Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Impromptu art and planned art can both be fun

Yesterday, I was cleaning off my desk trying to prepare for my normal Monday nights. I usually spend my Mondays with Tracy Weinzapfel. She does a regular Monday night LIVE stream on Ustream where she creates something on the fly. Those of us chatting offer up our input on what she should and should not do. Why she listens to us, I have NO IDEA!! LOL. Sometimes if my schedule is hectic, I just watch and chat, but last night I had a completely free night, so I had planned during the day to clean off my desk and then play LIVE right along with her.

Well, as plans usually go, mine changed. Well, you could say I got distracted. Here was my thought process while cleaning off my craft area:

1) Make small progress on desk.
2) In cleaning off desk find - new jar of modeling paste.
3) Wonder if living in 102 degree heat may have an advantage. Could modeling paste dry faster outside on patio?
4) Decide that I must quickly try experiment. (I got some new stencils the day before. They were screaming from their package that they needed used. Not my fault.)
5) Set out 6x6 canvas outside to dry and go back to cleaning.
6) Stumble across Copic refills that I bought after seeing a good friend Dick Folse do a demo of his art.
7) Yell at myself for not trying the technique. It has been an entire MONTH. UGH.
8) Decide to quickly try Dick's technique and place that canvas to dry outside too.
9) Quickly learn that I did not buy the canvas like Dick uses AND that there is a major learning curve to dripping alcohol ink from the Copic refill.
10) Also learn, that if you decide to absorb some ink (Like Dyan Reaveley does ALL THE TIME) you should make sure your paper towel does not have a textured bumpy pattern. It will show up in ink!!
11) Decide, I am a genius!! Ink and paper towel should be the new rage. Absolutely love texture impression in ink!!
12) Learn quickly to not let daughter view the process of creating ANYMORE. Between the paper towel incident and the fact that I have no idea how Dick drips Copic ink without being completely covered in it, she is now laughing at me hysterically. UGH!!
13) Take second canvas out to patio and continue cleaning.
14) Nearly done, plenty of time for class.
15) Go check on dry canvases. They do dry outside MUCH quicker.
16) Bring in canvases and decide I will use the modeling paste one for Tracy's online Ustream. It is stretching my creative brain, because I only know she is using a 6x6 canvas. I have NO IDEA what else.
17) Look at Copic Canvas and like colors I used.
18) Remember I never did the canvas Tracy did last week
19) Decide to quickly add quote and a corrugated heart to canvas just like Tracy did last Monday when I just watched.
20) Get Canvas quickly done and post a picture online before it is even completely done drying.
21) Realize I did not finish cleaning desk area, and class starts in 10 minutes. NUTS!!!!!

Here is the Impromptu Art that I did using Dick Folse's drip technique, Dyan Reaveley's paper towel cleanup, and the quote and inspiration from Tracy's online Ustream from June 25, 2012:

Here is the video of Tracy online on Ustream from June 25, 2012:


And here is the video of Tracy from July 2, 2012 (I created while watching her LIVE using the 6x6 canvas that I threw some modeling paste on and dried outside earlier in the day.)


 And this is the canvas I created:

And here is a list of the supplies I used:
Modeling paste on a 6x6 canvas
Red and yellow gelatos
Black Soot Tim Holtz distress ink
India yellow hue and green gold golden acrylics
Black Faber-Castekk PITT artist pen big brush
Black and white divine twine
Black chipboard letters
ButtonLlabel maker
Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher
Foam tape
Helmar 450 Quick Dry

Creating LIVE with someone is stressful, but I challenge everyone to try it. You never know what is coming up next, but it keeps you out of your head and keeps you from over thinking every little detail. For someone who plans things WAY TOO MUCH, this is a skill that I need to learn. Tracy is helping me do that.
Thanks a bunches girlfriend!! HUGS

1 comment:

sandee said...

OK, 11 and 12 had me LOL!! I have done one class with her while she was online, but at least I knew ahead of time which quote she was using, so that helped and I prepped my canvas ahead of time. I did learn quickly to not even bother trying to do chat, it was too hard so I just listened and watched Tracy, but I do love painting along with her! I am now stalking....errrr....following you on Pinterest and your blog! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)