My whole life I have been a textile fan. Recently I've discovered how wonderful paper is to work with too. But I've been trying too hard to combine textiles with paper. Just because I have a weakness for both (or is it a strength for both?) it's ok to use them separately. I kept thinking (thinking!) that I had to use everything I like at once. Too much thinking, not enough being. Losing creativity.
Paper is wonderful in codex form, and folded books. Textiles are great in scrolls because of their properties - they still lie flat after being rolled up for ages, unlike paper (except soft paper napkins). Other types of paper hold the rolled-up effect depending on the thickness and stiffness of the paper. Paint adds to the stiffness even if diluted, while dyes don't. So I prefer textiles and papers to have the vehicle to show their own special qualities. They can be combined, but don't have to be to still be a mixed-media artist.
I made a scroll from wet felting which unrolled beautifully every time. The cover for this scroll I made from a silk scarf that I bought plain, then dyed with silk dyes, then patched with torn, dyed silk organza pieces. It is luscious. I love it. And being silk it unrolls flat.
|Dyed silk scarf with patches of organza, used as a Scroll Cover|
To help you let thoughts go, and let creativity surface, please look at this beautiful photo on Sweetpeapath blog - what peace it brings to a mind. Master the art of doing nothing, to quote someone but I don't know who - does anyone else know where this comes from?