That’s the name of a fairly new blog http://www.mind-wideopen.blogspot.com/ for mixed media artists, which promises to be more fun than should be allowed! They started off with a bang, having a challenge in which you’re to use a provided image and a word prompt to create whatever you like. There’s a prize for whoever gets the most votes, but they emphasize that the prize is to motivate us to stretch our boundaries and rise up to the challenge (you only get one week to work on it).
I am SO not into contests/challenges in which the winner is decided by public vote, because that always ends up being whoever begs the most people to vote for their entry. In fact – warning, confession coming up! – if someone in a group or forum I belong to posts a message asking everyone to go vote for their entry? I go to the site and vote for someone else’s! LOL (Okay, it’s always because I like that entry better, not because I’m being a snot or anything.) I don’t like people telling me who to vote for; not online, not at the polls!
But, enough grumbling. I decided to take part in the challenge anyway, for a couple reasons. One, the image they provided is so beautiful, there’s no way I wouldn’t use it eventually anyway. And two, I’ve always found the best part of taking an art class is seeing how everyone else puts their own spin on a project. It’s fascinating how differently people complete the same project with the same instructions, and I always get even more cool ideas just by walking around near the end of the class and peeking at everyone else’s work.
Mind Wide Open is going to have a challenge every month and tutorials and all kinds of fun stuff, so check it out when you get a chance; it’s a beautiful blog.
The image they provided for the first challenge is of a lovely girl with flowers on a collaged background; the word prompt is “remembrance.” I actually ended up making two projects; the first is all fabric and I did a lot of sewing on it. For whatever reason, it just didn’t come together in a way that I liked. I think I can salvage it eventually, but for now, I decided to start over from scratch. This one is made on an old book cover with paper scraps, paint, sewing pattern tissue, sheet music, wide sheer ribbon and a chipboard key (Bazzill) that I embossed with “antique copper” embossing powder. (I used a similar key on my pink journal, except with “not so tarnished copper.”) For whatever reason, I couldn’t get a good photo of it.
I’m excited to see what everyone else makes; it is sure to be inspiring!