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INSPIRATION Summer, 2013

IS IN THE CARDS

Magic? Maybe not, but as artists, I think it’s important to listen to the river of ideas and sensory information around us, to notice our gut instincts and to listen carefully for messages from the universe -what Jung termed the collective unconscious...

An Online Workshop with Susie Monday What  gets  you  going  in  the   studio?  (Be  it  a  back   bedroom,  kitchen  table  or   dedicated  workroom..)  In   this  workshop  we’ll  learn   about  and  make  our  own   Inspiration  Cards  and   ?igure  out  how  to  use  them   as  art  work  prompts,   creative  jumpstarts  and   mini-­‐art  gifts  for  friends.  

even  more  interesting,  the   use  of  an  all-­‐in-­‐one  printer   or  copier  to  "?inalize"  your   cards,  and  suggestions  for   how  to  make  Inspiration   Cards  part  of  your  artist's   path.  

For  those  with  digital   tables  (such  as  an  iPad),   I’ll  include  some  optional   lessons  on  some  apps  as   The  four  week  class  takes   well  as  some  online  tools   you  through  collection  and   and  software  that  will  let   collage  activities,    photo-­‐ you  add  some  digital  fun   editing  and  word-­‐smith   to  your  Inspiration  Cards,   fun  to  make  your  collages   too.  

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Week  1:  What  are   Inspiration  Cards? Learn  about  Inspiration   Cards  and  how  to  use   them  with  lots  of   examples,  then  assemble   and  organize  your  collage   materials  -­‐-­‐  paper,   packaging,  magazine   images  and  photos,  fabric,   trims  and  more  -­‐-­‐    and   start  to  work.   This  week's  workshop   includes  four  design   assignments  that  use  your  


INSPIRATION IS IN THE CARDS Summer, 2013

Inspiration is listening...and doing right-­‐brain  intuition,  intentions  and  goals   Do one thing every day that and  your  left-­‐brain  analysis  of   composition  and  color  schemes.  Number   scares you. ?ive  design  exercise  is  coming  next   Eleanor Roosevelt week.! brochures,  maps,  bits  of  shiny  foil  and   package  wrappings    -­‐-­‐  that  I  just  can’t   But  ?irst  -­‐-­‐  what  are  these  cards  and  why   seem  to  toss  out.  To  tame  the   do  I  make  them? collection,  I  ?igured  out  that  if  I  made   I  started  making  Inspiration  Cards  about   my  own  little  mini  collage  cards  using   a  decade  ago,  and  included  making  them   the  otherwise  PILED  UP  bits  and   as  part  of  my  annual  Artists’  Journey/ pieces,  I  could  transform  the   Artists’  Journal  January  Workshop  at  El   collections  into  something  useful,  and   Cielo  in  2007.  The  practice  grew  from   give  myself  permission  to  throw  about   several  different  inklings  and  impulses: the  leftover  bits.  Self  and  sanity   preservation.   1. I  had  used  Tarot  cards  and  other   similar  decks  when  I  wanted  a  kick-­‐ start  to  a  project,  or  felt  blocked  in  my   3. Once  I  started  making  cards  with   others,  they  became  a  swap  tradition   creative  studio  work,  all  to  good  effect.   among  those  who  take  my  classes,  like   It  seemed  like  asking  the  universe  for   artist  trading  cards,  but  bigger!  I  use   a  little  randomly  selected  guidance   regular  3”  by  5”  index  cards  as  my   was  a  good  practice  for  me  -­‐-­‐  along   template/?inal  size  -­‐-­‐  though  as  you   with  actually  GETTING  TO  THE   see,  my  process  often  means  making  a   STUDIO  . larger  collage  and  shrinking  it! 2. I  am  a  collector  of  ephemera  -­‐-­‐   birthday  cards,  letters,  pieces  of   Saul Bellow:

You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.

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INSPIRATION IS IN THE CARDS Summer, 2013

4 BASIC DESIGN EXERCISES Return to these basic design exercises, whenever you need some inspiration for your inspiration cards!

