Old credit cards are my favorite tool. These humble pieces of plastic can scrape, spread, and mix colorful aged surfaces that provide inspiration for new narratives. After setting down watercolor washes, I squeeze out acrylic paint and proceed to layer opaque color onto translucent surfaces. Some flat color will stay others will be wiped away, revealing a thin film. The cards will change not only the opaque layer of paint, but the translucent one as well. There is also something very soothing about using whole arm movements!
Stop in Arroyo Grande either weekend of the Open Studios Art Tour to experience Lori Wolf Grillias’ work. Her studio is listed as number 195 in the catalog. To view more of her reflective emergence mixed media paintings beforehand, check out her website.