Originality-Make Original Art

Originality-Make original art

In this day and age access to the internet offers unlimited resources for our inspiration; however, this can unfortunately increase our temptation to copy. Pinterest is an excellent resource and some people think what they see there is fair game. Copying is a violation that goes unnoticed by many. I too like to search for inspiration on Pinterest and I stress the word INSPIRATION (only) for I only aim to make original art. In fact, you can follow me on PINTEREST.

I have several blog posts planned for the next two weeks that are all about making your art original. I will offer some simple ways to elevate and/or sustain the art you make to original status with simple and economical methods.

Topics: Making your own stamps and stencils

Always ask yourself: How Can I Strive to Make Original Art?

It is fine to use inspirational references fairly literally to begin with; this is acceptable for learning and experimenting. During this phase (hopefully) you will begin to see that it is actually impossible to truly copy another persons work. Which is a good thing! I encourage you to see as this (as it is gradually) revealed to you AND to embrace what you see. Notice, what is happening that you can embrace rather than reject and move into a new direction. This is where we have two choices…1. become discouraged because the realization makes us feel inadequate or 2. become motivated to pursue and discover our underlying abilities.

Can you relate to this experience?

I love discoveries! AND, I love a challenge. That is where I learn the most and find the most satisfaction.

STAMPS

The next few posts will be about STAMPS-AND-STENCILES; how to make and use them to acheive originality.

Yes, there isn’t much excitement about stamps in general. There are zillions of stamps manufactured…and, they are expensive! Let’s refer to them as: artful impressions instead. I like to make my own stamps, save money and us them to develop original qualities for my art.

MM_L2_sketchbook_pageI like to draw all sorts of things. Often times I draw freely without intention.
I enjoy drawing continuous line drawings because I relate to these readily as they can translate into quilting motifs. And, drawing continuously allows my thoughts to flow.

Do you like to draw or doodle?

Here is an example of my doodling. The vertical lines with linked circles were my favorite so I decided to make a stamp as well as a stencil from it.

 

This stamp was carved from a product called: Easy Carve available from Speed Ball. It is like an eraser that comes in various sizes and carves like hot knife in butter; use the Speed Ball carving set to carve this product.

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Key hole design-Carving in progress using the carving tool.

EASY CARVE TOOLS

Speed Ball Easy Carve Material and carving tools

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Top: My linked circles stamp carved with the Speed Ball easy carve product and tools. Bottom: The stamp impression with black ink pad.

By the way….this stamp is available ALREADY MADE in my ETSY shop for $22 plus shipping.

While in the shop….take a look at my art for sale.

Note: The stamp is a custom order. Allow 2 weeks + shipping time.

Who doesn’t mind saving money?? Once you start thinking about “things” you have and see around the house and yard and elsewhere…you start to realize there are numerous common things that can make an interesting MARK.

Making marks is what it is all about.

Make YOUR mark! Now that is original.

Economical Alternatives:

I get great satisfaction from resourcing found objects. Here are a few examples:

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The small stamps on the top produce fine lines from the edges. These have been cut off the sides of the Styrofoam tray where the edge curves at bit with two to three layers glued together. The bottom stamp is one layer with dots that were made by melting the Styrofoam with a stencil cutter.

 

Note: Always work safely…wear a mask when melting Styrofoam or work out doors.

 

caut out foam stampSticky back foam sheets-These are found in craft stores in the kid stuff. They are thin foam sheets with a sticky back that is covered with paper. Simply draw a design with a ball point pen, cut it out, peel off the backing paper and stick it onto a support; in this case I used Styrofoam. I cut it out with an X-acto knife. You will end up with two stamps: Positive and Negative

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Handmade Stamps: Key hole design From the Left: 1. Stamp impression from Easy Carve 2. Easy Carve Stamp 3. Stamp Impression from Foam Sheet 4. Foam sheet stamp

My next post: Stamps continued

The posts about stamps and stencils are extracted from my online course: MIXING UP MEDIA on the ACADEMY OF QUILTING. Read the details and consider signing up soon as this course is scheduled to start April 1st.

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Also, leave a comment! Have you made your own stamps? What kinds of found things did you use?

