Welcome to the September Hybrid Happenings! Back in June, Art Journal and Collage was the 2nd most popular topic for hybrid projects. So, guess what? Art Journal and Collage is the focus of September’s Hybrid Happenings! I have a question for you. What does hybrid mean to you? I’d love to read your responses in the comments below. When I think hybrid, my first thought is printing out digital elements, papers, or journal cards, then using those items to make something. But, I think there is a different approach to “hybrid” too! And this month, I think our art journalists and mixed media artists will appreciate a “reverse hybrid” approach. What? Reverse hybrid? Yes. Reverse hybrid. I am coining this term – ha, ha! Reverse hybrid is when you make a unique, organic, analog piece of art from scratch, with or without digital elements. You take a picture or scan in your work of art…then use digital kits/collections in your photo-editing software to make a digital piece. So, yes, it is kind of like playing designer and making your own background paper or base. If you like to draw or doodle, imagine extracting your original artwork and using that as an element. For September’s hybrid happenings, I decided to make my own backgrounds using digital elements and journal cards printed onto tissue paper and regular computer paper. These items were cut out and glued onto cardstock with Mod Podge. Then I used a gesso wash all over the collages. In some areas, I used thicker gesso then stamped into the gesso to create a textured image. Inspiration for this project came from Rachel Jefferies. Rachel has a video in which she printed onto deli paper. Then, she used that deli paper in her collage. I used tissue paper which worked very well. I tacked down the tissue paper with washi tape onto regular computer paper. Here are the results: Here are the final backgrounds, with gesso added. When pieces were thoroughly dried, I scanned them in. In Photoshop, I cropped the backgrounds to my liking. I ended up with 10 pieces I liked a lot. Here is a sampling: Kits I used to make the backgrounds were: Rachel Jefferies - Those Wings and Carefully Curated: This is Me Allison Pennington – Rearview Lynn Grieveson – Textual Layered Transfers 1 So, I started with a “hybrid” project. Then I turned it into a “reverse hybrid” project. If you’d like to play along this month, you can skip the hybrid part and jump right into reverse hybrid. Go ahead and use your original, organic, analog works of art to make digital art! All you have to do is photograph your artwork…then import it into your photo-editing software and use like a background paper. Or, as suggested earlier, you can extract your original doodle or drawing. I do hope you are inspired to play along this month. I’d love to see how you use your unique collage pieces, a page from your art journal, or an original painting transformed into digital art combined with TLP designer kits! Here is my Reverse Hybrid piece: As a reminder – photos with no digital product are welcome in the forums! Projects with at least 50% TLP product are welcome in the galleries + forums. And don't forget, there is a gallery for Hybrid! Happy creating!