I love circles. They inspire me. Perfectly symmetrical circles or less perfect drawn by hand ellipses, all are beautiful, I am not biased. I love many things that are circles from polka dots, which make happy, to clocks that simply make me feel good. I have enjoyed clocks since I was a child. I believe my appreciation came from my grandfather who worked on clocks. The workmanship that went into building a clock intrigued me, all those gears working together in unison was amazing.
Last week I shared a part of my collection of found objects. I thought this week I would share one of my pieces involving found objects and my love for circles and clocks. I called it Time Travel. I used 2 very different found objects in this piece, an old disc from my grandmother’s meat grinder and a fan cover off an old cpu that my son and I chopped up for parts. These 2 items are decades apart in age and add to the time travel theme, though they both involve the wonderful circle.
The circle. It’s timeless. Never ending. Infinite.
This piece is currently for sale in my Etsy shop and can be found here: Time Travel 8 x 10
Found objects, like a true magpie, I find them everywhere. Though not all sparkly, actually most of them tend to be rusty and worn, yet still they glisten in the light calling my name asking to be picked up. I find them along my way during life. Whether it’s in the parking lot at a local printer that I am visiting for a press check or walking through the parking lot when I’m out grocery shopping.
Then there are times that I save things that are worn out or broken so that I can repurpose them, giving them new life.
I wanted to share with you part of my collection. A map from 1948 that I found in book that was used in a photo shoot. A couple of nice feathers from a trip to the partk with my kids. Some buttons from my grandmothers old button box. Some guitar strings from my husbands guitar. Some old smashed, rusted bottle caps. Some jewelry that I discovered at a garage sale. An old plastic key from some toy handcuffs that I have already spray painted. Some silver spoons from the antique store down the street. (I already cut off the bowl of the spoons and made necklaces.) I think there may be a few more pieces in there too.
What are some of your favorite things?
I often end up working on more than one project at a time for several different reasons. One being that when I get a chance to work in my studio for any extended amount of time I try to get as much done as possible, this means while I’m waiting for one layer to dry I work on another project.
Here are a couple of projects that I am currently working on.
This first one is just the beginning stage, the all important book page background layer. This one is special though because rather than just words, it features the most interesting drawings. I found this awesome book on one of my garage sale expeditions, a Tool Engineers Handbook from 1949. The pages are so thin that when I glued them down you could see the type from the other side of the page show through giving it another visual layer.
This one shows a close-up of modeling paste used with some letter stencils. I have been watching videos and reading some great things from other artists using modeling paste and decided I wanted to try it. I do believe I am in love with it and will definitely be using it more in my work. I love the dimension that it adds.
Hello there, my name is Jessica Salinas and I am a graphic designer by day and a mixed media artist by night and a wife and mother of 2 children in-between. I love graphic design and discovered it about 20 years ago in high school and very quickly made a career of it.
I have a passion for mixed media art using many recycled items that I pick up along my way that otherwise would be common trash. Bright, bold, expressive color on top of rich texture I believe is what my art is all about, especially texture. I love experimenting with all sorts of texture to the point where my paintings become almost like sculptures.
Please join me in my creative adventures as I learn and grow in my art.