The last couple of weeks I’ve been messing around with creating things. I started by showing my kids how to make fairly simple “paracord” or “survival” type bracelets. This is not to say that with one of these bracelets you would be ready for a zombie apocalypse… but it wouldn’t hurt your odds. I have enjoyed messing around with paracord for several years. I am amused that my older child, once she had the basic idea, almost immediately struck out on her own to find a bit more challenging and interesting bracelet pattern to make out of paracord.
More recently, I started messing around with a kids watercolor instructional guide. Gotta start somewhere, right? I would say it is a guide insofar as it has directions if one takes the time to read them. I mainly look at the pictures and then slop some paint on the page… and see what happens. I call the series, “Anyone Can Paint But That Doesn’t Mean They Should”
#1 “Viewfinder”. I was simply seeing how the brush worked at filling up space, making lines and filling in a circle. Woohoo…
#2 is “Hill-arious” and I was messing with washes and mixing colors both on and off the paper…
Believe it or not, in just two painting moments I have learned a lot. Watercolors are interesting. Get them on paper and while they are wet it’s almost like they have a mind of their own. If the paper is wet and you put two colors even remotely close to each other, they are like bunnies, making new colors right before your eyes. Those colors are not always what you intended, or wanted, but no matter, the deed is done.
I’m not going to go on and on about painting, that’s not really the point. The point is, I want to challenge you to make something and share it with someone. Anyone.
This blog is kind of like that… I create something and share it. Sometimes it’s good and sometimes it’s not so good. But in sharing, I think I get better.
Go create something and share it. If it’s digital, share a link in the comments… I’d love to see what you have going on.