I few months ago, I purchased Darlene Olivia McElroy and Sandra Duran-Wilson’s book, Surface Treatment Workshop: Explore 45 Mixed-Media Techniques. I stumbled upon it while aimlessly wandering through the vast world of amazon.com. Since I received the book, I’ve looked through it a few times, noting techniques I’d like try. I’ve attempted a couple.
However, I have not yet let myself take the time to really play with the various textural surface possibilities.
I’m often too focused on the final image, or influenced by how whatever I am currently working on could later be utilized for another work—I never simply play with the materials to fully explore their potential. I don’t allow myself the freedom to create purely for the joy of the process.
For this week’s artist date, I blocked off two hours and played. I didn’t care how my paper looked or what it could be used for later—I simply delighted in the process. It was liberating, fun, and inspiring. I din’t get too concerned with how the colors worked together, if the layers were becoming too chaotic, or if something I tried didn’t quite work right–ultimately, it was two hours very well spent.