Monday, February 25, 2013

4"x4"x400 Project - Working In Series


Or, "Teeny Tiny Art".  I am challenging myself to create 400 pieces of 4"x4" art in order to demonstrate the power of working in series.  I invite you to join me in making "Teeny Tiny Art", which you can post on our Flickr Group.  For details go here.  I will be posting my own 4"x4" art and progress on the project.

I am offering my original pieces of 4"x4" art for a $25 contribution to my Studio Fund.  I'm also offering a set of downloadable greeting cards for $10.  I wish I could say that I am raising money for a charity, but the truth is that my studio needs serious building repairs, starting with the roof.  All proceeds from this project go to improving my studio so it will not look like this:
Photo: Doug Armstrong

You can buy an actual slate from my roof with a painting on it for $60!  It will be shipped after the roof is stripped.    Participate at any level you choose!  All the details are here.

Here is the first in a series of video tutorials I will be posting that demonstrate 4"x4" art:



Download a pdf explaining the parameters of making 4"x4" art.

Here are the four pieces of Teeny Tiny art that I came from the video:




Each one is worked on separately after I cut the 8"8" in quarters.   Have fun, and please post your work on Flickr.

13 comments:

  1. I really like this style of making things, if fact I was so inspired I have made some postcards. Thank you for sharing I really enjoyed playing with paint like this. Dxx

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  2. LOVE the way you work Jane. I'm inspired.....off to the studio.

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  3. You are a true artist at work. It inspires me to try again. Being a quilter I will quilt my pieces too.

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  4. Great video, and an interesting project. I'm looking forward to playing along (although I don't think I'm going to aim for 400!)

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  5. Great idea Jane,
    I love the that size, 4 is my lucky number. I'll join. Please tell me that is not what your studio looks like now!?

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  6. Thank you for generously sharing this process. I had the best fun.

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  7. Dear Jane:

    Thanks for the great video!
    I have a question about the homemade stamp you are using, the one that is made of small circles (plastic washers, I think). Are they stuck to mat board? and if so, what is the little "handle" on top made of? Thank you!

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    1. Thanks! Yes, mat board, and the handle is masking tape. Simple. Have fun!

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  8. i just found your video through julie balzaar's blog. LOVED it! your work is fabulous. and this looks like such a fun project. definitely want to give it a try. i was curious about the black and white collage pieces...did you make them yourself? also, what kind of paper were you blotting with and what kind are you building the collage on? thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. Thank you, Diane. Glad you like the video. The collage papers are all ones I've painted myself. I'm blotting paint with Cheap Drawing Paper, and my substrate paper is 250gsm (grams per square meter, a measure of weight) American Masters Printmaking paper. Go to the Links page on my web site for sources. http://janedaviesstudios.com/links

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  9. I'm new to painting (but not mixed media), and just now trying to learn abstracts. I've also just discovered you on Pinterest. LOVE your art, by the way! But watching your video of this process made me realize something I think is important... the piece may look ugly on the way to beautiful! I hope you aren't offended by that because I do not mean it offensively - it's just that I tend to want each step of the way to look good until it's time to stop. And that's really tripping me up. Your process is fascinating - you are so free. I want to get to there. And rest assured - I am going to take advantage of everything you have out here! Thank you for your creative generosity. ART ON! ~ Mo

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    1. Thanks, Mo! No, I am certainly not offended that you noticed that pieces are not gorgeous every step of the way. This is SO important to understand! You have to accept the awkward stages as just part of the process, rather than evidence that the piece is "not good". Very observant of you. Let your piece get ugly! It frees you up tremendously.

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  10. merci pour la vidéo , elle ma donné envie de faire des cartes pour noel¨ j'aime beaucoup ce coté.... comment dire ..........déconnecté!!!! déjanté!!!!!
    merci pour le partage.

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