When you think of art, what immediately comes to mind? 

It could be a painting on a wall, a sculpture in a museum, or the drawings on your fridge. The point being, art is anything you want it to be. There are no rules or limits on what constitutes it. And the same thinking applies to artists. Not all artists are painters, and not all are trained in a traditional way.

And while most artists do tend to have a preferred medium, that doesn’t mean inspiration can’t be found elsewhere. Maybe you see similarities between different shapes and forms or in various color schemes. When you have a creative mind or an artistic eye (or both!) you can think more broadly about art and how you create it.

That being said, all artists have a skill set. Some will excel at working with their hands and sculpting, others do great things with paintbrushes, and then others may use a computer as their medium. But no matter what your skills are, they can be stretched or tweaked to accommodate new methods of creation. 

Take Katie Rodgers, an artist who primarily works with watercolors. She created her site Paper Fashion to showcase her paintings of various runway fashion looks that inspired her. 

A sampling of Rodgers’ watercolor paintings.
A sampling of Rodgers’ watercolor paintings.

But, while she loves watercolors and has since she was seven years old, she stepped outside of her normal medium and made one of her whimsical fashionistas out of strawberries. 

Rodgers assembling her strawberry pieces on a plate.
Rodgers assembling her strawberry pieces on a plate.

Using a paring knife, without a watercolor or paintbrush in sight, she cut the strawberries into small shapes that, when put together, closely resembled the runway models that she typically creates with watercolors. She has a certain way of painting women in their various fashions, and she used that same style in her food art by replicating the shape and form.

Rodgers’ finished strawberry art.
Rodgers’ finished strawberry art.

So, why not play around with creating in new ways? Build on a skill you already have to see what else you can do. 

Want to Try Your Hand at Watercolor Paintings?

Illustrating Your Favorite Runway Looks with Watercolors.