Last month i invited you to ask me questions and you graciously responded with thoughtful questions. I broke them down into categories to better answer them. I am going to pull some from each category and sprinkle them in this & many other blog posts.
How do you go about just starting a page?
If we are talking about Art Journaling, i usually start with gesso in the background. This for me "breaks the page." When i am scared about starting or don't know what direction to take, this step helps me let go and just start. Spreading the gesso is something i do all the time to begin my page and sometimes that is just enough for me to release the fears. A lot of the times i gather the supplies i think i want to use on a page. I find it inspiring to have them sit right in front of me, telling me to let go & create with no direction in mind. My journey usually becomes apparent.
If we are talking about scrapbooking, i almost always start with the story i want to tell and the photos i will be using. They inspire the journey and i pull product to help me share that story.
Do you use craft paint or anything else?
I did use craft paint in the past but honestly i haven't used it in many years. in fact i gave all my craft paint away. Now i mostly use heavy body Acrylic Paints, either Golden or Liquitex. I prefer Golden paints. I love the thick buttery texture and the incredible rich pigments. I also have some of their fluid acrylic paints. I also use Ranger/Tim Holtz Distress paints, Adirondack paints, & Claudine Hellmuth Studio paints.
What’s your favorite stencil?
i seriously have to pick one? I have released 27 stencils to date and love them all for different reasons. i am usually humble and a bit shy about what i do but i am really happy with my stencils. Let me answer the question this way: i often think i am going to use one stencil the most from each release and i'm usually wrong. Still not good enough? Ok Ok...if i had to choose, i'd probably pick Urban Landscape or Kaleidoscope from the first batch. From the Summer release, i would probably pick (GAH there were 19 for the love of Pete), Fancy Feathers and Spinning Tops. And from Winter 14 (the CHA MegaShow) i will pick.... well my lips are sealed for now.
How old were you when you really got interested in art? What caught your attention?
I was very young when i got interested in art, about 7 years old. i remember the teacher in 1st grade asking us what we wanted to be when we grew up. The first thought in my head was Artist but i thought that might sound too flaky so i said teacher. It was the thought of having a desk that really won me over. i am proud to say i am both. In the above picture i was 8 and that's my crayola caddy that my big sister Sandra & i are using. it was the bomb! As to the second question, i was a shy child and didn't have the easiet of lives. Art was my voice when i couldn't speak. i could get lost in the marks on a page. i could recreate what i saw or create new worlds with the stroke of a pencil.
Do you designate certain times of the day for your journal, scrapbook, design team work, etc?
Yes, yes i do. i used to kind of wing it and keep all my assignments in my head. It worked but it also caused me stress because my deadlines creeped up on me. i had to remedy it. i tried using the computer with reminders for my schedule. Hated it. i also tried using my Ipad as a calendar/daily schedule. Hated it More. In the end, i did two things. i found a Daily Planner i love that has both a month at a glance and weekly planner pages. i use the month at a glance to write upcoming assignments & in person classes. I then go more in depth on the weekly pages. There is just something about pencil & paper that works for me. in conjunction with that, i had to take a critical look at my day and see all the things i do in a day. Once i did that, i built a typical schedule based on categories. i plug my to-do things into that typical schedule including setting aside time just for me. i am forever tweaking it now as things take longer than i think but i am really happy with the direction i am heading. Plus my left brain absolutely adores the schedule.
I see you apply your gesso with a [palette] knife instead of a brush, is it just for texture?
Yes you are correct. It is mostly for texture and also to create layers. i love the way a journal page looks with both open areas and gessoed areas. While i tend to cover most of the page, i skipped some areas which creates these darker areas when the paints or spray inks are applied. Take a look at the above piece and you can see what i mean in both the violet and parchment paints. I can also spread the gesso thicker in some areas and lighter in other areas creating peaks and valleys.