While sitting in a Las Vegas hotel room with my friend Lisa last weekend, my pal Lain did a little impromptu interview with me on several topics. One of then was about my creative process and while I just talked through it, when I got home I felt a little something coming on, so I decided to pay a little attention to it.
My creative process is pretty much "one thing leads to another." This is a good/not so good thing because ya never know what is going to evolve. While I embrace my "work flow" it leaves me with ALOT of finished things that I don't know what to do with (and that = piles.)
On my return from Las Vegas, I wanted to carve a few new stamps for my upcoming classes in Oklahoma and at Handmade U so I decided to do just that, carve and this is what I ended up with: The next day as I was putting away my supplies, I happened to pick up (and was going to just move) a scrap of plywood. (because why wouldn't I have a random scrap of plywood laying around.)
I grabbed the wood, some acrylic paints, a few brushes,a sharpie and that stamp I carved. Now, you can be inspired by something (in this case, a rubber stamp) and create something that may or may not come out like the original inspiration piece. Just embrace the flow of one thing leads to another and see what evolves. You just may suprised or, you may just become frustrated, which in that case, you can trash it and continue doing what you were doing before you became inspired.
First thing I did was lightly paint on my design using Gesso. You can use white acrylic paint, too. Basically, I just wanted to get my design down in white so I could visually see it as I added colors to it.I decided to only use a few colors of paint. If I stick to just a few colors, I don't end up with "muddy" colors as I blend them. I am a little to impatient to let colors dry before I add additional colors which sometimes = mud.
Using light blue paint , I roughly added it to the background of my piece to fill in the areas around my white shapes. This helps me keep the design in focus. When I look at something for too long, it all seems to blend together and this is just my way of keeping it clear. Do what works best for you. Just like when I add color to doodles, I started with one color and added it here and there throughout the piece. In this case, green for the leaves: Then a little yellow and red (which = orange, which ended up being an additional color in my piece) Using these colors gave my piece the foundation to evolve.
Now like my mixed media projects, I wanted to add that same dark blended shadow to my shapes to add dimension so instead of using black or grey paint, I started with a grey watercolor pencil to add in shadows and then a wet brush to blend. To my eye, it was too light and did not blend the way I really wanted to...
So I grabbed the black watercolor pencil, repeated the step and it started to bloom. Now, once this step was done, I did use my fingers and some of the leftover paint to smudge colors here and there, but for the most part, it was done.
TRUTH: I don't love it but I do like it. For me it is all about the steps I took, the process of one thing leading to another and the practice I got on using different mediums.
This is the point where I sit and look at it at random times during the day and then place it on the pile to wonder what to do with it next.
Today, I encourage you to pay closer attention to your process, how you do things and how quite possibly, one thing leads to another.