Subsets of paper love

The happy frenzy of a creative challenge feels good for my soul!

Making, making, making.

There are subsets of paper {within} all of the paper I love. I bet it is just the same for you? Specific kinds of papers that make me especially happy: Japanese paper, tiny scraps that reveal circles, gelatin prints, playing cards, ticket stubs with imprinted digits or codes, bold B&W lettering, tiny labeled diagrams, old yearbooks, magazine images with vivid colors, maps, vintage accounting paper, and bus tickets with embedded metal strips. Much of my paper love is related to office supplies, banks, and mail - back to childhood - typed carbon copies, administrative forms, labels, date stamps, postage stamps, air mail envelopes, postmarks.

3x5” doodles on index card by Tammy Garcia

3x5” doodles on index card by Tammy Garcia

"When you take a step back, you quickly recognize that trying to do everything well - and exerting the same level of detail, effort, and energy to all your endeavors - leaves you feeling stressed and exhausted all of the time, and as though you never get to work on what is most meaningful to you. You do know that there are time and resource constraints. However, we tend to forget these constraints and forge ahead when we're operating on automatic pilot - only to run out of time at the end of the day with a still-long to-do list while wondering what just happened."
Jeff Szymanski
Excerpted from Perfectionism and the Power of Prioritizing

ICADs No. 22-28 for 2019
3x5” index cards

3x5” stitched collage on index cards by Tammy Garcia

3x5” stitched collage on index cards by Tammy Garcia

Tiny, tiny paper scraps, parts of other things, bits from vintage mathematics textbooks, offshoots from other projects, leftovers, all stitched together in the form of chaotic grids.

3x5” gouache on index card by Tammy Garcia

3x5” gouache on index card by Tammy Garcia

Gouache; masked off the edges with tape before I started… to create a white frame. I see a landscape, albeit an odd one. Inspired by Richard Diebenkorn.

3x5” gouache on index card by Tammy Garcia

3x5” gouache on index card by Tammy Garcia

Set a challenge myself using the excess paint working at the same time as the landscape above — to paint blobs that weren’t a recognizable shape or form. Like not circles, not anything geometric, just indecipherable forms. Really got into overlapping the blobs because gouache is that kind of obsessive fun.

3x5” collage on index cards by Tammy Garcia

3x5” collage on index cards by Tammy Garcia

“another trip” and “the limit” and “as the surfing peaks” are collages.

What a long, strange trip it’s been. 🥀🖤 I’m envisioning each of these as art journal pages, however small. “the limit” has the obligatory radishes that are required in all collages. I like to think that these tell stories, but who knows!? Papers include japanese papers, magazine clippings, 1955 N.A.D.A. Official Used Car Guide, mathematical charts, found papers, maps, vintage accounting paper, packaging from store in Tokyo, acrylic skin, wrapping paper.