The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”
― Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country
Does this quote resonate with you? Do you feel the sheer joy of creating something that didn’t exist before? Or it is just my fantastical way of thinking 😀
Contrary to what most of my friends perceive, I don’t spend all my waking hours drawing or doing something creative. It’s only when there’s an idea floating around in my head that I put all my energy into giving it a form. Else you will find me parked on the sofa, drooling over male leads in Korean Drama. Creativity, fortunately, is something that cannot be forced.
This gives way to another train of thought. Have you recently made something just for yourself? Not for the blog or social media. Not for page views or likes. But something that is often revered by friends or family who visit your home.
I know in this age of technology it is quite unimaginable to create and keep it hidden. But sometimes, I show restraint and not post some of my artworks anywhere. They simply lie in the pages of drawing book. Maybe my grandkids would find them and post them on whatever platform that is popular at that age. For now, my husband has to come up with all sorts of adjective to admire my art.😅
Now that I have said enough, sharing with you some of the artworks I made in the past few weeks. If you are running out of ideas for your art project, hopefully, this would help.
Do you remember my post on Can you make artworks using dots? I love Stippling. I haven’t tried anything fancy yet, just black ink and dots and dashes to illustrate a scene.
Watercolor and Acrylics aren’t something I usually dabble with. This medium is still new to me. But Youtube is an excellent source to find easy tips and tricks to indulge in some beginner level painting. I learned a new trick with salt-water and used it to create these backgrounds. Once the painting had dried, I used a thick black pen to draw few floral illustrations.
Still figuring out what to draw on the below backgrounds that were made using water droplets on a glossy cardstock.
Finishing off this list with a Zentangle Inspired Artwork – Coder Girl. I haven’t posted the complete typography yet on my blog, but you can have a look at the rest of the designs on my Instagram account – @paperandprose
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