When buying from an artist you’re buying more than an object. You are buying hundreds of hours of failures and experimentation. You are buying hours, weeks and months of frustration and pure joy. You aren’t just buying a thing. You are buying a piece of heart and a soul, a moment of someone’s life. But most importantly, you are buying the artist more time to do the thing they are most passionate about.
Art runs through my blood. My entire family are artists (except my Dad – he always feels left out!! But he can fix anything so that’s pretty creative!) I have been creating all my life. I started pencil drawing wildlife (pencil, chalk, charcoal) before discovering Photoshop and a Wacom pen on an Apple mac version 2 in the 90’s! Digital art was my passion for many many years. I started teaching digital art and Photoshop as well as being on top creative teams for many international designers. But, there came a stage in my life where I had no choice but to give it up.
I missed the creative side of my life so much. I needed it as an outlet as well as that desire.
About a year ago, I saw the most beautiful painting on Pinterest. It was fluid art!! I researched and researched. Took a couple of online courses and kept YouTube in business as I watched hours and hours of fluid art videos. Initially I started with alcohol ink, which involves a chemical mask and lots of open windows. I practiced for weeks until I gradually progressed to using a soldering iron to create 3D pieces and melting Yupo and Nara (synthetic) paper. Then I tried acrylic paint pouring – what a mess!!! They all made it look so easy on YouTube but it’s really hard!! All I got was the fluid art beginners term “mud” with all the colours blended together! A complete failure. But I was determined to get this. Mixing different mediums (silicone oil, Floetrol, varnish, gels, water, glue) into the paints gave so many effects. Experiment and practice. My wonderful partner cleared a room and my studio “STUDIO 31” was created. Now I can make so much mess! I started working over 4 days rather than 5 just so I could dedicate 1 day to art. I am so passionate about it. Love love LOVE it! Next up is resin. I’ve used it to coat some alcohol ink and acrylic pieces but there is a big wide resin world out there. This I hope to master in 2022.
In the works: fluid art jewelry; CHAKRA fluid art, clocks, skins (where you peel off the acrylic paint. That paint is a skin) and making pictures with them, digital art – utilising my digital skills to create and merge some fluid art pieces into prints – the possibilities are endless. I also take commissions and teach one on one.
There is one more fluid art I’d love to try and that is encaustic wax. That’s the 2023 project!!!