Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Lagniappe - Or How the Dog Got it's Face

See the dog. See her face. Let me tell you how it came to be.

Diverted from the paper recycling box, some of these Inter Library Loan Records are destined to become postcards. The paper has a nice weight.

Step one uses the paint from other projects to cover and color the background. Rather than leave any paint on a palette, paint left at the end of a session is applied to scrap paper to create postcard backgrounds.

A dog cut out serves as a mask when a spritz of black spray paint is applied.
Sequin waste is used as a mask as light brown spray paint is applied.

Here commercial scrapbook paper becomes the next mask.

The multiple color applications tell the tale. This piece of scrapbook paper has been subverted form it's intended use several times.

Seen from the right side though, it looks like the paper might pass for scrapbook use, if perhaps a slightly grunged-up layout.

Not a completed postcard yet, but this is the image I will play with to make one.

Here's the paper image with the mask on top, so the accidental method of creating the face is more evident.

My suspicion is that this dog, with her new found face, will engender a postcard of her own and will cease to be simply an art tool.

And by way of title explanation I offer this definition, summarized from Webster.

Lagniappe : a small gift given a customer by a merchant at the time of purchase;
more broadly and as used in this instance : something given or obtained gratuitously.

Happenstance can make you happy. It did me.


  1. Love it! Good things do indeed come in small packages.

  2. 一個人的價值,應該看他貢獻了什麼,而不是他取得了什麼....................................................................

  3. Translation of the Chinese is as follows - Value of the individual contributions to what he should see, not what he achieved.