This past weekend, I had friends over for creative fun. I really enjoy getting together with creative minds, or people who are open to playing with art materials. I am finding a new love for paper collage, or mixed media. I am also discovering a fondness for gouache paint. It is really expanding my boundaries as an artist. I love pen and ink and colored pencil. I have, also, developed a love for watercolor pencils over the past few months. I have never been a fan of watercolor. It is one of the few mediums that I don't have the patience for. But the watercolor pencils allow me to have a little more control and I feel like I don't have to wait as long for it to dry. I could be using them completely wrong, but then again, as an artist we use materials in ways that work best for us.
Yesterday and today, I have been thinking about my story for February and my PB dummy challenge. I have the story in my head and I can see it like a movie, but that seems to change once I begin writing. I have yet discovered a writing technique or ritual that is successful for my writing, other than procrastination. I have always written my best papers when under pressure. The problem is that I don't have any real deadlines for my personal writing and if I give myself a deadline, I know there are no real consequences for not finishing on time. But I did come up with a few drawings to illustrate parts of my story that I have been thinking about. Maybe this is my writing technique?
I might try taking index cards and roughly illustrating my story onto them. This might help me with the writing a bit. I know storyboarding helps a lot of writers, but I find that I begin jumping scenes or I can clearly visualize a part of the story I haven't come to yet. It becomes quite confusing.
But, as always, I continue to push forward; learning from the process of what works and what doesn't; and finding joy in the world I have created for myself.