OMG! Crusaders, you make me so happy! What a terrific month we had - nearly sixty links! Many of you really had a good time and made more than one piece with grids. We saw so many variations - I am thrilled to see all the cool stuff you did. Thanks for taking on this challenge and sharing your work so we all might learn a few new tricks! AND WELCOME to our new friends!! Lots of new players this month, yay!
So after lining up, and cutting papers to form a grid, this month I am encouraging you to try ripping. That's it. Tear paper into strips, and compose on your page. There are valuable lessons in learning to rip. And there are useful lessons in figuring out composition. Some of you used torn papers in your grid - you are already familiar with how organic and random working with ripped edges can be. I think there is a time when a straight edge is necessary and a time when a torn edge is more appropriate. Practice tearing this month even if you've done it before. I promise you will learn something.
A little history: You may know my degree is in architecture. I was very disciplined in being exact and linear. During college I took a collage class. We had an assignment where we had to Rip. Tear. No precision. No scissors. No straight edge ruler and cutting knife. We had to use paper elements that were torn. WHAT? I can't do that! I can't. I won't. But I did. And I learned to loosen up. Tearing is freeing. Ripping is random...but, oooh! the serendipitous things that can happen when you cave in and do it. So that is where I'm coming from in offering this challenge. Many of you may be comfortable with ripping - but I know there are some who are just as afraid as I was.
You don't have to tear your elements into strips - but I think it is easier to get going if you have an *assigment*.
EDIT: Participating links have been moved from sidebar to here. Visit them to learn more about how artists interpreted the challenge. Some links may no longer be active.
Carol Taylor (more)
Christy Sobolewski (more)
Elena Nosyreva (more)
Inge Bekaert (more)
Jackie (more again)
Jane Royal (more)
Michelle Ward (more)
Quinn McDonald (more)
Susan Sager Brown