Sunday, October 30, 2011

Technique & Tool: Chapter 7

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!
Eric Adama

Paper. No matter what technique I choose, painting or drawing etc., I always add some paper, to create a texture, scratch or cut in it.
Judy Shea

That would be any of my texture/stencil tools/techniques (that's too many, right?). I love using molding paste to push through the stencils and push any of my texture tools into creating a 2D look that can now be enhanced even further with many colored mediums.
Martha Marshall

I keep my extra large Liquitex No. 18 painting knife close at hand and use it often when spreading thick gels and paints. It gives me a wonderful feeling because it's exactly like a giant frosting spreader.
Patti Edmon

Scraps, gel(s), gesso and acrylics with which to create layered, textured backgrounds.
Natasha White

I cannot live without my paints at the moment. I would even choose them over my morning coffee.
Kelly Kilmer

My journal! It is my favorite place for self-expression.
Donna Joy

I guess I would have to say my miter saw since I like to use wood of all kinds as my substrate these days. Everything starts with the first cut.
Svetlana Spasojevic

Technique: Crackle technique. I like using different products to achieve crackle effects. Tools: Definitely Dremel!!! Sanding, drilling, cutting, engraving...
Katherine Labbe AKA Miz Katie

My palette knife and a bottle of Light Molding Paste. It covers up all those little holes on the canvas that I don't like.
Terry Rafferty

An eraser, LOL!
Leslie Marsh

Since making books is my first love, I thought about the tools and techniques I use in my work: waxed linen thread, needles, paper... I thought about binding techniques. But really the one tool I cannot work without is my hands.
Next 'Techniques & Tools' will be posted on Sunday, November 6th.


Jen Crossley said...

I love hearing what other people find are there favorite tools.

Shayla said...

I've been eyeing that liquitex knife at the supply store. Like using a frosting spreader? I'm getting myself one of those!

Gwen Buchanan said...

I loved this... it makes artists real.

Anonymous said...

Love reading what others use...always fun!

bohemiannie! art said...

Thanks Seth! totally enjoyed this part of the Pulse!

Leslie said...

It's great to see what other people value in the work. Thanks again for bringing us all together, Seth!

miz katie said...

Thanks for posting my technique and tool, Seth. I just posted an entry about how I use the molding paste on canvas.

CERULEAN said...

Thanks for the link, Seth.
Leslie: Your cows made me smile. Great photos of "the six days old".

Robert said...

There seem to be quite a few artists using molding paste, gels, and gesso, and various palette knives (or spreading tools), here, to create a variety of effects from layering, to stenciling, and for carving-into. Sitting here, visualizing the textural possibilities of all of these wonderful techniques and tools, is, indeed, a treat! Absolutely love Eric's collage/paintings, by the way. I saw them in an earlier post, and was absolutely "blown away" with how much he is able to do with such visual economy!

Barbara said...

Love to read what other artists are doing in their studios and materials they are using. Thanks for the inspiration!

Jill Zaheer said...

Another great themed post of super tools artist's wouldn't want to live without!! Seth, this is such a wonderful Chapter in your Pulse!