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.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Finding Art Supplies In Unexpected Places.... Cheap!

I feel like art making right this minute. Last week I bought myself, what's called an 18'' in diameter 'table round', but I will use it as strata for my next mixed media project. As I've alluded to in the previous posts, here again circular shapes are emerging. In fact I've been wanting to make a mixed media mandala on wood for a long while. If you'd like to save money on wooden surfaces I strongly recommend visiting a lumber yard of your local home improvement store. In my case, Menard's leaves the competition in the dust when it comes to pricing, not to mention art supplies stores ~ herein lays part of the reason of my postponing this project. I've been romancing a 10" in diameter round wood panel at DickBlick but its pricing close to $40 just made me re-think the purchase until.... I met my un-primed, solid wood 'table round' and was stunned with its unassuming sticker price..... $16.99! for almost twice the size of the one at Blick's.

Here's what I know, for now, about this, yet-to-be-born mandala on wood. I will start with coating it with two layers of black gesso, so the subsequent textures with have well defined shapes....and, as always, the rest will emerge on its own.

Can't wait to see what will happen!


What's your latest creative fever? Which paint colors you just can't get enough of at the moment? (I listed my 'Top 3' on Facebook the other day)


  1. In my area there is a big demand for lime green,aqua and soft yellow. Not my favorite colors but the more I use them -the more they grow on me !
    It always amazes me how much we learn as we progress in creating. Just when we think we've mastered something,a new idea is born.
    That's the best part of being an artist-no one- or nothing is perfect-it can all change tomorrow.

  2. I love the black gesso undercoating and the circular format. Different ways of doing things from the norm always intrigues me. Favorite colors, I love purple, turquoise and the metallic colors with black in the background. Anything to give a magical, mysterious feel to images.
    Love how you experiment!

  3. Hi, I'm just discovering your blog and I'm loving it. I'm also a HUGE fan of textures and work a lot in mixed media acrylic. I work extensively with the Golden and Liquitex texture gels. I look forward to reading more, not only about your painting experiences but also in the metaphysical realm - another of my interests. I'm dancing :)
    Carlynne Hershberger

  4. Hi Girls,
    First of all, want to welcome ArtistAmyJo & Carlynne to my blog! Thank you for sharing your wonderful insights from your own creative journey! Bev, I must say metllic colors are begining to 'call my name', too.
    Look forward to your nurturing and generous comments!
    Much Creative Blessings,