Tekenfilm Altered Book Project

20x12" art journal, black gesso, collage, artwork by Tammy Garcia.

20x12" art journal, black gesso, collage, artwork by Tammy Garcia.

I've been going back through some of my earlier art and I think you should too! You never know what gems you'll find. Things that you might not have thought twice about might have informed the work that you are doing now. Or you might totally hate it. But it is definitely worthwhile to see how you have grown and transformed as an artist.

That said, these pages are from 2009, so about 2 years after I started doing art. It's still weird that I have this definite line in the sand between BEFORE and AFTER starting to do art. Art has opened my eyes to a more intuitive way of decision-making and really more NOTICING the world around me. My creative decisions aren't driven by logic or to do lists or algebraic functions, as far as I know! But I digress. This is a project called Tekenfilm - we'd traveled to Europe a few months earlier and so I wanted to name it something in Dutch. This is, at least per my research, something like cartoon.

Anyhow, I'm art journaling here in a large children's book full of silly cartoons on thick glossy pages. I LOVE the size of this book, just so vast! Twenty (20) inches wide when open! And at the same time an odd size because each individual page is roughly square. I painted a base of black gesso and collaged some images, doodled in white Sharpie and Neocolors plus printed some Jimmy Buffett lyrics and stuck those on the page too. It's a set of pages I've always liked. And the lesson here? Colors really pop on a dark background. Plus? You can add stuff to your pages in different directions. So turn your page around and embellish areas you might otherwise skip.