As an artist grows into a successful artist, the artist will also need to grow with the types of art supplies and materials he or she uses. I believe part of an artist's professional development deals with his/hers freedom to experiment with alternative approaches. Consider it an art challenge or another creative inspiration.
5 Ways to Experiment with Alternative Approaches in Your Artwork
1. Use Unorthodox Art Surfaces. Think about using metal, wood, plastic, clay-board, handmade paper, woven or synthetic fabrics as supporting material for your artwork.
2. Work with Unconventional Art Tools - Instead of a paint brush, paint your unorthodox surfaces with a comb, draw into the paint with a stick, spread paint with a putty knife, or create texture with serrated scrapes.
3. Imaginative Under Painting- Sometimes laying a sheet of color on a canvas isn't adventurous enough. An artist can create touchable backgrounds with natural elements such as plastic wrap, crumpled aluminum foil, string, and salt. Dab wet surfaces with paper towels,textured cloth, and sponges.
4. Low Relief Surfaces -Printing making is a fun and inexpensive art technique. An artist can create a print from a leaf, flower, or feather. Use man-made materials such as lace, decorative tile, corrugated cardboard, or textural wall paper. Custom stamps can be made from stenciling, rub on lettering, and solvent based transfers.
5. Collage - Collaging creates a dynamic sense of order in any artwork. Use new or old newspaper, sewing patterns, maps, diagrams, wallpaper, journal pages, postcards. Create texture with wrinkling paper, distressing paper by standing or burning the edges. Use stitching, weaving, embossing, tea/coffeestaining and dyeing to enhance the overall appearance of the paper.
Experiment with a few of these alternative approaches and watch yourself grow. To get more valuable artist tips subscribe. Peace and More Love, Alease Michelle