There are years that ask questions and years that answer. Zora Neale Hurston

Make  at  least  one  collage  with   each  of  these  design  exercises   as  your  starting  point.  You  may   decide  to  take  some  detours  or   high  roads  or  alternative   routes  as  you  work  -­‐-­‐  that’s  ?ine   with  me.  Just  start  out  in  the   same  space!  P.S.  One  more   exercise  to  come  next  week! SUPPLIES  TO  BUY 8.5”  by  11”  sheets  of  card  stock   or  bristol  -­‐-­‐  at  least  10  sheets

1  yard  WonderUnder  or  other   paper  backed  fusible  web

Xacto  craft  knife,  #11  blades   permanent  markers,  wide  and   and  metal  blade  ruler ?ine  point,  variety  of  at  least  2-­‐4   Cutting  matt colors  (Micro  Pigma  pen  for   example) Glossy  photo  paper,  at  least  5   sheets Ultra  ?ine  black  Sharpie Large  size  glue  stick Scissors  for  fabric  and  paper

One set of materials just with letters -- leftover collage bits from some text on textile experiments. A small cutting blade is helpful , too.

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3”  by  5”  white  unlined  index   card  -­‐-­‐  pack  of  50 Plastic  Index  card  ?ile  envelopes   or  index  card  box  for  storage   (optional) Perl  cotton  (one  or  more  colors)   and  appropriate  sized   embroidery  needle

Bond  paper  for  sketches,   samples/test  sheets

Assorted  good  quality  colored   paper  -­‐-­‐  multiple  colors

TO COLLECT Assemble these ingredients into a set of small boxes (cigar boxes are great), clear plastic tubs or produce cartons from the warehouse store (my personal favorite!) Sort, or not, up to you!

Assorted  rubber  stamps,  as   needed

Old  magazines,  mail,  cards  and   other  paper  ephemera Fabric  scraps,  trim,  buttons,   yarn,  thread  scraps

Stickers,  sticky  backed  stars,   labels,  etc. Photos,  or  best,  copies  of   photos,  unless  they  are  ones   you’re  OK  with  using  as-­‐is. Shiny  packaging  materials  such   as  candy  wrappers Phrases  from  ads  and  cards  that   you  like Quotes  you  like  either   handwritten  or  printed  from   your  computer


INSPIRATION IS IN THE CARDS Summer, 2013

WORKING FROM RANDOM design exercise 1 This  is  the  most  dif?icult  design   The first question I ask myself exercise  of  the  ?ive  -­‐-­‐  because  you  have  to   when something doesn't seem to give  up  more  control  than  you  are  used   be beautiful is why do I think it's to  doing  -­‐-­‐  and  because  it’s  essential  to   not beautiful. And very shortly give  up  your  judgement  of  the  result.  The   you discover that there is no most  dif?icult  thing  to  do,  as  artists  and   reason. as  human  beings,  is  to  acknowledge   John Cage exactly  how  little  control  we  actually   have...especially  on  the  behavior  of  other   humans,  and  even,  other  objects.  This   design  exercise  helps  remind  me,  that    if  I   2. Turn  each  stack  face  down  and  blindly   select  three  pieces  of  paper  from  each   make  an  effort  to  go  with  the  ?low,  often   stack.  Randomly  cut  or  tear  (or  both)   the  outcome  is  interesting,  surprising,   these  images  into  smaller  pieces  -­‐-­‐   revealing  and  much  more  intriguing  than   each  no  larger  than  4”  square.   anything  I  could  consciously  have  put  my   will  to.  Don’t  worry,  the  other  exercises   3. Turn  the  images  over,  and,  as  quickly   will  give  you  plenty  of  opportunity  to   as  you  can,  carefully  glue*  and   exert  control  and  choice.  Make  at  least   assemble  a  collage  of  as  many  pieces  of   one. images  that  you  can  assemble  on  one   8.5”  by  11”  piece  of  card  stock  or   1. From  your  stack  of  magazines,  cut  or   bristol  board,  roughly  keeping  a  grid   tear  quickly  (in  3-­‐5  minutes  on  the   pattern.  Don’t  be  too  fussy,  but  do   timer)  three  stacks  of  images  and   notice  patterns  of  colors,  shapes  and   words  that  catch  your  eye-­‐  small,   text. medium,  large.  Include  words. Erica Jong, Fear of Flying

It took me years to learn to sit at my desk for more than two minutes at a time, to put up with the solitude and the terror of failure, and the godawful silence and the white paper. And now that I can take it . . . now that I can finally do it . . . I'm really raring to go.

