I’ve struggled to create some work for my licensing company, Wild Apple, that I think they will like. I have sketched out and discarded a number of ideas. Nothing seems creative enough or unique enough to stand out from the competition. I finally realized that I’m going about it the wrong way. Instead of trying to create something I think they will like, I should create something that I find enjoyment in making instead. Then if the paintings don’t meet their needs, at least I had fun creating something uniquely mine.
What art technique do I find fun to do? I’ve always loved scissor work. By that, I mean I can sit for hours cutting out intricate shapes out of paper. Many people might find this boring or tedious, but I think it is meditative and therapeutic. I just finished cutting out about 200 flowers and leaves and I’ve started painting them. I have no clear idea of where I’m going with them and how to incorporate them into my work. I’m going to take my advice and I just play around, enjoying myself and see where it leads.
In my studio, paper wins every time. That’s because as a mixed media artist, paper is one of my favorite and most versatile mediums I use. I am starting to work on the fourth painting in my yoga series but first, I had to print some new papers to use in this painting. I have enjoyed using the gel plate (by Gelli Arts) I got for Christmas to print unique and multi-layered prints. A Gel Printing Plate looks and feels like a sheet of gelatin, but is durable, reusable and stores at room temperature. It’s easy to clean and always ready for printing. Monoprinting on a gel plate is simple and fun. The gratification is immediate, and the prints are too cool. These monoprints are only a handful of the papers I printed today using stencils, faux painting tools and more.
You can see where I used a brayer to roll on the acrylic paint, then scraped in a design and finally pressed the paper onto the plate. Voila! It’s as easy and fun as that. If I didn’t like the print, I just added another layer or two on top and ended up with some great designs. Next post, I will show you how I used these papers in my yoga painting #4.