Monthly Archives: March 2011

A New Process to Spark New Ideas

Last Friday I joined a few ladies for my first ever Zandoodle night. Yes I said ZAN doodle! To me it seems like a shortened description for zangy doodles. This form of art practice was loosening, rhythmic and a great way to just try stuff out. As a printmaker I am always attracted to process and this is a process with fewer guidelines. You simply draw a shape, fracture the shape, and fill the spaces. Ok, there is a bit more than that but this is the simple three step starter. It was nice to play with material that I wouldn’t normally pickup, simply because I do not have a need to using them in my current artistic practice. And now I am the proud owner of markers, and many other things that I have introduced to my drawing box. It was so much fun to sit around a table and share doodling ideas while learning a whole new process.  We shared color ideas, shapes, and stories while creating our page filled pictures. It was nice to hang out with great people for an evening, and it was a wonderful way to close up a Studio Friday!

It wasn’t easy to get started, I was recommended to begin with tracing my hand and then let the marks roll from there.  The second zandoodle was created the next day, with an early morning coffee. It was after my second attempt to creating a zandoodle that I began to see how these ideas will benefit larger scale drawings, as well as the possibilities in block printing. I hope your looking as forward as I am to seeing what might happen. I will be the first to admit that the pictures are not great but at least you get the idea.


Studio Fridays

In my last story about Studio Friday I was searching for patience. You know the need to allow work to fully dry before  attempting the printing process. So all your hard work doesn’t go gushing out of the bottom and on to the white boarder of the paper. Yep that kind of patience. So as a solution I went to Value Village and found a hair dryer, an extra hot air blower. I only knew this because I could test it before I bought it. So now I go into the studio fully armed and ready to create a touch faster. Say Hello to my little friend!