In case you missed the news flash, I was "tagged" by the oh so nice Pat at Corn In My Coffee Pot to participate in the Creative Blog Hop. Thanks, Pat-- I'm honored you thought of me!
My job today is to answer the following four questions:
1. What am I working on right now? Right at this exact second, I'm making some random ATCs. By the time this post "airs," I will be on to something else. I work fairly quickly.
2. Why do I create what I do? Scrapbooking and card making came in to vogue just about the time I became a mother and was also dealing with chronic health issues. Paper art fit into limited time and energy. Up to that point, I was a "fine artist," drawing and painting. Collage type work seemed easier to me; I almost felt like I was cheating (I got over that), plus I really enjoy it. And it was a lot neater to leave a paper project to attend to an infant rather than paints and wet brushes.
3. How does my work differ from others in my genre? I think my work is sort of in between true collage and paper crafts, such as card making. I use a lot of scrapbook paper, unlike most collage, yet use vintage ephemera, unlike a lot of card making. I also work "flat," which is not true of most card and scrapbook projects. I have yet to get into the 3-D embellishments.
4. How does my creative process work? I work in a very simple start to finish manner and am good about finishing things before moving on to something else. Unless I'm making a single piece for a specific occasion or challenge, I make several ATCs, or cards, or tags, etc. at one time. I start with the main image, add a background, then little "extras" to the composition. Lastly, I usually add some sort of ribbon or trim. That can really pull a piece together or conceal a "not cut so straight" edge.
For any first time readers, check my sidebar to see how I came up with the name Lydia's Post. I've never shown the entire "Lydia" photo before. Here it is-- Lydia, the horse, my grandmother inside the wagon, and my great-grandfather (her dad). Wasn't it nice of Lydia to look at the camera?
In keeping with the Creative Blog Hop parameters, I am supposed to tag three more bloggers to follow up with their answers to these questions. Well, folks, I hate to disappoint, but no one I contacted was interested (don't tell the blog hop police on me!). I thought instead I'd share some links to other paper art blogs so you can "hop" over to these.
Tim Holtz Blog
Sunday Postcard Art
Order of the Opus Gluei
So Artful Challenge
Shopping Our Stash
Dragons Dream Tag It On
Thanks for reading today! A little long-winded from my usual posts.