I love to hear from people. Thank You.

 

 

 

Make Big Art-Black and White Compositions Update

In January of this year I announced that I would be making big serious art with the focus on black and white. My attempts were feeble to say the least; however, I learned a lot. The first composition did not progress to a point that pleased me. Eventually, I gravitated to a place where I am comfortable and yet still challenged.

What I learned is that working in (stark/solid) black and white is not for me. I realized my eyes respond best to subtleties in values and additional subtle color; having nuances is pleasing to me. The color I like the most is turquoise and I consider this to be a neutral color. This is the results: Four new compositions. As for making big art…that hasn’t happened yet either. I hope this goal will eventually work for me. I have made more art besides these four which I will cover in another post.

Sway with Me

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Sway with Me, 11 x 17″

This piece is made with canvas painted with two methods and mediums.

Method 1-Black ink and turquoise ink was poured and left to dry.

Method 2-Black and white acrylic paint. Black paint was applied with a paint brush first in random areas. When dry, white paint was added randomly. The paint was scratched into while still wet using the end of the paint brush to reveal black underneath leaving calligraphic marks and then left to dry.

Both pieces of painted canvas were torn into smaller pieces. It took many attempts of arranging the pieces to come up with a composition. Finally, I settled on this one. The hand stitching defined the character along with the addition of beads. Gradually I saw a woman’s figure dancing with her arms raised overhead. I am very pleased with the results. Click on any image to see an enlarged image.

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Purple Haze

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Purple Haze, 8×10″

 

I like to draw on a program called Procreate. Often times I use this program to pass the time while flying long distances. This design is a cropped section of one of the drawings in black and white.

I printed the drawing onto silk habotai using my Epson printer with archival Durabright ink. Prior to printing I tweak the image in a photo program. I enjoy trying out various effects and this time subtle areas of purple developed. The only draw back is the size limitations.

 

Future plans: Divide and print a composition on multiple pieces of 8.5 x 11″ to enlarge the scale. Check the link to read about it using MS Paint.

I love the way silk responds to ink. Hand stitching brought this piece to life. The small (chicken scratch) stitches in purple represent a field in the background behind the large dark shape. I had some large purple bugle beads (mat finish) that connected perfectly by repeating the effect in the foreground (bottom left).

Seashore

Sea Shore, 5 x 8"

Sea Shore, 5 x 8″

 

This piece is not quite finished yet. I am thinking about adding a few more embellishments.

It is made with pieces of the painted canvas. I decided to add some warmth with shades of brown/pink thread (machine stitching).

Three pieces of painted lace looks sort of like beach fence; tiny real sea shells fit in perfectly. (Lace painted with Adriondack color wash: Butterscotch and Raisin)

I begin by moving and  arranging pieces of the painted fabric until I see a pleasing  composition. Sometimes this takes hours. Often I walk away,  wait a day or two and resume. Occasionally, I put it away and work on something else. The composition was positioned on batting and machine stitched in place; additional hand stitching enhances specific spots.

Silver Strands

Silver Strands, 6.5" x10.5"

Silver Strands, 6.5″ x10.5″

Silk habotai printed with my Epson printer; black and white with organic effects.

 

This piece is hand stitched with black and white thread; both running stitch and chicken scratch. Beads are attached to emphasize areas; blue and white. Some blue beads are crystals some are mat. In addition, I added four silver wire shapes to the center. I like adding wire. The wire has been pounded and shaped. The ends are pounded flat like a paddle. The wire is attached with hand stitching. Several stitches repeated in one spot to secure it and then repeated in several spots along the wire. The thread matches the color of the background at the point of stitching.

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Silver Strands detail

Both Seashore and Silver Strands will be trimmed and the edges finished.  You can see the stitching along the edge to secure the layers until this is done.

All four of pieces have similar qualities but are uniquely different. They will be mounted the same to create cohesiveness; 1.5″ deep painted canvas; black paint swiped on rather sloppy to look similar to the paint effects on the fabric.

I would like to read your comments. Write to me and tell me what you think. I welcome feedback.

