I’m finally settling in to my new craft room, and I decided it would be nice to create a bit of art for my own walls. Last Sunday I had a nice quiet ‘pottering’ day so I dug out my canvas and paints to see what inspiration leapt out at me. Let me walk you through my creative process!
Yes, I like to take snacks in to the craft room with me – need something to keep me going. I have quite a selection of emulsion samples for this sort of project – they tend to be about £1-£2 each and they go on nice and even for good background coverage. There’s a quality Maggie Bob crafting tip for you right there ;). After uhm-ing and aah-ing I settled on a colour and the notion took me to do stripes. I rarely have a forward plan, I just plough in to these things and add bits until I feel like it’s done.
While waiting for the paint to dry (and watching/crying my eyes out at Les Mis on Netflix), I had a rummage around in my drawers (oh-er!) to see if I could settle on an embellishment. It was then I came across my merino wool tops, bought in a fit of pique at a craft fair a few years ago, made one thing with them and then packed away. There was a lovely burgundy wool the same colour as we painted the walls in the craft room, so it felt like a good direction to go in. I started needling away at the wool and realised I was veering towards making a heart shape, so why not?
By the time I’d tweaked the heart to my liking, and only stabbed myself with the felting needle twice, my paint had dried and I could peel the tape off. Everything seemed to be coming together, I just needed the right words to sum it all up…
Then inspiration struck again! There’s a quote from Rent that I keep coming back to: “the opposite of war isn’t peace, it’s creation”, and it felt very apt for a craft room. I love my letter stamps, but they only set I’ve got and I’ve had them for ages – any recommendations for more sets with nice varied fonts? Using these and some ‘Aged Mahogany’ distress ink away I went, building up the words three or four letters at a time. The good thing about using cling stamps is it’s easy to see if you need to stamp over for more coverage, which I did a couple of times.
I stuck a button on the heart because why not, glued the heart on to the canvas at a jaunty angle, and then I felt it really was done so I stood back to admire my work. I’m really pleased with how this turned out, it fits in so well in my craft room – and it’s inspired me to make some more canvases which I’m really excited about!
What’s your creative process folks? What gets your artistic juices flowing? Do tell me in the comments below.