This past week I submerged myself in a creative retreat and the experience was SO AWESOME. I had a great time following my curiosity but things didn’t go as planned.
I made a huge mess…
but I had fun and I do see a turtle collage art project happening here…that’s always good…
and if at first I didn’t succeed I kept on trying. The part in the middle is where I was able to paint what little I could with the melted crayons. This turned out awesome but I wonder…WAIT melting crayons are best melted in the oven. So why did I microwave them? I probably won’t use this tree because the lovely texture is hard to scan.
Should I keep this tree in the book? It was magic when I painted this tree. I had to work fast too. The only problem is I didn’t like the brown trunk. Leave it to me to figure this out as I’m in a drawing class. Maybe I can cut out the leaves and paste it on a different trunk?
I did and I’ll clean and remove the paper lines.
I do like the tree. This will probably be the one I go with for the book. I don’t know, this is a weird tree but I guess that’s why I love it. I saw a tree with branches like these and what a great idea for the very idea of curiosity for my book.
There’s something about this new way of coloring that warms me. I should try the eraser brush lettering technique to write this quote? Wish I had thought the color through a little more. Let me see what I can do…
melting big crayons was easier
melting crayons works best in the oven
275 degrees and check them every 20 seconds
working with crayons is super messy
use old brushes, wax paper and an old muffin tin
melt a blue crayon with a green to make your own color
create awesome contrast but
just paint with your eye
use dish soap or masters soap to cover your brushes in soap before you paint for easy clean up
work fast and have fun
Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.
This is the tree I feel good about for the cover of the book. I’ve been hesitant to put my name on the book cover. I want this to feel more like a journal book so adding my name to the inside cover page makes more sense.
Then there’s this tree. I had been removing the background with the eraser tool and by accident I started writing letters. What a fabulous mistake! The letters are a little wobbly but this feels more personal like a journal book. I’ll keep practicing.
Maybe I could take some of the other trees and create limited edition posters with this technique. Ideas always happen when you let them.
Limited edition posters sounds amazing. I should paint another tree just to be sure and then choose the right tree for the book cover. I love the trunk of this tree but the first one really does a better job of expressing the message of the book…we must allow trees to grow…and by WE I mean we must allow each other to grow and be who we are meant to be.
Yesterday I painted the final tree for the book… I think. I spent half my morning…all of it really working on this crazy idea to paint with crayons as I have done before except improve on the color scheme. The crazy part is I filmed the entire process so I could create a new class to promote the book. The videos aren’t bad and yet they were. I worried that I had wasted my time but let’s be real I got to be creative and painted some awesome trees. Yes that was awesome and I will make notes of this in my journal.
What’s the point of life if your not playing with a crazy idea?
(I should paint this)
For now I have challenged myself to writing in my journal daily starting June. 21 which is the first day of summer. I’ll be journaling all the ideas and tips I have learned in the process of creating my book. Part of my creative process is to voice my curiosity and if I can help others do the same then that would be incredible…so I’ll be posting here and there and adding my art to my shops. This is my summer to curate and share and I going to do just that!
-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible