Journey to Creativity

3 days ago, I logged on to Youtube and learned how to make a collagraph, which basically is a home-made stencil, constructed of lots of different found elements, glued onto a piece of cardboard and then ‘washed’ with pva. 24 hours later when the glue had dried, I cut up some recycled plain  fabric and sprayed it with water. Next I got out my paints and dribbled it on the collagraph and swirled it about. Then I pressed the fabric into the collograph, took it off after a few minutes and let it air-dry.

Now, I’ve stitched  two pieces of the fabric together and laid it on my canvas. This is where it gets really exciting… becausethe journey of discovery is the most fun… and I know I’m going to enjoy it, and learn, learn, learn on the way.

Whilst waiting for inspiration on a grand scale, I went to a sale of nearly new clothes at the local car boot sale (4 items for 1 euro). I chose 12 items, washed and ironed them, and cut them with scissors into smaller pieces of cloth; any buttons I’ve also saved for later. (I spotted a demo on button art and saved it in favourites). Later, I cut up some small pieces of collagraphed canvas and made some mini-art (below) with the recycled fabric, embroidery silks and  my sewing machine.

I’m looking forward to going on holiday in 3 days time, for the  month of august, in the Basque region of Spain.  I will take a small bag of felt, recycled fabrics &  a handful of embroidery silks with me for those quite times. A creative genius doesn’t stop!

with love from Andrea Schroder


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