It was a beach day today! The cloud moved over to make way for the sunshine as we arrived at Aberystwyth Stony Beach.
I planned to create mixed media pieces on strips of Seawhite of Brighton Cartridge paper. With pieces prepared, rolled and clipped, I gathered my art materials on the beach. I started playing with inks, creating marks with whatever I found around me, from pebbles, to sticks to seaweed. It’s great to have time to play.
I wanted to create a long strip of art with my watercolour pigment paints. I’m usually creating on rainy days with these paints. Today I wanted to see if the sea spray could assist in creating. With tiny pebbles, a few larger stones and seaweed, I added drops of the watercolour pigment and then I left it close to the sea to catch the spray.
As I was creating away with the inks, the sea had different ideas when adding the spray to the paper. I had to shift from my spot quickly as the water went over the paper. Whoops, I got more than I wanted, a little too much of the sea. But decided to move it and then let it dry.
Wow what an amazing pattern. It’s so inspiring to create with nature, it can show us creative processes if we let it. I went to the beach thinking of sea spray, and the sea water brought a different kind of creation to me.
The next time you head to the beach, take your art materials with you and see what you can create.