Sunday, October 9, 2011

Technique & Tool: Chapter 4


Welcome to the 5th edition of The Pulse -- The State of the Art -- a survey in words and pictures of the online artist community. The Pulse is a collaborative project that aims to introduce you to new artists, help you get to know familiar faces even more, and allow you access into the creative hearts and minds of a very talented crew of individuals. More than 130 artists have answered a series of questions which make up The Pulse. Their responses will be presented in a series of online posts which will run every Sunday.

Style File was the first project posted and links to all 12 posts can be found on the sidebar of my blog. The second project, Techniques & Tools, continues now...


Participants were asked: 'The one technique or tool that you cannot live without is... ' I have added links of my own choosing to each contribution below, sometimes to products, sometimes to videos, sometimes to the artist's own work, and sometimes to something unexpected. Even the contributors do not know what I will be linking to!
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A must-do technique for me a lot of the time is gesso stamping and embossing under layers of paint so that the embossing is visible and adds texture and mystery. It can be done several times on the same piece and can look amazing if done with patience.
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e6000 glue.
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I could not function as an assemblage artist without my trusty Dremel EZ lock cutoff wheel. Nothing is sacred once I've got that wheel in full gear. Buzzzzzzzzzz! 
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Pens. Pencils. Markers...anything that writes! My work almost always has words in it. I can't do without the writing part! I recently got the opportunity to lay my hand on a set of posterpaint Sharpies (they don't sell those in the Netherlands) and I'm completely in love!
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Painting layers and then scraping back to reveal the hidden.
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A pencil, that's it. Give me a pencil and I'll be happily entertained for hours.
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Watercolor paints. I love to paint translucent layers.
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Being a somewhat fickle artist, this answer can vary at any given time depending on the medium I am working in, but I would have to say...modeling paste.
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Mine is actually "materials" -- metal, crosses, turquoise, leather. Sorry, has to be these four because these are my "branding"! But, if I had to decide on a tool, as a jeweler it would have to be my beading needles, as a mixed media artist -- tar glue.
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My assortment of painting and palette knives. I have a favorite in the group so I'd be particularly sad if I no longer had that one.
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Cathie Parreco


It's called Lil' Chizler. My first one was a gift from the technician who installed window tinting on my car and he used it to tuck and smooth the material over the glass. I use it for so many things -- spreading glue, burnishing, scraping, scoring, folding, etc. It's edges are rounded and gentle on any surface I am working on. They are inexpensive and last forever.
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Next 'techniques & Tools' will be posted on Sunday, October 16th

10 comments:

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Not only did you feature a few artists I've not heard of, but also a few tools. Had to check out each one, too. Thanks as always for doing what you do.

Marit said...

You posted these answers in a fabulous way Seth! I got curious right away, and I enjoyed clicking on each highlighted word/tool/technique to discover great art! Thanks!!

bohemiannie! art said...

Thanks Seth!

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

Have to check put spme of these blogs/sites. Fascinating how we all gravitate to pretty specific thongs we Need to use. xox Corrine

Jo Murray said...

All sorts of fascinating tools and techniques in this lot... thanks Seth

Jill Zaheer said...

Lots of new new tools for me, and of course, some definite standards! Another great post- I always seem to find out how much I don't know about tools in the art field- especially the embossing powder. Have tried modeling paste 30 years ago- it brought back memories of using it and it is the greatest material.

PamelaArtsinSF said...

I really enjoy this series -- very interesting and helpful to read about the favorite artist tools people use. Gives me ideas to try new things. Thanks, Seth

deb said...

Spent a large part of my weekend getting "lost" in cyberspace thanks to such great artists for sharing and having wonderful blogs for me to explore from! And as always thanks to you for bringing us together

ArtSnark said...

another great list of tools & artists! Love Pam Carriker's answer

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