If you are anything like me you have AMASSED huge volumes of STUFF – Art Making Stuff that you may never get the chance to use. If you have the crow mentality after reading a magazine article about a new art technique you need to rush out and buy all of the materials! I was inspired by Rice Freeman Zachary’s article on Create Mixed Media: It’s not about the Stuff. Rice is right – you don’t really need more stuff to be creative – don’t get caught in the trap that you need everything just so before you can dive in and create. Many of us – myself included have an idyllic picture of an artist sitting at an easel, sipping tea or a glass of wine whilst painting with the best of supplies. In reality it’s just not like that – at least not in my world!
My favourite and most often used supplies are micron pens, pencil and colour making materials such as twinkling H2O’s or watercolour pencil crayons. I don’t even like painting on canvas – i much prefer inexpensive pieces of wood. Often i will use Mr. G’s offcuts from his wood projects to paint small icons or illustrations on. You don’t need canvas to make a painting – in fact it’s perfectly fine to paint on wood – many artists do – i much prefer the texture of wood over canvas!
What do you love to create with and on what substrate (surface)? I’d love to know!
Raw Art Journaling giveaway
There is a contest going on over at Create Mixed Media – creativity coach Quinn McDonald is giving away a copy of her book Raw Art Journaling, one hour of creativity coaching with Quinn and an Inner Critic plushie (created by Rita Ackerman). How fun is that? I have drawn my inner critic in a number of different ways but have never created a 3D version of him – that’s always been on the backburner!