Open house invitations with a watercolor design of something Christmas-ey. That’s what I had in mind. I kept thinking of this.
I dug out some paintbrushes, retrieved a watercolor set from The Child's room, tore a few sheets from a blank journal, and started playing.
“How much fun is this,” I thought. My mind went quickly from enjoying swirling the brush around in the paint to thinking how I could paint small watercolor pictures, darling little four-by-four-inch paintings for gifts. I could make notecards. I could make all kinds of stuff!
My first efforts were not so great. The brush felt awkward in my hand. The image on the paper was not at all the image I’d had in my head. I was disappointed and frustrated.
I kept at it. I flipped through a Christmas book looking for ideas. I got out my favorite cookie cutters and set them on the table. I looked at the Christmas tree lit up in front of me.
That’s when things got fun. I forgot about shadow and contrast, about what was "good," about the snarky remarks my invitations may bring. I thought about color, about polka dots, about big swaths of bright color.
This isn’t great art (the title for this post is tongue in cheek) but it is great fun.
The ornaments aren’t half bad. I may use them for the invitations.
More importantly, this was fun. Playing with watercolors. I’m not sure when I’ve done that last but I will be sure to do it again.
The two pages are sitting on my desk and each time I glance at them, I get a lift. Just being reminded of the delight that came from painting makes me feel good all over again.
Creativity is the mind at play with the objects it loves. – I’m paraphrasing a quote by Carl Jung. I love that idea – creating being fun.