Venturing off the beaten path

January 20, 2013 3 Comments

A recent Cloth Paper Scissors subscriber email contained a link to a blog post titled, "Cook Up a New Recipe for Mixed Media Art", written by Cate Prato.  It was about whether you follow recipes or add your own flair and applying this concept to your art.  It got me thinking, I rarely follow recipes.  I always have to change it up.  Yet, with my art, I play it safe.  New mediums are intimidating because I don't know what the heck I am doing.  Graphite and charcoal, no problem, but add colors and it's a whole different world!  And, paint?!  Yikes, forget about it!  Wonder why food is less intimidating...hmm.

A Facebook group of my artist friends were talking about these artists crayons, Neocolor II.  You can use them dry, you can use them on wet paper, or you can use a wet brush to turn your drawing into a watercolor.  They sounded right up my alley.  I could turn my drawing into a painting!  I decided to venture out to Dick Blick and get me some.  I never go to Dick Blick without my 40% off coupon, so I also bought a new light!  Anyways...below is dry artists crayons on 8.5" x 5.5" cold press watercolor paper.  

 

Happy Flowers WIP

 

I love that my new light doesn't give off a yellow tint!  I can finally take pictures in the house and at night!  I used to have to wait for a bright, but not sunny, not windy, not snowy and not rainy day to take my artwork outside (for the right lighting) to photograph it. And, this is after using a wet brush...  

 

Happy Flowers

 

The colors are so bright and vibrant.  Not bad for a first attempt.  It took 2.5 hours to complete.  Venturing off the beaten path was a success!  Stepping outside of your comfort zone can open you up to new possibilities. 

What about you?  Do you follow recipes?  Do you add your own flair?  When was the last time you ventured off the beaten path?  I would love to hear your comments below.

 

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2013 - Year in Review - Lisa R. Ullrich ~ Artist & Photographer
2013 - Year in Review - Lisa R. Ullrich ~ Artist & Photographer

August 24, 2017

[…] art.  Two small 8″ x 10 paintings and two large 18″ x 24″ paintings.  I tried  new crayons that are water-soluble and drew an elephant with graphite and […]

Lisa R. Ullrich
Lisa R. Ullrich

August 24, 2017

Hi Sandy! Thank you. I know, there are so many things to read, I just can’t keep up! I like to see examples too. There is a better chance for me to try it then. Good luck with your “stretching”! Have a nice rest of the weekend. :)

Sandy King
Sandy King

August 24, 2017

Love that you shared this Lisa. Great pic, great example of how it works. Nice to have someone recommend a product and show first hand. I too read that article in Cloth Paper Scissors ! Too funny with all that is out there to read. But it did strike a cord about not following a recipe. I’m working on stretching a bit, so this had impact.

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