My unique artwork is the product of a process I’ve developed over time. This post will serve as a little look into how I create my designs with some instructional photos.
First, I choose my surface. I tend to alternate between stretched canvas of varying thickness and archival canvas board. Both are treated with gesso for strength and smoothness. You can learn to stretch your own canvas, but I’ve always gotten mine from a local art store. I find it’s easier and is cost efficient if you buy in bulk and surf the periodic sales.
Second, I create a grid pattern. You can see by this photo that I started with equal quadrants that I measured out with my handy blue ruler. I made four squares this time around, but any size grid is OK.
Then, I find my tangrams and use them as stencils. I also utilize jar lids or cups for circular work. Please note that I drew this design in pencil but I use sharpie just as often.
Third, I paint my background design. Sometimes I’ll create a tie-dye pattern with watered down acrylic and others I’ll use just one color for the background.
I am strategic in my color choice and pattern creation. When creating my designs, I consider things like palette, balance, and visual weight. These considerations help me to create an aesthetically pleasing design with room for change along the way.
After filling in all the shapes I’ve created with colors from my palette, I tend to trace my design in bold black paint pen. I use a ruler to create crisp lines. This simple and final step makes the form to stand out from the background and read well from a distance.
Here's the final product:
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