Today I planned on adding more pattern to my giant painting, but first I had to create more stamps in order to create more patterns.
I first had in mind a simple Swiss-dot pattern. Easy enough, I took out my hole punch, created a ton of foam dots and glued them to a recycled jewelry box. I was punching holes from yesterdays scraps. As I looked closer, I began to see a tulip shape out of the scraps. As I punched dots in it and cut it up some more, another image began to emerge.
So I went with it and created this wild looking flower. That’s why you never throw out scraps…ya never know! I’m thinking of using it on the black dress.
Next I created a bulls-eye. I never go crazy measuring, sketching or making things perfect. I like the wavy, jagged and organic lines of hand-cutting. If nothing is perfect, that becomes a pattern within the work too!
Finally! I got to the painting part.
The two upper arms were created with previous stamps I created in the shape of vases.
In this photo I am blocking out everything around the arm with scrap paper before I ink-up the stamp to create a sleeve pattern.
I also created a beta fish stamp for my poor daughter who is still mourning the death of “Shimmer”. I created a Compass which is the symbol of my kid’s school. A rooster for my stepmother who is obsessed with her bubucks as she calls them. I made a very loose chevron zig-zag, a wave or bend I thought would be great for stockings, and a small geometric circle pattern glued to a soda bottle cap. Now it’s just a matter of figuring out where each will go…
See, now you know the personal meaning behind some of the patterns… random yet not so random. hmm…
Progress=baby steps…this is taking way longer than I expected. But as always, it’s the journey right?