The quest to find different and creative ways or organizing different materials into art is a constant, never ending adventure. While we can’t make something from nothing the act of creation can be fairly difficult without anything to create with. On the other hand becoming proficient in using a few materials over and over again isn’t satisfying enough- new materials need to be found and experimented with until we become proficient in using them.
Anjuli Johnson the Mixed Media Artist used to think that India ink was only available in one color- black. However these different sets of inks come with as many as 12 colors, all vibrant and versatile. On Mother’s days she made Black and white cardstock with clear acetate attached to top with brads while coloring the acetate using alcohol inks and india ink. She also made a sketch while being curious to see how these inks worked on black paper and when the inks dry it becomes permanent and you can leave it as a top layer, or use more wax layers on top. This is a technique she plans to use frequently.
The inks are pretty intense, and adding a little water can make them last longer and go further without taking much away from their brilliancy. Anjuli began her art career as a scrapbooker, and it’s been an evolutionary process ever since. She is constantly trying to push through her fears to discover and develop her talents, meet new people, and learn from those around her.