I tend to get too precious with my materials. I'll buy the most expensive oil paints and the finest woolen yarns- but then I feel almost afraid to make mistakes. Since the materials are so expensive I just don't want to waste anything. I think this is inhibiting my creativity.
Thankfully, life intervened. I am part of a group called ArtMob (short for Art Milwaukie On Board) and we were doing a project for our little town fair where we painted replicas of famous paintings and left the faces out for people to peek through for pictures. Most of us are struggling artists and so we used whatever cheap paints we had around to get this project done-- which means that mostly we used house paints. I couldn't believe how well they turned out.
It really made me rethink my strategy. Perhaps I need to step away from the built in expectations of fancy materials and just enjoy the process of art making without having to live up to the cost of making the project!
I had this in mind today while perusing the thrift store aisles and can you believe what I came upon?! :
176 balls of the most colorful yarn for $9.99. Yes, most of it is not wool (gasp!). But I can tell you that it's been awhile since I've felt this free about my creative process. I have images of free-form knitting and weaving and braiding projects going through my mind. I want to make ropes and ropes of colorful yarn and drape it everywhere. I am so excited about this basket of cheap yarn.
What kind of materials do you like to use? Are you the kind of person that is inspired by the best of the best or do you like to create using found objects and used materials? Please share! I'm really interested in this topic now!