Thanks for stopping by again.
I do appreciate it. Especially today.
Sunday’s Blog a step-by-step.
Apologies for being a little later than usual,
but I have to confess, my day didn’t start out well.
I am sure you know what I mean when I say that I allowed somebody to sow something in my head, just a little seed.
But before I could process it intelligently,
it had sprouted into a mammoth issue,
and my head became a full blown war zone.
So I have used this blog and this piece of artwork to find my way back to the happy, serene art room that was before the phone rang.
Let’s get going on the project,
before my washing machine for a head cranks up again!
Drop a couple of drips of reinker ink on a large 8" x 10"Gelli Plate, which is sitting on a 9" x 11" Mega mount.
Take a sheet of clean acetate and lay it on top of the ink.
You could even use the protective sheets the Gelli Plate comes sandwiched in.
When you squish it, the ink shatters and moves around. Fantastic.
Remove the acetate,
place the white Gelli Card on the ink on the Gelli plate,
or take the Gelli Plate to the card for better positioning.
Pull a print.
Replace the acetate, squish a bit more,
remove acetate and place the plate on fresh card.
Just keep making blobby cards.
I found this helped get rid of the first layer of upset.
So I kept going, spritzing with water, adding more ink, squishing and focussing on the artwork, instead of the rubbish in my head.
I know! You look at this and think, well at least it’s served some purpose then, because there’s no way you are going to bring this back from the place we call Bin-dom!
Not so fast on the reject button matey!
Out with my favourite stamp.
He’ll calm me down and comfort me.
Just like my lad Mark did, when he surfaced this morning.
Ok. So now we have a basis. Now I really have to focus,
so I do need to let go of the crap in my head.
Am I allowed to say Crap?
Black Micron Pen.
Just follow the ink splat lines.
Torn copy paper and Make-up sponges with ink pads
to add some hills.
Shabby Shutters Distress pad.
Create more hills.
Add a waterline for a lake.
Spectrum Noir Pencils to define the hills.
Lighten the boy.
The light Spectrum Noirs work on black.
Use the pencils to enhance the water,
and give the boy back some black shading.
Busy. Very busy.
But I like it a lot.
Black edging with a Sharpie Pen to frame.
Mount on white card to finish.
And the tornado ripping through my head has moved through.
So yes. Art therapy works for me.
I just have to have faith that it will.
Actually, now my head has become this picture.
Calm as a millpond.
Which was its purpose.
Sometimes I think I’m not as well as I’d like to think I am.
But mostly, I think I think too much, and when I get out of my head and stay with my hands, things invariably get better.
Do I want to talk about it?
Do I want to talk about what?