I’ve mentioned in the past that it can be overwhelming to be surrounded by such inspiring artwork every day. I want to try every technique and create in every style. Unfortunately, there just isn’t enough time to do this, especially when you take my need to create a finished piece into consideration.
It’s a habit I’ve been trying to break. It’s something I know a lot of artists struggle with — the need to complete something, and the need for it to be absolutely perfect — and it can be such a hindrance to the creative process. Thankfully, as Somerset Studio has shifted to put more focus on the process, I’ve felt more comfortable and even excited by the idea of artistic playtime.
When we received the submissions for this issue of Somerset Studio, I was taken aback by all the amazing things our artists were doing with such uniquely patterned napkins. Prior to this, when I thought of patterned paper napkins, I thought of those loud designs used for birthdays and other celebrations. I had no idea how many beautiful napkins were out there, just begging to be adding to my supply stash.
Is working with napkins as easy as these artists made it seem? That was the question I set out to answer when I grabbed a few different paper napkins, some gel medium, a foam brush, and the journal I keep on hand simply to experiment in. My goal was to see what happened when I used the paper napkins in different ways. On each page, I combined the top layer of a napkin (the printed part) with something else, including another napkin. For each one, I first laid down a layer of gel medium to adhere to base to the page, then I added another layer of gel medium before laying the napkin down, and to finish, I added a final layer of gel medium to seal everything.
I hope this will inspire you to artfully elevate the paper napkin! You can find the full article and more creative ways for incorporating paper napkins into your next creative piece inside the Autumn 2019 Issue of Somerset Studio.
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