Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Jumpstart

sketchbook collage6 by Roberta Warshaw
sketchbook collage6, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.
In trying to unblock myself, I found a wonderful book by the collage artist, Jane Davies. She suggests making a collage every day in your journal or sketchbook.

So I am trying that and it seems to be helping me to unblock myself from this creative morass I find myself in. One of my blog readers suggested that I try and paint with polymer clay but with my back problems I can no longer work the clay in the pasta machine. It is too hard on me physically right now.

I am working in acrylics and working fast as the paint dries in no time! So I am painting rice paper and sumi paper and then cutting it up afterwards. I find I don't really like cutting other peoples work from magazines and photos and such. I like the physical act of painting. So I am enjoying painting the papers and then cutting and rearranging the pieces. I have had quite a few nice surprises this way.

I think this practice is just what I needed.

2 comments:

A Half-Baked Notion said...

It's great that you are open to many mediums and methods, Roberta. At different times in our lives we need to embrace a variety of expressions, I guess. If and when you choose to paint with PC, I find that conditioning small amounts of clay using only my hands is very therapeutic (both physically and mentally). You may find applying and shaping the clay to canvass, using just manual texturing with very little use of tools, might be an option you enjoy.

Barb Fernald said...

I love the idea of a collage journal. And I so admire your dedication to creativity. You sure didn't let your reaction to the encaustic process stop you for long! What a great way to get used to acrylics. I'm going to try this! Thanks!