Art-O-Mat

The process of making art for the Art-O-Mat machines.

Number 1—My side of the process. Making 100 of anything is a ton of work! Then realize that a block has 6 sides!

Number 2—I am grateful to Art-O-Mat for their innovation in making art available to ALL people! No stuffy gallery. People, $5, a machine, pull the lever, and art is yours to keep!

Now, onto the good stuff! How I made the art. Step by step.

Step 1—Painting all the blocks on all sides. And waiting for them to dry.

Suzanne Gibbs ©2018, Dorky Doodle Darling for Art-O-Mat. 100 drawings on wood blocks made with flashe paint, ink, watercolor, PVA adhesive, and paper.

Step 2—Sanding all the blocks on all sides. I wanted smooth surfaces.

Suzanne Gibbs ©2018, Dorky Doodle Darling for Art-O-Mat. 100 drawings on wood blocks made with flashe paint, ink, watercolor, PVA adhesive, and paper.

Step 3—Drawing and painting 100 different doodles. Not one is alike!

Suzanne Gibbs ©2018, Dorky Doodle Darling for Art-O-Mat. 100 drawings on wood blocks made with flashe paint, ink, watercolor, PVA adhesive, and paper.

Step 4—Making sure I have 100 doodle drawings.

Suzanne Gibbs ©2018, Dorky Doodle Darling for Art-O-Mat. 100 drawings on wood blocks made with flashe paint, ink, watercolor, PVA adhesive, and paper.

Step 5—Gluing each drawing to a block (I forgot to take a picture of this). They each get trimmed after they dry, usually the next day.

Suzanne Gibbs ©2018, Dorky Doodle Darling for Art-O-Mat. 100 drawings on wood blocks made with flashe paint, ink, watercolor, PVA adhesive, and paper.

Step 6—Labeling the backs of each piece with my contact information and the series number.

Suzanne Gibbs ©2018, Dorky Doodle Darling for Art-O-Mat. 100 drawings on wood blocks made with flashe paint, ink, watercolor, PVA adhesive, and paper.

Step 7—Drawing on the 4 sides of each block.

Suzanne Gibbs ©2018, Dorky Doodle Darling for Art-O-Mat. 100 drawings on wood blocks made with flashe paint, ink, watercolor, PVA adhesive, and paper.

Step 8—Admiring my own work. Tee Hee!

Suzanne Gibbs ©2018, Dorky Doodle Darling for Art-O-Mat. 100 drawings on wood blocks made with flashe paint, ink, watercolor, PVA adhesive, and paper.

Step 9—Boxing them up for shipping to Art-O-Mat headquarters.

Suzanne Gibbs ©2018, Dorky Doodle Darling for Art-O-Mat. 100 drawings on wood blocks made with flashe paint, ink, watercolor, PVA adhesive, and paper.


Live video stream from Facebook while creating my second set of 100 blocks for Art-O-Mat.

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Posted by Suzanne Gibbs on Friday, September 7, 2018