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This Week In The Studio – playing like a child

This Week In The Studio

This Week In The Studio (TWITS, teehee!) is an ongoing series in which I share what I’ve been working on recently and give you a sneak peek into my process and works-in-progress. Click here to view all posts in this series.

Jupiter, my recently turned 3-year-old, likes to be involved with doing art because it’s what he sees me doing. However, I find it VERY hard to let go and let him be messy. We have carpeted floors, I’m sure you understand =p I’m just not ready for the randomness of painting with him. The other day I tried and I ended up putting it all away again after 5 minutes.

Then I had a brainwave… I knew he liked using my brayers, so I could get out my Gelli plate and do some prints with him. BINGO!! Super awesome idea and it worked a TREAT! The bonus is that it’s a much more targeted painting exercise so a lot less mess and it also seems to hold Jupiter’s attention for much longer.

Jupiter using the brayer on the Gelli plate

Now I’ve created a monster though, he wants to do this at EVERY opportunity!! I’m getting loads of Gelli prints out of it.

Jupiter using the brayer on the Gelli plate

Look at him! He’s so into it! Love a toddler’s total commitment to what they’re doing. Don’t ask me to do art with Zephyr though (he’s 11 months) =p

In the studio I’ve been working on a number of 8×8 canvas boards. I’m loving working on canvas, the texture is so nice and it lends itself really well to creating washes and rubbing paint over it to make interesting layers.

I’m experimenting with a shabby/grungy style in an attempt to develop my own techniques and preferences a bit. Up till now I’ve done a lot of online classes and tutorials. This has been great from the point of view of getting started, not having a fear of the blank page and adding skills to my arsenal, but right now I feel like I’m very ready to take that next step and start working on my own stuff without a blueprint or following someone else’s idea.

You Cannot Fail You Can Only Learn - mixed media on canvas board - © 2014 Iris Fritschi-Cussens

^ You Cannot Fail, You Can Only Learn. I was walking along near Charing Cross Road the other day where there are tons of second hand book shops and this shop had boxes outside with every book for £1! So I picked up a music dictionary and used it in this piece. Loving it!

Bonded By History - mixed media on canvas board - © 2014 Iris Fritschi-Cussens

^ Bonded By History. This piece was inspired by something a friend of mine was telling me. You can view step-by-step pictures and more information about supplies used in this post.

Embrace Your Fear - mixed media on canvas board - © 2014 Iris Fritschi-Cussens

^ Embrace Your Fear. The grungy shabby backgrounds I was creating called for some contrast and what better than the red from Little Red Riding Hood?

What have you been up to this week in your studio?