Even though I visited some great scrapbooking and art stores in Chicago (Windy City Scrapbooking) and in southern Oregon (ScrappyCraft and Craft Warehouse), all of which I recommend especially ScrappyCraft, I came home feeling a bit worn out and in a creative slump. I had two major projects to complete before the end of the month:
- September's Artsy Addicts challenge: create a layout using paper and embellishments you create yourself - totally up my alley!
- Create an anniversary present for my hubby for our 1 year wedding anniversary. Paper is the traditional gift for year one - again, totally up my alley!
I was whining about how I had to get moving on my projects and just wasn't "feeling it". He came over and said, "why don't we both go into the garage (where his painting studio is) and grab one sheet of canvas and some acrylics and just paint? I'll do one side and you do the other. Come on, it'll be fun!" Brilliant! The idea was to use whatever was in the paint drawer and nothing else. No worries, no need to gather supplies, no concern for what the other was doing on their side of the page. Just put paint on the canvas and paint!
I pulled out a handful of warm colors (I was feeling yellow and a new copper heavy body acrylic from Golden). I'd also picked up some water soluble oil pastels in OR that I really wanted to try. He picked up some blues, greens, and oranges and painted a green line down the center of the page. Then the fun began!
|His (left) and hers (right). H20 soluble oil pastels (heart and red swirls) and acrylics on canvas paper.|
|Jeremy's flowers with a smidge of iridescent blue on the background and a nice pop of orange.|
- Liquitex heavy body acrylics
- Golden heavy body acrylics
- Golden fluid acrylics
- Claudine Hellmuth studio paint
- Water soluble oil pastels
- Canvas acrylic paper