It's that time of year again. Welcome! Welcome! I'm Lorrie Grainger Abdo, paper artist, from Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Today, the fun, crazy chaos of the One World, One Heart blogging event begins. Sure, it's a great way to enter tons and tons of great handmade item giveaways. But it's really a way to visit lots of blogs and find some that really speak to you. I hope you'll stay and take a look at what I'm up to, let me know that you're here, subscribe or at least come back as often as you can.
Lisa Swifka, from A Whimsical Bohemian, is the creator and host of this event that started in 2007. She describes it best in her blog: "the original idea behind this giveaway event was to bring bloggers together from around the world who may never ordinarily meet. It closes the gap of the blog community and enables us to interact, discover new and wonderful people, and in the process possibly win a prize or many prizes along the way."
I am Lorrie Grainger Abdo. I make paper from 100% cotton linters. I also use various surface design techniques, like pulp painting, paste painting, resists, acrylics, texturing mediums, etc., on commercial papers to create papers with color, depth and interest. Of course, all this paper begs to be used! My current artistic directions are paper mosaics, which is a very controlled artistic experience. And, painting highly textured handmade papers which then are included in paintings on canvas or used on home decor items. This is much more intuitive and free. Working with both sides of the brain seems to be working for me right now. Regardless of brain function (or brain dysfunction!), my work is almost always full of color, color and more color.
My giveaway is a paper mosaic heart on a wood pedestal. It is about 8" tall and 5" wide. It's a sample of some of my more intricate mosaic work. This type of piece would usually sell for $20. Leave a comment and it could be yours.
Side one: could be front or back
Side two: could be front or back
* You must leave a comment on this post in order to be entered into my giveaway drawing.
* You must be a blogger in order to participate.
* Your comment must provide a way for me to contact you in case you win.
* I will pick a winner (random number choice) at 9:00 pm EST on Monday, February 15, 2010. Anyone that posts after 9:00 pm EST will not be included in the drawing. The winner will be notified that evening or the following morning.
Thanks so much for stopping by. I look forward to hearing from you today and, hopefully, in the future. To continue on your blogging journey you can click on the OWOH logo and find all kinds of other bloggers with great giveaway. Have fun and best of luck!
I teach paste painting, altered photography and a variety of other workshops. My emphasis is usually on playing with the materials. Fun produces great work. Contact me if you're interested in having me come to your area.
I am a paper artist and instructor: handmade paper, paper mosaics, mixed media and surface design. Vibrant colors and interesting textures inspire me and are the primary elements used in my artwork. It comes full circle. My art makes me happy, gives me time to think, and I'd like to think it makes others happy too. Ah, and there's another circle...