I am by no means a Picasso, a Monet, or a Degas but I do love playing with paint. I love how it never exactly does what you want it to do. I love how the splatters fall randomly on a page, how paint looks different as it dries on your page, and that you never get the same results twice. It’s like taking a leap of faith and trusting the results to be beautiful. I think I’m beginning to understand how painters can be so inspired and beguiled by it. Most of all, I love the vibrancy of the colors. The bright hues make me smile and feel happy inside. I guess that’s why art can be therapeutic.
I had a little therapy of my own using the Sunday Sketch this week from Studio Calico and using the Technique Challenge from Scrapbook Circle. I used Gelatos and some acrylic paint to provide some layer of color and detail on my background paper.
The yellow frame around the matted photos is acrylic paint on wet brush. The red splatters are from Gelatos I diluted with water and dropped onto the page with a water brush.
I’m using some sort of formula to build myself a kit every few pages or so to help me use up my supplies. I will be featuring it on the next post. It’s been helping me so far in keeping my area organized and free from clutter (close to it, anyway). Since as you can see from the page I do have a lot of hobbies. When you work nights and you’re awake in the middle of the night on your off days, there’s only so many things you can do outside the house, especially at 3AM. I’m lucky my local grocery store is open 24 hours so I get to do the groceries at ungodly hours. I’m actually getting very acquainted with the night stockers in my grocery store. Plus I enjoy not having to weave around fellow shoppers when trying to get to an item on a shelf, or having to stand awkwardly behind people while I wait for them to finish browsing the aisle or shelf I’m trying to get through and not feel like I’m being rude and rushing them or something.
I’ve been subscribing to Scrapbook Circle’s and Studio Calico’s monthly kits and so far I’ve only gotten a couple from either one (I started in September). I love their kits and getting just controlled amounts of embellishments so I don’t end up hoarding too much supplies. Back in San Antonio I had the luxury of having all my supplies in our bedroom which doubles as my craft room on my nights off. Since we’ve moved to Seattle I have had to do with just my designated spot in the living/ dining area. It works but I still feel like it’s a bit cluttery and kind of an eyesore sometimes. I’m still hoping to buy a cabinet I can use as both storage and work area, kinda like a more streamlined Scrapbox. There’s a particular cabinet I have my eye on from Ikea. I’m thinking maybe I can let go of my craft table and change into that one by next year.
Anyone up for taking this EZ view desk and a matching hutch off my hands feel free to let me know and come over and pick it up. I’m practically giving it away (literally, really).