Challenge yourself to do an art EXPERIMENT for 10 minutes. This is NOT about making anything beautiful, recognizable, realistic. It’s about giving your inner critic time off, and letting go of inhibition and expectation. Just jump in and scribble, dribble or smear.
For all of you who say “I can’t draw” – REMEMBER! This is an EXPERIMENT!
- A box of crayons, or cheap paint or marking pens – anything that you’ve got on hand.
- Cheap paper – and I mean CHEAP. Cut up paper grocery bags, junk mail paper (If you use junk mail just color right on top of the printing), copy paper . . .
- A timer – kitchen timer, watch alarm or just a clock.
- Take a look at the 8 minute demo video that inspired this post OR follow my Negative Space Experiment tutorial below.
- Set the timer for 10 minutes and draw, scribble, smush, swipe and color. When 10 minutes is up stop.
Here’s the link to the 8 minute demo videohttp://carlasonheim.wordpress.com/2014/03/19/new-tutorial-guest-teacher-diane-culhane/ It’s a quick and EASY way to “make” a picture . . . and learn a bit about positive and negative shapes in the process.
(Diane Culhane, the video teacher, is using expensive acrylic paint. Don’t let that stop you. Cheap craft paint, crayons, oil pastels, chalk, watercolor – anything works.)
Here’s my Experiment with crayon and copy paper in 5 easy steps (5th is optional):
- If you use paint: smear paint with your fingers and/or make-up sponges – not brushes. It’s much freer and stops you from having EXPECTATIONS!
- Crayons take a bit more elbow grease: Break them, Peel them and Color with the mostly with the side of the crayon. Use the lighter colors for the first layer. For the negative space (second layer) pick dark colors, press hard to go over the first layer.
- Continue layering with different colors – as many as you want – just see what happens.
- For those of you with multiple chemical sensitivity watercolor is the way to go. With water-color, as with crayon, use light colors for your first layer. Use darker/deeper colors for the negative space and splash away!