Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Time for Backgrounds


Sometimes when I am feeling a little empty creatively or just don't have a lot of time...I like to sit down and work on backgrounds. I will have about 5 or 6 going at one time. I will use my journal, wood pieces, canvas, and cardboard. I use whatever my hands can grab and just build up some yummy layers. 


The backgrounds come pretty easily. I love working on them. I can really stick to my "don't think too much" rule when I am working on backgrounds. There are times when I want something very specific on a canvas and I will really plan that out. But, for the most part it just comes to me as I go. 

Look! I used all the slips with names from my giveaway for my first layer! :)

Then, when I have a creative burst, I have several different pieces to grab and work on top of. Like I said, I don't always work like that. But it sure does end some of my "creative blocks." :)

 One of my favorite tools...well, maybe a mild obsession...is a brayer. Oh, how I love the way a brayer can spread paint in a completely random yet beautiful way. I love the effect, don't you? Unfortunately my beloved brayer has gone missing. A certain little 3 year old loves to lurk around all my art goodies (what 3 year old wouldn't!) and I have a sneaking suspicion that he has found a lovely place for my brayer. A place no one can find! :) He loves putting keys in toy boxes, camera SD cards in his sister's Barbie house, and you should see all the things he has hidden behind the couch. Anyways, I have been working without one for over a month...and I think it is time to get a new one. You know it will turn up a day after I rip open the new one. It always happens like that!! :)

I was wondering...are you a "start to finish" artist or do you work on several things at once? Any favorite background tools in your artistic stash? 

8 comments:

  1. Great start for your art! This is how I am when I paint papers for collage--they seem to flow out of me, but when I have a blank canvas in front of me, I'm don't know what to do!

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  2. creating backgrounds are so much fun and I'm with you on the joys of brayering. Hope yours turns up soon :-)

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  3. Wow I saw my name! But I believe that creativity need not to be planned. Sometimes , you just have to trust destiny and fate to guide you all the way. And your naughty little darling is playing a great role in every work you produce :)

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  4. Great backgrounds, and I agree, the brayer is an incredible tool, it can do so much! I need to get (find) mine and try to use it more often.

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  5. Absolutely beautiful backgrounds! I am going to try this!

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  6. Great backgrounds! I need to use my brayer... Lately I have had some extra backgrounds going on...but usually I am more of a start to finish girl, I guess! I am getting over it...I think! Ha. A goal of mine is to someday have a collection of background pages, layers, that I can write on when thoughts are ready to be written.

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  7. Backgrounds look great! Love the look of your blog too! I've been so busy I haven't made the rounds lately ♥

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