Each creator of Art Brut utilize common techniques. The artwork is singular to the creator. An exhibit catalogue by the Collection abcd suggests imagery can include the creation of a parallel world, transformations of the human body or animal, directed by an inner voice, dictated by another person, spirit, or family member, protecting objects by wrapping them in wool, and carving found wood or stone, etc. (1). To draw on a piece of paper, to carve pieces of wood, and embroidery are common human efforts used to make, write, or speak.

(1) Art Brut, Collection abcd. Safarova, Barbara, and Zemankova, Terezie. Catalogue. Prague: City Gallery Prague, Editions. 2006.

A fabric and embroidered dress, and clay portraits/faces in the Collection de L'Art Brut Lausanne, Switzerland, 2007. Photos: L. Moriarity.

Materials and surfaces are everyday objects found in the artist’s home, environment, nature and society,

  • ball point pens, brushes, felt tip markers, wax crayons, pencils, pastels,
    ink & ink nibs,
  • string, twine, wool, embroidery thread,
  • canvas, and fabrics of all sorts,
  • sticks, rocks, seeds, cotton, insects, leaves, shells, etc.,
  • gouache, acrylic paint, watercolor, coffee, pigment,
  • paper, used and recycled card, cardboard, posters, brochures, calendars, photographs,
  • wood planks, found wood,
  • stones (carving tools), tiles, dishes,
  • household items, lamps, cutlery, chairs,
  • jewelry, decorative laces, bows, zippers, needles,
  • clothes, e.g. dresses, jackets, shoes, hats,
  • broken porcelain, clay plates,
  • bread,
  • recyclables i.e. plastics, glass, bags, metals, photos, magazines, books,
  • clay, cement, asphalt, nails,
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© 2007, L.Moriarity, For education purposes only. This page updated June 2008.