Journal Prompts: (Respond to as many or as few as you like)
I need . . .
I want . . .
I have . . .
I am not...
Most of us are faced with so many options and decisions each day. Limits can actually be an interesting way to challenge ourselves. I like to see what happens, when I have fewer choices.
Today, I am working on a two page spread. For the background, I am limiting myself to red (student quality) heavy body acrylic paint and gesso. Another challenge will be to make my own spray paint. I bought a travel size spritzer from Walgreens.
To make the spray paint, I squeezed a blob of paint into the spritzer, then filled the bottle about 3/4 full with water. I replaced the spray pump, and then shook it up to mix paint and water.
Next I gathered some fodder to paste down on my pages. Fodder can include found objects such as junk mail, stickers, any kind of packaging, receipts, ticket stubs, scraps of paper, magazine images, etc. I also grabbed the rectangle cookie cutter, in the middle of the photo, to use as a potential stencil or shape maker.
I may or may not use all of the items, but it's a place to start. When I start a page, I often feel like a scientist of sorts. I experiment. Will this work? If it doesn't, what would work better. My first experiment was to try the mesh bag that used to hold clementines, as a stencil. Let's see how it worked!
My first obstacle was to get it to lay flat. I placed a mug on one side to help hold it in place. I sprayed the page with the spritzer. No real pattern emerged like I hoped, but the paint left an over spray on the edges. I flipped the mesh over and rolled it with a brayer on the opposite page. Little red dots developed on the page. (I was so intent on the process so I forget to take photos, so you'll just have to take my word for it.) I gave up on the mesh, and decided to mix red paint and gesso with the gift card and cover the page that way.
You can see the splatter from the spray bottle, and the paint scrapped over the page reveals some words I had etched in the gesso earlier: "Be YOU!" It's a start, not sure if I really like it yet. This is where the limit becomes challenging: I want more colors. I consider going outside my limit, which is entirely permissible, but I decide to stick with the challenge to see where it leads me.
It' getting very PINK! What else can I do? And I am still frustrated that the mesh didn't make the pattern I wanted. Try again!
I squirted some red paint directly onto the page to make the big red spot with my gift card scraper. Then I put some more red paint on the palette, dipped the card in it and created the lines on the opposite page. I added some rays to my "red" sun. I'm starting to like this. Now back to the mesh bag!
I folded it a couple times. Put some gesso on the brayer and rolled it over the bag. Placed the painted side down over my red spot, rolled the brayer over the bag and PRESTO! (Now, I'm a magician, I guess.) The pattern pops off the page!
I cleaned the red paint off my gift card. I applied the left over white gesso from the palette and scraped it randomly on the red lined page. I felt satisfied. That's called--enjoying the process through the obstacle!
Come back tomorrow, and we'll see how the fodder arranges itself on the pages!
ENJOY BEING YOU! BE A SCIENTIST! EXPERIMENT! MAKE MAGIC HAPPEN! THAT'S WHAT ARTISTS DO!