Hey there creative friends! After a looong hiatus I’m back with a colorful ATB tutorial for you. Where have I been these past few months? Well, to make a long story short life happenings resulted in a complete loss of creative mojo. Don’t cry for me though fellow artists todays tutorial will show you how to get your creative groove back with the help of some sage advice from one of my favorite artists…Andy Warhol! Let’s get our Pop Art on and I’ll show you how to get YOUR groove back with some Andy Warhol quote blocks.
So how does one come out of a 4 month creative slump when life keeps handing you lemons without any sugar to make lemonade? Allow me to share my “recipe” for a Creative Jumpstart Cocktail…
Start by adding a splash of every color in the rainbow.
Next, incorporate 100 Proof Press stamps to give your creative cocktail some bite.
Sprinkle with Andy Warhol quotes for inspiration and shake.
Now say Hello! to your creative mojo!
The real moral to this story is said best by Mr. Warhol himself…”Don’t think about making art, just get it DONE!” I do what Andy says…the man spoke the #Truth! Hence, I have titled my Andy Warhol Quote Block project “Andy Says”and keep it in my studio as a reminder, encouragement etc. to let my creative freak flag fly!
Now on to the Andy Warhol Quote Block Tutorial!
How to Make Andy Warhol Quote Blocks
You can easily create your own quote blocks from the wise words of YOUR favorite artist with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies, stamps, inks and your favorite embellishments. This is a very therapeutic project if you need a creative jumpstart or if you just want to create some inspiring art for yourself or someone else.
- Eileen Hull 3-D cubes Sizzix Scoreboards die
- Mat Board
- Ranger Distress Stains
- Tim Holtz Layering Stencils (I used Dot Fade)
- Ranger Distress Ink (Weathered Wood)
- 100 Proof Press Stamps (Andy Stamp, Diva Stamp, Andy, Soup Can)
- Assorted Surfaces for stamping (Mat Board, Rowlux Illusion Film, Specialty Stamping Paper)
- Archival Ink Jet Black
- Glue Dots
- Tim Holtz Mirrored Sheets
- Tim Holtz Alpha Parts Ransom
- Micron and Sakura Pens
STEP 1: Cut as many blocks as you need for your design using the Eileen Hull 3-D Cubes Sizzix die. There are three sizes available on this die. I used the largest and smallest of the cubes and saved the medium-sized cuts for another project.
STEP 2: Color large block pieces with Ranger Distress Stains. * Small blocks were stamped using a background stamp from 100 proof press.
STEP 3: The photo on my iPad was my jumping off point for this project. Many of the quotes pictured had a cool pixellated look to them. I used Weathered Wood Distress Ink and Tim Holtz Dot Fade layering Stencil to mimic that look on my Artist Trading Block pieces.
STEP 4: I used several surfaces to showcase these awesome Warhol stamps from 100 Proof Press including Mat Board, Rowlux Illusion Film, and Specialty Stamping Paper. Get creative with your stamping surfaces, have some fun and watch your missing mojo is sure to find you!
STEP 5: A quick google search for “Andy Warhol Quotes” gave me tons of inspiring words from Mr. Warhol which I hand-lettered on the larger blocks using my favorite White Sakura Pen and outlined with a Black Micron.
STEP 6: Assemble Blocks and add stamped embellishments to sides. Die Cut mirrored sheets with Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers circles and add Alpha Parts to centers.
Now sit back, admire your handy work and give yourself an “Atta’ girl/guy!” You’ve got your creative groove back!
I can’t promise that I will be back to my old blogging ways but I can promise that I WILL be doing what “Andy Says” and sharing creativity here with you as it comes to me. In the wise words of Andy Warhol “It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not STOP!”
To see more amazing Artist Trading Block inspiration featuring 100 Proof Press Stamps go HERE.
Have a fascinating day!