February is the month of love all around – Valentine’s love; love for books (I’m celebrating the Book giving Week)!
Isn’t it poetic justice then that my ‘Made with Love’ linky party – that celebrates ‘me-time’ – is LIVE again this month too – to spread more love!
The love for – your self.
Doing what you love.
Creating some time to connect within.
Taking the time to play – in the way that YOU cherish.
Play – that will let the child within you giggle and glow!
Today, I’m not only sharing my own creation but also featuring two of my favourite DIY/creations from last month’s ‘Made with Love’ linky party – where we received dozens of link-ups from all of you!
Come check out who’s been featured and what I made…
The more I’m able to look within and connect with my higher self, the more I realize that it’s art that heals me, cleanses me and leads me into a peaceful state of mind and soul.
I love photography. I love writing. I love being in nature. But, the way playing with paint and brush soothes me, nothing else seems to – at least at the moment. I try not to bother how my end result will look – pretty or not whether people will like it or not. it’s the process – the amazing colours, textures, the fun of moving the brush on a thick paper or art journal or – ah – a brown paper bag – that’s so gratifying to the senses.
Talking about brown paper bags – didn’t I tell you in an earlier post these’re in my dreams these days? (giggle)
So, have a look without any more pretexts.
I’ve been fascinated with Art Journaling for some time now and make an entry in my Art Journal every once in a while. But, when I saw this paper bag, I knew the experience of painting on it with acrylic colours would be exciting.
With the kind of texture and feel this paper has, I needed to apply thick layers of paint. Infact I deliberately applied so much that the paint would drip!
For the most part I used acrylic paint but also ended up using poster paint and tempera paint to experiment with crackling effect they leave after drying.
The words I wrote – with permanent marker – are sort of touchy-feely and lend a poetic romance – I think. (smile)
This Art Journal bag hangs right now in the living room and implores me to paint more and more.
I like that when it’s there in front of my eyes, I feel more motivated to paint than when it’s tucked away in an art journal book. What do you think?
And now, featuring my favs from January’s ‘Made With Love’
This tape-resist painting made by Laura at PlayDrMom caught not just my eyes but also struck a chord for the thoughts behind it.
Laura confesses in this post that when she started making this painting, she had to let go of her fears, her instinct for perfection and her anxiety for how the end-product will look.
I totally understand these thoughts because sometimes I procastrinate creating due to the fear of whether it will turn out pretty or not; if I’ll be able to do it or not. And when I let go of my fear, I shine. I start creating without delay!
Congratulations, Laura – your painting did turn out gorgeous eventually! And thank you for reminding that it’s about the process and the happiness and not about the product!
Ann at Doodles and Jots inspires me always with her writings and attitude for art.
When I clicked on the paper heart garland picture to feature it, I had no idea, it was her blog. But then, no wonder! Ann shows so many ways to make these simple and pretty heart garlands. Check out her tutorial for vertical, horizontal and stacking hearts.
Both of these are simple yet gorgeous process-oriented art that each of us can try.
And, now it’s time to link-up your own creation!
Art, craft, DIY, recipe, video, song – whatever lovely you created – to celebrate your me-time! I’ll be happy to feature YOU next month. (smile)
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