This is like the saying “it’s good for children to be bored”. However, having been at the end of that scenario a number of times in the school holidays, sometimes I’m not so sure.
Sometimes I like to go into the studio without a plan. Sometimes I just sit there and take time to think about what I’m doing, what’s on my mind, what’s the next print I want to do etc (This is usually when I have a tidy up!). Sometimes I just play around with the inks. As you will know from this blog, I spend a lot of time walking – that’s what you get when you want a dog! As I walk I generally collect items off the ground; feathers, leaves, plants etc and use these for monoprinting. In fact, I have a huge pile of feathers which grows daily.
So, pottering – or playing with my finds.
I don’t plan to end up with prints that I want to sell but always hope to learn something about the printing process. Just occasionally though, a little gem presents itself.
We encourage our children to play all the time, make mistakes, learn from them, try stuff out and have fun – sometimes I think adults need to do that too!