I'm getting a kick out of this tiny art made of scraps that I'm doing. It stresses me out because it's been a while (a long while) since I'm been spontaneous with my art making. One of the first rules I learned to mark making is to make a mark with confidence. Just mark and go with it. Eraser are for wimps!
The work that I've been creating lately, I go through the process of thumbnails, sketching it out, and then creating the final piece. It will take me a couple of days to finish a piece, possibly even longer now that I have a little one. So this new project I'm doing allows me to work faster and be more spontaneous. Plus, this kind of spontaneity is exhilarating. I get this weird kind of high from creating work this fast. Once I dip my brush in that ink bottle, I know I have to make a decision fast. And once I touch my brush to my surface, I have to just go for it. Every mark I make stresses me out! But there's that moment when I make my last mark, finishing the illustration, and I step back and I'm one, relieved it all worked out and two, I'm in awe by what I just created. It's so fun to make work without really having a plan, other than to just go for it and make it.
I go through the similar roller coaster with tearing the paper. I use fine art paper like Lokta, Nideggen, or Gampi. Each paper has it's own personality, with all sorts of crazy happenings of grain and fiber. So tearing paper is definitely a spontaneous feat, as I have to know how to tear it and make use of what the paper has to offer. For example, this paper I used in this piece (I can't remember the name, but it's Japanese), is very fibrous with a lot of fine fuzzy hairs when you tear it. You'd think I'd want a cleaner and crisper torn edge when illustrating beauty products, but that's what the fun of this project is. Work with what you have!
Where's what I created today from scraps of paper, left over illustration board, glue, and ink.