Why do I get so excited about caps and lids that are about to be thrown away? It’s not because it means everyone has been taking their vitamins. Although that is a good thing. It is because caps are perfectly round and come in a variety of sizes to make an easy pattern tool for the gel plate.
I had to laugh at myself when I was arranging the caps because I liked several different configurations but it was a struggle to pick the one that I would glue down. As if I couldn’t save up more lids and do this again.
Why do I keep paper on my counter? Is it to protect my counter? Not really. It does protect the counter and catches the color that runs off but it’s main purpose is to be a big something to art on when needed. Today I needed that arting.
What I was drawing was not renaissance art. It was rapid, impulsive, and free. I needed that. I had just gotten off a phone call trying to sort out an insurance mix up and I didn’t get anywhere with it. If you have ever had one of those calls, you know the frustration I was feeling!
There is something very freeing to me when I am working on a larger surface. Thankfully, after a little color play, I had shaken off the frustrations and could get back to my regularly scheduled day!
Cleaning and play can go hand in hand. Not house cleaning…but cleaning excess paint off stencils. My fast and favorite way to clean off an inky or painty stencil, especially when gel printing, is by blotting it off on another surface like an art journal or in this case a wood panel.
Since this is not the actual piece I was working on as the stencils got painty, I just tossed them on to it willy nilly. Clearly there were no worries of colors being placed strategically since this is a bit of a hot mess. Excess paint was stenciled too since I usually have way too much paint on my palette. Wasting color is a crime to my muse so I use every drop possible.
Now that I had a messy place to start, the play began with careful mark making. If you’ve seen much of my play you probably heard a bit of sarcasm in the “careful mark making”. I just scribbled away like a little kid with Distress Crayons.
This still looks like a big hot mess. It has no direction and no pressure to be anything but play full of happy moments seeing the layers of colors build up.
Paint was smeared in areas for no reason other than the fun of smearing paint and that created some open spaces. Those open areas created places to stencil the words that summed up the meaning and reason for this piece. Play Today.
I could have stopped at just one Play Today, but why! If one Play Today was good, then more is better!
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