Sometimes when my mental health is acting up, I have to set aside expectations of a regular day an scale it back a bit. I pick out the things I know I have to do no matter what. The things Hannah's first grade teacher used to call the must dos. Pick up Hannah. Feed the dogs and feed the people. Different things on different days. I determine those and then I put everything else on hold.
And then I go to the art table.
I put some kind of show or music on the computer an just spend some time in my art journal.
And I don't care what it looks like at all. That is not what it is about. I just do what ever enters my mind. It's about the process. The magic that happens in your brain when you make art. And that feels better. And it helps.
As you know I'm going to see my hero in 6 days. So I've been listening to lots of Todd. Listening and loving the lyrics. There is one song called Second Wind. I think Todd was my age when he wrote this song. Somewhere close anyway. I could do some math to figure it out, but that would include doing math. It's about being that age, whenever it is for you. And you're good. You think this life is nice and I could just relax now. Because I'm kind of tired. BUT about not falling for that. About wanting to keep going and go even better now that you're older and wiser and better at life.
This one set of lyrics was stuck in my head, so when I was sitting in the bed (trying to stay warm) watching TV, I decided to do this in my journal. I started with the page and worked backwards. I wrote with big wide letters in pencil, and then used a think maker to trace outside around the letters.
I did a line of the song per page going backwards until I had all four. I went through and erased all the pencil lines. It was messy. I'm sure there are better erasers. I had bought these to carve into stamps about 20 years ago.
And then i used my water color crayons on color them in.
Next step, painting in the letters. This watercolor brush - it has a hollow handle that you fill with water and then you just paint any kind of water based media. It is amazing. I used it to paint in the letters, and I made you a movie of the last page.
I made a video because I love to watch people color or paint things in. It's spend up at 4x, and that's part of the aforementioned song that's the track.
And this is a picture of the drawer where I keep my water color crayons. They are one of my most favorite art tools of all time, by the way.
I really don't like the whiteness of the page backgrounds. We'll see how it is when I get done with a few more phaes. My COD (compulsive outline disorder) can not wait to start making lots of dots, and i think before that it needs one more trip around each word, probably with the sharpies. When I do, I'll show you.