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!
Now YOU share your Experiments – post your pictures on your blog, send your link in the comments.
No blog? Send it to me and I’ll post it here.
Everyone approaches creativity in unique ways – remember! There’s no right or wrong.
Therese Lydia Josef is an artist I “tripped over” (literally and figuratively) in the blog-o-sphere. I love her use of strong color. Take a look at how she layers color, collages right on the canvas and creates wonderfully vibrant paintings.
DARE TO LIVE is the title of Therese Lydia Josef’s new body of figurative abstract work. In this video she shows her entire mixed media process of 4 paintings: from drawing to collage to painting. The paintings feature 4 ladies each unique in personality and expression.
Check out her blog http://therese-joseph.blogspot.com/and her list of 30 reasons to celebrate her 30’th anniversary!
Here’s a sample!
“If I ask him to cook – he takes me out for dinner”
“I still beat him in most card games and I like it because he hates it.”
A teeny sample of how my mind sees the world as exhibited by an eclectic output of Puppets, a Gourd Lion, Paintings, Journal pages and stuff.
Can you believe that these were done with a credit card as their “paint brush”?
These are from the Monday afternoon Therapeutic Creative Expression GroupShop.
Not one drop of acrylic pain on the floor but there was some on the wall!
My art/jewelry/sewing EVERYTHING studio is coming along – slowly but surely. In case you didn’t see the original post here it is: /judithwesterfield.wordpress.com/2011/06/10/the-second-best-husband-in-the-world-inching-up/
Check out Wendy’s new blog! Here’s what she’s doing in her own words and a few of her scribble pictures. She explains the exercises that YOU can try too!