 

 

 

 

Mixing Up Media-Course Online

Mixing Up Media-My new course online at the Academy of Quilting

Start date: March 6th, 2015

Five Lessons $50

Sign Up now

MM_mini_finishedI am very happy to have this course ready to go. Many hours go into composing, making art, photographing, editing and more to put a course together.  Visit my profile page too.

You are invited: Go behind the scenes to experience some of my favorite methods and materials I use to create authentic art. Mixed Media: the fascinating realm of endless possibilities. Learn to: Transform various materials and unleash your creativity; observe amazing results from the get go.

 

Mixed Media-Take a Look and Make your LOOK

What is mixed media?
Basically, it is a playground filled with various types of art materials. All you have to do is take a look and then give yourself the freedom to play and have fun. It is impossible to go wrong, you will see.

For example, what if I told you that it is possible to make a painted surface look unpainted? No problem, I will show you just how to this and more. Working with mixed media offers unlimited options and endless possibilities. Once you experience this fascinating world you will soon realize this. Now, the best way to begin is with a focus otherwise the options are overwhelming.

The focus of this workshop is: To experience selected products and materials that produce amazing results. I invite you to realize the vast range of possibilities and gradually unleash your creativity. In addition, you will get to peak at my methods that I have used successfully for many years. I will share my journey with mixed media. I love stories, do you?

Create a LOOK-Three looks set the stage for exploration:

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1. Historic Look-inspired by authentic botanical illustrations

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2. Current Look-Updated style inspired by the Historic look

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3. Abstract Look-Pushed onward and into the future

Layouts are provided with various options that will guide you through practice and application. The design is based on a botanical illustration; a single flower is the featured specimen and focal point. You have options: work within your style whether you prefer to work loosely or refined with precise detail.

Either way, the objective is to create authentic art while at the same time experiencing some of my favorite and unique mixed media methods and (unconventional) materials including: interfacing, tissue paper, silk organza as well as cloth. These materials will be saturated with luscious colors and developed into dynamic textured surfaces using color wash dye paints; spritz, spray and drip dye paint. No need for prior painting experience…this is super easy, fast and super fun.

Techniques

The information I will provide comes straight from my coveted collection of tried and true methods and tools. For example, you will learn how to make and utilize a highly effective tool that I developed and use exclusively for appliqué.
Embellishment tags

CL_emb_200Make it yours-Refine your look with handmade accents-Descriptive text that is found on botanical illustrations will engage the viewer. Attach these with flare using hand and/or machine stitching, free style or uniform; unique beads, buttons or any personal findings; various sewing methods are suggested and demonstrated including quilting considerations.

Have more fun making your very own stamps and stencils to mix together and play around with; use them on tags as well as the surfaces.Stencil_200

MM_L5_hl_binding_strip_3Complete your look with my favorite (and easy peasy) binding method with silk organza along with a sleeve to hang your prize piece and show it off.

An Original Design Developed Into a Creative Sewing Course

Soon after we moved in I met many nice neighbors. Some who sew. The word got out that I was a quilt artist and people asked me if I taught courses. I had, but only online. Title: Textile Art with Pizzazz. They were very interested so I conducted the course for six delightful ladies. The main project is a design titled Flora Rosa.  The inspiration for the course evolved as I worked on the first piece.

While I was working on it I was auditioning fabrics for a background as well as some for the flower and leaves. I ended up with lots of extra pieces cut out that didn’t work out so I laid them aside. Some of the pieces ended up on a rejected background fabric and when I glanced around I saw potential with the rejected pieces. This made me think, maybe I should make a second one with completely different fabrics. So, I did just that. I had two going simultaneously. This was really exciting!

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This approach intrigued me so much I decided to continue and see how many versions I could come up with. I ended up with six.

Flora Rosa Key Lime

Woodlands Flora Rosa

Flora Rosa Santa Fe

Flora Magenta (detail)

Flora Rosa Crimson

The class progressed nicely for all six lessons. They worked hard and were able to develop some very nice pieces. Teaching this course in person was very different than teaching online. The part that I had trouble with was what to do with myself while they were working.

I wanted to be available, but not make them self conscious. It all worked out just fine in the end. I think I would do it again.