As the days of my 365 challenge dwindle I tackle yet another item on my bucket list.
Swirling around in my head are two concepts. One, I want to create some collages and two, I have these strong visuals of kids I’d like to portray. Kids. There’s nothing more fun than that!
Now this is a tricky topic. If I choose one kid how come I didn’t choose the other? How about siblings? Do I have favorites? This first kid isn’t even my kid, so we can take playing favorites off the table right now OK?
Quite simply, what it comes down to is that I have three kids in mind. The only basis for picking these kids is that they really produce visual cues for me, meaning with just a mention of a name, characters come to life in my head. I picture something instantly. Now I am working on a crazy tight time frame, so if these kids I am picking come natural to me then that’s the direction I am going in. I’m starting to get a little brain fry here!
Now PARENTS – and I know a lot of you, don’t even start! It’s that simple.
Plus I don’t even know what I’m doing so you may not want your kid to be part of this anyways!
Ok. Back to the process because that’s why I’m creating this in the first place right?
I first began by hand painting and texturizing paper with acrylic paints. I used rice , a fork and a brayer to create different textures.
After I created a nice assortment of papers I sat down and began to cut. Now I have a concept for this piece which I will share with you tomorrow, but for today, I was just trying to lay down the foundation.
In fact, I haven’t even decided on a head shape yet! I’m not trying to create a real-life portrait, instead I want to choose each shape to work for & against the other shapes. You know, curves vs. angles or straight vs. tilted. I want to keep moving everything until the composition is interesting.
So this is only the beginning. I have quite a few layers I’d like to add.
We’ll see if I can get some of the ideas in my head to manifest or whether this is simply going to be a chopped-up papery mess…
I never quite know when I try something new. I’ll hold my breath as usual!
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