Today I thought I’d share some of the tools I use in my work as I’m regularly being asked how I achieve certain effects with the inks or liquid medium I choose.
That aspect quite honestly is random and uncontrollable, which is its beauty and why I love painting this way. When it comes to tools, however, you can get much more consistent results and start to develop your painting ‘style’.
Specific tools and brushes are frankly whatever I can afford. What I use doesn’t matter to me so much, it’s about playing and enjoying the process. All I will say is that variety is good; don’t discriminate. [Tip for life there! ;-) ]
DIY wallpaper brush
I start most times with a tub of water to hand and a DIY wallpaper brush, which I dip and swoop over the surface of the paper – the shape and pressure is not important at the initial stage. When you drop any colour on to this you can mesmerise yourself watching it disperse!
A cheap pack that came in mixed sizes, sadly already falling apart a bit – I’ve had them about 8 months – but they make a variety of marks with one brush depending how loose you hold it or at what angle.
A mixed set of wooden calligraphy pens – the dipping sort. These are great for dragging across existing colours and dividing up areas or defining with black ink in thin, graphic lines. (continued..)
Trust your feelings….
The start of a famous line from Star Wars, I know, but it’s true, and an accurate measure in choosing art and assessing what draws you to a particular piece.
Feelings in the main are what create art in the first place. It’s true for me. When I delve in, and dare to go deep, I’m never sure what’s going to come out in the marks I make. Whatever emerges, I have to accept it; I have to own what I’ve created, and in turn, my underlying emotions. Which includes the ones where I turn up my nose and say, 'Meh!'.
It has taken a very long time in life for me to recognise my feelings. ‘How do you feel?’ has been a question I’ve feared and rarely known how to answer with honesty.
It wasn't deception, I didn’t understand about feelings and rarely expressed them. Part of this is being an empath – someone that absorbs external feelings, energies, vibes and soaks them up, merging them with what’s already there, whatever that may be. Separating all that mess out takes awareness, effort and practice.