I think at some point or another everyone fears a blank canvas. Yes, there are times when a shiny white blank page can excite you with possibilities. However, there are times when it can fill you with dread. Today I am speaking to the latter. It is much easier to deal with a blank page if you have a few quick, almost thoughtless techniques to turn to. Below are my top five favorites to just get something down.
The picture above shows all five techniques. Going from left to right and top to bottom, I will explain how simple they are to create.
1) stencils- using a stencil of any kind and sponge or stiff brush, pounce your paint through the stencil to the paper underneath. This is great for covering a large area quickly.
2) gesso or texture paste- using a scraper tool or old key card, scrap gesso or texture paste (or paint) through a stencil. This will give you a more sporadic look.
3) stamping- using a stamp or stamps of your choice cover the area with a repeat pattern, or use a background stamp to go faster. You will probably want to use a permanent ink so it run with other layers you'll add on top.
4) collage- use a gel medium or liquid glue to adhere pieces of paper, tape, fabric, or anything else you can find. This add color and texture quickly.
5) watercolor- using your favorite watercolor medium, apply a layer of paint over the area. You can also water down acrylic paint to make this layer permanent.
Once you have a good first layer, you can use any of these techniques to add more. In the photo below, I did just that.
I hope this inspires you to create even when the thought of a blank page scares you a bit! Feel free to link to your projects in the comments below or send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.