Strike Anywhere, Inspiration Everywhere

Writing Strike Anywhere, Inspiration Everywhere on the my Strike Away Show submission was the last decision I made when making this art piece. And this piece is the end result of 2 weeks of play.

The Strike Away Show is a soon to be mounted exhibit of over 300 artists who have all used matches, matchbooks or matchboxes as their medium, inspiration, or canvas.

A couple weeks ago I wrote about my participation in The 100 Day Project and that my 100 days would be spent creating a routine for play (with craft and art) at the beginning of my day. Once I decided to make work for The Strike Away Show, I only had 2 weeks to complete my piece. It was the perfect opportunity to use my morning make sessions as the time to do the bulk of that work. 

A sampling of some of the photos I shared on Instagram.

A sampling of some of the photos I shared on Instagram.

Everyday I would post a photo of progress on Instagram. My progress was my play and experiments. I was using those moments of play to find inspiration for what to create with my matchboxes. I had bought 20 little matchboxes fully intending to use them as my micro canvases. But what to put on them? It wasn't until the second week of play that I decided I'd use my experiments to recreate a matchbox of my own. 

My piece is both a matchbox and a matchbook.

My piece is both a matchbox and a matchbook.

As I was finalizing my piece I realized, Strike Anywhere, Inspiration Everywhere, was a fitting statement for the process of creating my matchbox. 

Strike Away Show
on exhibit May 22nd-June 30th
Paxton Gate's Curiosities for Kids
766 Valencia St, San Francisco

Show opening is May 22nd.
Come see all the match box curiosities! Maybe over 300?! Unfortunately I won't be able to attend the opening but happy my work will be.

Watercolor strings for Zentangle

I've shared about Zentangle here on the blog before but I don't think I've talked specifically about strings. Basically a string is a light framework for drawing a Zentangle pattern inside the shape created. They're typically drawn in pencil so that once you've tangled with ink those light lines recede and become unnoticeable. The second thing to know about a string is they're meant to come out of your pencil with ease and without trying to draw something specific. 

What I'm sharing with this project is a watercolor string that is actually very noticeable in the finished art. But in creating the watercolor line there is more randomness that occurs compared to drawing a line with a pencil.

I've created my "watercolor strings" a couple of ways. Note that none of those ways was taking a brush to the actual paper. I've dripped the watercolor onto the paper either using a brush or an eyedropper. You can make a bunch in one sitting to create a stockpile of pre-strung tiles.

Method 1

Method 1

Method 1
— Start with full sheets of cotton paper or bond paper.
— Have fun creating color combinations while dripping your water colors on your paper. You'll need to tip the sheet to make the color run, creating your lines.
— Alternately you can water down acrylics instead of watercolors.
— Use a ruler and x-acto knife to trim out as many 3.5 x 3.5 inch tiles as you can. After they're cut they can almost fit together like a puzzle. 
— Tangle to your hearts content

Method 2

Method 2

Method 2
— Follow all the instructions in Method 1 but use pre-cut Zentangle tiles instead.


Patterns used: Modified cheese cloth, Hollibaugh, Onion Drops, MmmForesty, and Papyrus.