Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Your Weird is showing…

Want to create some weird art ?

Here’s the technique.

Take some spray ink in whatever color you want – in my case, it was pink and purple.

Spray the ink into a blob on a blank page of your journal.

Let dry.

Go back a few minutes, days, weeks later and look into the blob.

This works best when you are suffering from a little PMS or feeling funky because of the endless grey skies, or how messy life can be in general…

Make sure to put some moody tunes on the jukebox for added funk-a-tude.

Take a black charcoal pencil and trace out whatever shapes you see in the blobs…

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Maybe it will be flowers and pretty girls with flying hearts…

Or maybe it will be bizarre snake-like monsters

and sad looking girls, with mascara running, who seem to be falling…

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Or feeling a little empty inside…

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After your “shapes” are defined with the charcoal, fill in the rest of the page with watercolor in a loose, watery, blendy way, drying often in between with a blow dryer, to create a lovely background of colored chaos.

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Then, let loose with the black paint, pencils and pens,

outlining, creating new shapes, journaling whatever emotion evoked from the stuff spilling onto the page…

in this case in handwriting that no one can really read…

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A white gel pen used in the loosest of ways to outline and add some details can be a way to go too…

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Then, stop every thing.

Back up for a second…

Or go check your Facebook or blog for the hundredth time today…

And when you are ready…

Take a deep breath

and look at what you have created…

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Look at it for a while.

Does it kind of blow you away that this came out of you ?

Can you believe that you let go enough to just let it flow and morph however it wanted to ?

Can you give it a name or title ?

Mine is called “Empty.”

What descriptors can you give it ?

“Pretty.” ? No.

“Powerful.” ? Yes.

“Beautiful” ? Yes, in the eyes of its maker anyway.

“Art”? Oh, yes.

“Weird.” Yup. Pretty weird. But in a “let go and let all hang out” kind of way.

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All of this done, you can choose whether you want to share your weird art or not.

Maybe it is just for you, an expression of one moment in your life, one facet of what makes you tick, and the only one who needs to see it is you.

Or maybe you will feel that if you share it, you will allow some other Artist to feel freer to just go there…

to allow themselves to make weird art and know that it is all okay.

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“The world today doesn't make sense,

so why should I paint pictures that do?”

– Pablo Picasso

Give yourself permission to make that weird art if that is where your Artist Soul wants to go.

Who knows what you will discover along the way…

Big Love to you, Beautiful Artist Ones.

24 comments:

tami said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! This just made me smile and go all fuzzy : )

beth said...

you are just too good !
i see boobies :)

Carmen said...

power-FULL!!!
love it!

Sherry Smyth said...

I don't know that I would call it weird...but I see why you do. I call it art...it's expression and freedom of expression and just going with where the muse takes you -- and when you step back you realize how powerful art is. I love this!! and thank you for encouraging us to do the same...it was the prompting I needed that's for sure!! xo

Dani said...

I love this.

Some of the greatest art around is so so weird! :)

Olivia said...

I see it as Wild and Free and I like it a lot. I don't think of it as weird either. Wild and Free. Which are both GREAT in my book :) And interestingly, I might even like it MORE than your "non-weird" or "normal" art. There is something about it that touches me in a different way, and I really like it! xoO

Chel said...

This is awesomesauce. REALLY! I did the same thing Friday night- I just wanted to play, so I did. I dripped and blobbed and smeared and shaded and scribbled and dotted. And with that a new art journal started. It was exactly what I needed! *hugs*

Rosie Rowe said...

It is awesome - and very "Kim", earth mother... I like it very much. I shall play later today or maybe tomorrow when the bambina is at work! Glad you liked the links - I love linkage and sometimes, you meet life-changing peeps though linkage! After all, I found you via Michelle Ward's Street Team linkage... =)

PS - Try not to worry about teeth and stuff, just breathe and relax those shoulders... xo

Janet said...

What a powerful post! It's so important for us to be able to make whatever art we feel like making. You've shown a way to free that inner spirit and let it come out to play. LOVE what you created!!

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

Fantastic energy my friend, love the tutorial. xox Corrine Put my weird on, heck yeah!

Phoenix Peacock said...

This is stunning!!! I love love that art can hold ALL our emotions and not just the pretty happy ones. Honestly, I think I prefer powerful to pretty. I would frame this! And I also love love that it surprised you that this is yours! Isnt that a great feeling!

priti.lisa said...

I love your weird art, Kim! I'm gonna try it...all that color brightened my day for a minute...what on Earth do May Showers bring? Does it HAVE to rain everyday???
Love you♥

Mary said...

okay, i really like this!! gonna do it!!

patti said...

Weird but wonderful!! I love that she has love in her heart still, even though she's looking a little lost and teary!

Beautiful colour!

Nadeja said...

OOOOOOlala! I love it!!!I love you precious wonderful daughter. Thank you for a wonderful weekend. You're the best!
xoxoxoxoxo

Julie Prichard said...

I love the snake like monsters...what does that mean? lol

Love the process....love being free. No rules...just go. This was great!

Jessie said...

Kim, I've felt as though you've reached out a loving kind hand to me today. :)I'm feeling as though the world doesn't make any sense and all the words and images in this post have resonated with me big time. Thankyou from the bottom of my heart for sharing.xx

Joanne Huffman said...

Wonderful technique! I love what you did and may give it a try.

Cinner said...

I think it looks fabulous Kim, I think I need some weird art today. have a great day. your post made me smile. hugs.

Marit said...

I remember my 'blob-page' and how magical it was to see the image coming... I should do it again! It certainly is freeing to 'go weird' from time to time. The outcome is always beautiful because it shows our inner emotions and unconciousness! I love how your page came out!

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rebecca said...

because i cannot come over RIGHT NOW with paint and spray water in hand...

and commune in your great "allowing"

may i request....
a
video
please?

The Bodhi Chicklet said...

Thanks for letting us get a peak at your weird. I may have to try this once I'm back from my road trip. Love the contrast of the colours with the black and white. No peeking at my weird until I show it, though - OK?

Pearl Maple said...

awesome journal page, like the way you play with colors and shapes