Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Art O Mat Blocks and My Canine Assistant

Whenever I hit a dry patch in my creative life, I remind myself to make more Art O Mat blocks. Making them is fun...but a pretty lengthy process. I print my original artwork on either Avery printable cotton sheets, or on t-shirt transfer sheets (with the image flipped), then iron them to cotton. I cut then, add some pellon or felt backing, quilt them and edge them. Some models get beads and sequins added, some get touches of paint for embellishment. Then I glue them to the art o mat blocks, glue a label on the back that tells all about me, and wrap the finished blocks with strips of cellophane so they can slide out the art o mat vending machines easily.

I feel good about the blocks because they are all mine. All my orginal artwork, no clip art, nobody else's ideas. They remind me that I do indeed have some creative, sucessful work--small, but successful still. It reminds me that I don't have to make a masterpiece every time, that I don't have to create huge murals, that I don't have to be avant garde.

And every once in a while I get a nice little check from art o mat, and a green card that tells me if they are running low on my block supply. Interestingly, they seem to love me in Vegas! Quite a few sold at the Cosmopolitan. And I even had my "Time Warp" pieces in the Smithsonian and some at the Whitney. (In the art o mat machines in the gift store, not actually hanging on the museum walls!)

If I calculated how much time I spent on each one, I probably don't actually make any money. But, the checks pay do for more art supplies! And of course it makes my canine assistant, Coconut Jenkins Wyatt, feel very useful. He guards them with his life and makes sure leaves don't blow on them and keeps insects off them as they are drying in the sun.


Judy Warner said...

Great idea, Linda. And, what an attractive assistant!

Edzellinni said...

Thanks Judy, I really appreciate it that you follow my blog. And yes, he IS quite an attractive assistant. Maybe I should do a dog block in his honor!

Janet Ghio said...

I have never heard of Art o mat--what is it? Love your sidekick!!

Janice PD said...

Love to see Coco getting involved in art time! At least he isn't pink this time.

Mindy said...

Thanks for sharing the process you use for the ArtOMat quilt blocks. I have been considering submitting art to them for some time now. I am curious as to why you use the block with the quilted piece? Is it just to provide stability?
I like your little friend too. He looks like my Sophie who is a Coton deTulear.

Edzellinni said...

Mindy, they require artwork to either be mounted on their blocks or put in an artomat size box so they will vend properly. Their website has all the details and you can send for sample blocks and boxes for a few bucks. Let me know if you do it. You can send me a facebook msg if you want more info :-)