Sunday, September 25, 2011

Technique & Tool: Chapter 2

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!
Wen Redmond

Paint! In all its forms! I create ALL my fabric and papers. They start out white and I dye, paint, print, digitalize, and go mad with color. Working with color and texture has always been a source of jubilation for me.
Lisa Sarsfield

A ruler. A simple 30 cm ruler is invaluable when I'm creating a collage as I really like the soft rippled edge I can create, which happens to be my favourite technique.
Lisa Scadron

Layering, which requires patience. I discovered layering by beginning again, after years, on a previously painted canvas. Instead of scraping away the old work and starting fresh, I found that adding paint and other media on top of the old surface created a richly textured piece. As I stumbled by "accident" into layering as a technique, perhaps honoring accidents/mistakes is more accurately my favorite technique.
Deb Eck

My bonefolder. I use it for smoothing things, opening things, tearing and folding paper (of course) and lately I have been using it when I make cast paper too. It is in my hands more than any other tool I use.
Julie Shackson

My camera. I use it to inform all the other media I work with. Sometimes I use the photographic image itself, but more often it is a jumping off point into other media.
Julie Prichard

Golden Acrylic Paint
Diana Trout

Quite a question for a mixed media artist! I'd have to say watercolors because of the flexibility. I could draw with them and paint. Can I have a brush (or two) as well?
Sharon Read

The tool I could never work without is my trowel. I have had the same trowel for over half my life and it is used for mixing, applications, creating texture, propping things up, scraping, smoothing, lifting, and mark making.
Laura J. Wellner

Just a pencil. Whenever I get "stuck" and need to get back on track with what I want to accomplish, I always go back to the pencil on paper to work it out and as long as I have a pencil or two around with some paper, I'll always be making art.
Lynn Cohen

My sewing machine; or at least a needle and thread!
Jane Royal

Derwent INKtense pencils. Just add water and it's like painting with a pencil! They're especially good for traveling.

Next 'Techniques & Tools' will be posted on Sunday, October 2nd


Julie Prichard said...

Another great list, Seth!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

This isn't fair! I haven't even finished the stacks and already I'm caught up in the next chapter of techniques and tools. I have to confess, as a lover of both fabric and paper, I fell head over heals in love with Wen Redmond's art. Now I'm off to see even MORE artists.

scrapwordsmom said...

Wonderful advice and ideas!

Julie Shackson said...

Thanks for including me Seth! Another wonderful list, and a chance to browse the websites of all the other artists listed. I really am enjoying this series!

jgr said...

Seth, a wonderful selection of artists, tools and techniques. Thank you for including me!

MrCachet said...

As always, Seth - thanks for putting the whole thing together. I'm enjoying the tour after being gone again - this time for a week. I'm going back to the previous installment and attempt to catch up!

layers said...

I always find some new wonderful artists and their websites or blogs when I come here.. you are irreplaceable Seth.

Anonymous said...

Fun's great to see what everyone is using!

Lynn Cohen said...

I loved looking at all the other's blogs and art. I even met some new people who joined my blog as followers! What a wonderful network leader you are! Thanks for including me in this list!

Jill Zaheer said...

Hey there Seth,
I can't keep up with all your super posts. This one is another great Technique and tool posting. So much to see and read about and artists to meet! Threads and sewing and pencils and painting and textures and photos and so many ideas to springboard from!! Thank you!!