A few weeks ago, I ditched my to-do list for a little project I’ve been wanting to try out for a long time.
You see, I spend most of my time in my home. Now, I’m not complaining! I love what I do. But, sometimes I get a little cabin fever (especially when I’ve gone two or three days without stepping foot outside). So, I’ve been focusing on becoming a little more mobile lately.
And, since I’ve never really worked on anything outside of my studio, I needed something to carry my stuff! I wanted to go to parks and coffee shops and work on small projects. I saw it as giving myself a treat, so, naturally, I wanted a bag that made the outing feel even more special. And, after seeing From Victory Road’s post about her painted messenger bags (GORGEOUS STUFF, PEOPLE!), I knew what I wanted to do!
I searched and searched for the perfect bag (20+ pockets being on the list of requirements) and finally came across this one! Lots of pockets, big enough to carry several books and a sketchpad, AND it was a blank canvas… LITERALLY!
I bought two and got to work painting one side of the first one…
I pulled out my acrylic paints and started out with a teal base and purple stamped motifs. Did you know you can water down your acrylic paint a bit and they work great for stamping (they’re not super at detailed stamps, however)?
The darker blue you see at the bottom is actually metallic paint and left a beautiful pearly, iridescent effect. I LOVE IT.
More painting. More stamping. More finger painting.
Then, I got a little carried away with the black acrylic ink. Who knew it would soak in that much?? Ha… Ha…
However, I feel like I made up for it with some white swirly doodles and black, puff fabric paint for the details at the top.
And, because I am me, and I’m addicted to inspirational quotes, I added in one that was on my mind lately… “The answers are in the work.” I cannot remember where I heard this! It was referenced out of a book, but I couldn’t tell you the title. Honestly, I don’t even know if I’m quoting it correctly… But, it resonated with me, so I used it.
I have trouble getting myself motivated sometimes. I know, SURPRISE. But, the fact that I work from home, means that no one, but myself, has the ability to get me up and going. Over the last two years of full time business owning, I’ve learned that if I have trouble starting/continuing/finishing a project it’s usually because I’m intimidated/scared/confused. I have to constantly remind myself that once the work begins, the answers to my questions will come.
I realize that I put off my work to-do list to work on a project that reminds me to keep working… But, it did the trick. Shortly after I finished this, I found myself happily checking off my tasks and finishing the day pretty satisfied. Sometimes you have to stop working to get things done!