When I was an early teen, my mom gave me this awesome art set. It had water colours, acrylics, awesome brushes, canvases, pastels. It was amazing. I looked at it often, wishing I was a great painter.
After many years of staring at the paint set, I finally got up the nerve to paint something. I was terrified. I am perfectionistic by nature and I didn't want to ruin the paints or the canvases. But on this day I was more brave than afraid. I got out a canvas, grabbed a brush and then squeezed the paint onto the palette. Nothing happened. I squeezed again. Nothing.
I had left the paints for so long that they had petrified into tiny little acrylic rocks. Now that I wanted to paint, I couldn't. How sad was that.
Well, weep no tears for me because One Artsy Mama was about to change me. As you probably know, she has an artsy 3-year-old son who is already painting awesome things, no doubt because of his talented Mama's genes and example. These two artists have inspired me to give painting a try. One project in particular caught my eye, Amy's We Walk by Faith watercolour. Isn't it gorgeous!
|We Walk By Faith|
I grabbed my dollar store watercolours (true).
Plopped them onto my expensive pallette (which held cheese slices earlier).
And I was off to the races.
I got out my new spring stamp and painted it up.
Ouch. Hmmm,...that didn't work very well. I think I took too long and the paint dried.
So I tried again and it was a little better.
Next I used the advanced artist's technique of 'spatter' (aka smacking the brush so paint flies off of it). Oh yeah,...I was morphing into a true artist (pronounced ar-teest).
I did three small paintings in all. This one is quite obviously some purple flowers.
In the end, I can't say that I'm an artist, but I was really surprised at how much fun this was. I will definitely be trying this again, maybe even graduating to the mixed media class next time. Thanks to Amy and Little Crafter for their inspiration.
What craft or activity have you been putting off trying?
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