Experiments in the Art Studio
Experiments in the studio are important, because that’s what we should be doing with art supplies, right? We keep things fresh and full of wonder by pushing past our comfort zone in art-making. Testing new approaches shouldn’t scare you, because this is just art. If you mess up, you can start again. No one got hurt, and nobody knows but you.
G-R-O-W-I-N-G requires a certain amount of comfort with the idea of failing. Do you agree? Beyond discussions and theories of leaping past playing it safe, do you push your artistic skills all the way to failure, in order to expand your creative breadth? I do it all the time, and I’m here to tell you, it ain’t so bad.
Art Studio Bartender
I’ve mixed intaglio and relief printing on the same print, like a bartender conjuring mysterious elixirs. I wanted a flat color background, and vintage, early 1900’s style illustration details.
I didn’t want to hand paint the print with watercolor after the ink dried. So this is a mat board collagraph, and a drypoint engraving – one printed over the other. A printmaking torte.
Follow Along via Video
The collagraph and drypoint engraving combination of the whale and mermaid was my first investigation of this layering test, so if you’re a seasoned mixer of printmaking methods, please leave any tips and tricks you can share with links in the comments.
I documented this process on a video (below) in case you’d like to give it a whirl. The petite edition of eight prints is available in my Etsy Shop.
What are your plans for tying up the loose strands in your artwork this season? Are you cleaning out the desk where you make art? Fluffing the corners of your sense of wonder with short walks in nature? Jotting down hurried notes about new art projects to brew and sip from in the next few weeks?
Whatever is on your schedule, I hope there is a scaffolding of possibility and a fountain of fresh starts on your next page.
I’m high fiving you on our collective plans, and appreciation for artistic truth, beauty and light.
Thanks for stopping in, and I’ll see you in the next post!
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You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen.Joseph Campbell