Artist's Prayer

Give us Your daily Inspiration
So, we can live a Creative Life.
And lead us away from self-doubt,
For to doubt our creativity
Is to doubt Your Voice within us.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

I'm Done With 'shRED'ding...Until I'll Get A New Shredder

I spent most of my day yesterday turning a step-by-step project into an article. This may seem like a fast and simple task to accomplish, and yet each time I feel exhausted as I'm spinning my wheels hoping to catch this runaway deadline.... one more time. The title of my article is 'Turn Your Shopping Bag Into A Beautiful Collage In 60 Minutes!' Once I have the link to the article on Creativity Portal I'll place it on the sidebar. There's 13 photos accompanying a step-by-step description.

Next I'm turning 'shRED' into the same format, though this project has always felt to me that it is more a background creating technique than an artwork project in and of itself. I added another element to 'shRED' - Tar Gel with Cobalt Turquoise. There's a lot to be said about experiencing the quality of the tar gel, especially if you don't feel like calling the cleaning service after you're finished.... Tar gel, if you haven't had a pleasure of one-on-one introduction yet, is veeeery stringy and it's best to apply it by dripping it onto the surface with a palette knife.

But going back to shredding and using shredded paper as a collage, or mixed media element, I encourage you to try it for yourself. I was first drawn to this 'slightly' un-creative possibility few years ago when I applied it to a thick piece of construction grade Styrofoam, to its sides and surface, but I haven't used is since until this week. I want to spent some more time with my new favorite mixed media element, but first a new shredder is in the cards...

I can see the possibilities of mixing shredded papers with Glass Bead gel, Pumice Paste, Hard Molding Paste (first mixed with various paint colors). If you've had a 'previous relationships' with shredded paper in your artwork, I'd love to hear the details....

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  1. I always find it interesting what everyone is doing with shreds of paper. I blogged about it a good while ago. One of the things I mentioned in my blog was something that I saw in another blog about how he used the shreds for paper dolls (hair) for his children. There doesn't seem to be any shortage on creative ideas for using your shredder. From the shreds to the compost pile to paper dolls to paper mache to doing a Jackson Pollock with shredded paper.