This summer I knew I would have a lot of down time.. but I REALLY wanted to do something to keep my creativity going! I wanted do try something unique and different so I thought a challenge for myself would be a great way to keep me going from week to week. Plus I thought it would be fun incorporate techniques and ideas I don't normally play with.
I was talking to my daughter about how I am always in AWE of ideas or pieces of art I see on the internet.. not just in mixed media art, but photography, sewing, en-caustic, jewelry, papercrafting.. the list goes on. So many talented women and men out there with some serious creative mojo. And then it hit me! Why not do a challenge where each week I find someone.. a friend, a fellow blogger, an etsy store owner and hi-light a piece of THEIR art and then create a piece inspired by it! I loved the idea.. and mainly because I have so many awesome and talented artists I amdire.. who are creative in TOTALLY different mediums than I am. I wanted to expand my own creativity just a bit by using them as a mentor for my creative play. so I am excited to bring you a new summer series..
Creatively Inspired.. a summer art challenge
my first challenge is inspired one VERY brilliant gal.. Junelle Jacobsen.. and she is ONE amazing artist. She is a photographer at heart (which by the way.. she is coming here in September to take our family photos.. CAN NOT WAIT).., but she is also extremely talented when it comes to mixed media, canvas and paint. I don't think she knows how talented she really is.. but I describe her as "Brilliant"
how I met Junelle was through the two workshops I currently offer. She was a student in both.. and one afternoon I was enjoying some time just looking through the FLICKR gallery where students post their work from the class. I kept seeing this AMAZING work and just seriously blown away by not just by the design, but the thought and technique put into it. I didn't realize it at first.. but all of the pictures I kept commenting on.. were the same person's art.. Junelle's art. So I immediately went to her profile and found her info.. then headed over to her blog and soon found out she was not only an awesome mixed media artist.. but a brilliant photographer as well! (I have also recently hired her to start doing the kit photos for the Scarlet Lime website.. can't wait! lol)
Well one of the projects she posted.. that I fell crazy in love with.. it was an art journal piece she made for my 3 Hearts workshop.. this piece right here..
I WAS IN LOVE...
I love how she had taken book paper or any kind of paper for that matter and rolled it randomly into tubes and used it as a background AND an emebellishment on her art journal page. I could see incorporating this technique onto so many other things! (Like fabric and canvas! )
I love how she painted over the top of it.. just as if it was part of the background to her page.. I call it Paper Art. (not sure what she calls it..) but whatever it is.. it's brilliant.
After spending some time.. wiping the drool of my chin.... I emailed her and first asked her, if she would be a part of my summer art challenge and if I could use this piece as inspiration for my own art piece. THEN I asked her if she would be my friend and come take my family photos and play with my in my art garage and be my email buddy.. I think she thought I was a bit psycho! lol.. hopefully she doesn't. :)
After she replied back yes.. I knew I wanted her to be the first piece in my new summer series. I didn't want to do an art journal piece.. I wanted to create something that I could hang on a wall, so I created my piece on canvas. But this could SO easily be done with fabric on a dress, or wall quilt, or a pillow, or a piece of wood, inside a frame.. the possibilities are endless. I didn't ask her how she did the technique.. because that is where the inspired part comes in. I wanted to look at her art and being inspired by what I saw.. and create my own piece inspired by it. Here is what I came up with..
I used a 10x10 canvas as my base.. I loved her color scheme so much.. I used that as inspiration as well.
I also liked her heart theme so I used it too, though I did end up making another piece that was in the shape of a flower.. turned out so cool as well (it's in the video below).
Once I painted over the paper rolls I added texture onto them like paint, stamps, rubons, and even my doodle pen.. I added another layer of dimension with the corrugated heart (which I made in the 3 hearts workshop)
I had SO much fun trying this technique out.. It truly WAS super cool.
I am going to for sure try this technique on other mediums. I can see a really cool pillow being made with this technique and rolled fabric.. I have the perfect fabric for it too. Might post that later.. :)
This was only one of Junelle's awesome pieces I was inspired by... she had so many more I loved.. but this Paper Art Technique was really cool.
I made a little video for you to show you how I interpreted this technique and created this canvas piece. But before I leave you with that.. I wanted to encourage YOU to also join me in this adventure! Find a way to stay creatively inspired this summer.. whether it's be doing your own challenge.. or taking a class, or getting together with friend to just create art. Have fun with it! You deserve it! Speaking of classes.. I know I mentioned today I would be annoucing some new "Mini" workshops coming this summer.. but I am going to wait and announce them next monday.. so watch for those two workshops.. info coming soon!
AND THANK YOU to Junelle.. what a great way to kick of my summer.. being creatively inspired by her.. she is truly brilliant. Love that chicka!
Next week I will be heading out of town for an entire week to volunteer at my church's girls camp. We will be camping, hiking, floating the river.. and of course.. creating a little art.. which I can't wait for! I am going to teach them to create the She ARt Girls as one of the art projects. It will be so fun. So depending on what I am able to get done this week.. I may or may NOT post a creatively inspired Challenge next wednesday.. but if I can get my creative butt in gear, I will get a post ready before i leave :)..
okay.. enough talk! Onto the video..
here is a Behind the Art Video.. Creatively Inspired.. Paper Art.