Sunday, May 1, 2016

Found stories, or Pages, or...

I'm not sure what to call these. It's not an original idea, but it's the first time I've tried it.

The idea is to tear a page from a book you don't want anymore and find words and phrases on that page that string together somehow. They needn't relate to the story of the original text. In fact, I found it best if I avoided reading the text and, instead, just skimmed it for words that popped out at me.

Here's my first effort. Sometimes I use Blooming Butter to divide the space and then I really don't need a string; the tendrils provide that.
Tangles: blooming Butter, Florez, N'zeppel (with Auras),
Phuds, Tipple, and wavy lines
I have previously avoided this art project mainly because of the non-archival nature of the paper used in books. But old books tended to use better paper, and I hope - if I decide to mount these for hanging - that a UV-filter protective coating will help a lot.
Here's my second one. I like how the tangle Adente flows through the phrases, linking them even more.
Tangles: Adente, Crescent Moon, Paisley Boa, Pearlz, Tipple
I think the words 'roses', 'currants', and 'pinks' affected me on my third page and I added color to the one large flower. The tangle Keystone can have a 'picket fence' look, and a window seemed to fit in the upper corner.
Tangles: Arnia, Black Pearlz, Blooming Butter, Ennies,
Flux, Keystone, Knightsbridge, Opus, Tipple

15 comments:

  1. I have been using pages of old books in a similar way when I have had writing-classes! Not tangling around exactly but it is about found poems! Interesting. I will remember this and maybe it can be useful in a more developed way.....

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  2. these are beautifully done.

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  3. I love this effect of the book pages used and the circling of random words along the way as you draw tangles thru out the page. It's so different!! I will have to try that! Thank you for sharing, I love it!!

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    1. I actually chose all the words first and circled them, then tangled around them. But I don't know how anyone else does it! I think you might get a better flow of ideas but choosing the words first.

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  4. I love this look. I think the last one is my favorite though I like the ribbon effect that links the words in the second one. Could you elaborate on what a UV filter protective coating is? Is it in the glass or something like a fixative spray?

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    1. UV glass would be one option, certainly. If I mount them on canvas I'd use an acrylic varnish.

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  5. These are just beautiful! They will be lovely framed for sure.

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  6. Beautifully done Margaret! Commenters can find other examples (Pinterest, Google, etc) if you search for Found Poetry. There's lots of fun inspiration out there but this may be the first I've seen done in Zentangle! Also, there's a product out there (probably more than one : ) that's called Preserve It, made by Krylon that supposedly will add many years to these kind of paper products that aren't archival in nature. I found it at Dick Blick. I'm not sure I'll be around to see if it lasts as long as they claim but isn't so much of what we preserve for others to discover. : ) Tangle On!!

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    1. Thanks for the recommendation Cindy. I'll try to remember to look for Preserve It. I like to take as much preservation care as possible, but I'm happy if it lasts a few decades for the person who buys it. :)

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  7. Beautiful work. You can always get an archival-quality gliclee print made of your favorites. Perhaps mount them back to back, so the print could be displayed and the original would be protected from light, but available also.

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  8. Lovely! Have you ever paged through A Humument, by Tom Phillips? His work was the first of this kind that I was introduced to in an art class years ago. If you can find the film about him and A Humument (very old, but worth it to see his process), do take a look. More recently, a man named Austin Kleon does what he calls 'Newspaper Blackouts,' same idea, only with news pages.

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  9. What an awesome way to use old books! I can't wait to try this. Thanks - you always inspire me. :-)

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  10. How do you dream this stuff up?
    I can hardly wait to try this.

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