Well it’s about time. After years of my artist friends encouraging me, prodding me, practically ordering me, to try some artwork myself, I’ve decided to give it a go. It’s purely for fun and experimentation, of course. Countless times artists who know me as a model have told me to pick up a brush, a pencil, a pen, a color stick, a marker, anything at all, and just do it. They don’t even care when I tell them I have no talent!
This is might be a lame excuse, but it’s an excuse nevertheless. One of the reasons I haven’t been doing any creative work has been a lack of an actual work space in my home. But now I’ve taken care of that. A corner of my basement that had been previously wasted, clogged up with junk and crap, has been cleared out and set up with a table and stool. So I bought some arts and crafts supplies and now have an actual physical area in which to do work. I do think having a proper work space assists in the process and stimulates motivation, which I for one need as a kickstart. Also, the timing couldn’t be better. I had a tough, painful, emotional day yesterday and could use the creative distraction right about now to take my mind off some heartbreaking revelations.
At the crafts store I bought cardstock, stamps, and inks, for handmade cards. What I’d like is to never buy another commercial card again. I’m only doing handmade from now on. And while I was browsing at the store, I came across the cutest little watercolor set! So I bought it and figured I’d play around with it. I love watercolor anyway and I thought it would be nice to have. Today I cracked it open, set it up, unwrapped the pigments, poured my water and used a clean sheet of watercolor paper for the sole purpose of making squiggly lines. That was my modest goal, and it seems like I succeeded. Squiggly lines – done!
Watercolor demands extreme control with the brush and water distribution, and control, unfortunately, is not my strong suit. Although I did have fun with the colors! But how the hell do you make brown? Seriously. I know I sound like an idiot asking such a stupid question, but how do you make brown???
After the squiggly lines, I made this, just out of my imagination. See my river and my hills and my sky and sun? My kit came with only one small brush but it was fairly comfortable to handle.
Now onto the awesome stuff. Check these out. These are dyed paper towels. I used liquid acrylics, and I’d like to state for the record, liquid acrylics ROCK!!! Screw oil paint. Acrylic is the shit!
I know you’re all wondering, “Why the hell is she dyeing paper towels?”. Well there is a reason, believe it or not. They’re for later, for collage. I’m going to make a bunch for future projects. Cloth towels are good too but paper towels have a nicer texture I think.
So I have some ideas and sparks of inspiration. Plus, I found great comfort in the quiet time, just for myself. I’m actually surprised at how comforting it was. Surrounded by my mediums and tools, with music on the radio keeping me company, I discovered that I really needed that time, and will turn to it again often – probably tomorrow! No pressure, no focused purpose, no artistic standards to reach or really anything to prove. I just had fun