I am grateful that I put together an extensive list of things I wanted to do over spring break so that I could make the most of my time off. My list was ambitious, but I have been plowing through items and I have spent more time than ever in The Oodlearium…and it has been AWESOME! So much happened this week that I am actually going to split this into two different posts. Enjoy!
Check out my separate post on Karen Abend’s Sketchbook Revival, which was in one word- AMAZING!
One of the most amazing aspects of the Sketchbook Revival was the Facebook group where people were sharing so much information. Someone mentioned this website that is a treasure trove of challenges and exercises. They even have a podcast and a YouTube channel, so be sure to check them out.
I was looking through the challenges for April and I am really intrigued by the #100dayproject idea. My husband always teases me that I like lists and challenges that are a certain length. I do and I think I am going to hop in on this one, but I have to come up with my idea. Right now, I am thinking that I might use it for my Index Card Art. I can easily build that into my daily routine—even at school. Stay tuned for more info as my idea takes shape.
I am a huge fan of Gretchen Rubin’s happiness work. I love her podcast and weekly newsletter (5 Things Making Me Happy….). She talks a lot about her daily visits to the Met in NYC. Somewhere over the last few months I signed up for their newsletter and every single issue is chocked full of useful bits to supercharge your creativity. I found the article on watercolor sets particularly helpful.
This summer I plan to start some pop-up art classes. This week I had the opportunity to teach a friend how to do a pour painting. The weather was not ideal, but we made the most of the situation and we had SO much fun. Eva was an enthusiastic learner to say the least. She was absolutely mesmerized by the process of layering and moving the paint around her canvas. Once she did the main canvas we moved on to wooden easter bunnies. I was sure that she was not going to have enough paint left over from her main pour to be able to cover the bunny, but she totally proved me wrong! One of the most frustrating aspects of pouring is that there is quite a bit of waste. She literally had three or four drops! It was awesome!!!
Our Easter cards have hit the mail and there is really nothing I love more than the texts and emails I get from people saying how much the cards made them smile. Mission accomplished! I used a few of them for The World Needs More Love Letters notes, which will hopefully spread the smiles even further.