Monday, September 23, 2013
Crayons, Markers, Pencils...
You already know my obsession with Crayola Crayons. I buy them every year as school supplies are put out for children returning to school. I love the smell of brand new Crayola crayons. Do I ever use them? Well not so much as I want them to stay fresh and pointy as in brand new. Once in a while I allow myself to give one or two bright colors to Mr. C when he needs to mark something he is working on. Then they are broken and dull and thrown away. Mr. C is not attached to crayons.
It seems I also have a penchant for buying other art supplies. There is something that "draws" me to buying them thinking I shall be able to actually draw or paint like an artist. For the most part my supplies merely sit in the cupboard looking fabulous. As I advance in years I find I am buying more selectively. I now prefer finer quality artist materials. Does it make me an artist? No. Sadly my drawing skills are completely absent from my creative talents. However, I do like knowing I have the proper tools if I suddenly wake up one day and magically have drawing skills. Isn't that how osmosis works? If you buy it...it will come? Really!
These pencils I got in 2005. Never sharpened and certainly never used. So when I recently purchased my new titanium pencil sharpener I thought it was time to sharpen my beautiful pencils. Just in case I might be able to use them. Silly me!
Last week I got my newly sharpened pencils and some marking pens and placed them close to me at my favorite sitting spot near windows of light and nature. I have lots of stamped images, photocopied images and those little "stained glass" books for children to color. Knowing I am still a child inside I began to color. Pretty soon I had quite a few colored pieces completed and ready for future projects. It is amazing how just a few minutes can result in such a peaceful way to spend time and produce results. My pencils are no longer virgin and my markers will not run dry from lack of use and have to be thrown away with never getting to enjoy their beautiful inky colors.
As I was blissfully coloring it became easier for me to shade and really play with the colors. I was enjoying myself. Children enjoy themselves and create art so freely. Why can't I? It is hard to see but I added some 3D snow for Santa's hat and the bunnies tails. With just a few simple supplies I was able to truly relax and get lost in the act of coloring.
What do you enjoy doing in precious few minutes that is truly relaxing?
Our weather is glorious...sunny and cool. No more rain or snow for now.
Thank you for your well-wishes. I usually don't advertise that I am sick. I am realizing maybe I just ran myself completely down to exhaustion and open for illness when I was caring for Mr. C night and day. I am on the mend and will take much better care from here on out. Also thank you for well wishes for Sisty. She is doing remarkably well and is approved for her big trip next week to come and visit. Hooray!
Today is mending day. Remember the embroidered towels from decades ago. Each day had a chore and that is how many households functioned way long ago. I never have set days for chores. It just happens that I need to do some mending and today is a very good day to do it. Hem some new pants for Mr. C and stitch a few ripped seams. Do you darn socks? I wore a pair of wool socks yesterday and got a hole in one of them. They are still new so I don't want to throw them out. I think I shall darn that hole! I do know how because I used to darn socks all the time.
May you have a week filled with Creative Bliss...