Simple Animals

Thursday, January 7, 2016

A while back, I picked up the book Craft-A-Doodle, edited by Jenny Doh.  It's a compilation of about a zillion different artists, all giving examples of their own work, along with techniques to try.

In it, Carla Sonheim1 showed her technique for using Sharpie markers on cardboard.  It seems pretty straightforward, right up until she uses a white oil pastel to scribble over big black areas...and they turn blue right in front of your eyes.  It's like magic, folks.  Seriously.

See?  Magic.

Last night, this was both a fun exercise for me, and a reminder of my Stuff Manifesto.  With just three things -- a sharpie, a pastel, and some cardboard -- you can make really nifty stuff.  You don't need to drop a load of money to practice, and even in practice, you can make good stuff.

(Granted, then I dropped a wad of cash at Blick because of a sale on markers and canvases, but those were wants, not needs.)  :)

Make what you can, with what you have.  Make all the things.  Practice and play.

That's really what it's all about.

1)  by the way, if you ever have a chance to take a class with Carla, do it.  Everything I've ever taken by her has been amazing, accessible, and has never failed to teach me a whole slew of new things.  She's amazing.

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