This week I was invited by my dear friend Nat Kalbach (check out her wonderful inspirational blog: n*Studio) to join the Around The World Blog Hop and answer 4 questions.
Now, I always like a challenge so here we go!
1. What am I working on right now?
I’m working on a couple of exciting things that I can’t share right now, but pretty soon I will. Besides that I’m working on some exciting things just for me, just for the sake of fun, and those I can share so here they are:
1. Acrylic painting on canvas.
I’m experimenting and trying to figure out what works best for me. Abstract, Figurative, Intuitive… there is something in all 3 area’s that speaks to me, but right now on my table is this piece that I would categorize in Intuitive painting and I have to say that I really love working on this!
I love the process of creating a background with no outcome in mind, just keep adding paint and colors and shapes and splashes until I feel that it’s enough. And then I look at it and start drawing whatever comes to mind. No need to be perfect, it might change anyway along the way. It is not done yet and I hope I can stop in time :) That I don’t feel the need to make it "perfect" in the end. Just letting my feeling decide when it’s done whether it’s perfect or not.
(work in progress)
2. Gelli plate printing
One of my favorite techniques right now. I love the uniqueness of the prints, the look of several layers on top of each other, the beautiful texture and interest that gives.
I also love that the outcome is always a surprise. After experimenting a lot I have a pretty good idea of the process and what will happen when I this or that, but still, sometimes I lift up the paper and am really disappointed, another time I lift it up and I get all giddy and excited because it turned out so well. And a couple of times like that make up for a lot of disappointments.
So here are some prints I made lately that I really like:
2. How does my work differ from other’s:
Pfff, that is a hard question to answer. First thing that comes to mind is color. I use lots of bright and bold colors and I’m not afraid to combine them. I love to experiment and find new ways to use products and there always has to be balance. Everything on a project is there for a reason even if it’s only to connect the whole piece together, make it pleasing for the eye... Argh, I don’t know, these things are true, but do they make me unique? I don’t think so… Yet there are people that tell me they pick my work from a gallery without seeing my name, knowing I created it. I think that is a great compliment but I can’t explain why :)
3. Why do I create?
That’s an easy one. Because I have to!
There are so many ideas in my head, all the beautiful things and colors I see around me, all the inspiration my mind is soaking up needs to get out somehow. I guess I maybe could have chosen to become a writer or a professional photographer but I love to make something nice from scratch, work with my hands, feel the paper, the paint, getting my hands dirty. I just don’t have a choice, I need to create or I would become very unhappy! I choose to be happy :)
4. How does my creative process work?
Well, I’m quite a perfectionist and when I started a project I usually had an exact image in my head of how the final project should look. When I started scrapbooking 11 years ago I was working only with paper, pictures and embellishments and I was pretty much in control. I just layered all pieces on my page and didn’t glue anything down until I was totally satisfied with the result. I even applied letter stickers to the edge of a ruler so I could move them around over the page before I decided where to put them.
And then I discovered art journaling and mixed media, which I love! But working with paints, inks etc. made it harder to be in control. When using spray paints and stencils for instance it is not so easy to predict exactly how the outcome will be and you can’t layer paper and pictures on top to see how it looks until the background is finished, so I had to learn to go with the flow.
It was a long process but it’s getting easier. I now often just start a project for the sake of creating and don’t care that much anymore how the outcome will be. I start with adding color to the background, add stamps and stencils and then see where it takes me. I don’t mind throwing away or painting over a piece when it didn’t turn out nice. I like contrasting colors but it’s not until the first layers of colors are dry before I decide what the contrasting colors are going to be, because it depends on how the background turned out.
I learned to let go of that final image in my head although I have to admit that I still can't start completely blanc, there are always some ideas in the back of my head of which way I hope it will go :) But it's getting better. And I have to say I like it very much. Working this way is very relaxing and you can end up with unexpected, lovely surprises. I guess that is why I’m so attracted to intuitive painting and gelli plate printing at the moment :)
So, these are my answers to the 4 questions. It’s become a pretty long post and I hope you enjoyed reading it.
I’m challenging Marieke Blokland (Bloknote.nl) from The Netherlands and Janna Werner (Papiersalat) from Germany to answer these 4 questions as well. I hope they accept the challenge and keep this Around The World Blog Hop going. Either way, their blogs are worth a visit!
Thank you for stopping by!