Artistically, my world is awash in choices of different media, tools, subjects, styles, and techniques. I think I've been experiencing a type of information overload since I decided to buckle down and work on my skill set. I am told that it is important for an artist to find his own style, but how can one do that until he's at least decided what kind of art he likes to do in the first place?

To make sure that I spend enough time with various media to explore its nuances, I've decided to go on a kind of rotating schedule. So, what's left of June is Watercolor Pencil Month -- WOOHOO!

The intent here is to spend each month exploring a different medium so I can find out which I prefer and which lend themselves best to the styles I will explore. Each week I will focus on a different style of painting between abstract, landscape, still life, and figure/gesture drawing.

I believe this will keep me drawing and improving on a regular basis, and am excited to see where it takes me.

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Comment by Debbie Rippie on July 11, 2015 at 2:49pm

Good idea!  Might be a little expensive investing in the different medias.

Comment by Jess on July 15, 2015 at 10:58pm

Love the Idea! You will never be bored and you are constantly experimenting and learning something new, such as themes and mediums. I think this is a great way to get started to find your style and medium. I think that you really don't know whether you will love or hate something until you try. Then at the end of your experiments you can honestly say, you love this or that.

I suppose just don't spend too much on any one medium until you are sure you love it. At the end of your experiments you may find you love more than one medium and thats perfectly fine too, I know I do, and you may also find you're style varies, and that is also fine, just keep that in mind, not all of us have only one medium that we love.

Do you have any art or crafter friends that live nearby, as you might be able to borrow supplies to test before buying them, so for example I borrowed some alcohol markers to try and I do love using them, so then I bought some, admittedly I bought a different brand I ended up buying chamelion pens as they have a toner in the end, so that you can get various tones out of just one pen rather than buying 3 copics for example. Or when I started watercolours a friend gave me some paints to try of a brand she didn't use anymore. Just a thought, I absolutely love the idea but Debbie is right that it could easily cost you a fortune over a year for example. Anyway happy experimenting!

Comment by Judie Martinez on July 26, 2015 at 2:59am

Let us know how this works for you. I'm doing the same thing experimenting with different mediums. Only I am too anxious & have many going at one time. Acrylics, markers, alcohol inks, watercolours & colored pencils!!! Lol  Crazy lady! Florals, chunky book, ATC's, doodle art greeting cards,  & I can't wait to try to do a portrait! Yikes! I

Anyone else ever do this?

Comment by Zalcoti on August 6, 2015 at 3:19pm

Great idea rotating them around monthly. I think I shall try this since I also have a ton of tools at my disposal that are just sitting there.

Comment by michele josiane martin on March 3, 2016 at 6:59pm

ok so i'll do that too! great idea! i am currently overwhelmed by the mediums i have too - everything! so much stuff! i thought i would stop buying until i discovered my need for mediums like glues and varnishes! for my mm you see.

so, rotation sounds good. march. this month is for pencils - but which ones? watercolour pencils including inktense ok? that's it! and i am going to use paper because i have been art journaling for a long time!

here i go!

watercolour pencils, inketense and paper. whoo-hoo in march. yes. that is it!....

Comment by michele josiane martin on March 11, 2016 at 11:37pm

watercolour pencils only becuse i have a few sets.

next month i'll use inktense only.

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