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PaperArtsy: 2023 Matter 06: Tracy Scott


Hello everybody,

In the present day we’re again with a designer focus, this time that includes the great Tracy Scott. Tracy is well-known for her vivid and daring designs, and her skill to make use of her stamps and stencils in utterly surprising methods.

Vivid and sunny! These are definitely phrases that come to thoughts when considering of Tracy’s artwork. She’s the queen of sample play and funky florals however how a lot have you learnt about our signature designer? We hope this few questions provide you with a touch to her story, type and inspiration! 

Query: How and when did you come to crafting? Have been you all the time into papercrafts and blended media or did you additionally experiment with different substrates?

Reply: I used to be first launched to paper crafts when I went to grownup school to do a Metropolis & Guilds course in delicate furnishings in my late thirties. One of many modules that we needed to full was in Artwork & Craft, we needed to trial issues out in paper after which rework it into material…. evidently I turned extra within the paper craft aspect.

I dabbled in all kinds of crafts together with card making, scrapbooking, mini books and even parchment craft earlier than discovering artwork journaling in 2014…and the remaining as they are saying is historical past.

Query: Earlier than you began being inventive, did you are interested in artwork your self already?  Did you do artwork in school, go to exhibitions, or perhaps acquire artwork as a shopper and has being an artist modified the way you view different individuals’s artwork?

Reply: I beloved artwork once I was in school however wasn’t very assured and wasn’t truly superb at it, however I beloved all issues inventive and did not have the data then to know that with persistence and apply I may enhance.

I do know now as a working artist that the majority of us should not fortunate sufficient to be born naturally proficient however similar to studying to swim or driving a automotive I’m passionate with my college students that everybody has the flexibility if they’re keen to place within the work and simply go for it.

Query: Did you’ve got any particular inventive coaching? How did you study what you do? Do you assume formal coaching is important/useful?

Reply: I had no inventive coaching and though I totally respect anybody that does and the data that they achieve by doing so, I’ve totally embraced being self taught. I’ve made loads of errors alongside the best way and have positively learnt from all of them to achieve the purpose in my inventive journey that I’m at the moment at. I’ve discovered working this fashion has really helped me to develop and department out in my very own type.

Query: How did you are feeling while you transitioned from having a day-job to being a full time artist? Did it take you lengthy to make this transfer and the way did it come about? How do you know the time was best for you? 

Reply: In my earlier life I labored in finance for a neighborhood authorities physique so could not actually be a lot additional faraway from the place I’m and what I am doing immediately.

I by no means truly had any intention of turning into a full time artist, all of it started as a pastime again in 2014/2015 and I used to be fortunate sufficient to be noticed by Dyan Reaveley (because it was her studio I used to go to take programs) and I used to be requested if I’d contemplate educating a couple of lessons in my very own type. I nonetheless thought of it at this level to be just a little little bit of pocket cash to purchase extra artwork provides and to be sincere often spent extra that I earnt!!!

From there I began getting requested by just a few different people to show lessons and our very personal Leandra requested me to educate class to a bunch that had turn out to be often called the ‘PA Twits’  – they had been all buddies on Twitter and used to satisfy up at exhibits, so it was a superb group of core PaperArtsy followers. After that occasion, we mentioned the potential for making a line of stamps and stencils and in 2016 that turned a actuality.

The large determination got here in 2018 when I used to be requested to show in Canada and Australia and I knew the time had come to make the break, it was essentially the most nerve-racking factor I feel I’ve ever executed and there have been instances I wasn’t certain if it was the correct determination, however right here we’re 5 years later and it was positively the very best determination I ever made!

Query: Do you assume your artwork has modified a lot through the years? Are there issues that all the time stay fixed? 

Reply: My artwork is continually evolving and has definitely modified through the years and naturally this all comes from expertise and making an attempt new strategies and merchandise. I’d say the one factor that has remained fixed is my love of color, the brighter the higher, apart from that I count on that my artwork and magnificence will proceed to evolve into the longer term.

Query: Do you’ve got a few individuals who you contemplate to have influenced your artwork, maybe this was earlier than (or throughout) you discovering your distinctive type?

