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When Artists Collaborate…or Collide

A friend and I video taped our art play as we traded canvases after each step - see how it all turned out!

Artistic collaboration is a fantastic way to spur growth and creative exploration. When Kirsten Reed stopped by for a visit, we wanted to create together with a twist. After we completed each layer, we traded canvases. Working layer by layer, our styles collided and crashed and pushed us each out of our comfort zones in the best way possible! We video taped the whole thing so you can see how we approached each layer. You’ll notice a few differences between us right from the start.

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Supplies Used

Something as simple as book text as an early layer created the foundations that would become something more by the end.

A friend and I video taped our art play as we traded canvases after each step - see how it all turned out!

You knew there would be some stencils in this somewhere, and there certainly were!

A friend and I video taped our art play as we traded canvases after each step - see how it all turned out!

So…Kirsten looked at the layer she was working on and noticed how the words had randomly stenciled. After a very long laugh…she added a little paint right over that 3 letter word. The muse has quite a sense of humor.

A friend and I video taped our art play as we traded canvases after each step - see how it all turned out!

Here are the souvenirs of our play time together. Thanks Kirsten for a fun afternoon!

A friend and I video taped our art play as we traded canvases after each step - see how it all turned out!

 

A friend and I video taped our art play as we traded canvases after each step - see how it all turned out!
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  • Rebecca Buchanan June 26, 2015, 7:26 am

    Wonderful collaboration. So many great reasons to do this kind of exercise. And the results were–well, what can I say–you even got an angel’s blessing for your efforts! Great to see you both together.

  • April Lopez June 26, 2015, 7:51 am

    That was FUN!

  • Diane June 26, 2015, 10:20 am

    Fun video!

  • Kirsten Reed June 26, 2015, 11:18 am

    Watching this makes me want to do it again soon~ let’s not wait too long next time! šŸ™‚

  • Maria McGuire June 26, 2015, 1:17 pm

    Pretty amazing to watch my two friends do this. Even though I create with you guys–to see it focused side by side I saw the differences in your process so much more clearly <3

  • Dee June 26, 2015, 2:19 pm

    Love this idea. I would be so challenged by this.

  • stephanie June 26, 2015, 9:47 pm

    looks like you both had a good time!

  • Jean Marmo June 26, 2015, 11:51 pm

    What fun! I need someone to play with!

  • Tommy McDonell June 28, 2015, 4:49 pm

    I don’t use brown very often either but I do use that Venetian stencil a lot. Make that A LOT!! And hence I use cream colored like a building and rust.

    This is the first video of yours/ok it was hers that I wanted to put a shadow on.

    Hmm. I am getting too familiar.

  • Winecountryman Jim June 28, 2015, 5:09 pm

    Loved watching the switch off between the two of you I think this is a fantastic idea and could be used in other situations when your feeling stuck switch it up!!! Great idea!

  • Marylyn Barnett June 30, 2015, 12:45 am

    What fun this was to watch! Loved the interplay and the different styles. You each show your love of journaling and art-making through the way you played on the two art boards. Thank you both for the inspiration and the pure fun. Please do this again!