It can be hard to find the time to experiment with your art. Often you feel everything we create should be a finished artwork but it is extremely valuable to take the time to just play.
It can feel like a waste of time but often from these opportunities the most fascinating results, techniques and creations can be made.
Recently I had the opportunity to spend a day at the Firestation Print Studio just experimenting making monoprints, something I haven’t really done before, and it was terrific to think I didn’t have to have a finished product at the end of the day.
As you can see I had a bit of a mess happening, layering fabric, lace and previously made collagraph plates. Some worked, some not so exciting but I will keep them and at some stage I will do some more experimenting making artist books and they will probably get chopped up and turned into something completely different.
The other thing that was great that day was having time to chat with another artist and that gave me some new directions to work through too.
The top 3 pics are from a different book made earlier using collagraph prints with added collage, line work and some sewing.