This project for Roben-Marie turned out to be the perfect opportunity to combine several of my loves:
• nature and birds—I love their song, personality, and cuteness
• paint—always important
Creating a little home to grace the entrance of my home: priceless. tweet that!
The bird house has turned out to be a fun collaboration of Roben’s materials and inspiration, Hay Meadow Creek’s wood blocks and my favorite colors. Even the green that accidentally came about from mixing the warm yellow and sky color is enchanting. And, as you’ll see in the video, using acrylics over gesso allow you to change your mind and redo colors until you are satisfied. Which really sums up my creative spirit. Keep going till it warms and stirs my heart.
Hopefully, you’ll give this a try - use the stickers and cards of Roben’s that are your favorites and plan your house block around your colors and favorites. Ps - Jeannie at Hay Meadow even added the hole for me. When I started, the little birds weren’t even on the horizon - but I had some leftover Fimo laying around and that was even easier than a run to Hobby Lobby. (True story, tee-hee!)
God bless you!
What's your top tip for dealing with blank page paralysis?
What to do with a blank page? In general, I prepare pages with backgrounds made of my favorite colors, stencils and stamps. So I rarely start with a blank page. I also sketch a TON. Many of my creations are a combination of a background that I’ve done ahead of time and a sketch from my sketch book. b) Don’t get me wrong, I’m not immune to Pinterest, Etsy, Mr. Google and my favorite artists, one of them being Roben-Marie. I do look at everything and consider it inspiration. Tho I like to let it mix and bake in my spirit before it jumps on my page. c) My father-in-law, an artist/sign painter who hand-painted murals and bill boards, spoke wise words to me once, “it ain’t brain surgery” - my art can mutate infinite times until I like it. So I never sweat the beginning... Oh - and d) I love to spend time with the Lord and see what He’d like to say through my art. Which leads me back to ‘a’. :D
What do you do with your art once you've finished it?
Fortunately, I create way more than I can ever display. And where it goes from there depends. I rarely sell originals unless someone specifically asks for them. A few of them end up on my walls, though I love collecting art, so not too many walls left. :) I also never rip pages from my journal. Just a quirk of mine... (Yes - I may have a few piles in my studio...)