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Finding Inspiration

for Your Art......

Anna Maria Island, Florida



-Try a New Technique

A good way to inspire yourself and your art is to try a new media or technique.  Shake it up a little. Although you may have a process that works for you, push yourself to expand and learn.  Finding inspiration in experimentation is easy.  Look at the work of another artist.  Find out how to use a new material.  Ask other artists about their techniques.

Following are several photos I took documenting a work in progress.  Although you may not want to try this technique, watching the process may ignite some new ideas for you.  Let me know what you think.

Works In Progress

Day#1   Add textures to canvas with glue.

These swirls are actually pressed paper pulp.


Day#2,#3,#4 Cut droplets from recycled and handmade papers.   This usually takes several days.

My images are about the texture and movement of water.  They are made of small "droplets" of water (papers and textures).


Day #5, #6,#7  Glue pieces on canvas paying attention to how each piece affects the movement of adjacent pieces so there is a flow and dance of textures.



Day #8  Gesso.  I use two coats of gesso to seal everything in place.


There's more to come....  I will post more as soon as I complete the steps.

Stay tuned!

OK, here are the finishing touches. 

I added a thin layer of oil paint mixed with glaze. 

This is the finished piece.  There are about 6 layers of glaze and color at this point.

I love it!


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Reader Comments (15)

I love this too!

Thank you, Cheyenne

February 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCheyenne

I love it. I think I will try something similar. I've been a bit bored lately and looking to try something new. I think this just gets me moving. Thank you for sharing.

Wonderful! Hoping to inspire creativity here!

April 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSandyrkm

really loved your idea i will try to do this but u didn;t tell in details which glue to use n so forth.. so could u please advice.

Hello Al,
No special materials. Just plain white glue. Sometimes I water it down to make it easier to use. Almost all of my work is made with recycled papers and things I find. I also use Gesso (which you can buy at any art store), and for the oil paint glazes, I add a little bit of oil paint to about a half of a cup of Galkyd mixed with odorless mineral spirits. You can purchase the Galkyd at art supply stores.

Thank you for bringing this up, I hadn't realize that I didn't include more details!
Thanks for reading and asking!

April 17, 2015 | Unregistered Commenteral

Very interesting...

thank you!

April 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHend Sakkal

thank you so much for sharing your lovely piece and alsomformthe ideas you just gave me. Best wishes fr.o.m. Mia in Sweden

Thank you for reading and sharing with us Mia!

May 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMia Axemyr

Really gorgeous Deborah. Thanks.

Wish you could see them in person!

This work is simply gorgeous. I love the flow across the piece, and the pleasing blues! 5 stars!

Thank you, Mera. I very much appreciate your complement!

June 15, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMera

This is awesome! I don't get how you made the paper pulp swirls, but I will think of an alternative way to make them. Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

The paper pulp swirls are pressed handmade paper that I purchased by the sheet at an art store.
Check with your local art store.

June 25, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGunvor

makes me think of free motion quilting patterns!! Thank you!!

Great observation, Ali. You're right, it really does look like that!

July 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAli platt

this is beautiful, and adaptable to many different ages. I am working with dementia/ Alzheimer's patients, and they will love this. Lots of different steps, and design possibilities!

Thank you, Grace. I agree. I think it will work well with your patients because anything goes. If they are having a hard time understanding, they can gain a benefit just by the hands-on experience.

July 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGrace Olander

Your canvas is BEAUTIFUL! I love the ebb & flow of the flowers, leaves & blue paint. I can imagine the entire scene under water. Awesome.
Thanks for sharing your talent.

Thank you, Nancy, for the lovely complement. Much of my new work is all about underwater gardens, sea weed, and water patterns. please check out the galleries page.
Here's the link: again!

July 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNancy Sapp

It is indeed lovely and very creative

So nice to hear all these complements!

August 5, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermahua

gorgeous!! you just inspired me to to end!! lovely work!!

Hello Jennifer,
My goal is to inspire other artists!!!!

September 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJen

I LOVE IT TOO! thanks.

Me too, Anna!

September 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAnna Lynas

Your art works are BEAUTIFUL!

Thank you so much Jana! I appreciate the complements!

September 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJana Lindauer

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