This...is...the most inspirational art book...ever! And if you haven't read it, you absolutely must!
For several years when my kids were younger I was an Art Docent at their elementary school. I have the fondest memories of those experiences and working with young people as they discovered that they could create "art". I found that often the most challenging projects were ones where the kids received little direction and were forced to experiment or just 'play'. Holy cow, you would have thought I was asking them to eat brussel sprouts from some of their reactions.
It was just about that time that I stumbled upon a book called, "the dot" by Peter H. Reyonlds. This book proved to be a lifesaver as it tells the story of Vashti who was frozen in fear to put anything on her paper. Her very clever art teacher convinced her that even a 'dot' was 'art' and had her sign her work. The moral of the story, and the words of Vashti's teacher were, "Just make a mark and see where it takes you."
Of all the classes and inchie projects that I have taught the one that initially draws the most resistance is doodles. I frequently hear, "oh I can't draw" or "there is nooooo way". I think in many cases adults are more afraid than youngsters when it comes to creating original art. However, I am pleased to say that after a bit of encouragement and doing more than one doodle inchie there are many smiles around the table as everyone discovers the satisfaction, and surprise, at the ease of creating something unique and their own.
When you look around the internet and at all the papercrafting classes available there are many intricate and complicated projects. It can be intimidating! Here at Inchie Arts we consider everyone an 'artist' and want to encourage you to have fun with the art you create - no matter how simple...or complex. There are no rules and it doesn't have to be perfect! Get out your inchie squares, a black pen and some colors and "make a mark and see where it takes you..."
Three white Inchie Squares, black .005 Micron pen, 3 shades of blue Copic markers, black Twinchie Square; mounted on an aqua Inchie Note card from the Wild Sherbet assortment.
3 white Inchie Squares, .005 Micron pen, 5 shades of pink and orange Copic markers, black Twinchie Square, accent paper; mounted on a concrete colored Inchie Note card from the Neutral assortment.
If you would like more information about the incredible story of "the dot" click on this link:
to art...fun...and creative inspiration!