My bestest blogging pal in all the world told me that she tries to draw every day. I am lazy. There, I said it! I am lazy – too lazy to draw every day… and I have high expectations of myself too! I could be really good because I have a gift, but no, I am squandering that gift. Not any more – all that is going to change this year. Starting today, right now, I am going to draw every day and spend 10 minutes doing something in one of my Art journals.
I am yet to address this first month’s theme, which is “Highly Prized”, but I’m not bothered at the moment because the mere act of putting pens/paint/pencil to paper daily will already be a prize in and of itself – “Me” time! 🙂
It’s hard to know where to start; daunting to know what I want from these 2 things, being a perfectionist, because I always want to create something really good, really finished, really… really what? Why am I making art that may please other people and never making art for me? Is that crazy?
Note to self: Julie did say I should ask myself questions… *grins* Well, in an effort to get into the right frame of mind, I took my M & R book that I learnt to make from Kelly Kilmer and started to “sketch”. The tiny strip is what wrote to define the purpose of this book/journal:
All the pages are watercolour 140lb cold-pressed paper, and all are different sizes!!! The book’s covers are made from a cut-down scrabble board – recycle is still my mantra!
Page#2 is about how I feel and doodling with watercolour pencils of varying cost and quality. I wanted to see which ones I like best. And then there’s the black pen… I have a thing for black pens – can’t get those Sharpie poster paint pens here and that’s a crime against art- journallers to my way of thinking – so I am constantly searching for my ideal black pen!! It’s not easy – I use a lot of acrylics normally and most pens won’t write on top of that.
A little more comfortable maybe, using what I love and know well – my own handcarved birdie stamp and my round rose-y doodles! It’ll be interesting to see what I “draw” later and whether or not I revert to slapping down some paint or being dainty with my watercolours!! Onwards and upwards! 😉