Sunday, November 13, 2011

Technique & Tool: Chapter 9

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!
Rebeca Trevino

My favorite tool is my cordless drill. I used to be a big fan of glues and adhesives. Today, although I still use glue and adhesive for some things, I find that screws work best for most things. And I pre-drill everything. My favorite technique is making gel transfers and using them in my artwork.
Trudi Sissons

An eraser.
Roseann Cazares

The one tool I cannot live without is masking tape. I can't get enough of it!
JoAnnA Pierotti

It would have to be a sewing machine. My mom taught me how to sew when I was a little girl. Sewing is one thing that I have been consistent with throughout my entire life thus far.
Kim Palmer

A sewing needle! Have you ever tried to sew anything without a needle? I could make my own paints or dyes, use plant fibres as thread, but a needle. Just give me one and save us both a load of colourful language and frustration.
Paula Bogdan

I am beginning to rely more and more on what others might term "junk." I reach for the expired credit card/gift card to spread paint or to scrape it off. Corrugated cardboard makes the neatest marks, as does the bottom of a paper cup. A piece of wallpaper used to make numerous prints becomes a journal cover. The numerous bands my husband wore during his last hospital stay become journal fodder. Everyday life's "leftovers" make for great journal pages.

A piece of stray cardboard or balsa wood, cut at the right slant. Mmmm, no really it would have to be the basic Chinese paintbrush my calligraphy teacher gave me 3 years ago. I will shed tears when the last bristle falls out of the shaft.
Kesha Bruce

I am addicted to black sharpie markers. I write with them, draw with them; I use them in my under-paintings. It may not be a sophisticated are tool, but I use it for everything. I love the bold black mark.
AnTonia Griva

My brushes and color in painting and my MacBook in life.
Alicia Caudle

This is an ever-changing response for me as I vacillate so very much in my artistic focus on any give day: assemblages, paintings, collages, altered books, sewing, etc. Looking more at my art as a whole though, I would have to say paint, I think, because I can always find objects to assemble and paper to collage. A life without paint would be ever so bland!
Next 'Techniques & Tools' will be posted on Sunday, November 20th.


Jill Zaheer said...

More wonderful responses Seth. Just waiting for this Pulse series to end up in a wonderful book! Paints, and erasers and masking tape and sharpies- all some of my favorites! Think though that I don't need any more screws! The ones in my head should last me a life time! Thanks so much for all of the time and energy and coordination and effort that goes into making this series such a super success!

ArtPropelled said...

It's become a habit to click on this link every Sunday morning.What will I do without my fix when this series is over?

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Rebeca is one of my favorite assemblage artists. I wish I had her talent. More lovely choices this week, Seth. I can only imagine how much time you spend working on this and former series.

Anonymous said...

I love the varied nature of the toolsmand techniques described here, but the idea of the simplest things seem to resonate, what's at hand. thanks for providing us a fascinating read. xox Corrine

Sherry said...

I always enjoy discovering what others use and can't live without...from expensive tools to things found around the house. I love being infused with new ideas!

Gwen Buchanan said...

Seth, the excitement the artists feel for their tools makes me smile and nod in appreciation..

Shayla said...

A particularly good "Technique and Tool". The links to your favourite pages makes it easier to find the best treasure. Thanks

Beulah Bee said...

Another great installment, I especially like the "everyday junk" and "sewing needle" posts. Hospital id bands? Who'da thought!


Great insight. Thanks for such an informative post. Hope all is well with you :)

Anonymous said...

Great responses! I'm with Rebecca...if I can't use my power tools...why bother!!!

Ella said...

I love this series and will go back and see what I have missed~ It makes one truly think! Wow, all of the answers are great and so revealing~

What about you Seth? ;D Thanks for visiting me~ I know I will go back and look, maybe you already answered!

MrCachet said...

I'll try to visit, and I still have to revisit the last edition, Seth - but I recognize more than one name on the dais today!

Lisa said...

Love the creative responses and the manner in which repurposed junk can become an important tool. Thanks for keeping the inspiration and connection flowing.

Gillian McMurray said...

Really enjoying the responses to the favourite tools. So many great answers that I would never have thought of :o)

Karin Bartimole said...

Each list makes me think - right, that's the tool I can't live without, too!! and then it's the next one :) I've enjoyed following my curiosity to some new artists (to me) because of their favorite tools! thanks for the constant inspiration Seth.