Tricks of the Trade
| Quotes that resonate.....
"Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet"
Thich Nhat Hanh
Rewire your brain....how do you begin to change habitual patterns and replace them with productive and creative thoughts. All too often we put out thoughts that say 'I can't ' or I'm not good enough to do that'. What if we changed those thoughts by being aware of what our subconscious is doing. By practicing MINDFULNESS we can train the brain to be more focused ,attentive and less reactionary and more engaged. It can make your thinking more efficient and robust and more importantly produce more creative thoughts to dispel the old ones that you might have carried around for years. Create new patterns that serve you better. Be in the moment and enjoy!
Websites of Interest
Digital technology is here to stay and whether we hate it or love it,embrace it or repel it, there can be useful elements of it that can be fun and playful at the same time.
This app is one that is simple to use and has lots of great support with tools , techniques and examples of what can be achieved. You also create your own personalised journal and off you go!!! Build up your tool kit as you gain more confidence.
Mixed media - Tissue Paper Transfer
This is a simple method to allow you to create layers and develop mixed media artworks with either your own drawings or images you have found. All you need is a clear overhead transparency sheet that will go through your laser printer with the tissue paper attached ,by glue sticking around the edges and trimming.Then scan or copy your image from the computer to the printer and place your tissue paper face down and voila! The possibilities can be endless..... Use a gel medium or watered down PVA glue on both sides of your tissue to glue to the surface of whatever you are using. Make sure to run your finger over the top to remove any air bubbles. Learn more
in Mixed Media - Manipulating the Surface 14th June
How often do you want to place a quote or word into your artwork and find that the quality of your own handwriting does not suffice? This method is a fun way to explore all different kinds of font, size and detail. You will need :
Wide packaging clear tape
Laser printed text, either hand written or computer generated.
Place the tape over the printed text and burnish with the back of a spoon. Then place into a bowl of warm to hot water. Leave to soak for a couple of minutes ( time to make a cup of tea!) then begin to rub the paper side of the strip and keep rubbing to slowly remove the paper and be left with the remaining text. This can be used over a great variety of surfaces with interesting results.
Our latest workshop "Introduction to Art" at Lift saw some great explorations and down right fun use of media.We all let loose our inhibitions and created to our hearts content. Here's some of our results...the platter was our yummy morning tea by Live Foods organic cafe...
Choosing an Art Journal
Want to try something completely different? An art journal need not start blank. Find a used book that's not too rare or valuable, but that has a lot of character, such as a volume of an old encyclopedia from a mismatched set. Try opportunity shops and garage sales. Then, make it your own. Write in it, paste things in, fold and cut the pages to your heart's content. The book underneath may color or inspire the content or just serve as a background. This is a good direction to go if your tastes in art run towards collage or altered objects. With your modifications, the book itself will become the art.