I'm trying to stay away from random collages, but it seems to be what I always gravitate toward. I'd like to break out of my comfort zones this month and try some new methods. My confort zones are:
Beginning to break free a bit:
My altered books have been morphing into something new and different to me -- I've been using a lot of stencils (particularly on the borders) and, rather than a bulky "collaged/assemblage," they've been coming out more like that scrapbook organizational manner I described above. I've also been adding a lot of pockets, tags, cut-out's and envelopes. I like this twist, though, because I felt like my other altered book work didn't really tell the story I intended at the start of the work.
My ACEO (a.k.a. ATC) work has been changing, too. Before, I worked from card to card without really tying any of them together with a theme. Lately, I've been creating small series and exploring different themes and different materials.
I've accomplished this "break free from my comfort zone" when I was cutting watercolor paper and saved the scraps. They were perfect for either an ACEO base or the interior mat. I used walnut ink, watercolor pencils, gel ink and other various materials layered one on top of each other. This was hard for me because anyone who knows me well knows I'm an obsessive compulsive freak when it comes to keeping things neat.