Make Rorschach Animals

What can I say, I love a good Rorschach test!  If you don't know what a Rorschach is, it's a test that psychologists and psychiatrists use with some patients to examine what they are thinking about.  I have Bipolar 2, and while I've never been given a Rorschach test I love the concept of these gorgeous mirror image designs.  

So I've taken the Rorschach and made it into fine art.  It's my way of transcending something that feels like a limitation and turning it into something beautiful.  Here is how I make Rorschach animals.  They are really fun to make!  You can use the process to make all sorts of different designs, I'm making animals because lately I've been really into the spiritual meaning of totem animals.

Rorschach Horse

Rorschach Horse

Materials:

acrylic ink in at least one color

a watercolor pan set

pens or black markers

white acrylic craft paint

mixed media paper

Ink and Paper

Ink and Paper

Drop ink on the paper, be sure to make a drop off center towards the middle for the eyes

Drop ink on the paper, be sure to make a drop off center towards the middle for the eyes

fold the paper and press down evenly across the page

fold the paper and press down evenly across the page

open it up and see the design, ask a friend what they see when they look at the image

open it up and see the design, ask a friend what they see when they look at the image

find a reference photo online to use as a guide

find a reference photo online to use as a guide

Add watercolor, bring in contrast with black and white and you are done!

Add watercolor, bring in contrast with black and white and you are done!

Tarot and Your Art

As an artist, sometimes it can be confusing to know which way to go in your art.  Maybe you have ideas for a few different directions you could go in, or maybe you want clarity on a new project.  Look no further than your nearest tarot deck for inspiration and ideas that could lead you down exciting new paths in your art.

The thing with creativity is sometimes you have so many ideas, it can be difficult to figure out which ones to do right now and which ones to work on in the future.  Or maybe you have an idea for a series but would like some insight into how to best maximize the potential of your idea.  Tarot is perfect for times such as these!  Simply pull three cards, the one on the left symbolizes the past, the middle card is for the present and the third card is for the outcome.  Or do a more in depth reading following the book that comes with your specific deck.

In the following readings I wanted some fresh inspiration for the blog.  So I pulled three cards from each of my two decks...

The first card represents the past related to the situation, the second represents the present and the third is the outcome

The first card represents the past related to the situation, the second represents the present and the third is the outcome

This reading tells me that good luck will come my way if I follow my heart.  To be creative and innovative, and to branch out and go in new directions.    

The second reading I did was with the Archangel Oracle Deck.  I have my deck housed in a decorative box that I collaged and painted.

The present

The present

The future

The future

Another way to use oracle decks is to pull a single card.  If you are looking for ideas for a project, pulling a card can give you a fresh perspective or a jumping off point to get started in a new direction.  Pull a card, read in the accompanying book and then journal out whatever insights or ideas come to mind.

I do readings when I start bigger projects that will take a bigger commitment.  I also consult the Guardian Angel Tarot Deck when I want to see my art and life in a new way.  The deck shows me possibilities where I couldn't see them before.  

Nobody knows how tarot works.  Simply doing a reading can impact the outcome of your project because it can give you so many new ideas and inspiration along the way.  Even the illustrations on the cards are very inspirational.  Maybe the card you pull will have a color palette or theme that you would like to explore in a project.  Or you might get an idea for a whole new direction to go in.  Give a reading a try sometime and supercharge your creative life!  I love these two decks and they are here to stay!

Hip Hop

A brave woman, fearless and ready for a new life packed three kids into her car and headed for a new state.  I moved to Des Moines initially when I was three years old.  Mom was trying to start fresh and carve out a new life for us kids.  We lived up the street from a daycare center, so it was only natural that we went there as mom put in hours at work.  My sisters and I were the only white kids at the daycare center, most of the daycare was Black.  All of us kids would gather in a room at the daycare and dance to Michael Jackson's Thriller video together, we ran together and played.   

I continued to love HIp Hop and when I was in middle school I really embraced Hip Hop culture. On days when I could I watched In Living Color and MTV and loved the bold style and colorful personalities.  Being immersed in Hip Hop culture growing up has had a major influence on my art today.  Currently I'm working on combining the look of edgy graffiti with fine art to produce something that I'm passionate about.  

I fell in love with Hip Hop culture and to this day I love the vibe of Hip Hop.  Hip Hop is a way of life, and has rich roots steeped in tradition.    

HIP HOP by Kathryn Sturges (FW acrylic ink, Sakura Koi watercolor and white Blick matte acrylic)

HIP HOP by Kathryn Sturges (FW acrylic ink, Sakura Koi watercolor and white Blick matte acrylic)