…..is never wasted. I’ve been spending time in the art room. I have somehow garnered a few new products to play with and they all need places to live. I’ve also completed a bit of fine tuning in making sure my tools are to hand when required and therefore get used. I’m sure we all have versions of what happens when our tools and embellishments are not easily accessed, no matter what our craft might be.
I’ve been taking to heart the need for crafters to use the things in their stashes. Too often we are creatures who gather stuff. And there is so much stuff to gather! Stuff that is pretty, stuff that might be made pretty. Stuff that is useful, stuff that might be useful one day. Stuff we acquired simply because it is our favourite colour. Stuff we got because it feels lovely when we stroke it. Stuff we have bought and never use because we paid good money for it and when we use it it will be gone…. so it sits in a drawer or on a shelf forever.
If you are a maker of things I know you know what I mean!
So now, in my art room, there is a paper crafting supplies area, a bead making supplies area and a miscellaneous supplies area. All fine tuned.
There is also an art supplies area, which tends to spread. Paint of all kinds of viscosities and opacity and colours. Pens that are oil based and permanent some for drawing, some for writing, some for first layers, some for later layers. Pens that are water soluble and can be used like paint but aren’t permanent and require setting in some manner. Crayons that are water soluble and can be used like paint. Water colours that can be used like pens or pencils. Pencils that are water soluble and can be used like water colours……… There is sketching paper, painting paper and card of varying weights. There are painting boards, canvases and a selection of all of these things with works of varying degrees of completeness or hands-up-in-horror-lets-paint-over-this-abomination-fast facing the wall in disgrace.
There is so many supplies that should I churn out a masterpiece every day for the rest of my life there will still hardly be a dent made in the vast supplies my daughters lovingly refer to as their inheritance.
Despite all this, YD, (Youngest Daughter) the Official Photographer went to spend some days with her delightful older sister ED (Eldest Daughter) in Wellington. Of course some time would be spent shopping so I gave her a wee list to investigate the availability of some papers I was interested in finding out if I could afford.
ED was working on one of the days so YD was dropped off in the centre of the city with the list and directions to Gordon Harris. Gordon is one of the best and biggest art supply stores in the country, sadly not located in my part of it. Not content with looking and acquiring knowledge of availability and pricing YD went nuts and purchased examples of paper in large, larger and largest sizings in varying weights and presses. I have to admit to shedding a tear or two when I saw the haul of pure white cotton hot pressed 280 gsm paper that, until now, has been something I can paint on only in my dreams. There is also two sheets of A2 yupo paper. Hallelujah!! A2 is HUGE!! Yupo is the incredibly pricey stuff that I buy from the UK in tiny sheets and make the inky doodles on that adorn the note cards in my little shop. (Here’s the post telling you all about it if you are interested or need a reminder.)
So when I conquer my fear of making a mess on any of these fantastic papers I’ll be painting up some kind of a storm I can tell you!
In the meantime, not prevaricating at all, I turned a sock dryer into a stencil hanger. Here it is sporting half it’s intended load
I’m not a hundred percent sure it’s placement is perfect as I’ve successfully blocked the wall clock and now the only way I know what the time is is when Siddy comes for his bi-hourly game of fetch or to remind me it is treat time.
Here’s the long view of the room, in case you are interested
To the right of the stencil hanger may be glimpsed the ‘Dangler of International Happiness’ which long term readers may recall from two or three years ago being something many of you contributed to and which I stand and rifle through from time to time while thinking of you all fondly.
After all the sorting and sighing was over, I finished a painting in my art journal. Thinking of a particular friend going through hard times, I was inspired by a quote I stumbled upon via You Tube and another artist who had used it in her work. I Googled to find the quotes author and discovered another person doing good in the world whom I had never heard of before. These are the people who should be hogging the headlines in my opinion, but we mostly never hear of them.
I threw all my new products and some old ones as well at this piece and completely over did it, but I learned a lot while experimenting and playing about.
The quote is ‘Sometimes when you’re in a dark place you feel buried, when you’ve actually been planted.’ Christine Caine
I am pleased with the tears.
And for all you pet lovers out there, an update.
Orlando has been a little less door-phobic since my last post – I thought you might like to know, the attention directed towards his welfare seems to have lifted his spirits somewhat and I have been delighted to see my kitty return to almost his old self…….
He comes inside more readily, stays in longer and cuddles again just like he used to. We thank you for all your kind thoughts and good wishes xo
Thanks for coming by today, I love that you did!