Make Mistakes with Fingerprint Inkprints! | Alexis David | Skillshare

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Make Mistakes with Fingerprint Inkprints!

teacher avatar Alexis David, Eco-artist & writer

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5 Lessons (12m)
    • 1. Fingerprint Ink Prints Introduction

    • 2. Concept

    • 3. Demo (final)

    • 4. Are you frustrated? watch this

    • 5. End

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This class asks you to be a brave artist and embrace your mistakes.  Actually, more than embrace, use your mistakes strategically!  Yes.  That's right.  We all mess up.  All of the time.  Right now, people are probably making thousands of mistakes in drawing or art or possibly even walking, but I think we need to free ourselves from perfection, from the fear of failure.  Puh!  There is no such thing.  To fail is simply not to try.  In this course, I ask participants to ink print some circles onto a page, using their fingers, and then create illustrations out of these designs.  It takes 15 minutes.  If you're interested, join me! 

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Alexis David

Eco-artist & writer


I spend my days thinking about writing and art. It's kind of always been like that even when I was little.

I went to college on a poetry scholarship and when I got there the coolest writing professor, Melanie Conroy-Goldman, told me that poetry was the "dark arts" so I started studying fiction. We used to meet outside and she would smoke a cigarette and talk to me about structure in David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest. It was amazing.

After college, I spent a long time just writing. Just working at various day jobs (often teaching) and finding time to write. I wrote a lot. I spent a of time alone. I applied to MFA programs and got rejected by all of them.

So, then I went to a master's program for teaching. Here I loved learning about how kids learned to read. I kep... See full profile

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1. Fingerprint Ink Prints Introduction: Hi. Welcome. A fingerprint ink prints this a 15 minute course that you can use as a joy break productivity break from your other job. Um, the whole concept of this course is that you should just embrace mistakes in your life and that, um, when there's a problem, when there's a mistake, September like there's a problem. But really, a problem just requires a solution on. I want to find the solution. Sometimes it's like kind of a meaningful and sure satisfying experience. So the way that I'm approaching this is we are trying to use our fingers, and we're going to use some kind of ink was not music. Give me this in court. Could be a paint. It could be a cup of coffee. It could be off ballpoint pen that you smash open and use that IQ. It doesn't really matter. The whole point is you just need to take your finger, push it into the ink, put it on the page and then use that non perfection of whatever that ISS and make something out of it, making else trait of character fine your meeting in that shape. So it's a nice way to break down some kind of ideas we have about how they having to be perfect or were severely afraid of like messing up. So this sounds like something you want todo. Then subscribe. And I will see you in the next video. I know. Show a little demonstration of what we're gonna do, and then we'll put our projects up a bit. So hope to see you soon. 2. Concept : 3. Demo (final): 4. Are you frustrated? watch this: Okay, This is just the quick, uh, inspiring break. Um, so to remind you that, um, art is really just a journey, and it's a journey into process. And if you think too much about outcome, then you're not really understanding the journey. I guess I would say, um and that's part of the idea of mistakes, right? Is that they're diversions there, different ways of thinking. Um and so if you find yourself halfway through your illustration doing something completely different than what you have intended to do, uh, don't beat yourself up. That's that's good. I would say, Um because it's, you know, it's understanding that your subconscious is kind of speaking to you in some way. So if you find yourself illustrating these pictures of people who have really bizarre bodies like, um, you know your excellence and had a relationship between two people and you start to see, like these narratives appear that you haven't even planned, Um, just I was embrace it and explore it more. I think that your mind is kind of this composting soil of ideas and experiences and memories and that part of the reason I I do you are right right or any of this is simply too, um, t taken adventure into that or to kind of explore into that. So if you find yourself frustrated or stuck, or you feel like you're bad at art, so years knows that that's that's a lie. Um, so I invite you to go back to your work, maybe go outside, take a walk at a drink, water, make a cup of tea. Whatever. And then just look at your work and see, See things? Maybe that have surprised you. Um, and I appreciate that and just, I guess kind exploring collect information from that, um on and the whole idea of good and bad. Just forget it. It's nothing. It's just it's just shapes on a page that are interesting. So good luck. And if you feel like posting something on to the project board, please do it. Keep working. You can totally do it. 5. End: okay? You did it. Good job. Um, so I guess my final words about this experiment, uh, don't judge this right away. Just put it away somewhere for a few weeks. Um, come back to a leader. Um, doesn't you need to say whether, like, you did a really good job or, um, it's perfect or beautiful or any of these things. It's really just about that break for your mind And, um, that voyage into the vulnerability of mistakes. Um, so, you know, reward yourself for the effort and for trying rather than for the product s. Oh, really? Emphasizing kind of that I give the process. Um, so come back to this anytime you need it. Uh, you can watch today again, of course. Or you can just do it in any way that you want Teoh Democratic, they or traveling or something on. And you just want to do something that you take a small risk. You risk family. That's an important part of art. Possibly life to write that it's not about doing something that you know you can do perfectly. It's not about competing in a game, you know you're gonna win. Um, it's just about voyaging into the unknown and seeing what you get. So I totally enjoyed teaching this class. I hope you liked it. Um, I really would love to see any of your projects if you feel like sharing them. Um, and I would encourage anyone who is looking at the products dependent give, um, you know, positive criticism or critique. Uh, just kind of, you know, embracing that idea that we've all tried this and we will kind of have this shared experience together. Um, it's not like a contest of who's is the best. Um, so thank you very much. Um, and keep keep making mistakes. Keep learning from them, and you just find find your process in all types of things. Thank you. Bye.