Friday, July 20, 2012

Play: permission granted

I have been dying to get out the paints again.  I have had some very fun images in my pea brain, rattling around all summer.  But, sometimes it's hard for me to give myself permission to just play around.  Seems like it should be the easiest thing in the world, to just sit down at my work table and play in my art journal.  It just seems that there are other things I "should" be doing. 

Finally, a few weeks ago, dirty dishes in the sink and dust on every surface in the house, I went into my studio and closed the door.  Cranked up the tunes and played.

I've been wanting to make my own stamps from wine corks (I mean, I have PLENTY of them!) and from these rubber blocks I found at collage

I sketched some shapes and designs onto them, and using tools I found along side the rubber block thingies, I started carving the shapes into the rubber and corks.  So fun!  Messymessygoodfun!!  I tested out each stamp until I got it Goldylocks-just-right.

Then I shifted gears, and got out my art journal and paints.  More good fun.

I just added layers and layers of paint and stamped shapes.


I was inspired by some of the vintage kimono fabrics in my stash.

I tried distressing the pages a bit with walnut ink.  Turns out, a little goes a long way.  Need to develop a bit of finesse with that. 

I ran to the kitchen for a Diet Dr. Pepper and some chocolate :) and came back with cookie cutters, too.  I just dipped those in a bit of paint for another little layer of interest.

I need to play around with the technique a bit more, but I really like the way it's going so far. 


Anne D said...

2nd try...

Oooh, lovely! I hadn't heard of cork stamps before. I must add that idea to my (long) list of new things to try.

Jenny Holiday said...

So much fun Tammy!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!

Happy Weekend!
xo Jenny

Eugenia said...

Oh yes give yourself permission to play. You'll be happier as you eventually do the dishes and dust.
My cottage is a hot mess right now but it will be tackled in good measure.