Reply: Oh positively, one of many first lessons I attended was Kate Crane, I beloved her whimsy artwork and the colors she used,  I beloved Dyan Reaveley’s quirky type, and Dina Wakley launched me to creating ‘faces’ and being extra free with my artwork.  All this stuff positively influenced me and over time my very own type developed.

Query: Wanting again, is there one second that you’re notably pleased with, or maybe a chunk you made that to at the present time you’ll be able to’t let go of for some particular cause?

Reply: Oh I’ve just a few moments for certain, being printed in {a magazine} for the primary time, the primary time my stamps and stencils had been launched and the primary time I bought requested to journey overseas to show to call however just a few. These are positively the ‘pinch your self moments’

Query: How would you describe your normal philosophy in creating
artwork? How would you sum it up in 3 phrases?

Reply: Aiming for the WOW issue (okay I do know that is not 3 however I would like each piece of artwork to be inspirational)

Query: Do you assume there’s a dividing line between ‘artwork’ and ‘craft’ ?  Do you differentiate and transfer between these worlds?

Reply: I actually do not differentiate, I always use strategies I’ve learnt in my so referred to as ‘crafting’ days and incorporate them into my artwork work. 


Query: Why do you craft? Do you are feeling creating and crafting are crucial to your private equilibrium?

Reply: There may be nothing higher for the soul and your psychological wellbeing than with the ability to simply sit and create… whether or not it’s a card, a journal web page or a canvas or the rest for that matter. For me its simply the method, it does not even need to be any good, I simply get misplaced within the second.


Query: What’s your fist objective when creating? Is it extra a private expression or do you goal to additionally contact individuals? Has turning into an expert modified this course of?

Reply: I’d be mendacity if I mentioned that turning into a working artist hasn’t modified the best way I create. Earlier than I’d simply begin throwing paint round and see what it turns into with no function. Now I do sit and plan already having an concept in thoughts earlier than I begin as that is often influenced by the stamps or stencils that I’m utilizing.

I am completely satisfied to say although that even when I plan a particular concept these days.. creativity all the time takes over and it by no means seems how I supposed and I positively assume that individuals really feel that in my artwork.

Query: Do you consider your personal artwork and your progress or attempt to measure your success? 

Reply: I consider my artwork work as I am creating it for certain, however have learnt over time that you simply actually can by no means decide how different individuals will react to what you’ve got created.
You will be actually pleased with a chunk of labor and it could possibly be your new favorite and nobody else is de facto that and by the identical token one thing that you simply deem mediocre is usually a large hit. The outdated cliché is unquestionably apt… ‘magnificence is ion the attention of the beholder’

Query: Do you’ve got a normal course of to creating? Are you a planner
or extra of a spontaneous artist? Has that evolve over time?

Reply: I was very spontaneous and simply begin throwing paint round once I first started, however I do discover my artwork is much more deliberate now and influenced by the merchandise and pictures that I’m utilizing.

Query: Do you expertise ‘blocks’ when creating? Do you’ve got methods to get previous them? 

Reply: Omg on a regular basis… I truly discover it fairly horrifying and overwhelming at instances particularly now that it’s my job to ‘create’ and ‘encourage’. I are inclined to resort to one thing quite simple like sample making and colouring when I’ve a block simply in order that I really feel that I am doing one thing and it positively appears to get me out of that rut.

Query: Do you employ completely different merchandise now than while you first began in your inventive path? If you happen to had been caught on a abandoned island, what are the primary provides you would want to have with you?

Reply: After I first began I nearly solely used inks as I wasn’t assured in any respect with paint, these days I like my paints and love to mix them with my colored pencils to create brightly colored artworks.  I additionally love working with only a black pen, the stark distinction of black and white is de facto interesting to me.

So on a desert island I would want a sketchbook, just a few paints in my favorite colors, my new sample mini stamps and my pencil case with just a few colored pencils…. I would fortunately create all day on daily basis!

Query: Once you educate, what format do you discover works greatest for each you and your college students ? How have you ever discovered on-line versus nose to nose and what sort of arrange do you assume is essentially the most fascinating ?

Reply:  I wish to actively encourage my college students to vary up every class to make it their very own, whether or not it’s on-line or in individual.  I like to present them the liberty to vary the colors or the stamps or stencils that they’re utilizing to make their undertaking distinctive to them.

