Sunday, November 20, 2011

Technique & Tool: Chapter 10

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, the second project, 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!
Eileen Bellomo

Gesso! And my hands.
dorit Elisha

My sewing machine. It works on fabric and paper, it adds texture, color, line and strength, and can replace glue.
Jodi Ohl

I can't live without my acrylic paint coupled with glazing medium. It's the foundation for everything I do.
Billie's Craft Room

Distressing paper/card using dye based ink and cut n dry foam.
Laura Lein-Svencner

Morning Journal writing. It's the way I always start my day. I need to sort things out and find my place of balance continually as things are constantly changing and it helps me adapt to it all.
Stephanie Brouwers

If I stick with my philosophy that less is more...the one tool I could not live without is my pocket knife. You can do a lot with a pocket knife...
Nelda Ream

Paint. I can't live without paint. Gotta paint pictures, walls, my toenails; anything that doesn't move.
Gillian McMurray

My goat hair hake brush. I use it in so many creative endeavours from watercolour painting, to painting background papers with acrylic, and even brushing away eraser rubbings when I do pencil work.
Jessica Walthall

It's almost impossible to pick just one, but considering all the art I make as a whole, I'd say layering of media. Without layers in my work, I'd lose the depth and dimension, and without that I think my work may fall flat.
Lottie Anderson

A broken dowel and a bottle of India ink.
Luthien Thye

Technique: Aging
Tool: Imagination
Next 'Techniques & Tools' will be posted on Sunday, November 27th. That will be the last post in the series. A new series from The Pulse will begin the following Sunday, December 4th. Stay tuned.


Jill Zaheer said...

A wealth of great favorite tools and techniques in front of me Seth. Quite a few artists I'm not familiar with. Will take a spin and visit some new blogs now. Have to say the goat hair hake brush put a smile to my face. Love when I hear that people start each day with their journal. One day, maybe it will be my answer too!

Lisa said...

It's always a pleasure to begin a Sunday with one of your inspiring posts! Love the response given by Luthien. As always, many thanks for all you do to unite the online art community.

Luthien Thye said...

amazing array of tools and techniques ... some i even had to LOL :) artists are not only creative ... they are a resourceful bunch as well :)(and perhaps, a comedian hiding somewhere in there!) thank you all for sharing and Seth, you are a gem for doing this each year :)

notmassproduced said...

An interesting mix....I agree it's hard to choose a favourite :)

Anonymous said...

Fun stuff! This series keeps getting better and better!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I was here last night, but got so engrossed in techniques and tools others had, I couldn't get torn away from some of the places I visited.

Robert said...

A really nice, and varied, collection of tools and techniques, here. I love Eileen's "Gesso, and my hands." Gesso (for anyone who has ever painted, it is such a primal medium) is such an amazing material. I love the way that it comes through the weave, and shows up on the back side of a piece on newly stretched canvas. Like Laura, I, too, have found great inspiration in morning journal writing (If I do it, regularly, it truly seems to help me get to some of those sub conscious ideas that I find have been lurking, out of reach, just under the surface.). I also love the simplicity of Lottie's "broken dowel and a bottle of India Ink. It reminds me of when I was in art school, and a drawing instructor asked us to "invent" a drawing tool, and bring it to the next class session (mine was a dried bamboo stalk-it's tip carved with an exacto knife-and a bottle of India Ink). Thanks for another lovely batch of tools and techniques, Seth!