Monday, June 4, 2012

Grounded Muse

This is an incredibly busy time of year as June is filled with end of school activities, events, programs, concerts and, this year, a graduation and subsequent party. So as I prepare for, and attend, many a special occasion, I find that my art studio is doing little more than gathering dust.

However, my muse is relentless and I feel a constant yearning to create. It can be so frustrating to have the creative urge but know that there is a laundry list of other obligations. To satisfy my longing, I made time on Sunday evening to play in my journal. It wasn't a great investment of time, and I can't say that my muse is now completely content, but at least it was something and felt really good.

On this journal page I played around with my Derwent Inktense Blocks, applying color at the top of the page and activating with water to create drips. I also used a wet paintbrush against the block to make flicks and splatters of color. That's fun!

Another new "technique" used on this page was to color a rubber stamp with a Faber-Castell Pitt Big Brush marker only on the portion of the stamp I wanted to print. That worked well and I can see how you could color a stamp in a number of different shades at once. I'm sure I'm a little late to this party...rubber stampers have been doing it for years...but it was an aha moment just the same.

© Nancy Lefko


Sharon Wagner said...

The paint drips are cool. It sounds like you are having fun. The dust has been blown away and art emerged!

SueAnn Lommler said...

Love the piece. Very cool!!