Really busy prepping for a holiday (trying to fit 2 weeks' worth of work into 1 week - the joy of running your own business!!) so not much time for art but here's one I did last weekend. Right now I'm pondering what art supplies to take on holiday with me! #irisimpressionsart
Speaking / not speaking. Not being heard. . I don't explore themes particularly consciously but they become apparent to me through their recurrence. #irisimpressionsart
Supplies Saturday! - Hand Carved Mini Stamps . I'm not a huge crafter, but I do love using crafts to support my art habits. These are some mini stamps (they measure about 2x2cm) that I carved myself. I wanted stamps with certain symbols that I use in my art a lot, and because they are personal symbols I obviously couldn't buy them from a shop! I used Speedball Speedycarve which is much softer and easy to cut than traditional lino or erasers. This is essential to me as I suffer from RSI
Recycled cardboard mixed media project. This is on the inside of some packaging with cardboard flaps extended. Interesting format to work on. #irisimpressionsart
It's interesting to explore angel imagery as a non-religious person. I'm very interested in the concept of good and evil. (One of the reasons I am a big fan of Buffy and also more recently enjoyed Lucifer - both series explored quite widely what it meant for good and evil to exist in one person irrespective of (or maybe especially) whether they're 'born bad' or 'born good') #irisimpressionsart
I don't know what it is about working on cardboard maybe it's because I know the surface isn't precious I feel more free than if I'd chosen a canvas or a sheet of watercolour paper. The more I create the more I realise that the special thing (for me) about being an artist isn't about skill or technique it's about harnessing that feeling of freedom that means you can create from the core of your being. It's difficult and elusive. I wouldn't say I achieved that here but I got a little glimpse…
Working on my altered cardboard project (check out the two videos from the other day to view the inside) . . . #irisimpressionsart
Supplies Saturday! - Pencil Sharpener . I know this seems like the most pointless (harhardehar, see what I did there?) post, but I recently bought a new pencil sharpener and it's the best thing since sliced bread (slice... get it.. get it?? *bows* I'll be here all day). This little Stabilo sharpener works slightly differently to regular pencil sharpeners. So yes, I am a real art supply nerd!
Experimentation with cute & grungy. This isn't quite my style, but I'm learning a lot.
Art makes me happy. Expression makes me happy. The more I am able to express myself through art, the less I feel like I have to put on a happy mask. Happiness is only truthful if you also have the freedom to be unhappy.
Crowns are a recurring symbol in my work. Maybe they point to a wish of being a delicate girly princess. The crowns are often shabby and raw and asymmetrical. Do you use symbols in your work? If so, what are they and what do they mean?
Where did all the neon pink paint go? It's oddly absent all of a sudden. I think I adopt different styles for different formats. Enjoying this more muted colour scheme. It especially lets the reds pop.
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Fallen back in love with my A5 journal. This is a super cheap A5 Seawhite of Brighton sketchbook. I think it cost £1.35!! Who needs expensive art supplies?
Supplies Saturday! - Watercolours . When I first got my watercolours I went through a watercolour phase. Then I realised I could use them in mixed media. Now my favourite way of using watercolours is on top of layers of acrylic. I put together my own palette of Schmincke half pans and a couple of Daniel Smith (shown here is a 12 half pan palette with the colours I use most often)