled with the question whether people WANT stuff i make... i guess

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  17. Hi Luthien, just stopping by to say "we want your stuff"! ;-)

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  18. These are beautiful pieces! You need to be more secure with your talent! I love them both!

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  19. hello tina :)
    wow! thank you for the wonderful comment! i really appreciate it :) please come by again :))))

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  20. I know these are old post, and I've been looking at all of them and I'm just so impressed with your creativeness. You are a very cleaver lady!

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xoxoxo
Luthien :)