Sunday, November 14, 2010
A few weeks ago, something caught my eye. I found it here.
http://bit.ly/ArtCorp I already had taken some scrapbooking classes with Jilly http://bit.ly/JillGG at a retreat I frequent with Direct Scrapbooking Warehouse http://www.scrapbookingwarehouse.com.au/ which I loved. The pages I completed were very different to my 'usual' style and were very creative. So I took the plunge and attended the workshop for altered canvases (I guess that's what you would call them). WOW! What a fantastic day. This is so totally not the type of creating I would normally do in regards to construction and results yet it was exactly what I needed. In the morning I was certainly ready for a break from routine, leaving the house after having a rant about feeling like I was taken for granted and that I had just given up on the housework due to the fact that no-one picked up after themselves. Once in the car, all was forgotten with some great music and enjoying the drive in my new car.
Well, 7 odd hours later I had in my hot little hands a canvas that just needed a bit of tweeking. I came home, put some finishing touches on it and now it is on display in my lounge room. I learned some great techniques and how to prep a canvas from scratch. Talk about motivation. I have already prepped the three canvasses I had in the cupboard. A couple of years ago, I was going to do a mixed media painting of the ocean and never had enough courage or knowledge on how to complete it. Who needs courage? And now I have the knowledge. I have mapped out in my mind the process I will use to complete this new project and am already hunting around for other things I can use on my canvasses. I feel renewed and refreshed and like I had a weekend away. It helped that the cleaning fairy came whilst I was away and picked up and vacuumed and washed the floors. Isn't he a wonderful cleaning fairy! So if you have the chance, break routine as soon as you can, allow yourself to do something out of the box and enjoy the moment!