I am often inspired by the prompts from the various sites that offer such things...you know, Inspire Me Thursday, Illustration Friday, Self Portrait Challenge...that kind of thing. But sometimes I am lost. They are most often single word prompts and they either do it for you or they don't. For whatever reason though...the act of trying something new with the materials in particular has never really hit me. Until I read, innocently enough, just a fellow blogger's blog...just a lovely lady who just likes to be working her craft and consistently creates wonderful things. Norah's blog threw out the challenge a few days ago that really appealed to me. I think mainly because it was a challenge to use certain materials. I always think it sounds like fun to do collage, or incorporate many things into some sort of multi media project, but I tend to just stick w/ the painting, and occasionally drawing and don't seem to venture out into other things too much. So the challenge was to find a picture from a newspaper that spoke to you, use it as the starting point for a composition, add in some sort of tissue or pattern that appealed to you, and if you're feeling really risky...add in an image transfer. Image transfers usually get me all riled up. I don't know...it was the picking out a photo from a newspaper that really appealed to me. Thing is I don't get a newspaper...so I went and found the local catalog for classes like swimming and knitting...
I liked this one. I like the way the kids arms are, the little girl in the corner, and the patterns of the dots (which are the dividers for the swimming lanes).
I didn't have a canvas, so I used a piece of heavy acrylic paper and taped it to a board (rather haphazardly). I soon discovered my drawing skills could use a little work. ;)
I also didn't have any particular piece of tissue paper that had a design to work with, but I have had fun in the past using tissue paper for different types of effects...so this seemed like a good chance to dip into the supply I had created and play with it again.
This is kind of where things started going "wrong" for me. For one thing, I quit taking pictures. I really wanted to play with image transfer and had these cute little cards from a kids "Go Fish" game I have that I thought I'd mess with.
I forgot about how the image transfers the opposite way...and then had to go back and make more that were flipped. I just had this idea I wanted those turtles floating to the top. Everything got kind of mushy at this point. There were many times that I just wanted to quit because I wasn't happy with it. I felt like I had no point to what I was doing. But I felt I needed to persevere and make something out of it. This is probably why I quit taking pictures, in a subconscious kind of way. When I looked at what I had created and couldn't go back from, I decided that what I could try and garner from it was a sense of playfulness that both the turtles and the kids supply. It ended up like this:
I am so happy that I decided to jump into this and try it. Thinking about techniques instead of words. I think it was a really good thing for me to do, and I think I will try it again. I encourage you to click on the picture for a better look...I even threw in a few stamps of a fish stamp that I have along the bottom. This whole thing really took me out of my element...but I think getting outside of your usual thought patterns is a very, very good thing to explore. Thank you for that, Sharon!