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.

 

 

 

Collage-New Work

The wateimagercolor journaling courses revived my interest in working on and with paper. I consider paper as fabric, it is fiber after all.  I have made art that you would not know wasn’t fabric but is actually paper. I love working with paper. The results are mysterious…people are intrigued, which I like. I began to work on the collages in September. I was thinking about Autumn and decided to use leaves as a motif. imageI use primarily tissue paper and old book pages. First I apply paint on the tissue papers. They are too thin to keep tidy…thus this is how I work:image I use craft tissue which is slightly thicker and a better quality than gift tissue. I spread out several layers of tissue and spray with Ranger Ink Color Wash….I love this stuff! No matter how many colors you spray and mingle…they do not make mud. Great for beginners. The colors I like to use are: Denim, Butterscotch and Eggplant. The papers stick together when wet. I dry the papers with a heat gun and as they dry they  separate easily. The paper is stronger once it is dried. I used a 5″ x 7″ piece of watercolor paper for the base of the collage. Some of the base paper was left white and some I added a wash of watercolor in a 4″ x 5″ defined area. The layering process evolves. The papers have beautiful unique qualities that when combined and overlapped create amazing results.  It is impossible to detail what happens during this time as I go with it…I don’t think much, rather I enjoy the process. Some progress faster, some fizzle out, but most become truly amazing.imageimage After the papers are layered and adhered with acid free glue or adhesive, I place them under weights to dry. The next step is the stitching. The stitching is spontaneous. I stop sewing when I run out of ideas and proceed to sew a different one. Many times I realize what else can be added after sewing othimageimageers.

This image shows a collage prior to stitching. This particular collage did not have a  leaf motif so, I used stamps and gold ink instead. One stamp has fine detail that I purchased and one is larger that I made.

The collage truly came to life after stitching. This image shows the threads still hanging. At some point I started to like the thread hanging revealed on the front. I purposely pulled the bobbin thread to the front, tied a knot and trimmed each thread to a good length. image The leaf motif was added to this collage with a piece of paper that was the negative shape of a leaf.

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When I finished with 18 pieces. The next step was to show them. The rep at Bainbridge Arts and Crafts where I exhibit my work, was very delighted to see them. He asked me to prepare them right away for December. Cutting mats and mounting takes time, but I completed the work in time and they are now at the gallery. 10″ x 12″ $165 I am very proud of this work. I enjoyed the process immensely so much so that I was motivated to write an outline. I consider collage as playing….allowing the elements to talk and evolve. The materials are simple and the methods are easy. I hope others find this intriguing enough to ask about it and invite me to teach.