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    Art Block and creative walls: working around a slump

    Art block. Everyone hates it. Everyone gets it at some point. It’s like the herpes of the creative world. Not life threatening but certainly a pain in the neck. So what do we do when it strikes? How do we get rid of it and get back to creating or being productive?   Use prompts in your sketchbook or near your workstation   There’s nothing worse than getting all your materials ready, opening your sketchbook and hitting a blank on what to draw. One way of getting over this is to have a list of prompts on the front or back page. Don’t know what to draw? Just check the…

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    Carving: How learning a new medium helped me grow as an artist

    For the past 4 months I’ve been trying my hand at lino carving. You take some carving tools and carve out a print on a linoleum block. You then reproduce however many times as you want and then you destroy the block. My first experience with Lino carving was at an art workshop. I was hoping to get some one on one time with the instructor who was well known for black ink illustration and watercolour, my two mediums at that time.   After 3 hours of carving out patterns on erasers I was hooked. My wrist was aching from holding the knife at the wrong angle, my back was…