Prompted Intuitive Collage

Cleaning out some bins and baskets in the studio over the weekend - came across a bunch of old works I'd forgotten about, including this Asian flavor mixed media postcard. Done using a prompted intuitive collage technique (yes, I know prompted & intuitive seem like they'd cancel each other out, but just trust me, it's a fun process)

I may have a tutorial on this technique somewhere in an earlier blog post, and if I find it I will update with a link to it here. But in case not, here's the breakdown of this card:

PROMPTED COLLAGE - "Legendary & Beautiful" - April 2, 2007
started with plain white cardstock, cut down to 4x6 inch postcard size
I have a container with the prompts printed & cutout on individual slips of paper, and they are:
3-D - chalk - charcoal - draw - ink - magazine - paint - paper - pastels - pattern - pencil - photograph - sand - stamp - scratch - smudge - spatter - surprise - text - wipe - write
and I draw one out at a time - that's the prompted part! the intuitive part is obviously however you choose to interpret and use the word you've pulled.


1 ) STAMP - rubberstamped cherry blossom branches in black StazOn ink
2) PAINT - painted entire card surface with watercolor wash
3) PAPER - added some Asian joss paper acccents
4) PENCIL - colored in the branches of the cherry blossom stamps
5) SURPRISE - added printed image of geisha
6) DRAW - used silver pen to add swirl accents at edges
7) MAGAZINE - added title text from magazine clipping
8) CHARCOAL - edged the magazine text with charcoal
9) SMUDGE - smudged the charcoal to blend it in
10) 3D - added the shimmery butterfly (a broken necklace bit)

Sprayed the card with matte acrylic sealer and called it done!

Hope you liked this little blast-from-my-artistic-past! I used to use this technique all the time to jump start me when I was feeling stuck on a piece or just not feeling particularly creative, and I'd totally forgotten about it until I was cleaning things out! So now I am looking forward to using it again real soon. Print out your own prompts (doesn't hafta be my exact list - use whatever you want!) and have a fun time making something, with just the *teeniest* bit of guidance You'll love it!

xoxo gem

Postcard Project

I joined this

postcard project

over at Nervousness at the beginning of the year - got my "blank" card a week or so ago and set out to alter it this morning, using the "prompted collage" technique I learned about from


, who I think learned it from


and so on and so forth (

like I have time to backtrack to the absolute origination of any tip or technique, YAH

!) but I really like this process as it's sooooo easy and fast - you can knock out an ATC or 4x4 or postcard or even bigger piece in like minutes (depending on how long it takes any one elment to dry or set, etc ...) but you still feel like you really stretched you creativity and went outside some of your normal borders. So it's nice especially if you find you get into a sort of rut doing the same process and elements again and again in your artwork. (Then again I'm bad about putting back and re-fishing around in my prompt can if I don't get the element I want at the time I want it, heh.) Anyway. On with the show!

Goal here is to take this postcard:

and alter it into my own piece of art, then send it back to the host who will collect them all and then exhibit them in a local arts center. The only prep work I did to the card before starting the process was to lightly sand off the glossy topcoat (as seen above) and then I pulled out my first prompt:


I have a new bottle of acrylic paint in the shade "Passion Punch" so I used that, just dry brushing it randomly across the front in horizontal strokes.

Next was


so I found a similar hued piece of scrapbook paper with a wave pattern and glued that down along one side.

Then came


, so I used my trusty swirl rubberstamp and dipped it into some antique white acrylic paint and randomly added the swirls. Here we are so far:

The next prompts I pulled were


- using an opened paperclip I scratched some straight lines throughout, especially over the original qutoe text. Then I got


and edged around the patterned paper - and right there is where this piece really came together for me, I think:

After that came


(well, wasn't thaaat lucky?) so I smudged the charcoal with my finger to work it into the paper ...


was next so I took my black StazOn pad and inked the edges of the card (something I have to do to almost everything I work on, habitually!) then for


I used a shaped punch to add two openwork stars through the patterned paper.


was next (I explained this in another art piece description on flick'r, but "spatter" wasn't one of the original prompt words in the list I copied - I took the typo


to mean Spatter but it was actually supposed to be patterN ... So I just left them both in. It's just art - you can still do what you want you know.) Anyway I love paint spatters on stuff so I was happy to see this one turn up, though I did make my paint mix just a tad too wet here. Lookin' good so far:

Only one prompt to go (I usually stop at ten) and what do I get?


- not so bad I think ... I go and pull the entire quote for the


that was on the front of this card when I started, print it up in a nice little font and cut it out - ink the edges, and before I attach it realize the white paper is too stark so I lightly sponge some of the leftover spatter paint mix onto the text, then re-ink the edges, then attach. And BAM! just like that it's ruined!

So now I DO NOT like that final piece on there, and only added it thinking it would "tie" the whole thing together with the original underlying quote and the full quote on top (plus the fact that it mentions writing and after all this is a


...) I don't like how large the text field is (even though I used a real small font and the lowest possible point size) or the angle at which I placed it. Shoulda just used the last part of the quote, but ah-well! It's done now. I brushed a topcoat of satin varnish on as a protectant (mostly for the charcoal) and now it's pressing flat so I can mail it tomorrow. YaY. Here's the final, finished card:

Oh and while I was working on this I noticed my son's clay art project for school is cracking as it's drying (yeep!) - but - thats another story for another day!

See ya :)

~ gem ~