Art Requires Courage

Jan 10, 2012

As I was look­ing for a quote for this piece (yes I know sneak peeks… sor­ry), I came across the quote “All art requires courage” by Anne Tuck­er. I felt it was the per­fect quote as it is so true. Art does require courage. When cre­at­ing I start out with not a clue of what I will cre­ate… I have the base for my cre­ation but that is all, I just start gath­er­ing items from bags, draw­ers, box­es, stor­age bins etc. I pret­ty much cre­ate the same way I hunt for trea­sures in thrift stores, flea mar­kets and antique shops. I just dig and dig until I have a com­bi­na­tion of unique items that com­pli­ment one anoth­er then start putting them all togeth­er. Once fin­ished is when the real courage comes for me… post­ing it to the blog for all to see.

If you think about it cre­at­ing is very per­son­al as it is an exten­sion of you, maybe how you are feel­ing at the moment, things you love etc. so as you can see it’s true “All art requires courage” and it takes even more courage to post it and share it with the world espe­cial­ly when you have a new medi­um scream­ing to come out and be shared such as I have at the moment.

I’m lov­ing the eclec­tic mix­ture of ele­ments shown in these sneak peeks… met­al, vin­tage papers, stamped images, tex­tiles and glit­ter. Right now, all I can think about is how to cre­ate using them and my fond­ness for chick­en wire is far too strong. I want to put it on every­thing I cre­ate.

Stamp­ing my Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion stamps onto vin­tage ledger paper seems to be my per­fect com­bo. The black ink, aged paper and vin­tage images makes me super hap­py. Not to men­tion their detail, the crack­le paint and glit­ter. I re-dis­cov­ered a long lost love too… Crack­le Accents. I used this prod­uct sev­er­al years ago and for some rea­son it kin­da got pushed aside and for­got­ten about… well, while I was dig­ging in a box I found a bot­tle and it has been placed on every sin­gle CHA project I’ve cre­at­ed.

This new flower by Maya Road is going to be seen a lot in future projects I LOVE it and it goes so well with chick­en wire. I real­ly like the con­trast between the two ele­ments. Also, I’m hav­ing fun plac­ing the “Fig­ure No. 295 K.” stamped images here and there on projects. They are tiny images from my Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion stamp sets and make a great lit­tle accent.

And you can see part of the quote I stamped onto a piece of cop­per tape, then paint­ed over it with black paint, wiped it off and applied Crack­le Accents over it. It looks so neat in per­son. Also, you can see some more Crack­le Accents peak­ing out on the cream leaf on the right and the pho­to on the left.

This month, I’ll be shar­ing a tuto­r­i­al on how I cre­at­ed the stamped images in Pink Per­sim­mon’s newslet­ter. This means if you aren’t signed up for their newslet­ter make sure you do so HERE. Dar­cy and Judi will include a PDF of the tech­nique for you to down­load.

Coura­geous Hugs!

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