Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Textured Surface

Words as texture
Strictly black and white
Texture with 4 digital substrates and only what you had on your table, not more than 5 things
Back side of book made with those substrates and the addition on a sheet of white paper
Working outside my comfort zone - learning about myself and my style and that I really, really don't like working with red, or not having any organic elements
Piled up texture
This was someone's trash pile at the end of the day, too pretty not to share!

This was the class description:

"Texture is a scrumptious element to add to journals and mixed media art journals.

This workshop is designed to produce extremely interesting textural surfaces by using all sorts of materials.

Examine surface design ideas and develop unique surfaces of your own. There is no end to the way materials can be manipulated to create interest and texture in the surface of your artwork.

We will use fabric, digital prints on various surfaces (be sure to bring photographs and prints that you don't mind altering) and an assortment of items.

Discover the techniques that work the best for you and take the time to create your own signature."

How could you pass that up? I couldn't and really enjoyed it, except for that whole working outside your comfort zone part. I really, really like working inside my comfort zone! As my friend used to say, change is inevitible, growth is optional...


Laurie said...

Cool stuff Leau! Can't wait to see it in person.

I know what you mean about out of your comfort zone. I took an experimental drawing class a couple years ago and she made us draw things that we were only feeling with our free hand -- we couldn't look at the objects at all. I HATED it and couldn't wait for that class to be over!

eb said...


love all of this

such joy in texture

thanks for sharing

wondering about my comfort zone...

xox - eb.

Paula Scott said...

I love the pile of texture the most! But, all very wonderful! Y'know how I feel about texture!
I get annoyed with myself that I don't work within a comfort zone often enough. Like, why do I stress myself out in insisting to go beyond the zone?
But, I'm not so sure if the stuff the teacher had you do that was 'outside your comfort zone' had more to do with stuff you didn't like instead of things that were really outside you comfort zone.
Heck, I don't know if I'm making any sense at all!

Kathyanne White said...

Hi Leau, Great to finally find your blog:) Loved your post on the textural surface workshop. Working outside your comfort zone can be a good thing, thinking outside the box can grow and stretch our art.
As long as you are having fun with it all..... Enjoy!