Stress… do you feel stress, and what do you do to relax? That’s the new theme on Mixed media place what are you feeling challenge. Well, I would rather ask that is there anyone today in our running life who doesn’t feel stressed from time to time? Just think about the deadlines in your commission… of course everyone has stress. But what do you do about it? How can you relax? For me the answer is easy, I relax with creating and by that I mean creating for fun, for myself, experimenting. So here is my piece for mixed media place:
I need to tell you I am not so violent with my art supply, the broken pencil is more for visualizing the forced creation, or sort of an “inspiration break”. I was beginning with a white canvas (it’s already stress for some people) and I wanted to keep it monochrome, even a bit cool, so I applied some gesso randomly through a stencil.
I was still on my monochromic line so I took a simple deco ribbon to break the canvas to two and I added some modeling paste through another grunge stencil.
But then I looked at it, and with all that texture on it I didn’t feel any coolness anymore, I decided to go for one color, only one and no more, and so I found Lindy’s stamp gang pop rock purple spray as the chosen one. Oh yeah and for a bit of a glaze silk acrylic boysenberry. The ink drops are from sennelier drawing ink 701. Finally what can calm the stress… maybe yoga, or meditation… some far east magic, so let’s use a texture stamp with archival ink (sorry from all the experts I have no idea if it’s Chinese or Japanese).
I felt pretty close, but as usual I can’t finish my canvas without some self-altered embellishments. Then there was that circle in the middle that asked for something more, so I painted on top of it a bit more.
As my embellishments are from metal and the pencil is from wood so instead of glue I used beeswax to apply all my pieces to my canvas. I added some shades or darker tints with pan pastel.
Do you see that fluffy effect of the paint doodle in the middle, that’s a mystical beeswax paint reaction, loved it and that was a pure luck experiment. At the graphite tip of my pencil I added the text “days long gone”, it’s a Cold country element from 7dots studio.
Hope you are all relaxed and ready to create and thanks for staying. I am sharing my canvas with Mixed media place see you there!