I've spent the last few days decorating a canvas for my wall and on Saturday I opened up my box of paints and found this:
It's the spatula I use to scrape and drag paint around and it still bears the colours of the last canvas I worked on. [Not sure what it says about my crafting vs domestic priorities, but James said that this one is in a better state than the one in the cutlery drawer!]
Call me [senti]mental, but I couldn't bear the thought of covering over this little random, work of serendipitous art without first grabbing the camera and capturing its technicolour loveliness.
I then went on to thoroughly abuse it, drowning it in an ocean of PVA, crackle varnish and cerulean blue acrylic and I didn't exactly leave the activity unblemished myself. For instance, I stood in a blob of PVA which I rubbed into my sock so as not to have to stop mid-creative-flow and I'm still trying to coax a streak of clear silicon from the left-click on my laptop key-pad! In fact, even after my last dangerous venture into colloquial terms [remember the dick-dicks debacle in my previous post?], I will take the risk and describe the whole activity as being an entirely 'clarty' one.
I haven't included any photos of my clarty adventure here as I think I'll post them sometime on the new blog I'm setting up with Kirsty Neale ... I'll let you know the when and where of it all very soon-ish. :)
Sooner than that though, is this:
It's the second colour guide from Kevin McCloud and it's out on Friday May 1st and I'm just about to pre-order it for £6.99 on Amazon.
Excited? Me? Just a tad. You might remember me extolling the virtues of his first colour guide in my 'Colour Collecting' blog post last month when I had no idea he was bringing out another one. I practically laid an egg when I found out! What? Don't look at me like that! There's worse things to be addicted to than men who know a lot about colour palettes! Speaking of colour palettes .... I saw these Bobbi Brown eyeshadows in a magazine on Saturday.
I don't imagine I'd actually wear all those colours, well, not all in one go at least, but it is quite spectacular don't you think?
Last but not least in my colour-indulgence-update is the latest Gauche Alchemy post . It not only features the April/May full size kit: 'Happy Housewives' [a retro wonder of new papers and vintage elements] but Amy's included lots of photos of their new mini, colour-themed ephemera kits. Quite apart from being yummy packets of colour-matched crafting confectionary - they're amazingly mini in price at $4.00 or at today's exchange rate, a rather tiddly £2.75!!
So, I hope there's something in all this which may tempt you into having a glorious colour-filled day. My advice? Go heavy on the paint, the book and the kits ... but retain a lighter touch on the eyeshadow front. I mean, it's all very lovely an' all, but you don't want to look like you've been punched in the face by an angry rainbow do you??