I don't know about you, but projects with deadlines really motivate me. I love to have a goal with a specific end date on the horizon. My troubles come when all the deadlines have been met. I scuttle around aimlessly, feeling a bit despondent and doubtful. After years of struggling with this feeling of "meh," I've learned that I can change my response to this situation. Instead of sklathing about (one of my favorite Eloise terms) in gloomy blah, I now look at this time as my time of freedom and creative rest. This is my time to work on weird, ugly, and experimental art. This is my time to focus on the means and not the end product. This is the time to have fun!
Here's something I come back to when I have a few days with nothing planned. I've been creating some paper works that incorporate some of my favorite techniques: stamp-carving, Gelli printing, painting, and stitch.
I start by carving some rubber stamps.
I like simple shapes and symbols. Nothing too complex.
I use these stamps to cover several sheets of rice paper, creating different design mixes as I go.
I choose several acrylic colors to use on my new designs.
Rice paper really drinks up the paint, so I water it down quite a bit.
Everything dries on a plasticwrap-coated drying rack.
While the rice paper dries, I add some stamping and stitching to some Gelli printed papers.
Now comes the fun part, stitching everything together.
What do you create when you let your mind wander?