Incorporating a new element into your art is a great way to just explore some new possibilities. Stencils are a wonderful addition to any fiber art pieces.
I wanted to share some exciting news!! I am the newest designer to be added to the StencilGirl Family!! Today my new stencils were released and I am having so much fun playing with them! I have been working on a larger fiber piece and I am adding elements from my stencils to help add some texture and detail. I have a blog post on the StencilGirl blog, and on Facebook! I hope you will take a minute to go over and check it out!!
As artists we have a tendency to work alone, lost in our own world of the art we create. Often that is enough and being in the zone fills that special part of our soul that cries out to be heard. But being alone also has it draw backs. Sometimes whats needed is a fresh set of eyes, a friendly voice, someone else's point of view, a new set of cluttered walls and messy tables to absorb visually.
I don't know why it is that seeing someone else's messes and art supplies excites me right to my core but it does. I have also found that artists often don't get to share what they are working on much outside of social media which is static and still a bit disconnected. So when you go and visit another artist and ask them to "Show you what their working on" it can be a wild ride through another artists mind and eyes. I love it, an "e" ticket when you might be feeling you had only an "A" ticket in your studio lately. (I am showing my age here) But dare to jump in and just enjoy the ride!
I guarantee you will be inspired and motivated to go home and create again. I don't even want them to straighten up their studio first ( although most of them do). I like seeing the mess, the clutter, the paints and pencils, fabrics and gesso. The trail of thought that is left behind that also tells a story.
Recently I visited a new friend in her studio, Libby Williamson. I had such fun just walking around and taking in all of the paintings and projects that lined the tables and walls of her studio. It was a visual smorgasbord of artist eye candy and it was so exciting. I loved hearing about her latest adventures and projects, her classes and her challenges as an artist too. Here is a quick video of my visit, I was picking up a flag wall hanging for myself, I love to support other artists too!
Sometimes I just love to go back to a simpler time in my art. When the hardest decision was which color to choose! I have always loved to color and seem to somehow acquired more than my fair share of crayons through the years, can anyone have too many crayons?! I decided to dump them all into a empty washing machine soap bucket and I filled it up!
This is after I sent home small buckets of crayons with the grandkids!
I often pull out the crayons and coloring books when my grand daughters arrive and spend hours with them on the floor coloring in front of Disney movies! It is just really relaxing! Although I enjoy coloring in kids books once you start coloring in one of these adult coloring books you can get lost in the designs!
My good friend, Jamie Fingal, created her own coloring book!
It is filled with her wonderful, hand drawn, whimsical images that are on a sturdy paper that will handle some water! When they finally came in I tried to drive down to her studio to get the first copy! I was really excited to see all of her fun art as a collection to color!
The quality of paper in Jamie's coloring book allows me to use nice art supplies too! I decided to use one of my favorite pencils, Inktense from Derwent. They are water soluble and are bright and fun! I colored and then used my water brush to bring them to life! I did the fun camper page! So retro and fun. Next time you are feeling a bit in the creative dumps take some time to start at the beginning and remember how your love of art started!
Whats really fun is that Jamie is going to be giving away 2 coloring books in a random drawing from people who leave comments on our blogs during this blog hop! Make sure you go and check out everyones pages and leave a comment! Happy Hopping and Coloring!
We will be giving away 2 coloring books to two separate people. Just leave a comment on all of the blogs, and two random numbers will be chosen, to two lucky winners living in the U.S. only. Winners will be announced on August 10th
Sunday, August 2 - It's National Coloring Book Day and I will kick it off. I am having a book signing and sale in my studio from 12-3