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Warming Up, Creatively – from Exhibition 36, Mixed-Media Demonstrations & Explorations, by Susan Tuttle 2008
Tarp or piece of drywall to tape your paper to
Roll of newsprint or a newsprint pad no smaller than 16”x20”
Inspiring music and a candle
Acrylic craft paints (inexpensive)
Water-soluble oil pastels
- Lay out your tarp. I worked on my knees for a long time in our spare bedroom before I had my own studio. Something about it was actually very grounding.
- Tape the four corners of your paper to the tarp or your drywall.
- Have all brushes, a large container of water and several different tubes of acrylic and oil pastels placed on the tarp.
- Turn on your most energizing and inspiring music and light a candle. Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and repeat this affirmation: “everything I need is already inside me. I am an endless creative well.”
- Open your eyes and choose the first color that calls to you. Dive in, make some mud, start painting. Add some oil pastels, scribble, make lines, marks. Do you see shapes? If so, bring them forward, even if they make no sense.
- If the paper tears… so be it. If the colors turn to mud… it’s part of the process. When the critics and gremlins are doing their dance, get out the duct tape and repeat your affirmation, I am an endless creative well.
- This is not about creating a work of art: this work is only for you. Don’t show it to anyone—they likely won’t get it and you’re opening yourself up to a sabotaging moment. This is about warming up those creative muscles so you can find your true north and open the gate to creative freedom.