Artist Interview - Carol Arêas
Who are you and what do you do?
I’m a Brazilian living in sunny California. I’m Carolina but everybody call has called me Carol since I was born. Through my projects (Word Rocks Project and Love it Forward List) I spread positive messages through rocks, notes and letters all around the world to bring a little poetry and love to the planet.
Why do you do what you do?
I’ve gone through a couple hard times in life. When I was there I just wished someone would come to me and say: everything will be alright. So my #wordrocks, love notes and love letters are my way to send this message to everybody who is facing a hard time: everything will be alright. My experience taught me that we are all human, we are all vulnerable, and it is much easier to walk through life if we all reach out to each other.
How and when did you get into art?
Honestly I don’t see myself as an artist, especially comparing what I do to what other artists do. All I can say is that I love what I do and do it with all my heart. Knowing that people will get inspired by my simple art is enough for me. My projects started five years ago in 2011.
How has your practice changed over time?
If you compare my lettering and choice of colors from five years ago to now, there's a 100% difference. Practices makes you master almost everything.
What’s your favorite piece of art that you’ve created? Why?
It’s hard to say as my art is very simple. I would say that my favorite ones are the ones who speak to someone’s heart and bring joy for the person.
What’s the best piece of art advice you’ve been given?
I love the quote: There are no mistakes, just happy accidents – Bob Ross.
What’s one art tip/technique you can share with us that you find really helpful?
You don’t need to use a calligraphy pen to do beautiful calligraphy letters. Any marker can make it look amazing! It was a relief when I realized that, especially working on rocks and surfaces with texture!
Do you have any secret tips or techniques you use to salvage a piece when you make a mistake?
As my art is very simple, I hardly make mistakes writing on paper as I sketch it first with pen. When something goes wrong on a rock surface, I choose a darker color than the one I used first to cover everything and have a new background.
What is your favorite Strathmore paper?
Strathmore 400 Series Watercolor Paper
What art materials could you not live without?
Watercolor paper, watercolor paint, black markers (all sizes and shapes) and glitter. Glitter makes everything more beautiful.
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