I created this piece in response to Creative Therapy's Catalyst 95 which asks "What's something you struggle with?".
As a full-time engineer by day, I struggle with disengaging my brain long enough to create without inhibition by night. I created this piece 8x10 so that I could frame it as a reminder that it is ok to not know every step of the process before I start.
Here are quick instructions for this piece:
1. Adhere book text to an 8x10 piece of watercolor paper.
2. Brush two washes of off white paint followed by by two washes of white paint, allowing each layer to dry before adding the next layer.
3. Choose, crop, and convert to black and white a photo of your choice. Print the photo on watercolor paper without gloss coating. Trim the background from the photo. Edge the photo with black ink.
4. Adhere book paper to light weight cardstock. Print clip art butterflies on the book paper/cardstock. Cut out butterflies.
5. Wrap wire around a pencil. Remove the wire from the pencil and pull both ends away from each other to flatten the spring into looped wire.
6. Place you photo on your background and trace around the photo lightly with a pencil. Remove the photo. Stamp multiple stamp images around the photo outline.
7. Adhere the photo to the background with foam tape. Push packing material beneath your photo, allowing the ends to stick out. Adhere butterflies, wire loops, and sprocket gears.
8. Add title.