|Gesso is like primer -- it gets me started.|
I start with gesso, partly to give the paper tooth, partly just to get my hands moving, and get me out of my head.
After a quick dry with my handy heating/drying tool (formerly my hair dryer),
|Today I like the blues of the starfish and the numbers.|
I sort through my papers to find the color and style of what I like for that day. I started what's called an "ephemera" file years ago by going through magazines and saving images and patterns that I like.
I play with the main images -- there's usually a focal point -- by moving them around in different layouts.
Then I layer, adding paint, ink, stains, tape, odds and ends..
..until the final "piece" reveals itself fully.
And it's all in line with My System. Throw a cog in it, and it's very likely I won't finish what I started that day. I get distracted, and whammo! I'm like a writer who's lost her story. My Systems give me a framework. I can go crazy because it's safe; there are boundaries. .. ugh, boundaries? That's a whole other post..