I am participating in the Paper Love Blog Hop hosted by Do What You Love. Here is my response as to why I love paper:
Why do I love paper? I don’t know if I’ve ever fully considered this question. And I don’t know if I can answer if fully either. I’ll give it my best shot.
I am a collage artist. I love that I can manipulate paper to create art. I paint it, rip it, cut it, glue it, stitch on it. I use paper to express myself creatively.
In my work I mostly use my own painted papers for both background and foreground. I use a variety of paper types- drawing paper, canvas paper, paper towels (a current favorite), watercolor paper, card stock, cardboard. And a variety of paints- acrylics, watercolors, gouache. I also like to journal right on top of my papers (writing in reverse/mirror writing scribbles!) with pencil and colored pencils. Gesso is a favorite to add to paper as well. The paper becomes a place where my emotions and thoughts pour out in a stream of consciousness manner. Both the writing and the painting are an expression of this stream of consciousness. I get it all out on the paper- the important and the mundane, the happy and the sad, the hopeful and the frustrating. So, the paper acts as a diary, a record keeper, a listener, a therapists couch. Paper does a lot of very important things for me! These papers tend to be my backgrounds.
There are other papers that I don’t write on but only paint on. This is a process of simply letting my intuition and mood choose colors and letting my senses enjoy the act of applying them to the paper. These are the papers that I cut and rip to adhere to my backgrounds.
I then begin the collage process of cutting or ripping small pieces, both are such satisfying acts! Lots of circle emerge, sometimes squares or rectangles, sometimes unnameable shapes. I then move them around my backgrounds until it feels right then I glue them down. (Side note- it is interesting to me that a lot of my choices in art making are based upon feeling and not on thoughts, does that make sense?)
Sometimes things come together nicely and I like the collage I just made. Other times I don’t like the piece as much. Of course it’s wonderful to have a piece that I love but if I don’t that’s ok too. Even if the end product isn’t enjoyable for me the process still was. And that is what I love the most, the process. I’ve come to understand that my process is very therapeutic for me, as it is for many artists. And I wouldn’t be able to have this therapeutic and joyful experience if it wasn’t for PAPER! So that is why I love paper.
**As I’m typing this I’m on an airplane flying from Brooklyn, NY to Naples, FL. Tyler and I are lucky enough to be going on a week’s vacation to visit family. Late last night as we were packing I realized that I hadn’t put together a travel art bag (something I always do for trips). I hurriedly threw a bunch of my painted papers, a glue stick, some colored pencils, tape, needles, thread and a small collage book into a plastic bag. Even though I am escaping the brutal winter to enjoy the beaches of Florida there is no way I am going a whole week without some of my papers!
Majo Bautista / Tona Bell / Louise Best / Cathy Bluteau / Jennifer Bomgardner / Giova Brusa / Lindsay Buck / Beka Buckley / Joanna Caskie / Jonathan Chapman (Mr Yen) / Halle Cisco / Sarah Clare / Cathryn Clarge / Dawn Clarkson / Rhiannon Connelly / Jenny D'Fuego / Molly Dhiman / Ian Dudley / Ayisatu Emore / Akmal Farid / Monika Forsberg / Claire Fritz-Domeney / Louise Gale / Chrissy Gaskell / Julie Hamilton / Emma Hawman / Rachel Hazell / Holly Helgeson / Claudine Hellmuth / Kim Henkel / Sarah Hoffman / Joanne Hus / Paula Joerling / Beth Kempton / Julie Kirk / Eos Koch / Katie LaClair / Kristy Lankford / Michelle Manolov / Doreen Marts / Rosie Martinez-Dekker / Tori Mears / Maria Mederios / Lise Meijer / Debbie Miller / MaryJane Mitchell / Suzy Naidoo / Grace Noel / Hannah Nunn / Camilla Olsson / Jo Packham / Rachelle Panagarry / Monette Pangan / Melanie Paul / Nicole Piar / Jen Pitta / Liz Plummer / Julie Reed / Michelle Reynolds / Lisa Rivas / Angee Robertson / Natalie Ryan / Aisling Ryan / Elisabet Sapena / Kyrrha Sevco / Jamie Sprague / Elizabeth Steele / Terri Stephens / Juniper Stokes / Mary Tanana / Maike Thoma / Linda Tieu / Gabrielle Treanor / Tammy Tutterow / Deborah Velasquez / Jordan Vinograd Kim / Cat Whipple / Brooke Witt / Katie Wood / Amelia Woodbridge
The PaperLove Blog Hop is a celebration of all things paper! Follow the links to discover more bloggers who love paper and use it to inspire and delight. And if you want to explore a whole world of paper, and stretch your paper passion further with a host of creative projects, why not join the innovative new online course PaperLove (starts March 31). Led by book artist Rachel Hazell, PaperLove is a five week creative adventure for paper lovers. Find out more here. [In your post please link 'here' to http://www.paperphilia.co.
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