Here’s how it goes. I take a library card (purchased from a library supply company, because I like these cards for many reasons, including their nostalgia value for me).
I paste cut-out words or phrases on each one. These snips are random selections from old books. I fill up the card.
I write poetry using these out-of-the-blue words or phrases and I let them take me wherever they want to go.
Then, I color the cards. Because I think it’s fun and they are pretty.
That’s about it.
Take a look at a recent group.
ah, Claudia, these are so beautiful! Did you do connections between the words and the colors, the feeling of the text?
Thank you. No, I didn’t think about the words on the cards, I gave them their colors at random. It’s interesting you say this, though, because when I started doing these cards, I had used the phrases in other works and therefore considered the cards “used up”. So I put the colors on purely to compliment the text’s appearance but not what it said. But – after I finished the colorings, I re-read the cards. And the colors do make a difference in the things I think about when I read the words, from when the cards were plain. It sounds maybe a little crazy, but the colors influenced me. I really like thinking about this.
That sounds nice! All is connected in some way…
I always love the visual textures of these cards and the combination of paint, the printed lines of the cards peeping through, and then the font of the text.
These cards go the distance – from words to art to a combination of both, and all phases are rewarding to me to make, and I am glad that people enjoy seeing them, they always seem to bring comments. I think print as having meaning and print as purely objects or shapes, these cards intersect the two. I like that.
Like reflections in water. (K)
Very cool looking!
Wow! Pretty darn awesome!
Thank you. I like making these. And I get that nostalgia moment – I remember cards like this in the library where I went when I was young.