Lately I’ve been needing to be creative. Life has been tiresome for me lately, honestly. I’ve just felt a little worn out. And in that exhaustion, I’ve had this desire to keep my hands busy. Crafting,..baking,..painting…you have to think to do it, but only so much. And as your measuring out ingredients or repetitively winding a ball of yarn or brushing that stroke of paint, it is all peaceful. Ok let me clarify that, all this is done ONCE the kids are in bed and the house is quiet and calm…that one key component is what makes all the difference. I’ve been soaking up my creative side so much lately,…it calms my mind, gives me time slow down, time to ponder life and the things that are going on in my life. Its therapeutic. And, I kinda need that right now.
So, I was so excited to try this painting out when I spotted it on Meg Duerkson’s site (which I actually found out she got from the Pleated Poppy. Tutorial here) I’ve always enjoyed her blog,..always uplifting and encouraging and SO colorful and happy! I usually tend to be blah neutral with my colors. I’ve realized I’m a bit afraid of color. I’m a bad decision maker and think I just always go with the neutral because I know it’ll mesh with everything…but how boring is that? Lately I’ve been trying to add some color to my life and be a little more bold…who cares if I don’t like it forever and it eventually isn’t my style. I’m going to enjoy it NOW…and not worry about saving it for later.
This was the perfect project to do over a weeks time,…I did a little at a time. Measuring out the leaf shapes as the kids were coloring at the counter on afternoon, painting the background a bit at a time at night, and then adding in the different colors at the kitchen table late at night when the kids were peacefully asleep,… and it was the perfect mind calming thing to do. No decisions,…the same methodical pattern,…and just a choosing of color. Loved doing this. And really happy with the end result. Colorful. LOVE. If you need something that’s mindless, that puts you at ease, I totally recommend you trying this out…was so fun!