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INSPIRATION IS IN THE CARDS Summer, 2013

What we call chaos is just patterns we haven’t recognized. What we call random is just patterns we can’t decipher. What we can’t understand we call nonsense. What we can’t read we call gibberish... Chuck Palahniuk

4. *  To  glue  carefully  with  a  glue  stick,  means  to   seal  the  edges.  Use  an  old  magazine  as  your   gluing  stage.  For  each  collage  piece,  turn  it  over   on  a  clean  dry  page  of  magazine.  Coat  the   collage  piece  to  and  beyond  the  edges  with  a   good  coat  of  glue.  You  don’t  need  to  do  the   interior  area,  but  you  can  if  you  like  a  really   tight  ?lat  surface  for  your  ?inished  product.  Use  a   new  clean  sheet  of  magazine  page  every  time   you  glue  a  new  collage  piece.  Clean  your  ?ingers   often!

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5. That’s  it.  Next  step  later.

Ideas are one thing and what happens is another.

6.  But  do  make  more  than  one  to  see  what   happens!  Using  the  same  stacks  creates  pattern.

John Cage


INSPIRATION IS IN THE CARDS Summer, 2013

I'm not an abstractionist. I'm not interested in the relationship of color or form or anything else. I'm interested only in expressing basic human emotions: tragedy, ecstasy, doom, and so on. Mark Rothco

WORKING FROM COLOR design exercise 2 This  exercise  starts  with  color.  Try  it  with   your  favorite  hue  (a  basic  color  such  as  red,   green,  blue,  yellow,  brown)  or  with  one  you   dislike,  for  more  of  a  challenge.  Color  carries   emotional  and  sensorial  info.  Your  Color   Inspiration  Cards  don’t  need  words  to   communicate  messages. 1. From  your  collection  of  paper  and  fabrics,   select  as  many  variations  of  your  hue  (ie  if   red:  pinks,  maroons,  scarlets,  wines,  etc)  as   you  can  in  3-­‐5  minutes.  

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2. Use  the  color  wheel  on  the  following  page   to  ?ind  the  complement  of  your  main  hue.   The  color  complement  is  the  hue  directly  on   the  opposite  side  of  the  wheel  from  the   color  you  started  with. 3. Cut  three  small  squares,  circles  or  strips  of   paper  or  fabric  that  match  your   complement.  (use  variations  or  all  the   same).   4. Pencil  off  a  rectangle  this  time  on  your  card   stock,  measuring  7.5  “  wide  by  4.5”  wide.   Use  this  space  for  your  collage/s.


INSPIRATION IS IN THE CARDS Summer, 2013

She would be half a planet away, floating in a turquoise sea, dancing by moonlight to flamenco guitar. Janet Fitch, White Oleander

5. Using  your  principal  hue,  glue  down  a  collage  that   has  the  emotional  feeling    or  meaning  of  what  that   hue  means  to  you.  Perhaps  blue  means  ocean  or   blue  means  sad,  or  blue  means  night  sky  or  angelic   cloak.  Whatever  the  personal  meaning  of  the  hue,   make  a  collage  that  either  realistically  or  abstractly     expresses  that  meaning. 6. Once  you  have  the  main  collage  arranged  and  glued   to  your  satisfaction,  add  three  small  elements  -­‐-­‐   shapes,  forms,  dots  or  lines  -­‐-­‐  using  the   complementary  color  of  the  principle  hue.  This  will   make  your  design  POP!  A  design  tip  to  use  no   matter  what  form  your  creation  takes.

Soon it got dusk, a grapy dusk, a purple dusk over tangerine groves and long melon fields; the sun the color of pressed grapes, slashed with burgundy red, the fields the color of love and Spanish mysteries. Jack Kerouac, On the Road

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FASHIONMONTHLY June 25, 2013

A very wise quote is a spectacular waterfall! When you see it, you feel its power! Mehmet Murat ildan

WORKING FROM A QUOTE design exercise 3 You  word  people  will  love  this  one! 1. Find  a  quote  you  like.  It  may  be  one  that  you   have  memorized,  one  that’s  in  a  journal,  or   one  that  you  ?ind  online.  One  of  my  favorite   places  to  ?ind  really  great  quotes  in  on  the   book/readers  site  Goodreads.  You  do  have   to  make  an  account  for  access,  but  I  ?ind  the   site  a  really  great  one  for  book  reviews  and   author  information,  too! 2. Other  free/non  member  sites  for  quotes   include:  BrainyQuote,  Quotations  Book,  and   just  a  Google  search  for  the  theme  or  topic  

