“No risk, no art.”
Recently, some friends visited and I took them on a home tour of my creations. Although I’m not a professionally trained artist I don’t let that stop me from making stuff, as I call what I do. In fact, I think not knowing the rules is a bit of an advantage. That way I don’t know when I’m breaking rules.
After the visit one of the guests suggested that I share my creations on this blog. As I looked around at what I might share I decided that that was a good idea. Perhaps some of my ideas might spark a creative idea in someone else. Perhaps that someone else might be moved to say, “I could do that,” and express themselves in their own particular way while having some fun! Perhaps that someone might share their ideas with me!
This first piece I’m sharing was inspired by my desire to clean up all the bits and pieces of crayons that I’ve collected over the years. The method to this madness was smashing crayon bits with a hammer, scattering them onto a firm piece of card stock (any piece of cardboard would do), and getting out a heat gun to melt these snippets.
Of course, it’s possible that I could have started a fire and burned down the house (no risk, no art) but I was careful to keep the heat gun at a safe distance, on low, and work slowly. My main goal was to keep similar colors together. I’d add bits and pieces of crayon here and there as I went along.
When the whole thing was rather liquid, I got out my hairdryer. This is when I started to gently blow the liquid color to various areas and get them to swirl together. I’d switch between adding snippets of crayon, heat gun, and hairdryer, until I reached a point where I liked what was there.
How can you tell when a piece of art is finished? A piece of art is finished when the artist says it’s finished. Oh the power!
Do not attempt this with young children/grandchildren that you treasure. Just saying.
Loveya – The Grandma
Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.