Hello everyone 🙂 I have been on leave for a couple of weeks and placed myself under a strict no crafting ban. I knew if I got stuck into making things (and, therefore, making a mess) I would never get tidy and organised. So I had two weeks of sorting and culling and making my home fit for human habitation. My craft room was going to be last on the list as it is an area I close off anyway and doesn’t get seen unless I want it to! Needless to say, it is still in a mess. I just didn’t time to complete the tidy up in its entirety. But the rest of the house looks good now. I even had some visitors during my leave and I wasn’t embarrassed to have them in my space.
On my final two days, I let myself do some crafting. I figured it was my reward for doing adult stuff like dusting and ironing (ugh!). I started with this canvas – a freehand painting with acrylic paints. I drew a design straight on to the canvas, which is something I don’t normally do and did not incorporate any paper or mixed media elements. I decided to just go with the flow and not think about any of it too much. The worst thing to do is start comparing your work to someone else, so I tried really hard to just enjoy the process, regardless of whether the finished piece was good or not.
I was pleased with the final outcome. I don’t mind that she’s got a big head and ridiculously long neck, or that her hair resembles a teddy bear hat. I am just glad to have had a go and not fussed over it all too much. I’m not normally brave enough to put a design straight on to the canvas, so this was new for me. Normally I draw it out first and often draw and paint the person on a piece of paper, before cutting them out and gluing them to the canvas, after I’ve worked out the background.
I had some issues with the wording – it took me forever to decide on the words and I just couldn’t make anything work. I had this “Loving the Moment” stamp that I had picked up in an op-shop, and it seemed to fit the space perfectly. The design itself didn’t stamp out very well, due to the non-flat nature of the canvas, so I had to fill it in afterwards, but it looks ok. I’m not sure exactly what “moment” she is loving (best not to ask a lady these things!) but I’m going to say it’s representational of me just enjoying some peaceful, creative crafting time, all to myself.
So, I am pleased with this one. It isn’t perfect, but that’s ok. I’m going to keep practicing and trying to find my own style. It’s the only way to get better. And, in the meantime, I am enjoying the process and the moment 🙂
Thanks for stopping by x