An hour or so later, I hear the voice of my little Diva (Ari) calling my name as she made her way back to the craftroom where I was hiding. I looked up from my desk and there she stood smiling with ink, brushes and canvases in hand. She says "we're going to watercolor or paint" in a very matter of fact tone, so I opted for painting because I didn't get the impression that I had any other choices to make, and it would be new since I hadn't tried painting with acrylic before. Now that what we were going to do was settled, she proceeded to give me instructions and a color wheel to get me started. She also rearranged my workstation, stating that she needed to be able to see what I was doing in case I needed her assistance..wow I taught her too well!
She handed me a pre-printed canvas and of course I immediately began to look for the instructions for painting by the number when I noticed the look she was sending my way. The look that said get busy with the business at hand. So there I was all quiet looking at my image, trying to decide what to color, and exactly how to color with acrylic. Ari decided she was going to mix colors and create new hues as I simply starred at her. Then finally she gave me that no nonsense tone to get started and so I began to just go with the flow.
Then slowly but surely I felt my mojo waking up and I was smiling with joy. My hand seemed to know what to do as far as how much pressure to use, how to brushstroke, what size brush to use, and how to keep the ink from dying to fast. Such wonderful joy and fun this was!!!! There was an artist being held prisoner inside of me and it was finally escaping!!!! Run little artist, run for your life!!! No more hiding and struggling for freedom...you are free to paint!
While this newly discovered artist could never make a living painting or even drawing a straight line, I do believe that it will be a great addition as part of my crafting hobby and therefore I vote that it is definitely here to stay and on occasion will paint or color just for the joy of it.
Of course the canvases will all need to be pre-printed which leads me to the technique of photo transfer, which I will tell you about later. As for now check out my work below. Both of these were pre-printed and painted using acrylic paint.