{Fun} Things to do with your art

“And you know, this thought crossed my mind at the time: maybe chance is a pretty common thing after all. Those kinds of coincidences are happening all around us, all the time, but most of them don't attract our attention and we just let them go by. It's like fireworks in the daytime. You might hear a faint sound, but even if you look up at the sky you can't see a thing. But if we're really hoping something may come true it may become visible, like a message rising to the surface. Then we're able to make it out clearly, decipher what it means. And seeing it before us we're surprised and wonder at how strange things like this can happen. Even though there's nothing strange about it.”
Haruki Murakami

 

If you draw, paint, sketch and doodle a lot of stuff, it's also fun to take that stuff and make other completely different stuff. This post is not about making stuff to sell but about adding that hand-made, imperfect, UNIQUE touch to your work. About having fun with your art by going on tangents and using it as inputs, fodder.... the starting point or continuation point or finalization point.

So here's a run-down of a bunch of fun things to do with your art. 

 

1. Add color digitally.

This work started as a simple mandala drawn on an index card with a dip pen and india ink. I photographed the card and digitally added color in Photoshop.

2. Sew it into mail art.

Cut up your art and stitch or glue strips together. Lots gelatin prints were used to create this mail art postcard. 

3. Write a quote.

Cut your abstract art into a rectangle, hand-letter a quote, then staple or glue into your art journal.

4. Inspire.

After scanning this watercolored page, I added a quote in Photoshop and used it on my blog.

5. Make postcards, greeting cards or stickers.

These postcards & stickers were printed at MOO. Mail postcards to friends, tuck them inside customer orders. Use stickers in your art journal or to add unique embellishments to outgoing mail art.

6. Make a journal cover, purse, bag or apron.

Cut up a painted canvas! A canvas painted with acrylics sews kind of like heavy blue jean material. So tear that canvas off the wood frame! Just make sure it is completely dry so you don't gum up your machine with paint.

7. Sew a grid. 

Cut  up your art and sew it into the form of a grid. {You can learn how to paint abstract watercolor art, create a stitched grid and make robot-puppets in my workshop, Painted Paper Paradise.}

8. Use a photo of your art on an art journal page.

These faces were drawn in a moleskine journal. So I photographed the page, printed that photo on a Polaroid Pogo Printer and stuck it on this journal page topped with a good glop of acrylic paint.

9. Use a snippet of your art on an art journal page.

I drew this mandala in an Exacompta journal {love the lines that texture the page}; I cut the page out of the journal and used this excerpt in an altered book.

10. Combine a bunch of art digitally.

This is three different pieces of art layered digitally. I couldn't draw such precise lines on textured and stitched paper.

11. Colorize it.

Paint your doodles/sketches with watercolor, gouache or acrylics. I usually leave my doodled work in black and white but color can really make art blossom and bloom into wonderfulness.

12. Swap it.

This is the back of a journal that my friend Hanna sent me "way back" in 2012; I sent her a journal and we did a List Journal challenge together. How fun is that? Read about our journal swap! Of course you can also swap Artist Trading Cards and postcards and mail art and... 

Your turn... what else do you do with your art? 

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