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Around Here: February 2021

A Formula for Making Art Quickly

If you want to make art quickly, you need to have all the supplies on hand.  I'm not talking about paint and brushes...although those are useful to have.  I'm talking about pre-made "art parts."

What are "art parts?"

Well, it's a term I made up. But in essentials, it's substrates and bits and pieces that are ready to go into your art without any work.  It's the kind of stuff you make when you have a bit of free time, without any end result in mind.  If you've bought a scrap pack from me, you know what I'm talking about.  I keep most of mine in these two carts:

Here's the formula I follow to make super quick art:

(1) Choose a substrate that is already decorated.  This step should take you less than a minute.

I chose a page in my mini art journal that was already covered with collaged deli paper.

(2) Choose a piece or two of collage fodder that can make the piece more interesting.  Again, this should take you less than a minute.  Don't obsess.  Just grab a thing or two.

I chose some thread and a tag I made as a demo during my live online Sketchbookery class this past weekend.

(3) Add at least one new thing that you've made. (By adding one new thing I've made, it makes me feel like I'm making something rather than simply assembling - though there's nothing wrong with that!)  This is where you might spend the lion's share of your time.  If you're short on time, you can dedicate just 5 minutes to this process.  If you're long on time, take all day!

I cut out two paper birds by hand and decorated one with a combination of ink and pencil.

(4) Assemble your work of art.  Again, this should be pretty quick.  You've got all your parts (don't grab for other stuff).  It's really just a matter of using the correct adhesive.

It's really that easy!

There are plenty of variations on this process.  For example, if you don't like collage or gluing stuff down, then your new thing can be painting directly onto the work.  The only real requirement for this to work is that you must have the art parts.

If you'd like to go a little bit deeper, I am going to be teaching a live online two-part class (two Saturdays) all about art parts on April 10 & 17, 2021In the first class I will share tons of techniques for creating art parts quickly and easily. I will also show you how to make the kind of art parts that YOU like to work with. Not everyone is the same. Art-making isn't a one-size-fits-all process.  In the second class I will show you several different methods for making beautiful finished art with your parts. You will walk away from class having finished a lot of art, even if you tend to be a slow maker.  I hope you'll join me!

Thanks for stopping by!


P.S.  February's member's livestream is tonight (Wednesday) at 8pm EST.