Spotlight Interview Artist - Sarah Martin as interviewed by Roben-Marie Smith
We are so thrilled to be featuring a very special and talented artist today - Sarah Martin.
I am a Texas girl at heart but now live in North Carolina. We’ve been here for 11 years and have fallen in love with the beauty of the state. Mountains and beaches abound!
Mixed media is super fun to me and lately I’ve been moving toward the expressive type of mixed media where I just throw everything on the page or canvas with mark making and stencils and washi tape. It’s a way for me to just let go and unwind. I usually do this in my Documented Life Planner. I call it my weekly “explosions!”
I am also in love with sketching with my pencil and watercolor. I usually grab my watercolors when I want to hang out with my husband and watch television as it is less messy.
You can read more about work and ministry on her blog HERE!
A5: You are packing an art travel bag with your Top Five go-to items. Tell us what you choose.
SM:My sketchbook (Or Documented Life Planner), Koi watercolor set, sharpie, paint pens, washi tape.
A5: What is your latest product discovery?
SM: Well, this is not a totally new one to me but a newly discovered love. I am obsessed with the Dylusions Ink Sprays especially for my DLP. When I originally bought them I was tripped up by them. Now that I’m working more expressively and freely I just spray away in my planner. Plus, they seep onto the next page which makes a great ghost image of my stencil and a great start for my next week in the Documented Life!
A5: Tell us about your work space.
SM: I literally have a corner in my kitchen. It doesn’t look pretty and I usually swoop up all the stacks and boxes when I have company. But, I’ve reasoned that by allowing this corner for my work space I can still be present with my family as I work. I can keep an eye and ear on things going on. I usually work in short spurts so this is helpful. I also work on my glass kitchen table which makes it very easy to clean up! Though...I’ve found little spots of paint and ink spray on the floor and walls here and there.
A5: What is one thing you MUST have when you create? (drink, snack, music, lighting, etc)
SM: This might sound really weird. I love having videos playing of my favorite artists as they work. Usually they are videos of classes I’m taking online. Sometimes I work right alongside that video and sometimes I do my own thing. But I like the background noise and it seems as if I feed off of their creativity. Is that seriously weird?
A5: What do you wish you were better at?
SM: Honestly, I’m still very much a student. I take a ton of classes and enjoy learning. I need to get better at honing in on my own style. There is something to be said for doing what your teacher is doing for the sake of learning the technique. But, I’m now at the point where I need to stretch myself and my own creativity.
A5: What color(s) are you loving right now?
SM: I’ve always been obsessed with pink. Every shade of pink. But now, turquoise is my thing. I can’t do a project with out it. Any shade or hue will work for me. The brighter the better!
A5: What is your favorite pen?
SM: The Sharpie pen (not marker) is one that I always make sure I have. I prefer the fine point.
Sarah's art from the The Documented Life Project for Week 26 - Add a bible verse that inspires you - or a line from your favorite book. See more on her Blog HERE!
Tell us about your favorite pair of shoes:
These are my “infamous” boots. I’ve blogged about them and they are all over my Facebook profile. I’m almost to the point where I really need another pair since I kind of over do them. However, I haven’t yet found a way to work them into my summer wardrobe. It’s a bit hot!