It is unusual. as a result of I discover when I’m educating in individual my educating type utterly adjustments. I discover on-line way more relaxed as everybody can work at their very own tempo and may return on the finish to go over the recording for something they might have missed.  

I discover once I educate in individual lessons I’ve college students engaged on a number of steps directly in order that the product in school will be shared and nobody is left sitting round doing nothing ready for product to turn out to be obtainable. its positively a balancing act.

Each on-line and in individual most definitely have their advantages.

Query: How did you first begin designing for PaperArtsy? Are you able to share a little bit of how that course of developed for you, and do you’ve got any recommendation to your youthful self or different creatives now that you’re extra conscious of this course of ?

Reply: I touched on this in one of many earlier questions however I truly taught a category for Leandra and we had a dialogue in passing about designing a line of stamps and stencils…. to be sincere on the time I simply thought she was being well mannered! It did take an extra 12 months earlier than I designed my first launch for PaperArtsy and I had no clue in anyway what I used to be doing!!

I went for easy designs that had been inside my inventive attain on the time, and went for designs that I used to be already hand-drawing into my artwork journals.

Mmmm what would I say to my youthful self. or anybody else beginning out…. consider in your self and simply go for it!… I used to be satisfied I used to be not adequate and who would need to purchase my designs however so glad I took the leap, the rewards have been so value it!!

Query: How do you go about designing your merchandise? Do you’ve got a
set course of? Has that modified different time?

Reply: I maintain a listing of concepts on my telephone always, and if I’ve a brand new concept I add it to the checklist… I at the moment have over sixty concepts listed and it is endlessly rising.

When it comes time to start out designing I usually undergo the checklist and see if something sparks my creativity… to be sincere typically I simply do not know which to decide on first and typically nothing comes ahead immediately however I do discover having my concepts listed a very good beginning level.

I often have an concept for one focal stamp after which every thing else sort of follows on from there. The method has by no means actually modified for me and it positively works for me this fashion.

Query: Is there a product you’re keen on to make use of that you simply want you had designed?

Reply: Oooo id need to say both colored pencils or watercolour markers. I like that once I’m travelling they’re simple to move and the colors are simply wonderful and I discover it so inspiring that you could create so many various items of artwork with so little product.

Query: What does it really feel like when different individuals use your merchandise and share with you what they’ve made? Do you study or get impressed by seeing different individuals utilizing your stuff?

Reply: Omg I’m all the time amazed and blown away with different peoples creativity utilizing my merchandise… I’ve misplaced depend of the instances I’ve regarded at a chunk of artwork and puzzled why I by no means considered that!! It actually does give me an actual thrill to see what everybody creates with my merchandise.

Query: Do you’ve got any new expertise (craft associated or not) that you simply need to study within the close to future?

Reply: Not essentially a brand new talent however I am at the moment how I can incorporate my love for materials and embroidery and produce these into my artwork journal pages… the concepts are flowing for certain.

Additionally not craft associated in any respect however I like to entertain and charcuterie boards have definitely sparked my curiosity in the mean time.. making flowers and delightful shows from meals is most positively getting me all excited… watch this area for certain.

Query: You typically share your new releases with a glass of wine readily available. Do you’ve got a private favorite cocktail or drink you’d share with us?

Reply: Aside from a glass of wine clearly…. I like a Pina Colada or a strawberry daiquiri once I’m on my holidays….oh and let’s not neglect and mojito or a margarita..mmm come to consider it I am keen on a tequila dawn as properly… and hubby makes an excellent child Guinness shot…. I actually assume I ought to cease speaking now hahaha…..

Query: Do you’ve got any occasions deliberate this 12 months arising that you simply need to share with us?

Reply:  Properly while you’re studying this I’ll have truly landed in Mexico for one in all my greatest buddies weddings for which I’m a bridesmaid and my husband is a groomsman. I will in all probability be ingesting one of many aforementioned cocktails at this exact second in time,  this has been deliberate manner earlier than covid so more than happy its lastly taking place.

As soon as I return from there its full on work mode as I am off to each Canada after which Australia to show numerous lessons for a number of PaperArtsy stockists. Wanting ahead to assembly new individuals within the lessons and positively catching up with outdated buddies.  I am a really fortunate woman.


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