Wednesday, October 22, 2014


I got a bit sidetracked by Junelle's Farmers' Market art class and all this wedding hoo-hah, but I've finally made my way back to the projects in Pam Carriker's book Creating Art at the Speed of Life. This chapter was called "Tactile By Nature", and was all about adding texture to your projects.

The objective of this first project was to find texture in everyday objects around your house, and use that to create graphite rubbing transfers. So I used this...

and this...

to create this:

For the next project we had to create an Impressionist-style portrait painting, without using any paintbrushes! Yep, other than a final bit of shading from a Stabilo pencil, this lady consists entirely of paint dots "dabbed" on with things like sponge dabbers and pencil erasers.

She's always watching me!

This latest project required layering textures and colors over each other to create a digital collage "look", and was supposed to involve an inkjet image transfer. Unfortunately, we don't have an inkjet printer. Instead, I just sketched an image from my favorite bath soap wrapper onto deli paper, then collaged that over my background.

Needless to say, it's been more fun 'n a barrel of monkeys!


Corrine at said...

Nice projects all. I'm never into transfers, but your sketches are always wonderful. xox

Gus said...

I think I might really enjoy this book!

Hill Country Hippie said...

Corrine, I think transfers are more trouble than they're worth, but I'm becoming a huge fan of Jane Lafazio's use of sheer paper sketches layered over textured backgrounds!

Gus, I think you'd love it. I have the same problem you said Bud has -- inertia! Once I get STARTED, I'm lost in an art trance in no time, but it's just making myself get started that's the problem -- staring at too many possibilities and trying to narrow it down to one thing! Working my way through this book is like having a lesson plan -- especially good for someone with no art training, since I'm learning so much in the process!