Originality-Make original art-by Deborah BabinIn 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.
This month my posts will focus on: Simple ways to elevate and/or sustain the art you make to original status with simple and economical methods.
Topics: Making your own stamps, stencils, painted sheer layers and embellishing.
Always ask yourself: How Can I Strive to Make Original Art?
It is fine to use an 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. I love a challenge. That is where I learn the most and find the most satisfaction.
This week the topic is STAMPS-How to make and use them for 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.
I like to draw all sorts of things. Often times I draw freely without intention.
|Linked Circles Stamp above, inked with black ink on paper below.|
|Speed Ball Carving Tool|
|Stamps with line and edge designs made from pieces of Styrofoam meat trays.|
|Top: Positive Bottom: Negative|
|Styrofoam meat tray has multiple uses.|
|Acrylic paint is applied with a foam roller.|
|Keyhole stamps: Left to right: |
Carved impression, carved stamp
Foam Stamp impression, Foam Stamp
|Holder: Place a piece of making tape doubled over.|
More about making and using stamps will follow this week.
The content of my posts here are excerpts from my online course offered on the Academy of Quilting. My course: Mixing Up Media This course is scheduled for: April 1, 2016