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The therapy of scissor work

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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.

Who wins rock, paper, scissors in your home?

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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.

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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.


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