Creative UNblock

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I participated in The Jealous Curator‘s January challenge of 12 months of Creative UNblock. And wow, did I have fun! If you don’t follow her amazing blog on contemporary art…you should and if you don’t have her books, Creative Block and Collage…get them! SO good. For the first challenge her Creative Block artist, Trey Speegle, came up with this unblocking exercise…

Make a drawing in black and white {or use a found image} and then photocopy the drawing onto card stock 50 times – or enough copies so that you won’t “worry” about how many you’ve used. {Take your time and draw or find an image that you really love, and will like working with over and over} Then, alter the image in as many different ways as you can think of with colored pencils, paint, cutting, whatever. You can modify this idea and change it in whatever way you like but the important thing is to turn off your brain and just play with a repeated form and let your mind see where no ideas or thought process takes you. 

Create your own tight parameters… then give yourself a LOT of room to play. Have fun.” 

So with 3 days left in January I did it! I used one of my drawings from my 2014 Sketch-a-day Project, and made many variations of it using paint, rhinestones, pearls, paper, moss, and yarn. Here’s the original image:


And here’s what I came up with…

tritree diamondpink pearls photo 5 1 kingtut diamondeye 1980 tree roseeyes mossdiva 80pink triangle punkblack 9 8 yoko eyes gold star yarnhead eyelash photo 1 photo 2 cracking mirror swirly yes explosion 0 twins mossface $ 80'smoss lola photo 3 34 swirlface indian photo 4 deconstruct labyrinth

I had SUCH a blast. You can follow along and do a creative UNblock project each month. Just tag your pictures #creativeUNblock on instagram and twitter. The Jealous Curator posted February’s today! And you can follow my creative pursuits on instagram. Last thing I’m leaving you with is a little video of all my pieces together…

Enjoy and happy creating!

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