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you  are  interested  in  including  the  word   “quote.” 3. After  selecting  a  quote  to  work  with,   illustrate  it  with  a  collage  -­‐-­‐  or  simply  print   it  out  on  your  computer  multiple  times  and   make  a  collage  of  the  text  only.  Use  the  7.5  “   wide  by  4.5”  wide  rectangles  for  your   collage  this  time,  too. 4. P.S.  Feel  free  to  use  any  of  the  quotes  in   these  pages.  Most  of  them  come  from   GoodReads.


INSPIRATION IS IN THE CARDS Summer, 2013 You  can  also  use  FOUND  QUOTES,  combinations   of  words  and  phrases  from  ads  and  magazine   titles,  such  as  the  ones  on  this  page  from  one  of   the  participants  in  my  workshops,  Pat  Schulz. Another  cool  tool  for  working  with  text  is  TEXT   WRITING,  both  an  app  for  your  phone  or  tablet,   and  a  web-­‐based  software  that  lets  you  curve   type,  manipulate  it  with  size,  spacing,  color  and   font  style.  Find  it  at  http://www.storyabout.net/ typedrawing/ Remember  to  save  your  collages!  And  take  a   photo  or  two  to  share  on  the  Joggles  Forum.

I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself. Marlene Dietrich

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INSPIRATION IS IN THE CARDS Summer, 2013

I don't know whether you can look at your past and find, woven like the hidden symbols on a treasure map, the path that will point to your final destination. Jodi Piccoult

WORKING FROM A SYMBOL design exercise 4 And  back  to  world  of  images. 1. What  is  one  of  your  favorite  symbols  or   icons  -­‐-­‐  or  even  shapes  -­‐-­‐-­‐  a  heart,  a  triangle,   a  spiral,  a  wave,  a  human  pro?ile,  a  tree... 2. Choose  just  one  for  a  starting  place. 3.  Cut    three  copies  of  a  simple  shape   silhouette  of  your  design  from  black  paper  ,   each  one  should  almost  ?ill  your  7.5”by  4.5”   penciled  rectangle  on  your  card  stock.

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4. Cut  apart  and  reassemble  the  three  black   shapes  in  different  ways  on  two  rectangle   backgrounds.  Use  different  pieces  of  the   shapes  however  and  where  ever  you  wish  -­‐-­‐   but  stick  ?irst  with  black  and  white. 5. Next  pick  up  your  micro  point  pen  or   Sharpie  and  add  lines,  dots,  squiggles  or   other  pattern  textures.  Fill  in  every  inch  of   the  space. Remember  to  save  your  collages!  Share  on  the   Joggles  Forum.


INSPIRATION IS IN THE CARDS Summer, 2013

Here  are  my  ?inal  symbol  designs  -­‐-­‐  and  on  the   next  page,  see  a  stack  of  design  ideas  ready  to   transform  into  Inspiration  Cards.

Remember,  there’s  one  more  design  exercise  to   come,  and  then  all  of  these  projects  will  become   the  basis  of  further  manipulation,  sizing,   embellishment  and  more  as  we  turn  these   design  exercises  into  Inspiration  Cards. Next  week,  we’ll  start  using  some  tools  and   technology,  so  round  up  your  resources: Equipment  and  Tools Digital  camera computer smart  phone  or  tablet  (optional) inkjet  printer  or  all-­‐in-­‐one  copier  (preferred) sewing  machine  (optional)

All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril. Oscar Wilde

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INSPIRATION!

PLEASE  let  me  know  if  you  have  trouble  following  these  instructions,   either  through  the  Joggles  forum  or  through  my  blog  or  email.  I  will   supplement  the  information  about  Inspiration  Cards  on  my  blog   throughout  the  month,  so  check  in  there  at  https://susie-­‐ monday.squarespace.com/blog/ I’m  happy  to  answer  questions  or  just  take  comments  any  time!  Email   me  at  susiemonday  atsymbol  gmail.com Also,  if  you’d  like  to  join  my  email  newsletter  list,  follow  this  link  to   sign  up:  http://mad.ly/signups/69874/join 12


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