|Original Scribble Painting|
|I cut up the painting and placed some pieces in a loose grid composition.|
|Then I painted over and around it to tie it together.|
|On this one I used the gel plate with string.|
Of course, the challenge is to get in the mindset of planning to tear up your piece, but without actually intending to tear up your piece. I'm sure this is a matter of just doing the work and Putting In the Hours. I'll keep you posted as I put in more hours and figure this out.
Meanwhile, I am teaching Scribble Painting at CREATE in Chicago on August 23, and at ART and SOUL on October 1. These are both three-hour evening classes. I will also be doing plenty of scribble painting in my summer workshop, Collage Journeys in Vermont.
Really, though, this is fun to do in a group, but you can just try it in your own studio. Give yourself a few parameters (limit your colors, materials, and tools) and just see what kinds of marks you can make. Go for variety. Here is an example of how you could proceed:
- Make some bold marks, using a relatively large brush and a strong color or black.
- Let that dry. Apply some clean water to the paper, then add paint (a new color) to both wet and dry areas. See what kinds of shapes that makes.
- Use your paint brush to make lines, using either a third color, or one of the previous colors.
- Switch tools. Use a brayer or a different brush, or a credit card to apply more paint.
- Choose a stamp or stencil and add some smaller shapes in a contrasting color.
- Make fine lines using one or more pens (Uni-ball Signo Gel Pen in white is fabulous for opaque quite lines). Doodle. Scribble.
- Choose another drawing tool to make different lines.
- Keep going like this, or stop and move on to the next one. Make up your own rules.